Shrek (Mike Myers), a grouchy, terrifying green ogre who loves the solitude in his swamp, finds his life interrupted when many fairy tale characters are exiled into his swamp by order of the fairy tale-hating Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Shrek tells them that he will go ask Farquaad to send them back. He brings along a talking Donkey (Eddie Murphy). Farquaad tortures the Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon) into giving the location of the remaining fairy tale creatures until his guards rush in with something he has been searching for: the Magic Mirror.