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'Shrek,' the fairy-tale-spoofing animated franchise that's commanded more than $2.2 billion in global box office through three installments, will combine equal parts Brothers Grimm and 'It's a Wonderful Life' when its fourth act, 'Shrek Forever After,' hits theaters May 21.

That's according to USA Today, which received exclusive details from director Mike Mitchell about the upcoming computer-animated film. The movie will be released in 3D, a first for 'Shrek.' 'Shrek,' the fairy-tale-spoofing animated franchise that's commanded more than $2.2 billion in global box office through three installments, will combine equal parts Brothers Grimm and 'It's a Wonderful Life' when its fourth act, 'Shrek Forever After,' hits theaters May 21.

That's according to USA Today, which received exclusive details from director Mike Mitchell about the upcoming computer-animated film. The movie will be released in 3D, a first for 'Shrek.'

In version 4.0, it seems that after rescuing a princess, getting married and fathering triplets, our favorite green ogre has found himself becoming a little too domesticated for his liking.

"He has lost his roar," said Mitchell, whose credits include 'Sky High' and 'Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo.' "It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches."

To fix things, Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, the Grimm-created troublemaker who also appeared in movies two and three. (According to USA Today, contrary to rampant Internet rumors, it is not Beatles legend Paul McCartney who voices Rumpelstiltskin.)

Those reprising their earlier 'Shrek' roles include Shrek himself, Mike Meyers, as well as Eddie Murphy (Donkey) and Cameron Diaz (Fiona).

Newcomers include Kathy Griffin and Kristen Schaal ('Flight of the Conchords'), who play ogre-hunting witches. 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm, meanwhile, will voice the leader of an underground resistance group.

"He's the best-looking orgre you've ever seen," Mitchell said.