DirectorLuc Besson Film seriesArthur series Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateNovember 26, 2009 (2009-11-26) (Germany)
December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02) (France) Based onArthur et la vengeance de Maltazard
by Luc Besson WriterPatrice Garcia (characters and universe), Luc Besson (screenplay), Luc Besson (characters), Celine Garcia (characters) CastSelena Gomez (Selenia), Freddie Highmore (Arthur), Fergie (Replay), Jimmy Fallon (Prince Betameche), Mia Farrow (Granny), Snoop Dogg (Max) Similar moviesRelated Luc Besson movies
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (French: Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard, also known in North America as Arthur and the Invisibles 2 or simply Arthur 2) 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 money losses for EuropaCorp.
In 1963, protagonist 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 in 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 this design. The telescope itself is destroyed in the process, leaving Arthur trapped at his Minimoy size.
Freddie Highmore as Arthur
Selena Gomez as Princess Selenia. Gomez replaces 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
Lou Reed as Maltazard. Reed replaces David Bowie, who voiced the character in the original.
Jimmy Fallon as Betameche
Ron Crawford as Archibald
Robert Stanton as Armand
Penelope Ann Balfour as Rose
Jean Betote Njamba as Bogo Chief
Valery Koko Kingue
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
On March 22, 2011 20th Century Fox, the North American distributor for the Arthur films, released Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds in a two-movie direct-to-video release titled Arthur and the Invisibles 2+3: The New Minimoy Adventures. A theatrical release for the film was not given in the US after Arthur and the Invisibles was a failure at the North American box office. However, the film was still released theatrically in Europe and as well as in the UK and Ireland as Arthur and the Great Adventure.
Shortly after the third film Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds was released, the two films were edited into a single feature titled Arthur and the Great Adventure, which was given a theatrical release in the UK on December 24, 2010.
Both the original and UK versions received mixed to poor reviews. Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard is widely thought of as the weakest film in the Arthur series.
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.
In 2010, a sequel titled Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds was released.