Shrek the Third

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Overview

DreamWorks' beloved and lucrative green ogre harkens back to the silver screen for a tertiary installment in the highly anticipated Shrek the Third, which reunites the cast members from the first two episodes: Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss 'n' Boots, Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian, Rupert Everett as Prince Charming, and John Cleese as King Harold. Also joining the ensemble are a panorama of new guests, including pop phenom Justin Timberlake ...
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Overview

DreamWorks' beloved and lucrative green ogre harkens back to the silver screen for a tertiary installment in the highly anticipated Shrek the Third, which reunites the cast members from the first two episodes: Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss 'n' Boots, Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian, Rupert Everett as Prince Charming, and John Cleese as King Harold. Also joining the ensemble are a panorama of new guests, including pop phenom Justin Timberlake as Fiona's wayward cousin Artie, Eric Idle as Merlin, and Amy Sedaris as Cinderella. The premise takes up where Shrek 2 left off; although Shrek and Fiona were married in part two, they never intended for the big green ogre to inherit the throne of Far, Far Away. When Fiona's father King Harold develops a fatal illness, Shrek, Donkey, and Puss 'n' Boots set out on a quest to find Artie -- the proper heir, who has rejected kingship -- and turn him from a snotty, rebellious punk into a grateful prince. Meanwhile, Prince Charming, Fiona's jilted bridegroom, gathers up a parade of history's most famous fairy-tale nasties, including Captain Hook and others, and incites them to storm the castle and seize the throne by force. But Fiona and her mother, Lillian, have a trick up their sleeve: an army of fairy-tale heroes and heroines, including Lancelot, Snow White, and Cinderella, who will fight the invading onslaught. Chris Miller takes the director's chair for this outing, with Raman Hui co-helming. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide
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Special Features

The Animators' Corner: Picture-in-picture interactive storyboards; The world of Shrek; My Menus: Customizable character menus; Shrek's trivia track; Learn the Donkey dance (HD); Lost scene (HD); The Tech of Shrek (HD); Big Green Goofs (HD); Shrek's guide to Parenthood (HD); Merlin's magic crystal ball (HD)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
From the very first appearance of the giant Scottish ogre, Shrek has been about fart and poop jokes. By infusing the overly familiar storytelling conventions of children's classics with the kind of laughs the MPAA tags as "crude humor," the producers found a financially successful way to seem both edgy and familiar to kids and parents alike. In the first film, the exhausting energy helped carry it along, but the message about beauty being on the inside got lost among the endlessly cruel short jokes made at the expense of bad guy Lord Farquaad. Shrek 2 was as a real mess, telling a story too emotionally complicated for the average child, and relying too heavily on uncreative pop-culture references for humor. However, the director of those first two films, Andrew Adamson, abdicated the director's throne to Chris Miller for this installment, a decision that seems to have given everybody involved a chance to rethink the direction they wanted to take with the most successful DreamWorks franchise. The confident rhythm of Shrek the Third is apparent from the opening sequences, a series of gags showing that Shrek has a tough time filling in for his father-in-law, the king of Far Far Away, who's become too sick to handle official duties like knighting ceremonies. This humorous sequence works well to set up the story, largely because the pacing allows viewers to take in the detailed animation. Instead of hammering the viewer with the umpteenth variation of Smash Mouth's "All Star," or packing in more jokes per second than we can possibly keep up with, the gags in Shrek the Third actually help move the story along -- and they get maximum laughter. One bit, for instance, finds the court trying to make the ogre appear more regal, resulting in a scene where he's made up like a lime-green Louis the XIV. This scene ends up being hilarious in the premise and in the sight gag as the outfit is full of funny details that provoke more giggles that you'd get with the mere idea of having Shrek in such a getup. Another standout scene finds Prince Charming down on his luck and reduced to acting out his heroics for an unappreciative dinner-theater audience. The humor in this sequence comes not just from how ridiculous it is for the vain prince to have hit such a low, but also because the filmmakers get in more than a few digs about cheap theater. In addition, this sequence pays off in the finale when Charming gets the chance to set right all that went wrong for him in Shrek 2. Miller and the rest of the crew maintain that level of quality throughout almost all of Shrek the Third. All the scenes get maximum impact because they are true to the characters, they always advance the story, and they find something funny to satirize, whether it's pop culture or fairy tales. The Shrek movies have always aimed to offer a new spin on the tried-and-true conventions of fairy tales, but poop and fart jokes are rarely subversive. Making an ugly, gaseous, and green ogre a heroic figure is certainly unique, but Shrek loses most of that uniqueness when it turns out he's just as brave and noble as any good-looking hero from any straight-laced fantasy -- he just looks funny. Fortunately, this time out, the filmmakers offer some very strong genre commentary thanks to the female characters. The famous fairy-tale princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty team up with Princess Fiona when Far Far Away comes under attack, and instead of sitting around waiting to be rescued, they stand up for their homeland and kick all kinds of butt. This concept pays off in the single funniest scene of the movie when Snow White summons all the animals of nature with her familiar sing-song, and then has them storm the castle when her lilting soprano voice slides from an ethereal melody into the opening cry of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." Once again the movie works on multiple levels, getting the viewer to laugh at the pop-culture smarts, and the twisting of fairy-tale clich├ęs, as well as advancing the story because really, what's a fairy tale without a good castle storming. What's genius about the moment is that the joke isn't in hearing the Zeppelin tune, it's in how massively it contrasts with the sweet innocence of Snow White, an innocence that this film transforms into a girl-empowerment lesson that offers a needed corrective to the insidious Disney Princesses marketing campaign of the last few years. Shrek the Third finally fulfills the artistic potential of the first two movies, offering a solidly constructed story with a good moral, some welcome genre commentary, and a bunch of quality laughs, all presented in a style that exudes confidence and craftsmanship. Instead of treating the movie like the cash cow it is, DreamWorks cared enough to make a movie that actually seems worthy of the gargantuan box-office numbers they expected.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • UPC: 097361388847
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dreamworks Animated
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 79,356

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mike Myers Voice Only
Eddie Murphy Voice Only
Cameron Diaz Voice Only
Antonio Banderas Voice Only
Julie Andrews Voice Only
John Cleese Voice Only
Rupert Everett Voice Only
Eric Idle Voice Only
Justin Timberlake Voice Only
Susan Blakeslee Voice Only
Cody Cameron Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Larry King Voice Only
Christopher Knights Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
John Krasinski Voice Only
Ian McShane Voice Only
Cheri Oteri Voice Only
Regis Philbin Voice Only
Amy Poehler Voice Only
Seth Rogen Voice Only
Maya Rudolph Voice Only
Amy Sedaris Voice Only
Conrad Vernon Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Aron Warner Voice Only
Jasper Johannes Andrews Voice Only
Guillaume Aretos Voice Only
Kelly Asbury Voice Only, Voice Only
Zachary James Bernard Voice Only
Andrew Birch Voice Only
Sean Bishop Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Kelly Cooney Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Walt Dohrn Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Dante James Hauser Voice Only
Jordan Alexander Hauser Voice Only
Tom Kane Voice Only
Tom McGrath Voice Only
Chris Miller Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Chris Miller Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Latifa Ouaou Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Alina Phelan Voice Only
David P. Smith Voice Only, Voice Only
Mark Valley Voice Only
Kari Wahlgren Voice Only
Technical Credits
Chris Miller Director, Screenwriter
Andrew Adamson Executive Producer, Original Story
Michael Andrews Editor
Guillaume Aretos Production Designer
Dan Arriaga Consultant/advisor
Anna Behlmer Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Behm Animator
Patrick Bonneau Animator
Denise Nolan Cascino Co-producer
Chung Nin Chan Animator
Paul Chung Animator
Kenny Chung Animator
Katrina Conwright Animator
Melanie Cordan Animator
Denis Couchon Animator
Nick Craven Animator
Cassidy Curtis Animator
Lou Dellarosa Animator
Mark Donald Animator
Holly Edwards Production Manager
Leslee Feldman Casting
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Anthony Hodgson Animator
Mariko Hoshi Animator
Raman Hui Co-producer
Jeffrey K. Joe Animator
Heather Knight Animator
Eric Lessard Animator
Sean Mahoney Animator
Bryce McGovern Animator
Andy Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Nelson Animator
Latifa Ouaou Production Manager
Douglas Pierce Set Decoration/Design
Jeffrey Price Screenwriter
Carlos Fernandez Puertolas Animator
Dave Rader Animator
Mark Roennigke Animator
Cory Rogers Animator
Carlos Rosas Animator
Jason Schleifer Animator
Peter S. Seaman Screenwriter
Israel Segal Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevan Shorey Animator
David Spivack Animator
EunJin Suh Animator
Don Venhaus Animator
Aron Warner Producer, Screenwriter
John H. Williams Executive Producer
Peter Zaslav Art Director
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Third time not the charm.

    All though Shrek the Third has it's moments of fun and great animation, it doesn't hold up to the first two movies. There are some great moments like the evil trees taken from The Wizard of OZ and than redundant scenes that seem old because they were used in the other Shrek films. The extras are pretty good though the blooper reel is pretty lame with most of it being test animation before it was corrected for the film. It's a good film for the whole family but you might want to rent it before purchasing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I think the writers just plum ran out of good ideas after the first two installments. There just wasn't anything terribly enjoyable or funny about this movie. It is just a cheap attempt to make money by cashing in on the popularity of the first two Shreks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good family fun film - a few adult themes

    Very funny, they develop the characters more from the previous films in the series.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wow!

    I don't do this often, but I commend Dreamworks for Shrek 1 and 2. But the third one is just insulting. Here are some things to concider regarding the third Shrek: 1) Compared to the first two movies, Donkey has very little screen time - he's way too quiet which is out of character for him. 2) Anything the movie makers thought might've been funny was repeated over and over again until they killed the joke dead and you whish they hadn't even tried at all. 3) Before there is an all-out fight scene toward the end of the movie which gives you the idea that they're about to redeem the movie, someone jumps in and starts talking about peace and how we can all get along and so the climax is... everyone gets along. Besides the political agenda, propoganda and recycled pop-culture hints, this movie was just a complete bust from five minutes into it until the very end. I admit I kept hanging on waiting for redemption, but sadly, for me, it never came. I beleive the reason some people claim to like this movie is because they're die-hard Shrek fans through and through and I respect that. But we can't give Dreamworks the impression that we liked this movie because then they'll just keep making trash like this thinking we actually like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I thought this was a very funny movie, although not quite as good as the first two. However, I really enjoyed it and so did the rest of my family.

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