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  • 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:
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    • 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.
    • Dragon. In the first film, she proved a serious threat to Shrek and Donkey. In this film, she only manages to fell one witch before being easily detained by Prince Charming's army. Possibly justified by her having grown more peaceful.
  • 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.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: A major victim of this, especially since its only real impact in Forever After was a scene at the start where it's revealed Shrek and Fiona have had kids. (And considering the context of that scene, it's still hardly necessary to watch Shrek the Third.) Even if one likes Forever After, skipping this one is seen as very reasonable.
  • 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.
    • Arthur confesses to having a crush on Gwen (Guinevere), one of his classmates.
  • 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.
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  • He's Just Hiding!: Prince Charming was speculated to have survived the prop tower falling on him by virtue of the scene looking like the window part landed on him, making it appear like it would have prevented him from being crushed under it.
  • 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.
  • Narm:
    • King Harold's last moments before his death are sad, but they get completely ruined when King Harold has not one, but two death fake-outs. Add some strange gestures King Harold makes while dying, the fact that he is a frog, and the fact that they chose a James Bond song, of all things, to play over his funeral, and it will be impossible to take such sad moment seriously. It's hard to figure out if it was intended to be tragic, funny, Bathos, or something in between, but it ends up being uncomfortably light for the death of a well-liked character and uncomfortably unfunny for a comedic scene.
      Schaffrillas Productions: Why is "Live and Let Die" playing at King Harold's funeral? This is a Bond song, you guys. Why is it here? Is it because it has "die" in the title? Wooooow, that's really stupid! Thanks so much, guys, I love this movie, yeeeaaah!
    • The scene with "Immigrant Song" was likely intended to be cool, but the fact that the music cue of the "AAAaaaAAA" gets missed by about a full second dampens it pretty hard. It then switches to "Barracuda" literally 15 seconds after the song starts.
  • Never Live It Down: For plenty of fans, this movie marks the beginning of the Shrek series' transformation into a Lighter and Softer series marketed mainly towards kids. By the time Shrek Forever After addressed this issue and made its tone overall darker, it was too late, and Shrek's Watch It for the Meme status would follow soon after.
  • 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 the birth of Shrek and Fiona's children and maybe Prince Charming's death) 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Despite being a main character, Donkey is woefully underused. As he's already a father to the dronkeys, the movie easily could have expanded on that to give him some interesting development with Shrek regarding the latter's fears of being a father and illustrate their differences in parenting philosophies. However, in the movie itself, Donkey acts as little more than Those Two Guys with Puss, with his role as a father almost completely forgotten barring a couple scenes with the dronkeys.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The movie could've done so much more with Shrek's fear of becoming a father, but the movie is either too direct or too subtle with it. Shrek fearing to become an abusive father, much like his own, is an interesting arc, but the movie only implies this in one scene. Otherwise it's just Shrek fearing children in general, which doesn't make sense at all.
  • Tough Act to Follow: It's the sequel to two of the most beloved animated films of all time. 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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