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Shrek the Third (Widescreen Edition) - animated DVD review
SHREK THE THIRD (WIDESCREEN EDITION) Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Justin Timberlake
Directors: Chris Miller and Raman Hui   Studio: Paramount Home Video/Dreamworks
DVD release: 13 November 2007   Feature runtime: 92 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Languages (English Subtitled, French Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish Dubbed & Subtitled), Audio (2.0 Surround, 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital), Shrek's Guide to Parenthood, Commentary: Meet the Cast, Lost Scenes, Tech of Shrek 3, Music Video: Donkey Dance, Worcestershire Academy Yearbook, Big Green Goofs, DWA Jukebox, Merlin's Magic Crystal Ball, Get Up and Play PSA, Learn the Donkey Dance, How to be Green, DVD Rom (Shrek Shmash Ups, Royal Tournament Games, Printables, Weblinks)

When I saw the first Shrek (bought it on a whim), I was a bit disappointed. I have this thing about modern music in a period film. It's why I refuse to see A Knight's Tale; I just can't do it. The story was fine, but the lip sync was a bit off, and the humans wandered a bit too close to the uncanny valley (the hypothesis that the more realistic an animated character becomes, the more repulsed we'll become). Over time, though, my dislike has softened. Upon repeat viewings, I've grown familiar and finally fond of Shrek and those who inhabit his world.

Shrek the Third finds Shrek (Mike Myers) in danger of becoming king of Far Far Away, a fate he's unwilling to accept. His only hope is Artie (Justin Timberlake), a (geographically) distant relative who is also qualified to take the throne. As you might imagine, another quest is in order for the gang. Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) hit the road and the high seas to bring Artie 'round to his destiny.

Meanwhile, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is pregnant and must face the trials every expectant mother goes through - cravings, emotions, baby showers, and Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) invading Far Far Away to take his perceived rightful place as king.

The usual fairy tale creatures we know and love have returned: Gingie, Pinocchio, The Three Pigs, Wolf, The Three Blind Mice, along with new characters like Merlin (Eric Idle), Belle (Cheri Oteri), Snow White (Amy Poehler), Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph), and Cinderella (Amy Sedaris).

Shrek the Third is a nice addition to the series, and while it may not shine quite as brightly as the first two, it entertains enough to make it worth your while. Time will tell if it will pass the test of repeat viewings, but so far so good. Stand by for Shrek Goes Fourth, scheduled for release in 2010.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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