The first 40 seconds of the new trailer for Shrek Forever After make me want to go home and watch my old VHS of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Shrek wants to be a “real ogre again” like Ariel wanted to be a real human. Rumpelstiltskin’s line, “Why didn’t you say so? Magical transactions are my specialty” is just like Ursula telling Ariel, “My dear sweet child, that’s what I do! It’s what I live for.” Even the lighting in Rumpelstiltskin’s buggy is very “Ursula’s underwater cave.” And he makes Shrek sign something before he’s transported to an alternate version of Far, Far Away where none of his friends recognize him — a predicament almost as cruel as not being able to share your beautiful singing voice with the loyal subjects of Prince Eric.
Forever After, in theaters nationwide May 21 (after it opens the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21), will be the first of Dreamworks’ Shrek franchise to be presented in 3-D. Are you there…with glasses? Or without? Come on, you poor unfortunate soul…Go ahead! Make your choice! If you want to see 3-D, my sweet, you’ve got to pay the toll….