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Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 11:58 GMT
DVD sales ogre well for Shrek
Shrek stars an ugly, fat ogre
Shrek is voiced - with a Scottish accent - by Mike Myers
The computer-animated fairytale Shrek has sold $420m (292m) worth of DVDs and videos in just over two months, and set a new record for DVD sales, DreamWorks has announced.

The film studio said the film has sold 7.9 million DVDs in the United States and 2.1 million more in international markets.

Shrek, which features a flatulent, Scottish green ogre (Mike Myers) looking for love with a talking donkey for a companion (Eddie Murphy), has sold more than 21 million copies on VHS in the US.

The film has taken $892m (619m) in cinema, video and DVD revenue so far - more than many movie studios make from their entire output of domestic films in a year.

Lord Farquaad in Shrek
Lord Farquaad tortures the Gingerbread Man

Paramount Pictures, for example, pulled in $891 million at the domestic box office in 2001.

On Monday, Paramount said 2001 was the second-biggest year in its history.

Among animated films, Shrek's success on video and DVD is rivalled only by Disney's The Lion King.

The Princess
Cameron Diaz voices the princess who wins Shrek's heart

Shrek was the project of Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the co-founders of DreamWorks.

In May, when the film first hit US screens, Mr Katzenberg commented that the only thing his studio now lacked was a huge hit from its animation division.

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