Shrek 2 Release Pushed Up

Fans won’t have to wait quite as long to see the highly anticipated sequel to 2000’s Best Animated Feature Academy Award winner. Originally scheduled to hit theaters May 21, Shrek 2 has been pushed up two days to get a Wednesday launch on May 19.

In making the announcement, DreamWorks head of distribution Jim Tharp also revealed that advance tickets can be purchased at www.shrek2.com, as well as other ticket sales sites such as Yahoo, Moviephone, Movietickets and Fandango beginning May 7.

Shrek 2 picks up the story as Shrek (Mike Myers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) return from their honeymoon to find an invitation to visit Fiona’s parents (John Cleese and Julie Andrews), the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. With Donkey (Eddie Murphy) in tow, the newlyweds set off on an adventure that becomes complicated when the King enlists a powerful Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), the handsome Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) and famed ogre killer Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) to end what he sees as a marriage of inconvenience.

The computer-animated comedy is directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, and is produced by Aron Warner, David Lipman and John H. Williams, with Jeffrey Katzenberg exec producing. Adamson, Joe Stillman, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss wrote the screenplay from a story by Adamson. The original Shrek was based on the children’s book of the same name by William Steig.