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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)

With the first two Shrek movies being so fantastic, there was bound to be a tremendous groundswell of support and anticipation for the latest installment, Shrek the Third. But the third time around is not as charming as the previous two.

Of course, all the actors are back: Michael Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, and so on and so forth. The animation is absolutely stunning as usual, so it's still an aethetically beautiful piece of animation to watch.

But whichever way you want to term it, be it plot, or chemistry, or magic, Shrek the Thirdsimply doesn't sparkle as brightly as the others. Perhaps it's the fact that it,s so hard for sequels to live up to the original inspiration. Very rarely does a second movie live up to the first, let alone a third.

In this outing, Shrek is faced with the possibility (after the belabored death of John Cleese's King Harold) of becoming king of Far Far Away, a position he does no want to be in. Luckily for the loveable green ogre, there is Artie (Justin Timberlake), a distant relative who could take the throne instead. This sets Shrek and friends out on a high-seas adventure, which gets him to Worcestershire High.

As this is happening with Shrek, the pregnant Fiona is back at her baby shower when Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) shows up in an effort to force his perceived rightful claim to the throne. This sends Fiona and a host of fairy tale characters afoot as they flee the coming onslaught.

But when all is said and done, if the the pop culture rerefences, musical outbursts, and jokes falls flat on you, Shrek the Third still packs enough punch to entertain the kiddies in the household. Adults who love Shrek, fear not; Shreks 4 and 5 are in the works.
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reviewed by Bobby Blades
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