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Shrek is such a familiar and well-loved figure to filmgoers that it's easy to forget that when he first reared his ugly head in 2001 he turned conventional storytelling upside down. Ogres were supposed to be fearsome rather than â€“ as he soon became â€“ positively beneficent and easy to get along with. Now, almost a decade later, the monster's qualities are taken for granted. We all know, before we've even reached for our 3-D glasses, that it's the monster who's the hero of Shrek Forever After.
Of course, Shrek has help. No mere animation could capture the imagination of young (and not so young) kids without great voice artists, dialogue, effects and music â€“ great sound, in other words. And that's where another couple of big beasts enter the picture.
The first is the Neve 88RS at Abbey Road, where Harry Gregson-Williams's score was recorded, with Peter Cobbin engineering. The second is an old friend â€“ the AMS Neve DFC Gemini at Fox Studios, now upgraded with Ultra Scale Processing (USP), the world's most powerful audio engine in the world. Plus, as in all the previous Shrek movies, expert help from re-recording mixers Andy Nelson and Anna Behlmer.
Like Shrek, AMS Neve's big beasts are immensely powerful but very easy to get along with. They do different from our hero in one important respect, however. This, according to the publicity, is the final outing for Shrek. The 88RS and DFC on the other hand, show every likelihood of carrying on forever after.