Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds
|Arthur 3: The War of Two Worlds|
|Directed by||Luc Besson|
|Produced by||Luc Besson
|Written by||Luc Besson
|Music by||Éric Serra|
Narfia Entertainment Group
|Distributed by||EuropaCorp (France)
20th Century Fox/The Weinstein Company (USA)
|Running time||101 minutes|
|Budget||€65 million (shared with The Revenge of Maltazard)|
Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (French: Arthur et la guerre des deux mondes, also known in English as Arthur and the Invisibles 3 or simply Arthur 3 as well as Arthur and the Great Adventure for its UK re-release) is a French and American film with live action and animation co-written, co-produced and directed by Luc Besson, based on his novel of the same title and starring Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow. EuropaCorp produced the film, which is the third in Besson's Arthur series, following Arthur and the Invisibles and continuing Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard.
Succeeding in his plan, Maltazard used the telescope (destroying it in the process) to enlarge himself to human size while trapping Arthur in his small size. Accompanied by Selenia and Betamache, Arthur remembers an enlarging potion at his house and attempts to get it. However, Matlazard is aware of it as well and intends to use it to enlarge his followers to begin his conquest of the town. Maltazard succeeds, but Arthur returns to human form using an Elixir of Life from a queen bee. Archibald convinces Darkos to switch sides and become good, and enlarges him with a second potion he had hidden. Arthur makes his way to town and battles Maltazard with the help of Darkos, who stays true to his word. Using another of Archibald's potions, which shrinks, Selenia and Betamesh shrink Maltazard back to his Minimoy size and Arthur captures him, as the US Army shows up and defeats Maltazard's forces. Maltazard remains a prisoner of Arthur's family, and every Sunday, Arthur's grandmother Daisy brings him a piece of pie as she had promised, but leaves it outside his cell where he can't reach it.
- Freddie Highmore as Arthur Montgomery
- Mia Farrow as Granny Daisy Suchot
- Ron Crawford as Archibald
- Robert Stanton as Sheriff Armand Montgomery
- Penny Balfour as Rosetta "Rose" Suchot Montgomery
- Richard William Davis as M
- Jean Betote Njambia as Bogo Chief
- Steve Routman as Dr. Stitch
- David Gasman as Mechanic
- Cooper Daniels as George Lucas
- Norman Stokle as Mayor
- Dashiell Harman Eaves as Deputy Simon Suchot
- Joseph Rezwin as Brad
- Stephen Shagov as Captain Bellerive
- Stephen Croce as Fireman 1
- Antony Hickling as Douglas
- Selena Gomez as Princess Selenia
- Lou Reed as Emperor Maltazard
- Iggy Pop as Darkos
- Jimmy Fallon as Prince Betameche
- Mike Powers as Graffiti Artist
Arthur 3: The War of Two Worlds received mixed to poor reviews. A Rotten Tomatoes critic deemed the film "A mild improvement over its two predecessors" and gave the film a score of 2/5.
Shortly after the film's initial release, it was edited together with Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard into a single film. This version, under the title Arthur and the Great Adventure, was theatrically released on December 24, 2010.
Arthur 3: The War of Two Worlds was not released theatrically in the US, due to the poor box office showing of Arthur and the Invisibles. Instead, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released it together with Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard as a two-movie direct-to-video set on March 22, 2011, under the title Arthur and the Invisibles 2+3: The New Minimoy Adventures.
- Nusair, David (24 March 2011). "The Films of Luc Besson". reelfilm.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012.