- Cast: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Megan Fox, Jane Lynch, Julie Andrews, Jon Hamm, Justin Timberlake, Kristen Schaal, Craig Robinson, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Kathy Griffin, Regis Philbin, Larry King, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Cody Cameron, Aron Warner
- Director: Mike Mitchell
- Writers: Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke
- Producers: Teresa Cheng, Gina Shay
- Executive Producers: Andrew Adamson, Aron Warner
- D.O.P.: Yong Duk Jhun
- Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
After rescuing a princess, getting hitched and fathering triplets, Shrek is feeling over-domesticated. To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin. Of course, the pact goes awry and Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. That translates into Donkey being forced into cart-pulling duty, fat and lazy Puss in Boots trading his sword for a pink bow and the underhanded Rumpelstiltskin ruling the kingdom.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- MPAA Warning: Mild action, some rude humor and brief language
- Production Companies: DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks SKG, Pacific Data Images
2010 Guide Analysis: "Please let this be the end. Hard to remember but there was a time when the original "Shrek" hit and its satire was both pointed and hilarious. Of course Dreamworks milked it to death with a disappointing first sequel, an essentially joke-free third film, and enough oversaturation of the whole series to numb even the dullest mind. Now we're coming to a fourth time around and thankfully the studio is putting its bloated cash cow out of its misery with what's apparently the final chapter in the series.
Having done romance, marriage and parenthood in the previous films, the studio has turned to the next logical step in your average joe's development - the mid-life crisis. Most men rebel in some way - buy a car their wife hates, or have an office dalliance with their 20-something blond secretary or the cute gay guy from the sales department. This 'Shrek' tries the alternate 'what if' history angle we've seen before where the titular character sees that not getting hitched is a disaster for him and everyone around him so he'd better conform.
Throw in some typical behind-the-times pop culture gags, a few celebrity voice cameos, a poppy soundtrack, and all the tie-in merchandise and bingo - Dreamworks' shareholders will line up to nuzzle from the green ogre teet. That's the problem here, these films seem to have lost much of the respect they once had for their audience or even good storytelling - compare this with Pixar's "Toy Story" franchise where I doubt you'll find a single person who looks at its upcoming third film with anywhere near the hesitation they have for this."