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Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Luc Besson
Produced by Luc Besson
Emmanuel Prévost
Written by Luc Besson
Céline Garcia
Starring
Music by Éric Serra
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Editing by Julien Rey
Studio TF1 Films Production
Apipoulaï
Avalanche Productions
Canal+
Distributed by EuropaCorp
Release date(s) 26 November 2009 (2009-11-26) (Germany)
2 December 2009 (2009-12-02) (France)
26 April 2010 (2010-16-26) (United States)
Running time 93 minutes
Country France
Language English
French
Money made $78,520,547

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (French: Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard) is a 2009 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 Mia Farrow. EuropaCorp produced the film, which is the second in Besson's Arthur series, following Arthur and the Invisibles. The film received generally negative reviews by critics. It was a success in France but, due to its predecessor's failure at the American box office, was released direct-to-video in the United States. It performed disappointingly in the rest of the world. As a result, the film and its sequel, Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds, generated huge losses for EuropaCorp.

Plot

Three years has passed since Arthur has saved his grandparents home and saved the Minimoys from the evil Maltazard, Arthur stays with his grandparents for the holidays, during which the Bogo Matassalai (a fictitious African society) assign Arthur a series of tests, including camouflage and environmental nonviolence. Having passed these tests, Arthur prepares to see the Minimoys to celebrate, until his father decides to take him and his mother back to the metropolis. When a spider gives Arthur a grain of rice containing a distress-call, which he believes has come from the Minimoys, he returns to his grandparents' house, where the Bogo Matassalai's attempt to give him Minimoy stature through a telescope fails, and they instead wrap him in vines of increasing tightness until he falls as a drop of sap into the Minimoy Max's bar. En route to investigate the Minimoys' condition, Arthur and Max rescue Betameche, who leads Arthur to the King. He then learns that Selenia is held by Maltazard, who is inspired to invade the human world by increasing his own size. Maltazard tricks the Minimoys into completing his design. The telescope itself is destroyed in the process, leaving Arthur trapped at his Minimoy size, While Maltazard is free to roam the world.

Cast

  • Freddie Highmore as Arthur Montgomery
  • Selena Gomez as Princess Selenia. Gomez replaced fellow pop singer Madonna, who voiced the character in the original. The character was dubbed by French singer Mylène Farmer in the French version
  • Mia Farrow as Daisy Suchot
  • Lou Reed as Maltazard. Reed replaced fellow rock singer David Bowie, who voiced the character in the original.
  • Doug Rand as Prince Betameche. Rand replaced the Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon, who voiced the character in the original.
  • Ron Crawford as Archibald Suchot
  • Robert Stanton as Armand Montgomery
  • Penelope Ann Balfour as Rose Suchot- Montgomery
  • 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
  • Logan Miller as Jake
  • 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

Video game

To promote the film, a video game by Ubisoft 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.

Sequel

In 2010, a sequel titled Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds was released.

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