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Shrek the Third (2007)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 May 2007 (USA)
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When his new father-in-law, King Harold falls ill, Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Not one to give up his beloved swamp, Shrek recruits his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona, however, rallies a band of royal girlfriends to fend off a coup d'etat by the jilted Prince Charming.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shrek (voice)
Donkey (voice)
Princess Fiona (voice)
Puss in Boots (voice)
Queen (voice)
King (voice)
Prince Charming (voice)
Merlin (voice)
Artie (voice)
Evil Queen (voice)
Cody Cameron ...
Pinocchio / Three Pigs (voice)
Doris (voice)
Blind Mice / Heckler / Evil Tree #2 / Guard #2 (voice)
Lancelot (voice)
Captain Hook (voice)


When Fiona's father and King of Far Far Away passes away, the clumsy Shrek becomes the immediate successor of the throne. However, Shrek decides to find the legitimate heir Artie in a distant kingdom with his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to be able return to his beloved house in the swamp with the pregnant Fiona. Meanwhile, the envious and ambitious Prince Charming joins the villains of the fairytales plotting a coup d'état to become the new king. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shrek 3  »

Box Office


$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$121,629,270 (USA) (18 May 2007)


£38,079,462 (UK) (24 August 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During Prince Charming's soliloquy in the alleyway it's possible to see New York City's infamous graffiti artists "Cope2" and "Ja" tags. See more »


When Shrek and Artie are captured by Charming, and Shrek insults Artie to save his life, Artie leaves and, in a following shot, is seen walking away some distance from the castle. However, when Puss, Donkey and the other fairytale characters bump into him later, he is back by the castle gates. See more »


[first lines]
Prince Charming: Onward, Chauncey! To the highest room of the tallest tower, where my princess awaits rescue by the handsome Prince Charming!
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Crazy Credits

During the beginning of the credits, Donkey and Puss dance and sing "Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)" while they and the ogre triplets interact with the actors' names, which are in the shape of sticks, stitched onto stuffed animals, hung from a mobile, etc. See more »


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Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
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The movie that rates itself: The Third.
19 May 2007 | by (California, United States) – See all my reviews

Paul McCartney is a great songwriter. Let me just get that out of the way. But he isn't perfect. Take for example the song, "Live and Let Die", a song he wrote in the '70s for a Bond movie of the same name. The song is used briefly in Dreamworks' latest outing for everyone's favorite Scots ogre. In the song he actually wrote this line: "But if in this ever changing world in which we live in". "In which we live in"? Was he kidding? A great talent, but that is some lazy songwriting. I figure he was either exhausted, or under contract, as opposed to being inspired.

And that's the problem with this entire movie. The writing is simply not up to par. The story is loaded down with so many different elements that it is impossible to develop any of them. You can almost see the writers thinking, "Okay, now we've got a bunch of stuff for Shrek, Donkey, and Puss to do. Let's put in some stuff for Fiona and Lillian here..." The result is that there's a script, but no real story. And the dialog with some exceptions, is full of the clichés they so happily lampooned in earlier Shreks. The result comes across as a 3rd or 4th draft.

Andrew Adamson directed the previous two Shreks and has one of the writing credits here, but he did not direct it. I guess the franchise is so important now that it must be handled by two directors, neither of whom has Adamson's knack for timing. At various points in the evening, the pace was surprisingly ponderous.

It's not unpleasant, as movies go. It's just disappointing when such an average film continues a series of such good ones.

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