is it just me, or was SHREK too short?

Jeffrey Forner

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Good movies always end too soon. Bad movies can never end quickly enough.
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DonRoeber

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Its an average lenth animated movie (If you want short, check out Snow White). I felt it was of adequate length to develop the characters and the plot sucessfully. I always get the feeling that the production values of animated and computer generated films are much higher. Perhaps its because each shot takes so long to compose and render that you really have to be sure you want that shot.
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Seth Paxton

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Yeah, usually animated flicks (especially Disney) run in the 80-95 minute range. Shrek is on the longer end of things.
Here are some other animated films. Note the trend with Disney in the 50's and 60's to stay under 80 minutes even.
81 Toy Story 1
92 TS2
96 Bug's Life
84 Chicken Run
87 Antz
94 Titan: A.E.
106 Final Fantasy
92 Monsters, Inc
89 Lion King
90 Aladdin
84 Beauty and the Beast
88 Pinocchio
83 Snow White
74 Cinderella
78 Jungle Book
79 101 Dalmations
 

Morgan Jolley

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I didn't enjoy it too much but it did go by quickly. I find movies that have a lot of water can't end quick enough.
 

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Shrek..too short? I dunno..he seemed to be about 8 feet tall to me.

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Bill Slack

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The difference in production cost between cutting a typical movie at 100 minutes or 2.5 hours is pretty small (relatively) -- Most likely have 3+ hours of usable footage. Even if it's a 'block-buster' Armageddon, their are only certain sequences with expensive FX.
Animation, on the other hand is _all_ expensive FX. A 2.5hr animated film would have to pull in some serious buckets of money. Shrek did that, but I doubt it was expected to make nearly that much.
Still, it was pretty long for an animated film. Not saying I would mind it being longer though!
 

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I actually thought that it could have been tightened up a little towards the end as the pacing seemed to drag starting around the explanation of Fiona's "condition".
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Morgan Jolley

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I think the movie sufferred from poor writing but had a good concept. It did move at a fast pace, but I guess that was because they wanted to hide the problems with it.
 

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