|Critter Country 3|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Klay Hall|
|Produced by||Kendra Halland|
|Screenplay by||Jonathan Aibel|
|Story by||Elliot M. Bour|
Saul Andrew Blinkoff
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Edited by||John Royer|
|Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||March 2, 2018|
|Running time||107 minutes|
|Box office||$419 million|
Critter Country 3 is a 2018 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 Critter Country 2 and the third installment in the Critter Country series. In the film's ensemble voice cast, James Corden, Jason Segel, Oona Laurence, Liu Yifei, M. Nighy Shyamalan, David Ogden Stiers, Kristoff St. John, Andy Dick, Russi Taylor, and Kenneth Branagh reprise their roles 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 March 2, 2018. The film has grossed over $419 million worldwide against its $100 million budget and received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for its animation, musical score, and vocal performances, but criticism for its story and writing. The final installment in the series, Critter Country Jam, was released on December 26, 2018.
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.
- Liu Yifei as Lalaloopsy, a flying pink pony who is DJ Can's wife and the princess of the Pink Kingdom.
- M. Night Shyamalan as DJ Can, a pink and white zebra who is Lalaloopsy's husband.
- Andy Dick as Hissy, a blue and green snake and one of Lemy's friends.
- Russi Taylor as Chipper, a chipmunk and one of Lemy's friends.
- Kristoff St. John as Bext, a beaver and one of Lemy's friends.
- David Ogden Stiers as Park, a green parrot and one of Lemy's friends.
- Leslie Mann as Ms. Albatross, a well-meaning albatross who is a rich business bird.
- 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 Jack Angel as Boston, Pomeranian, Havanese, and Pembroke, four longtime kings of Critter Country who are Bark Bark's friends.
Critter Country 3 was released into theaters on March 2, 2018, and grossed $110 million in its opening weekend. It has grossed $169 million domestically and $250 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $419 million worldwide. Produced on a $100 million budget, the film was commercially successful.
Critter Country 3 received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 47% approval rating based on 187 reviews. The consensus reads, "Critter Country 3 is impressively animated and offers a heartwarming message, but its plot derivatively recycles ideas from the first two films". On Metacritic, The film has a score of 48 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.