Fun Facts About “Shrek”

Believe it or not, the first Shrek movie came out almost twenty years ago. Yes, that’s right. It was released in May 2001. Grossing a breath-taking $484.4 million worldwide, the movie was so loved by the public that it soon became a franchise. And twenty years later, we still can’t get enough of it. In fact, here are our favorite facts about Shrek.

Shrek’s swamp was inspired in Charleston, South Carolina.

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If you have ever wondered how cartoon locations are created, here’s the answer. Just like live-action movies, animations have to be scouted for locations. This authenticates the scenes and really makes the movies look legitimate. In Shrek‘s case, the movie’s art director, Douglas Rogers, went to Charleston, South Carolina, to look for inspiration, and he found a magnolia plantation which he used to get the right look for his swamp.