Select Page

Book Vs Movie 


Yes, it was a book first and the original star was Chris Farley!

Did you not know that Shrek was a book first? Well, it certainly was and the Margos are so excited to talk about the interesting beginnings of the 1990 children’s book by author/illustrator William Steig

At first, Steven Spielberg (he sure turns up pon the show quite a bit!) bought the rights for Dreamworks and wanted Steve Martin involved. Later on, Chris Farley worked on the film with Eddie Murphy and was 90% done with dialogue when he died in 1997. 

Mike Myers came on board in 2000 and a Scottish ogre was born. 

The movie, directed by Andrew Adamson, (we talked a bit about him in our “Chronicles of Narnia” episode) stars Myers, Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow became a smash and produced two sequels. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The background of author & illustrator William Steig
    • The basic differences between the book & movie. 
    • How the script changed over the years
    • The cast of the movie including Meyers (Shrek,) Murphy (Donkey,) Diaz (Princess Fiona,) Lithgow (Lord Farquaad,) and Vincent Cassell (Monsieur Hood.)

Clips Featured:

    • Shrek trailer
    • “Shrek is like an onion”
    • “Fiona Vs Monsieur Hood”
    • “The muffin man!”

Join our Patreon page to help support the show! 

Book Vs. Movie podcast

Twitter @bookversusmovie

Email us at [email protected]

Brought to you by You can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial here

Margo D. @BrooklynFitChik [email protected]

Margo P. @ShesNachoMama 

Check out this NEW episode of Book Vs. Movie!