Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds

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Arthur 3:
The War of the Two Worlds
Arthur 3 The War of the Two Worlds.jpg
French theatrical release poster
Directed byLuc Besson
Produced byLuc Besson
Stéphane Lecomte
Emmanuel Prévost
Written byLuc Besson
Céline Garcia
Based onArthur and the War of Two Worlds
by Luc Besson
StarringFreddie Highmore
Selena Gomez
Jimmy Fallon
Music byÉric Serra
CinematographyThierry Arbogast
Avalanche Productions
Don Nafia
Distributed byEuropaCorp (France)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (United States)
Release date
  • October 13, 2010 (2010-10-13) (France)
  • March 22, 2011 (2011-03-22) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
Budget65 million[1]
($91 million)
shared with Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
Box office$30,698,619[2]

Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (French: Arthur et la guerre des deux mondes, also known in North America as Arthur and the Invisibles 3 or simply Arthur 3) is a 2010 English-language French animated/live-action feature film co-written, co-produced and directed by Luc Besson, based on his novel of the same title and starring Freddie Highmore and the other actors that reprise for the movie. EuropaCorp produced the film, which is the third and final installment in Besson's Arthur series, following Arthur and the Invisibles and continuing Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard, The film begins with nothing left to lose, Arthur must begin to grow back to his normal size and faces Maltazard in massive final battle as Maltazard threatens to take over the entire universe.


Following the second film of the series, Maltazard has assumed human size, and left Arthur in miniature. Accompanied by Selenia and Betameche, Arthur attempts to retrieve an enlarging potion from his house, which Maltazard seizes to enlarge his followers, whereafter Arthur returns to human form using an Elixir of Life given by a queen bee. Archibald convinces Darkos, Maltazard's son, to change sides, and enlarges him with a second potion. Arthur and Darkos then confront Maltazard, until Selenia and Betameche shrink Maltazard back to his Minimoy size and Arthur captures him, while the U.S. Army overcome Maltazard's forces. Maltazard thereafter remains a prisoner of Arthur's family.

During the credits Darkos sings David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel".


  • Freddie Highmore as Arthur Montgomery
  • Lou Reed as Emperor Maltazard
  • Mia Farrow as Granny Daisy Suchot
  • Ron Crawford as Archibald
  • Selena Gomez as Princess Selenia. The character was dubbed by French singer Mylène Farmer in the French version
  • Doug Rand as Prince Betameche and Clerk
  • Iggy Pop as Darkos, replacing Jason Bateman from the original voice from the first film.
  • Robert Stanton as 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 The King, Bogo Chief and Additional Voices
  • Cooper Daniels as George Lucas
  • Norman Stokle as the mayor
  • Dashiell Harman Eaves as Deputy Sheriff Simon Suchot
  • Joseph Rezwin as Brad
  • Stephen Shagov as Captain Bellerive
  • Stephen Croce as a fireman
  • Antony Hickling as Douglas
  • Mike Powers as a graffiti artist


Arthur 3: The War of the 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. Shortly after the film's initial release, it was edited together with Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard into a shortened (107 minutes) single sequel film. This version, under the title Arthur and the Great Adventure, was theatrically released in the UK on December 24, 2010.[3]


Critical response[edit]

Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds received mixed to negative reviews. One critic deemed the film "A mild improvement over its two predecessors" and gave the film a score of 2/5.[4] Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 20% approval rating based on 5 reviews, with a rating average of 4.8/10.[5]


  1. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (October 14, 2010). "Review: 'Arthur and the War of Two Worlds'". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Arthur et la guerre des deux mondes". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Sandhu, Sukhdev (December 23, 2010). "Arthur and the Great Adventure, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  4. ^ Nusair, David (24 March 2011). "The Films of Luc Besson". Reel Film Reviews. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Arthur and the Invisibles 3: Arthur and the War of Two Worlds (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.

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