Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
|Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard|
|Directed by||Luc Besson|
|Produced by||Luc Besson
|Written by||Luc Besson
|Music by||Eric Serra|
|Editing by||Julien Rey|
TF1 Films Production
Narfia Entertainment Group
|Distributed by||EuropaCorp (France)
20th Century Fox/The Weinstein Company (USA)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
|Running time||93 minutes|
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (French: Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard, also known in English as Arthur and the Invisibles 2 or simply Arthur 2 as well as Arthur and the Great Adventure for its UK re-release) is a French feature 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 second in Besson's Arthur series, following Arthur and the Invisibles.
In 1963, 13-year-old Arthur stays with his grandparents for the holidays, during which the Bogo Matassalai grant Arthur a distinction regarding being one with nature, after succeeding in a series of tests, such as becoming one with nature, blending in with the scenery, and living amongst the animals.
Arthur then prepares to see the Minimoys again to celebrate when his father, concerned for his safety due to bees, decides to take him and his mother back to the city early. However, a spider delivers to Arthur a grain of rice with the message "help", which he believes must have come from the Minimoys, and makes it even more important for him to visit them. At a gas station Arthur escapes from the car and returns to his grandparents' house, switching places with the dog Alfred. However, Bogo Matassalai's attempt to transform him using a telescope fails due to clouds covering the full moon and has Arthur ask them to apply an older, more dangerous alternative method, even though it may kill him. They agree. Arthur is wound into vines which are then pulled more and more tight. The procedure is successful and Arthur is transported downward in a drop of sap from the squeezed vines landing through the roof of Max's bar. Max explains to him what has happened since the last adventure and agrees to take him investigate the matter.
While en route to get information on the Minimoys' current condition, Arthur and Max find Betameche being arrested. Max creates a diversion while Arthur saves Beta, stealing Max's ladybug and escaping the guards. Arthur learns that Beta was not the one who needed his help. Beta takes him to the King, only to learn that Selenia is distraught that he did not arrive and was missing. However, Selenia is revealed to be held hostage by Maltazard as he uses her to enter the city. The villain reveals that the Necropolis is being flooded. Maltazard ends up in Arthur's grandparents' house, where he is inspired to take over the human world by taking advantage of the telescope. However, when Arthur's dad almost ruins the scheme, Maltazard sends the message to lure Arthur and is able to capture Selenia, to force the Minimoys to allow him to leave. Though they manage to get Maltazard out of their kingdom with the telescope, they unknowingly enlarge him to human size, as he intended. Furthermore, the telescope itself is destroyed in the process, with Arthur trapped in his Minimoy size.
- Freddie Highmore as Arthur
- Mia Farrow as Daisy
- Ronald Leroy Crawford as Archibald
- Robert Stanton as Armand
- Penelope Ann Balfour as Rose
- Jean Betote Njamba as Bogo Chief
- Bogos -
- Valery Koko Kingue
- Abdou Djire
- Bienvenu Kindoki
- Laurent Mendy
- Ibrahima Traore
- Aba Koita
- David Gasman as Mechanic
- Alan Fairbanks as Pump Attendant
- Freddie Highmore as Arthur
- Selena Gomez as Selenia. Gomez replaces Madonna, who voiced the character in the original.The character was dubbed by French singer Mylène Farmer in the French version
- Lou Reed as Maltazard. Reed replaces David Bowie, who voiced the character in the original.
- Douglas Rand as Betameche/Clerk
- Snoop Dogg as Max
- will.i.am as Snow
- Fergie as Replay
- David Gasman as King/Bogo Chief
- Leslie Clack as Ferryman
- Alan Wenger as Mono Cyclop/DaVinci
- Barbara Weber Scaff as Miss Perlanapple
- Jerry di Giacomo as Proscuitto/Guard
- Paul Bandey as Miro/Unicorn Chief
On March 22, 2011 20th Century Fox, the North American distributor for the Arthur films, released Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds in a two-movie direct-to-video release titled Arthur and the Invisibles 2+3: The New Minimoy Adventures. A theatrical release for the film was not given in the US after Arthur and the Invisibles was unsuccessful at the North American box office. However, the film was still released theatrically in Europe and also in the UK as Arthur and the Great Adventure.
Shortly after the third film Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds was released, the two films were edited into a single feature titled Arthur and the Great Adventure, which was given a theatrical release in the UK on December 24, 2010.
Both the original and UK versions received mixed to poor reviews. Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard is widely thought of as the weakest film in the Arthur series.
To promote the film, a video game was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Windows. The game composes of mostly minigames and cutscenes which are loosely related to the plot of the film.
In 2010, a sequel titled Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds was released.
- "ARTHUR ET LA VENGEANCE DE MALTAZARD (2009)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
- Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard at the Internet Movie Database