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Shrek the Third

Film poster featuring Shrek as a King
Directed by Chris Miller
Raman Hui (co-director)
Produced by Aron Warner
Andrew Adamson
Denise Nolan Cascino
Written by Jeffrey Price
Peter S. Seaman
Chris Miller
Aron Warner
Story:
Andrew Adamson
William Steig (Book)
Starring Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Antonio Banderas
Rupert Everett
Julie Andrews
Eric Idle
Justin Timberlake
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Editing by Joyce Arrastia
Michael Andrews
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) May 18, 2007 (2007-05-18)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $160 million[1]
Gross revenue $798,958,162[1]
Preceded by Shrek 2
Followed by Shrek Forever After

Shrek the Third, sometimes known as Shrek 3 or Shrek the 3rd, is a 2007 American animated film, and the third film in the Shrek series, following Shrek and Shrek 2. It was produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg for DreamWorks Animation, and is distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was released in U.S. theaters on May 18, 2007 (exactly six years after the first film).

It was produced with the working title of Shrek 3, the name being changed to avoid potential confusion with Shrek 3-D. Like the first two Shrek films, the film is based on fairy tale themes. It was nominated for Best Animated Movie at the Kids' Choice Awards 2008.

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Plot

King Harold (John Cleese) is dying and his ogre son-in-law Shrek (Mike Myers) and daughter Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are next in line to be King and Queen of Far Far Away. Shrek insists that an ogre as king is a bad idea and that there has to be someone else for the job. Before dying, Harold tells Shrek that there is another heir: his nephew, Arthur Pendragon (Justin Timberlake). Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) set out to retrieve Arthur. As they're sailing away, Fiona announces to Shrek that she is pregnant. Shrek begins having nightmares about his future children.

The trio journey to Worcestershire Academy, an elite boarding school, where they discover that Arthur ("Artie", as he prefers to be called) is a scrawny 16-year old underachiever picked on by everyone.

At the school pep rally Shrek tells Artie he's going to be king of Far Far Away. Artie is excited until Donkey and Puss inadvertently scare him by talking about the responsibilities of being king while they're sailing home. Panicked, Artie tries to take control of the ship and crashes it on an island where they meet Artie's retired wizard teacher, Merlin (Eric Idle).

Meanwhile, a vengeful Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) has gone to the Poison Apple tavern, where he encounters fairy tale villains including Captain Hook (Ian McShane), the Evil Queen (Susanne Blakeslee), a Cyclops (Mark Valley), Rumpelstiltskin (Conrad Vernon), Mabel the Ugly Stepsister (talk show host Regis Philbin), the Headless Horseman (Conrad Vernon), Stromboli the Puppet Master (Chris Miller), and an assortment of outlaws, black knights, pirates, malevolent trees, and wicked witches. Although they initially despise Charming, he persuades them to fight for their "happily ever after".

Charming and the other villains invade the kingdom and attack the castle. They capture Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon), Pinocchio (Cody Cameron), The Big Bad Wolf (Aron Warner), and The Three Little Pigs (Cameron), Dragon, and Donkey and Dragon's children. Fiona and Lilian (Julie Andrews) try escaping along with Doris the Ugly Stepsister (Larry King), Cinderella (Amy Sedaris), Snow White (Amy Poehler), Sleeping Beauty (Cheri Oteri) and Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph); the ladies are captured when Rapunzel betrays them because she is in love with Charming.

Captain Hook and his pirates track Shrek and company to Merlin's island, where they attempt to capture Shrek and kill the others. Shrek and Artie send the villains running, but not before Hook mentions Charming and the takeover of Far Far Away. Concerned for his wife and future children, Shrek urges Artie to return to the safety of Worcestershire. However, Artie cons Merlin into coming out of retirement long enough to use his magic to send them all to Far Far Away; the spell works, but accidentally causes Puss and Donkey to switch bodies. They find Charming bent on revenge against Shrek for 'stealing' his "happily ever after," and learn that he plans to kill Shrek in a play that night. Charming's men arrive shortly, but Artie tricks the knights into not taking them into custody. They break into the castle during rehearsals for the play. In Charming's dressing room, Shrek menaces Charming but Charming summons his men, who take the four captive.

Charming prepares to kill Artie, believing he's the next king. To save Artie's life, Shrek tells Charming that Artie was just a pawn to take his place as King of Far Far Away. Charming believes Shrek and decides not to kill Artie, who runs away. Donkey and Puss are imprisoned with Fiona and the other ladies, where Fiona grows frustrated with their lack of initiative. Queen Lilian smashes the stone wall of the prison by head butting the walls. While the women launch a rescue mission for Shrek, Donkey and Puss free Gingy, Pinocchio, the wolf and pigs, Dragon, and the Dronkeys. They encounter Artie, and Puss and Donkey explain to him that Shrek lied so Charming wouldn't kill him.

Charming stages a musical theatrical performance in which he rides to rescue Rapunzel in a (fake) tower. The chained Shrek wins the audience's support by ridiculing Charming's acting. Just as Charming is about to kill Shrek, Princess Fiona and her friends, along with Puss, Donkey and the fairy tale characters confront the villains. However, the villains outnumber the heroes and regain control of the situation. Artie arrives and convinces the villains to turn over a new leaf.

Charming, furious at being thwarted, lunges for Artie with his sword. Shrek blocks the blow and Charming lunges at him. He informs Charming that he missed and that he needs to keep looking for his own happily ever after. As Shrek pushes Charming aside, Dragon knocks over Rapunzel's tower. Charming is killed when the tower lands him as he utters his last word (which is "Mommy"). With Charming dead, Shrek tells Artie that the throne is his if he wants it. Artie chooses to become king. While the kingdom celebrates, Merlin restores Puss and Donkey to their proper bodies, accidentally switching their tails. Shrek retires with Fiona to their swamp, becoming the parents of ogre triplets.

Cast

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Main characters

  • Mike Myers as Shrek: The main protagonist of the film. When King Harold dies, Shrek is forced to run the kingdom, at which point he sets out to find Artie.
  • Eddie Murphy as Donkey: Shrek's friendly but garrulous sidekick. He is currently the father of a group of "Dronkeys".
  • Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona: Shrek's wife. She tells Shrek that she's pregnant; at the end of the film, she and Shrek have triplets.
  • Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots: Another friend of Shrek and Donkey.
  • Justin Timberlake as Arthur "Artie" Pendragon: The new heir to the throne after King Harold passes away and Shrek and Fiona refuse to be next in line.
  • Rupert Everett as Prince Charming: The main antagonist of the film who wants to be king and seeks to avenge his mother's death by killing Shrek.
  • Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian: Mother of Fiona. Although very caring, she is very good at martial arts, although in this film she hurts her head when trying to break down walls.
  • John Cleese as King Harold: Father of Fiona. He makes a very brief appearance in his frog form, where he dies and names Arthur the heir to the throne.

Other characters

Reception

Critical reaction to Shrek the Third was mixed to negative. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall 41% rating from critics and a 47% from users.[2] David Ansen wrote that the film's "slightly snarky wit is aimed almost entirely at parents... this one never touched my heart or got under my skin. It's a movie at war with itself: a kiddie movie that doesn't really want to be one."[3] The film yielded some positive reviews from writers such as A. O. Scott from The New York Times who held that the film "seems at once more energetic and more relaxed [than its predecessors], less desperate to prove its cleverness and therefore to some extent, smarter." The Times newspaper also rated it 2 out of 5.

Despite these criticisms, Shrek the Third, which opened in 4,122 North American cinemas on May 18, 2007, grossed a total of US$121,629,270 in its first weekend, the best opening weekend ever for an animated film, and third best overall. As of February 2009, Shrek the Third has grossed $322.7 million in the United States and $476.2 million overseas, bringing its cumulative total to $798.9 million.[1] Shrek The Third was the fourth highest grossing film worldwide in 2007, only behind Spider-Man 3, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It was also the second-highest grossing film in the United States in that year, behind Spider-Man 3. In addition, it was the highest-grossing animated film worldwide of 2007, and the second-highest grossing film in the Shrek film series.[4] Compared to its predecessors, the film also had an unusually short box office lifespan; Shrek the Third spent only 12 weeks in theaters, while Shrek and Shrek 2 were in release for 29 and 21 weeks, respectively.[5]

The film won the 2007 People's Choice Award for "Favorite Family Film".

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Home media

The film was released on both DVD and HD DVD on November 13, 2007. The DVD was released in separate pan and scan and 1.78:1 widescreen formats (being the first DreamWorks Animation film to be reformatted from its original ratio of 1.85:1 to 1.78:1).[6] The HD DVD and DVD special features[7] include several deleted scenes, features, trailers, commentary, music videos, and exclusively on the HD DVD version, some web enabled and HDi Interactive Format features such as a special trivia track, a movie guide, and an interactive coloring book which can be downloaded as of street date.[8][9]

The film and special features on the HD DVD version were presented in 1.78:1 widescreen high definition 1080p and feature a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio soundtrack.[10] In addition, this film was released on Blu-ray Disc on September 16, 2008. It will be re-released on Blu-ray in the third quarter of 2010, this time in 3D.[11]

DVD sales gathered revenue of $173,467,341 from about 11,580,101 units sold.[12]

Merchandise

Many toys, games, books, clothes and other products have made their way to stores. For the first time, a Princess Fiona doll has been released, featured an Ogre face mask, and "Kung Fu" Leg action. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Snow White Dolls will also become available.

A video game based on the film has been released for the Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, PC, and Nintendo DS.

In May 2007, Shrek The Third was made into a mobile video game, developed by Gameloft.[13]

Homage to Monty Python

In the beginning of the film, in Prince Charming's dinner theater, coconuts are used for horse's hoof beats. This same technique was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which also starred John Cleese and Eric Idle. Idle claims to be considering suing the producers of Shrek for the unauthorised use of this gag, while the producers claim they were honoring Idle and Cleese by putting the part in.[14]

Satirical marketing effort

Adult Swim comedy team Tim and Eric, annoyed by the volume of advertisement they had witnessed in the months approaching the release of the film, decided to independently "promote"[15] Shrek 3 in a series of internet videos[16] as well as appearances on television and radio[17] in order to encourage people to see the film. In publicity appearances, when asked about their television series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, they resisted discussing it altogether because they didn't want to take the focus away from Shrek 3. They apparently wanted to make sure people did not wait for the DVD or TV releases and instead to support Shrek 3 on its opening weekend, to maximize box office revenue.

Sequels

The thirty-minute Christmas special, Shrek the Halls picked up from where Shrek the Third left off, just as Peter Zaslav said it would in an interview.[18] The film will also be followed by another sequel, Shrek Forever After which will be released in theatres on May 21, 2010.[19] In an interview with Antonio Banderas, a spin-off film entitled Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer (to be released in 2011), was confirmed. The spin-off will take place after the final film Shrek Forever After.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Shrek the Third (2007)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=shrek3.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  2. ^ Shrek the Third - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ David Ansen (2007-05-21). "Oh, Grow Up Already". Newsweek. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18628579/site/newsweek/page/2/. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  4. ^ Top 10 Movies of 2007 on Yahoo! Movies
  5. ^ 'Shrek' Vs. Himself
  6. ^ Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD Movie news, rumors and reviews - DVDTOWN.com
  7. ^ HD DVD Release Details on Shrek the Third - DVDTOWN.com
  8. ^ New 'Shrek' Specs Promise Several HD DVD Firsts | High-Def Digest
  9. ^ Shrek the Third's HD DVD special features revealed - Engadget HD
  10. ^ HD DVD Review: The Bourne Ultimatum | High-Def Digest
  11. ^ "Samsung brings “Shrek” to 3D Blu-ray". March 9, 2010accessdate=March 10, 2010. http://hollywoodinhidef.com/2010/03/samsung-brings-shrek-to-3d-blu-ray/. 
  12. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2007/SHRK3-DVD.php
  13. ^ Shrek the Third Review IGN.com, Retrieved October 17, 2008.
  14. ^ "Eric Idle considers suing Shrek makers over gag". Toronto Star. 2007-05-21. http://www.thestar.com/article/216027. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  15. ^ "Tim and Eric Love Shrek gag". Tvsquad.com. 2007-05-19. http://www.tvsquad.com/2007/05/19/tim-and-eric-love-shrek-video/. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  16. ^ "Shrek 3 is One Awesome Ogre". BoingBoing. 2007-05-17. http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/17/shrek-3-is-one-aweso.html. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  17. ^ "Attack of the Show Daily Video Podcast". G4 TV. 2007-05-28. http://digg.com/podcasts/Attack_of_the_Show_Daily_Video_Podcast/447002. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  18. ^ Peter Zaslav interview (IGN)
  19. ^ Shrek 4 Coming to Theaters in 2010 - ComingSoon.net

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Shrek the Third (called Shrek 3 in early production, not to be confused with Shrek 3-D) is the second sequel to Shrek. It was released on May 18, 2007.

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Shrek

  • Listen Artie, eh, if you think this whole mad scene ain't dope, I feel you dude. I mean, I'm not trying to get all up in your grill, raise your roof or whatever.
  • (While Artie begs to Merlin to take them back) Have a heart, old man.
  • I see...a rainbow pony.

Donkey

  • (singing to Shrek and Fiona) Good morning...good morning...to you and you and yooooou.
  • (after seeing the villains, with Captain Hook on a piano) Look out! They got a piano!
  • (discovering Shrek nude in bed) AAAAH!! You know, you really need to get yourself a pair of jammies.
  • (at the end of Shrek's dream sequence, with an ogre baby head) Dada.
  • (in Puss's body) How in the Hans Christen Andersen am I supposed to parade around in these goofy boots?!

Arthur

  • (to Shrek) Please don't eat me!
  • (after Shrek tries to talk to him with cliched teenager lingo) HELP! I'VE BEEN KIDNAPPED BY A MONSTER WHO'S TRYING TO RELATE TO ME!

Others

  • Snow White: Everybody keep calm...WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!! (before getting slapped by Doris)
  • Captain Hook: Avast, ye cookie. Start talking.

Dialogue

Prince Charming: You. You can't lie. So tell me, puppet, where is Shrek?
Pinocchio: Uh, hmm, well, uh, I don't know where he's not.
Prince Charming: You're telling me you don't know where Shrek is?
Pinocchio: It wouldn’t be inaccurate to assume that I couldn’t exactly not say that it is or isn’t almost partially incorrect.
Prince Charming:- So you do know where he is?
Pinocchio: Oh, on the contrary. I'm possibly more or less not definitely rejecting the idea that in no way with any amount of uncertainty that I undeniably...
Prince Charming: Stop it!
Pinocchio: ...do or do not know where he shouldn’t probably be, if that indeed wasn’t where he isn’t. Even if he wasn’t at where I knew he was, that’d mean I’d really have to know where he wasn't.

Puss in Boots (Donkey): Oh, man. I haven't been on a trip like that since college.
Shrek: Donkey?
Puss in Boots (Donkey): What? I got something in my teeth? Huh!? What the...Oh n-no! I've been abracadabra-ed into a fancy-feasting, second-rate sidekick!
Donkey (Puss in Boots): Oh, at least you don't look like some kind of a bloated roadside piñata! You should really go on a diet!

Puss In Boots (Donkey): We went to high school, and the boat crashed and we got bibbity-bobbity-booped by the magic man.
Doris: You poor sweet things.
Cinderella: I don't get it.
Snow White: The cat turned into a little horse that smells like feet...What's there to get?
Sleeping Beauty: Who that?

Doris: I know he's a jerk and everything but I gotta admit that Charming makes me hotter than July.
Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel: Ewwwww!

Snow White: I'm sorry, but this isn't working for me!
Sleeping Beauty: (while being carried by Doris) Everything's always about you, isn't it? It's not like your attitude is helping, Snow!
Snow White: I think it just bothers you that I was voted fairest in the land!
Rapunzel: You mean in that RIGGED election?
Snow White: Oh, give me a break. (dreamy voice) Rapunzel, Rapunzel, (sarcastic voice) let down thy golden extensions.
Queen Lillian: Ladies, let go of your petty complaints and let's work together.

(Rapunzel has betrayed the princesses in order to be with Prince Charming.)
Charming: Say hello to the new queen of Far Far Away!
Cinderella: Yay! (claps)
(Awkward pause)
Fiona: Why?
Rapunzel: Jealous much?

Snow White: Right! Ladies, assume the position!
[Sleeping Beauty falls asleep, Snow White lies down in her coffin pose, and Cinderella seats herself on the floor gazing dreamily into space]
Princess Fiona: What are you doing?
Sleeping Beauty: [Snaps awake] Waiting to be rescued. [falls back asleep]

Prince Charming: This was supposed to be MY happily ever after!!!
Shrek: Well, I guess you better keep looking (looks at Fiona lovingly, then back at Charming)...'cause I'm not giving up mine!

Shrek: (looking at Artie talking with princesses) See, what'd I tell ya? The kid's gonna make a great king.
Fiona: For what it's worth, you would have too.
Shrek: (rubs Fiona's stomach) I have something much more important in mind.

Captain Hook: (looming over a young boy threateningly with his hook) Well, well, well. If it isn't Peter Pan!
Boy's Mother: His name's not Peter!
Captain Hook: Shut it, Wendy.

Artie: (To Shrek) Please don't eat me!
Students and Teacher: (chanting) Eat him, eat him...
Shrek: I'm not here to eat him!
Students and Teacher: Aww...
Shrek: It's time to pack up your toothbrush and jammies. You're the new king of Far Far Away.
Artie: What?

Gingy: I hate dinner theatre.
Pinocchio: Me too. [his nose grows]

Rapunzel: Oh pookykins, you said you wouldn't hurt them.
Prince Charming: Not now, kitten whiskers.

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Shrek the Third
Box artwork for Shrek the Third.
Developer(s) 7 Studios
Publisher(s) Activision
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
System(s) Xbox 360, Windows, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, Mobile
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Series Shrek

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