Shrek the Third (2007)

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The King of Far Far Away has died and Shrek and Fiona are to become King & Queen. However, Shrek wants to return to his cozy swamp and live in peace and quiet, so when he finds out there is another heir to the throne, they set off to bring him back to rule the kingdom.

Film Title and Release
"Shrek the Third" is a computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui. Released in 2007, it is the 3rd installment in the Shrek franchise, produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Aron Warner. This popular DreamWorks Animation film continues the amusing and captivating experience of Shrek and his friends.

Synopsis and Main Characters
The movie takes place after Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) have returned from their honeymoon. Fiona's daddy, King Harold (voiced by John Cleese), is on his deathbed, and his passing away desire is for Shrek to end up being the new king of Far Away, much to Shrek's scary. The dissatisfied troll insists he isn't suitable for the function. Alternatively, King Harold discusses another possible successor, Artie (voiced by Justin Timberlake), a lowly high school student in a middle ages education system.

Plot Summary
To avoid the responsibilities of kingship, Shrek, along with his partners Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas), sets sail to remote Worcestershire to encourage Artie to become king. Meanwhile, back in Far Away, the bad guy Prince Charming (voiced by Rupert Everett) enacts his plan to rule the kingdom by fooling the fairy tale bad guys into believing that they will get a "happy ending" if they support him.

As Shrek struggles to persuade the unwilling and insecure Artie to welcome his destiny, Fiona reveals her pregnancy, causing Shrek stress and anxiety about becoming a daddy. The journey grows increasingly difficult with Artie's lack of self-belief and the unrelenting pursuit of Prince Charming and his minions.

Conclusion of the Story
When Shrek and company go back to Far Away, they discover the kingdom in chaos. Prince Charming has imprisoned Fiona and her mom Queen Lillian (voiced by Julie Andrews), together with other fairy tale heroines. During the climax, Shrek and good friends storm the castle in an effort to save Fiona and the others. A fight occurs which culminates in Artie convincing the villains to desert their life of criminal offense, and the kingdom acknowledging him as their rightful king.

Final Thoughts and Themes
"Shrek the Third" highlights themes of relationship, commitment, and self-acceptance. It also introduces a question of tradition and parenthood in Shrek's character. Like its predecessors, the film is filled with humor appealing to adults and kids.

The film attracted audiences with its remarkably written script filled with satire, drama, and psychological depth. Although critics have argued that it perhaps doesn't reach the lofty heights of the very first two installations, "Shrek the Third" uses an aesthetically sensational and amusing animated movie that further expands the precious franchise.

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