Movies: The Long Wait is Ogre!

The Ogre's Back!

Pun intended. Yes, the long wait is definitely over. Shrek the Third is set to hit cinemas on May 18. Darn, I forgot to include this film and The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in Ceskypooh’s World Must-Watch Movies for 2007.

The last time I saw Shrek, it was on the boobtube, not on one of the cable movie channels but on rented video. Before going home each night, Dada Joel would pass by Video City to rent a few video compact discs. He’d always bring home three movies, one for him, usually action or sci-fi flicks, one for mom (romance, comedy or suspense), and one for me (cartoons, animation, kiddie).

I found Shrek scary at first. If not for the voice, I would’ve shunned him—it—entirely. But I loved Donkey and Puss In Boots. They’re adorable—so adorable that Dad tried to look for dolls in their likeness to add to my collection, which includes several Winnie the Poohs, Angelica of the Rugrats, and Pinky, a small, uhmmm, pink dog.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Being a king isn’t for everyone—especially if you’re a prickly ogre who smells like the shallow end of a swamp. When Shrek married Fiona, the last thing he wanted was to rule Far Far Away, but when his frogger-in-law, King Harold, suddenly croaks, Shrek is quickly fitted for the crown. Now, unless the reluctant would-be king can find a suitable replacement, he’ll be royally screwed for the rest of his days.

Shrek the Third brings back the imitable voices of Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss In Boots, Julie Andrews and John Cleese as Queen Lillian and King Harold, and Rupert Everett as Prince Charming.

Joining the stellar voice cast are Grammy Award-winning singer and actor Justin Timberlake as Artie, the king-in-waiting and Eric Idle as Merlin the magician.

I know almost all of the cast, except for Eric Idle. When I asked Dad about the guy, he told me via Yahoo! Messenger that Eric Idle was part of Monty Phyton (whatever that means) and provided the voice for Wreckgar, a transforming robot that appeared in the animated cult classic Transformers the Movie.

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