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Critter Country 3
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Klay Hall
Produced by Audrey Wells
Stephen Swofford
Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Story by Elliot M. Bour
Saul Andrew Blinkoff
Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Starring James Corden
Oona Laurence
Jason Segel
Patrick Warburton
Alan Tudyk
Ed O'Neill
Leslie Mann
John Rhys-Davies
M. Night Shyamalan
Andy Dick
Kaitlyn Robrock
Liu Yifei
Jonah Hill
Kenneth Branagh
Music by Hans Zimmer
Edited by John Royer
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date January 20, 2023
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Box office $530 million

Critter Country 3 is a 2023 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Klay Hall, it is the sequel to 2019's Critter Country 2 and the third and final installment in the Critter Country trilogy. In the film's ensemble voice cast, James Corden, Oona Laurence, Jason Segel, John Rhys-Davies, M. Night Shyamalan, Andy Dick, Liu Yifei, Jonah Hill, and Kenneth Branagh reprise their roles from the first two films, with Kaitlyn Robrock replacing Russi Taylor from the first two films. The returning cast is joined by Patrick Warburton, Alan Tudyk, Ed O'Neill, and Leslie Mann, who voice the new characters introduced. In the film, Lemy the Lemur sets out to prove a conniving raccoon that he is still the king of Critter Country. Along the way, he meets his long-estranged father and learns that he himself is the spirit of his legacy.

Critter Country 3 was released theatrically in the United States on January 20, 2023. The film received positive reviews from critics and the film earned $223 million in its opening weekend, eventually earning a collective total over $530 million worldwide against its $150 million budget. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.


One week after the events of the second film, Critter Country and Pink Kingdom now live in harmony. One day, Critter Country's king, Lemy the ring-tailed lemur, has his pride injured when former king Kuku the sulphur-crested cockatoo's old enemy, a conniving raccoon named Ikki, steals the crown and the throne and knocks him unconscious.

As Lemy recovers four months later, Critter Country begins to feel like Lemy should retire for good. Lemy reluctantly tells his closest friends, Batty the fruit bat, Burrows the meerkat, Lalaloopsy the pony, DJ Can the zebra, Hissy the snake, Chipper the chipmunk, Bext the beaver, Park the parrot, and Furnick the koala of his removal from the throne, but then devises a new plan to retrieve the crown and the throne. Lemy and his friends come across Lemy's long-lost father, Poppa, who takes them to the Adventure Training Center. Its CEO, Ms. Albatross, sets Lemy to train to capture Ikki. Lemy succeeds, and they go to the nearby beach, where, unbeknownst to them, Ikki spies on them training and plots to ambush them.

Meanwhile, Lemy, Poppa, Burrows, and Batty end up underground and discover the Crystal Paradise, where they successfully get the crown from Ikki and his assistant Mr. Fly the fly. They are chased by the Giant Crystal, a monster that guards Ikki and is said to turn critters to stone once stared at. They manage to return to the beach with Lemy's crown in hand, but, annoyed by the occasional danger Poppa unintentionally led them to, Lemy vents out frustrations with his father and decides to leave, ending their relationship. Burrows reveals to Lemy that being mad at Poppa is part of having a father. Lemy apologizes to his father for his outburst, and the two reconcile.

Everyone heads to a training field named Zenville, where they meet a Shih Tzu named Bark Bark and his fellow longtime kings, Boston, Pomeranian, Havenese, and Pembroke. Bark Bark tells Lemy that Lemy himself is the spirit of KuKu's legacy. He trains successfully again, mastering every obstacle he is given. When Lemy becomes Lemy the Tough and is certified "battle-ready", they all head back to Critter Country, with Lemy telling Ms. Albatross to meet them. When they return to Critter Country, Ikki appears on the scene with the Giant Crystal, which is just a robotic Tyrannosaurus. Poppa breaks in the robot and powers it down. Outraged, Ikki yells at Lemy for ruining everything. An undettered Lemy orders Ikki to leave and never come back. Ikki refuses and tries to kill Lemy, but Lemy manages to steal Ikki's weaponized hair dryer and uses it to defeat him the same way Ikki beat Lemy.

Lemy retrieves the throne and is praised for his honesty and selflessness. Poppa, Bark Bark, Boston, Pomeranian, Havanese, and Pembroke stay with Lemy and his friends while Ms. Albatross returns to her job. Kuku informs Lemy his journey as king is full circle. Lemy concludes that as long as he has his friends and family, his journey as king will live on forever.


  • James Corden as Lemy, a optimistic British-accented ring-tailed lemur who is Batty's boyfriend and the king of Critter Country.
  • Jason Segel as Burrows, a meerkat and Lemy's best friend.
  • Oona Laurence as Batty, a fruit bat and Lemy's girlfriend.
  • Patrick Warburton as Poppa, a ring-tailed lemur and Lemy's long-estranged father.
  • Alan Tudyk as Ikki, a conniving raccoon and Lemy's rival who intends to remove Lemy from the throne.
  • Ed O'Neill as Bark Bark, an elderly Shih Tzu who lives in Zenville.
  • Leslie Mann as Ms. Albatross, a well-meaning albatross who is a rich business bird.
  • John Rhys-Davies as Park, a green parrot and one of Lemy's friends.
  • M. Night Shyamalan as Bext, a beaver and one of Lemy's friends.
  • Andy Dick as Hissy, a blue and green snake and one of Lemy's friends.
  • Kaitlyn Robrock as Chipper, a chipmunk and one of Lemy's friends. She was voiced by Russi Taylor in the first two films.
  • Liu Yifei as Lalaloopsy, a flying pink pony who is DJ Can's wife and the princess of the Pink Kingdom.
  • Jonah Hill as DJ Can, a pink and white zebra who is Lalaloopsy's husband.
  • Kenneth Branagh as FurNick, a red and pink koala and the ruler of the Pink Kingdom.
  • Christopher Nicholas Smith as Mr. Fly, a fly and Ikki's assistant.
  • Jim Cummings as Kuku, an elderly cockatoo and the former king of Critter Country.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson, Tabitha St. Germain, Grey DeLisle, and Jim Cummings as Boston, Pomeranian, Havanese, and Pembroke, four old legends of Critter Country who are Bark Bark's friends.


Box office

In the United States, Critter Country 3 was released alongside The Possession of Hannah Grace, and was projected to gross $125 million in its opening weekend. It went on $191 million in its opening weekend. It has grossed $250 million domestically and $280 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $530 million worldwide. Produced on a $150 million budget, the film was commercially successful.

Critical response

Critter Country 3 received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 84% approval rating based on 187 reviews. The consensus reads, "Though its story may seem a tad familiar, Critter Country 3 offers a good message, for an impressively animated film with fun for fans of the previous two films". On Metacritic, The film has a score of 65 out of 100 based on 46 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.