“Shrek Forever After” First Look

USA Today has posted the first photos from “Shrek Forever After”, the fourth film in Dreamworks Animation’s most successful franchise.

Two key bits of information popped up in the article. First up despite rumors several years ago, this is not a new trilogy but will be the final film in the series. The other is that the film, which will be shot in 3D, will premiere its first trailer in theatres with “Avatar” on December 18th.

This outing, described as “Brothers Grimm” meets “It’s a Wonderful Life”, has an over-domesticated Shrek trying to regain his ogre mojo and strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn, NOT Paul McCartney as erroneously reported) .

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 Rumpelstiltskinruling the kingdom.

New characters include Kathy Griffin and Kristin Schaal as ogre hunting witches, and Jon Hamm as the leaser of an underground resistance group.