DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Shrek’ Returns to Movie Theaters Nationwide for 20th Anniversary

Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation & Fathom Events Bring ‘The Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told!’ Back to Select Cinemas April 25, 28 & 29

LOS ANGELES -March 12, 2021- Everyone’s favorite ogre is turning 20! Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and Fathom Events have partnered to bring Shrek, the hilarious and irreverent Academy Award®-winning animated classic back to select movie theaters nationwide for its 20th anniversary on April 25, 28, and 29. Audiences for this exclusive, limited theatrical re-release will also be treated to DreamWorks Animation’s acclaimed animated short film, To: Gerard, and the trailer to the studio’s breathtaking new animated feature film, Spirit Untamed, which arrives in theaters June 4.


Tickets for the Shrek 20th Anniversary go on sale beginning Friday, March 12. For participating locations and tickets visit www.fathomevents.com. The ticket on-sale date may vary based on local cinema re-openings, so please check back often. (Theaters and participants are subject to change).


Released in May 2001, Shrek earned the first ever Oscar ® for Best Animated Feature, earned almost $500 million at the worldwide box-office and ignited a cultural phenomenon that captured the world’s imagination. In the film, brave(ish), kind-hearted ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) embarks on a daring quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) —who’s perfectly capable of rescuing herself, thank you very much— with the help of his loveable, loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), in an attempt to win back the deed to his beloved swamp from the vain, scheming, and surprisingly petite Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). But what begins as a rescue mission will become an epic story of eternal love and enduring friendship for the ages.

Shrek was directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and was produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Aron Warner, and John H. Williams 


“We are delighted to partner with Universal and DreamWorks Animation to bring Shrek back to the big screen for its 20th anniversary,” said Tom Lucas, VP of Studio Relations at Fathom Events.  "This treasured animated feature has enduring multi-generational appeal and makes for a great day at the cinema for the whole family.”

The studio also plans to commemorate Shrek’s milestone 20th anniversary with special edition home entertainment releases and the film’s debut on 4K on May 18th.


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About Shrek

For the past two decades, children of all ages have been enchanted by the delightful, irreverent adventures of a misunderstood ogre and his ragtag group of roguish fairytale folk. Beginning with Shrek, the 2001 Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Feature, Shrek (Mike Myers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) and their signature friends, family and tormentors have grown into an indelible part of pop culture, reminding audiences around the globe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The four Shrek franchise films have earned more than $2.9 billion worldwide, spawning a global live-touring show, an award-winning Broadway musical that earned eight Tony nominations and 12 Drama Desk nominations, plus an immersive, top-tourist destination in London and a popular events and attractions across Universal Studios Parks worldwide.


From an astonishing consumer-products campaign to imaginative digital extensions and a global animation exhibition tour, the iconic age of Shrek will soon enter a new, exciting era as DreamWorks Animation reimagines this wonderous tale for a new generation.


About Fathom Events

Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L)., Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com


About DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice, which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around the world.  DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and The Boss Baby, and have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts.  DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries.  Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 27 Emmy awards since inception in 2013.


About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com).  Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal.  NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks.  NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.




Erik Stein / Scoop Marketing for Fathom Events / estein@solters.com