Just got my copy of Shrek the Third, and I have to admit, I really enjoyed it. The third installment of the hugely popular series, this one featured some new stars, including everyone’s favorite, Justin Timberlake. Again, Far Far Away is threatened by Prince Charming, and in typical Shrek fashion, our hero journeys to save his fair lady, and teach Charming a lesson, making jabs at pop culture the entire way.

While taking the place of the sick King, Shrek realizes that he’s not cut out for the life of royalty. He’s just a plain ol’ Ogre, and no king. There are just too many things to do, and Shrek cannot wait to retire to the peaceful confines of his swamp with Fiona. However, as the King’s health continuing to deteriorate, he realizes that he is next in line for the throne. Finding out from the dying King that there is another heir that has not been found yet, Shrek heads out on a journey to find the heir, so that he will not have to become King himself. In the absence of Shrek, and with the aid of his own fair lady, Prince Charming attacks the Kingdom, and establishes himself as the King. He plans a large production, the finale of which will feature him putting an end to his nemesis, Shrek.

Meanwhile, things aren’t going too smoothly for Shrek. Not exactly a people person, Shrek quickly alienates the young heir, Artie (Justin Timberlake). Artie is also not all that Shrek expected, and is quite reluctant to return to Far Far Away with Shrek. After some convincing, and some help from former professor gone mad Merlin, Artie returns with Shrek, Donkey and Puss to Far Far Away, where they have quite the surprise in store for them….

Needless to say, you’ll have to watch the DVD to see the ending… that is if you didn’t see it in theatres! Shrek the Third also includes some nice special features, such as missing scenes, Artie’s Yearbook, and other interactive games and guides. I especially like the parenting tips for Shrek, and the missing scenes. Dance with Donkey is also quite amusing, and adds some good laughs.

The DVD of Shrek the Third gives you an opportunity to watch or re-watch a great animated film. There’s a good story, and then some nice added features that have been thrown on for you own enjoyment. Go see if Shrek can return order to Far Far Away, and enjoy the magic created by this great series again!

Grade: A-

The Upside: It’s Shrek!

The Downside: I wanted a couple more extra features, but that’s not a huge deal.

On the Side: Did you know it took over a million man hours to make Shrek the Third?

Release Date: November 13, 2007
Rated: PG
Running Time: 92 minutes
Number of Discs: 1
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz
Directors: Chris Miller, Raman Hui
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

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