Shrek - Chris Farley audio (partially found recordings of voice performance for animated film; 1990s)


Shrek Chris Farley Audio
Early design for Shrek when Farley (right) would have played him.
Early design for Shrek when Farley (right) would have played him.
Status Partially Found

Shrek is a 2001 animated film directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Aron Warner, and John H. Williams. It starred Mike Myers, Eddie Murphey, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow, and helped establish DreamWorks Animation's reputation, with Shrek being one of their most successful films.

However, before Mike Myers was cast as Shrek, Chris Farley was brought on to voice the titular character. Reportedly, roughly 80-90% of his dialogue was recorded, and people who worked with him on the film felt it was one of his best performances. However, Farley died of a drug overdose at age 33 on December 18th, 1997, still working on the film just a week before his death. There were talks of having a vocal impersonator brought in to record the remaining lines, but ultimately, fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Mike Myers was hired, and the script was rewritten at Myers's request, removing all traces of Farley's version.

Version Differences

Based on reports of the original draft's story and what footage has been released, the story would have been the same overall, but different in several aspects. For instance, Shrek would have been a very different character, not being content with frightening people like his parents and instead wanting to help people, make friends, and even become a knight.[1] Aside from characters such as Fiona and Lord Farquad still being in the film, little else is known about this version of the film.

Availability

Very little audio from Farley's version of Shrek has been made public. However, some footage has been released, namely from DreamWorks Development producer John Garbett, who uploaded a two and a half minute scene from Farley's Shrek via VimeoPro. The scene in the video was an early version of the nighttime conversation between Shrek and Donkey where they discussed Shrek's personal life in greater detail. However, the early draft of the scene delved into Shrek's parental issues, a subplot that is absent in the final cut.

Gallery

Youtube mirror of the night scene.

References

  1. Jim Hill Media article on the original draft of Shrek. Retrieved 22 Jan '16.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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"Video does not exist"
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Uncle Sporkums

7 months ago
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Now it's been updated.
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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What could've been..
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SilverTheGamer

2 months ago
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One of his best performances
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Anonymous user #3

2 months ago
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SOMEBODY ONCE TOLD ME
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Chuunibyou

2 months ago
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VIVA LA LIDA LOCA
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KingQuagsire

2 months ago
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Wait Could We Contact Chris Farley's Family Or At least The People Who Directed Shrek
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RabbidProductions

2 months ago
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@KingQuagsire I don't believe so, the best way of obtaining it, in my opinion, would be starting a petition for it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but all the dialogue for Shrek as Chris Farley was recorded before his unfortunate death, right? We can urge DreamWorks (the owner of Shrek and the license) to release a spinoff movie of Shrek, or at least a mini-movie, dedicating Chris Farley's amazing work as Shrek. I believe his family would support it, so why not?
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Supersonic25730

1 months ago
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Weird how they sort of brought the family subplot back in the beginning of the musical
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Harvestman

12 days ago
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Some of the Chris Farley audio made it into the Technical Goofs bonus reel on the DVD. The scene around 2:10 is definitely Farley, and some of the other lines probably are as well.

https://www....=fSdf3U0xZM4
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Uncle Sporkums

1 days 9 hours 3 minutes ago
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No, that's Myers' original voice before he decided to do the accent.
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