YMMV / Shrek the Third

  • Americans Hate Tingle: The French dub of the movie was so disliked in French Canada that politician Mario Dumont proposed a law to force all movies to be dubbed locally instead of occasionally being imported from France or Belgium.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Badass Decay: Shrek himself, which was noted by several reviewers. In the first movie, he curbstomped Farquaad's knights. In this one, he's much softer, and didn't do much to fight back against Charming. Shrek gets some of his badassery back in Forever After, but is largely overshadowed by the Proud Warrior Race Guy ogre tribe.
  • Estrogen Brigade: While Artie is generally disliked in the Shrek fandom, he naturally garnered a minor fanbase for being an adorkable teen, much like the Once-ler. This also extends to Lancelot, despite his sole appearance involving him being a Jerkass to Artie.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The two birds that perch on Snow White's shoulders just before she sics all the forest animals on the evil trees? They're woodpeckers.
    • The idea of Merlin having a nervous breakdown and deciding to get back to nature is actually from the legends, where prior to becoming Arthur's mentor he went mad from the horrors of war and lived as a wild man in the woods.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Harold's quip about how "ogres eat their own young" in the previous movie takes a nasty turn when Shrek reveals his father did try to eat Shrek as a kid.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Prince Charming. After enduring grief and humiliation now that he no longer has the power his mama gave him, all he wanted was his own Happily Ever After...which he probably would have gotten had he not stayed a villain by choice.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: The ogre babies are absolutely adorable.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lancelot only appears in one scene where he's a complete Jerkass to Artie, but the fangirls have latched on to that one scene as an excuse to ship the two.
  • Padding: The entirety of Shrek the Third could arguably be considered this in relation to the series as a whole. The film has no major plot events that affect Shrek Forever After (aside from witnessing the birth of Shrek and Fiona's children) and none of the newly introduced major characters even appear in the subsequent film. Seriously, try watching Shrek, Shrek 2, and Forever After in that order while skipping over The Third. It has almost no bearing on the other 3 films. It actually makes even more sense that way, when you consider Rumpelstiltskin's appearance in this one.
  • The Scrappy: Quite a few of the characters fall into this due to the lower-quality writing.
    • Donkey is at his most annoying here due to flanderization, and is a Flat Character who lacks many of the sympathetic and heartwarming moments that defined him in the first two movies. He also has a rather forced Those Two Guys dynamic with Puss, which undermines their individuality and doesn't give them much of a role beyond "Shrek's two sidekicks".
    • Artie is disliked for being yet another Celebrity Voice Actor shoehorn (in this case, Justin Timberlake), and for being an uninteresting character in his own right. This isn't helped by the fact that Artie is essentially the deuteragonist of the movie, getting more focus than Donkey, Fiona or Puss while not having enough unique or likable traits of his own to make up for it. Despite his large role in Third, Artie didn't reappear in Forever After and subsequent specials, and wasn't missed in the least.
    • The ogre babies; they only appeared near the end of the movie, but many people dismissed them as a kid-oriented Tastes Like Diabetes marketing gimmick.
  • Sequelitis: Shrek the Third has the lowest critical rating in the series (41% on Rotten Tomatoes) and is generally seen as the movie that caused Shrek and its genre to no longer be taken seriously.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus on Shrek the Third is that, while a major disappointment compared to its two predecessors and a stereotype of everything wrong with the "celebrity voices and pop culture references" era of animated films, it's not a terrible film in its own right and has its moments.
  • Tough Act to Follow: It's the sequel to Shrek 2. Needless to say, expectations were very high. Fans were very disappointed when Shrek, which had been a consistently high-quality series up to that point, ended up falling into the same pit of mediocrity that many of its imitators suffered from.
  • Ugly Cute: The ogre babies once more; despite being ogres, they're still plain adorable.


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