USA Today has published a first look at DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After, the final film in the series that will hit theaters and IMAX in 3D on May 21st. The first trailer will be released with James Cameron’s Avatar, which opens on December 18.
Director Mike Mitchell told the newspaper that Shrek is feeling over-domesticated in the fourth installment. “He has lost his roar. It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches.”
To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, who is voiced by Walt Dohrn, the film’s head of story. 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.
Comedians Kathy Griffin and Kristin Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”) are joining the voice cast as witches who hunt ogres. On the side of good is an underground resistance group led by Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” who plays “the best-looking ogre you’ve ever seen,” Mitchell says.