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Arthur and the Great Adventure (2009)

Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard (original title)
Arthur answers a distress call from Princess Selenia, who is menaced by the nefarious Maltazard.


Luc Besson


Patrice Garcia (characters and universe), Luc Besson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Selena Gomez ... Selenia (voice)
Freddie Highmore ... Arthur
Fergie ... Replay (voice) (as Stacy Ferguson)
Logan Miller ... Jake
Jimmy Fallon ... Prince Betameche (voice)
Mia Farrow ... Granny
Snoop Dogg ... Max (voice)
Omar Sy ... Snow (voice)
Will.i.am ... Snow (voice) (as Will i Am)
Cem Yilmaz ... (voice)
Michel Duchaussoy ... Archibald (voice)
Mylène Farmer ... Sélenia (voice)
Robert Stanton ... Armand
Penny Balfour ... Rose
Lou Reed ... Emperor Maltazard (voice)


Arthur did as a boy what only grandpa, a fellow nature buff, did as an adult: pass, as white man, the Bogo tribe's tests of harmony with the natural worlds of trees, minerals and animals. To answer a mysterious call fro help from the Mimimoy people, he enters their world miniaturized. By the time he works out with friends it was a trick, the mastermind has already escaped, ready to strike in our world. Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 December 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur 2 See more »

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Box Office


€65,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Arthur and the Great Adventure" is actually a UK only release, an edit of the second and third films, Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010). See more »


(at around 51 mins) In the kitchen Archibald tells Armand, that all animals and insects are to be respected around his home. Yet when Arthur and Betameche are escaping the Unicorns under the house, there are rat traps. See more »


Followed by Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010) See more »


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Arthur and the not so great Adventure
14 August 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Arthur and the Invisibles had a lot of problems but also had a fair share of good points, that made it an at least watchable if mediocre film. Arthur and the Great Adventure was a rather messy sequel that made the same mistakes as its predecessor and made even more on its way. It does have some good things too. The backgrounds have some great detail and it is colourful to look at, so most of the animation is good. The soundtrack is bouncy and has an adventurous feel to it. Freddie Highmore is still likable in the title role while Mia Farrow is as kindly and compassionate as in the first film and Selena Gomez is an improvement over Madonna, actually sounding like a young princess and closer to Highmore's age rather than somebody trying to sound younger. The story is very thinly plotted though and reads a lot like filler, not helped also by very hyperactive pacing and an abrupt conclusion, which felt more like the start of a film than the end. Arthur's adventure and search is tiresome and takes too long to get going, and there is too much of the father character, an important character but not that important. The live action scenes are still awkwardly staged and don't mesh particularly well with the animated sequences, while the dialogue lacks freshness or flow with some ill-judged and timed comic relief. Maltarzard, one of the first film's stronger characters, is a very weak villain this time round, here a character that is under-utilised and underwritten. Jimmy Fallon is even more irritating here now the material is weaker, Snoop Dogg fares better but also struggles. Will.i.am is out of place, but the worst case was Lou Reed, who sounds really bored and monotone. No attempt whatsoever is made to make Maltarzard sound like he did in Arthur and the Invisibles, and his character design here might leave youngsters who saw this film without seeing the first traumatised. In conclusion, not a truly terrible film but really not that great or good either. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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