Shrek the Third (2004 movie)

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Shrek the Third (also known as Shrek 3) is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Miller and co-directed by Raman Hui. It is the third installment in the Shrek film franchise that serves as a sequel to 2001’s Shrek and 2004’s Shrek 2. The film stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews and John Cleese reprising their voice roles from the previous films, along with new additions such as Justin Timberlake as Arthur Pendragon and Eric Idle as Merlin.

In Shrek the Third, Prince Charming is plotting to overthrow Shrek and Fiona, who have inherited the throne following King Harold’s death. Shrek, who believes he is not fit to be king and does not want to rule the kingdom, attempts to convince Fiona’s underachieving, 16-year-old cousin Artie to reign instead.

  • Starring : Mike Myers / Eddie Murphy
  • Genre : Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English
  • Director : Chris Miller / Raman Hui
  • Production : DreamWorks Animation / Pacific Data Images (PDI)
  • Distributor : Asmik Ace Entertainment / B&H Film Distribution / Finnkino / Paramount Pictures / Solar Entertainment / Taramount Film / United International Pictures (UIP) / Universal Pictures International (UPI) / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Argentina Video Home / British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) / Film1 / Fox-Paramount Home Entertainment / Kadokawa Entertainment / MTV3 / Paramount Home Entertainment Finland / Paramount Home Entertainment / RTL Entertainment / SBS6

Shrek the Third movie

Shrek the Third release date

  • May 6, 2007 : USA (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • May 18, 2007 : Canada
  • May 18, 2007 : Philippines
  • May 18, 2007 : USA
  • May 22, 2007 : Australia (Sydney) (premiere)
  • May 31, 2007 : Singapore
  • June 1, 2007 : India
  • June 7, 2007 : Australia
  • June 13, 2007 : France
  • June 21, 2007 : Germany
  • June 22, 2007 : Spain
  • June 28, 2007 : Israel
  • June 29, 2007 : UK
  • June 29, 2007 : Ireland
  • June 30, 2007 : Japan
  • August 31, 2007 : Sweden

Shrek the Third cast

  • Mike Myers as Shrek(voice)
  • Eddie Murphy as Donkey(voice)
  • Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona(voice)
  • Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots(voice)
  • Julie Andrews as Queen(voice)
  • John Cleese as King(voice)
  • Rupert Everett as Prince Charming(voice)
  • Eric Idle as Merlin(voice)
  • Justin Timberlake as Artie(voice)
  • Susanne Blakeslee as Evil Queen(voice)
  • Cody Cameron as Pinocchio / Three Pigs(voice)
  • Larry King as Doris(voice)
  • Christopher Knights as Blind Mice / Heckler / Evil Tree #2 / Guard #2(voice)
  • John Krasinski as Lancelot(voice)
  • Ian McShane as Captain Hook(voice)

The film premiered at the Mann Village Theatre, Westwood in Los Angeles on May 6, 2007, and was released in the United States on May 18, 2007, exactly six years after the first film was released. It was not as well-received as the previous two films, receiving mixed reviews from critics, but grossed $799 million on a $160 million budget, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2007. It was also nominated for the Best Animated Film at the 61st British Academy Film Awards. Shrek the Third was the final film in the Shrek franchise to be co-produced by Pacific Data Images, which folded in 2015. A sequel, Shrek Forever After, was released in 2010, which also received mixed reviews, but was considered an improvement over Shrek the Third.

Shrek and Princess Fiona are to succeed the dying King Harold, but Shrek’s attempts to serve as the Regent during the King’s medical leave end in disaster; he insists that an ogre as king is a bad idea and that there must be someone else to rule the kingdom. Before he dies, Harold tells Shrek of another heir: his nephew, Arthur “Artie” Pendragon. Meanwhile, Prince Charming vows to himself that he will become King of Far Far Away and avenge the death of his mother, the Fairy Godmother. Charming goes to the Poison Apple tavern and persuades fairy tale villains to fight for their “happily ever after”.

Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots set out to retrieve Artie; as they are sailing away, Fiona reveals to Shrek that she is pregnant, much to Shrek’s horror, as he believes he is not capable of raising children. The trio journey to Worcestershire Academy, an elite magical boarding school, where they discover Artie is a scrawny 16-year-old underachiever. At the school pep rally, Shrek tells Artie he will be king of Far Far Away. Artie is excited until Donkey and Puss inadvertently frighten him by discussing the responsibilities of being king. Immediately losing confidence in being king, Artie tries taking control of the ship to go back to Worcestershire, and as he and Shrek fight over the steering wheel, it breaks and the ship crashes on a remote island, where they encounter Artie’s retired wizard teacher, Merlin.

Charming and other villains attack the castle, but Wolfie, Pinocchio, Gingy, the Three Little Pigs and the Blind Mice stall them long enough for Fiona and her mother Queen Lillian to escape along with Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Doris the Ugly Stepsister. One of the Pigs accidentally blurts out that Shrek has gone to retrieve Arthur, and Prince Charming sends Captain Hook and his pirates to track down Shrek. The ladies are put in a tower after Rapunzel betrays them, having fallen in love with Charming.

Captain Hook and his pirates track Shrek and his friends to Merlin’s island, where they attempt to capture Shrek. Shrek defeats the villains, and Hook mentions Charming and the takeover of Far Far Away. Shrek urges Artie to return to Worcestershire. Instead, Artie cons Merlin into using his magic to send them to Far Far Away. The spell causes Puss and Donkey to accidentally switch bodies. They find Pinocchio and learn that Charming plans to kill Shrek as part of a play. Charming’s men arrive, but Artie tricks the knights into not taking them into custody and they break into the castle during rehearsals for the play. Caught in Charming’s dressing room, the four are taken captive.

Charming prepares to kill Artie, believing he is the next king. To save Artie’s life, Shrek tells Charming that Artie was a pawn to take his place as King of Far Far Away. Charming believes Shrek and allows Artie to leave. Donkey and Puss are imprisoned with Fiona and the ladies, where Fiona grows frustrated with their lack of initiative. Fiona’s mother, Queen Lillian, smashes an opening in the stone wall of the prison with a headbutt. While the princesses launch a rescue mission for Shrek, Donkey and Puss free Gingy, Pinocchio, the Wolf and pigs, and Dragon and Donkey’s children. They encounter Artie; Puss and Donkey mollify him by explaining that Shrek lied to save Artie’s life.

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