Following the initial teaser trailer we now have a full trailer for the fourth film in the popular Shrek franchise, entitled Shrek Forever After. The name and the poster suggest this will be the final installment but tell that to the studio execs once this sequel makes another gazillion dollars at the box office...
Before we get to the trailer, let's remind ourselves of what this particular Shrek adventure entails:
Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal-maker, Rumpelstiltskin (see pic above) and finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
I like that they're bringing in a well known fairy-tale character like Rumpelstiltskin as a sort of "villain." I have to admit it's not a bad story, certainly taking the franchise in a new direction instead of rehashing ideas (although I'm sure we'll have the same old overabundance of pop culture jokes and unfunny slapstick).
Without further ado, here's the new Shrek Forever After trailer, courtesy of Yahoo:
You can watch the trailer in HD over at Yahoo.
Although it just looks like the typical stuff you find in the Shrek movies that have come before, I have to admit I chuckled a few times throughout that trailer. Namely at the stuff with Puss in Boots, especially at the end when he wants to borrow Donkey's tongue :P .
However, the style of Shrek - with its overload of one-liner and pop culture jokes - means that there will obviously be jokes that work when presented out of context in a trailer. But something tells me (as was the case with the second and third movies) that this brand of humor will wear thin very quickly.
Those of you who are fans of the franchise will be happy to know that all three of the main voice actors - Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy - are back for the fourth movie. Antonio Banderas is also returning as Puss in Boots (who is getting his own spinoff movie), and joining the fun are Julie Andrews, Justin Timberlake, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, Larry King, Regis Philbin and Kathy Griffin. Once again, a Shrek film will be littered with voices you know you recognize from somewhere but can't quite place.
What do you think of the latest trailer for Shrek Forever After? Are you a fan of the franchise?
Shrek Forever After will make its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st. It hits 3D and regular 2D theaters on May 21st, 2010.