1 hour, 32 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action
Artie's yearbook; Shrek's guide to parenthood; Lost scenes; Tech of Shrek; Big green goofs; Learn to donkey dance; Shmash up: make your own video!; Merlin's magic crystal ball; Tournament games
Shrek: Mike Myers
Donkey: Eddie Murphy
Princess Fiona: Cameron Diaz
Puss in Boots: Antonio Banderas
Queen: Julie Andrews
King: John Cleese
Prince Charming: Rupert Everett
Merlin: Eric Idle
Artie: Justin Timberlake
Captain Hook: Ian McShane
Sleeping Beauty: Cheri Oteri
Snow White: Amy Poehler
Rapunzel: Maya Rudolph
Cinderella: Amy Sedaris
Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and his lady love, the Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have settled into a dull married life in the castle, filling in, uncomfortably, for Fiona’s ailing frog-king father (John Cleese) and dealing once again with a disgruntled Prince Charming (Rupert Everett). When his father-in-law croaks, Shrek is horrified to learn that he’s next in line to rule the kingdom. If that isn’t bad enough, his wife, Princess Fiona reveals that she's expecting a little Shrek. Shrek tries to evade at least one of his responsibilities by finding the only other heir to the throne – Fiona’s long-lost cousin Artie (Justin Timberlake). Meanwhile the vengeful Prince Charming tries to reclaim the kingdom for himself, it’s up to Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) to stop that from happening.
The three friends sail off to the village of Worcestershire where they hope to convince Artie to accept the prestigious job. But Artie turns out to be a high school misfit with no social skills. But he's finally convinced to go along with Shrek and Company to Far Far Away. On their return voyage there's a shipwreck and they stumble upon Artie’s former magic teacher, Merlin (Eric Idle), a doddering recluse whose help they need to get home where Charming has seized control by summoning a band of storybook villains (Captain Hook, the Evil Queen, the Big Bad Wolf and the Headless Horseman).
When Shrek and his friends get back they find that Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews), Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Rapunzel have all been imprisoned. Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots are captured too, but somehow they manage to change the minds of the villains in the course of a musical production that Charming insists on presenting to demonstrate his triumph. That's when Artie manages to teach them all a lesson that he’s learned from Shrek; that it doesn’t matter how other people see you, as long as you’re true to yourself and your dreams.
What's disappointing about this movie is that it doesn't appeal as much to grown-ups as it will to the kids. While the earlier Shreks worked so well on several levels, Shrek the Third seems a lot closer to many other generic animated movies. Even Donkey, who's always been hilarious as voiced by Eddie Murphy, isn't able to inject this one with much humor, even when he's sparring with the formerly entertaining Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas). None of the voice-over actors seem as enthusiastic in their characterizations as they were in the earlier films. Except for the wonderful Mike Myers, they all seem to be getting a bit tired of their roles. Maybe Shrek the 4th will be better, after the critics have their fun beating up on this one; but there's no doubt the kids will love it and the box-office will reflect it.