Puss in Boots: Coolest Cat Ever
|The adorable stars at Cannes|
DreamWorks Animation listened, and here it is, "Puss in Boots" (2011). Though "Puss In Boots" originally was planned to be released direct to DVD, enough publicity was stirred up about "Puss In Boots" for the studio to release "Puss In Boots" theatrically instead. Was it worth the fans' wait? Most definitely.
|"I am at your service"|
|Puss is in 3D!|
Since Puss In Boots has been hunting the treasure for years, he becomes very interested. Puss In Boots tries to steal the beans, but is foiled by the unexpected appearance of Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), a friend of Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), who happens to be an old friend of Puss in Boots. Humpty and Kitty also want the treasure.
|Coolest Cat Ever!|
|Best cat expression ever!|
|Cat romance! Puss and Kitty|
These days, it seems as if everyone is adapting classic fairy tales for their own purposes (such as ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and Disney's "Maleficent"), and this is yet another take on those childhood stories.
It may be a bit predictable, but we get Puss's famous "cute look," and Banderas is very smooth, like Puss's boots. Either you go for the "cool cat with insecurities" thing or you don't. Most audiences do.
|A cat defending his fair maiden|
|"I must avenge my honor!"|
Films like "Puss in Boots" serve a real purpose in displaying the softer side of human differences, allowing us to revel in our diversity rather than fear it. They also play up the play up masculinity in general, while showing its human and loveable sides. Puss has one of the most expressive faces in animation, displaying far more emotion than most human animated characters.
|Salma Hayek with Puss|
|"I must rest from my labors."|
Here's a cat who's both a lover and a fighter, and fans of "Shrek" should not be unhappy at all with this expansion of the character. It adds a whole new dimension to the DreamWorks "Shrek" universe. There are reports of a new "Shrek" film anyway, so we will see Puss in that. In addition, DreamWorks is expanding globally, with Shrek theme parks popping up in London, Shanghai, and elsewhere. I do wish they could have come up with a more original script for this film, but it is fun and witty and character-centered, and that works. Puss is probably my favorite animated character at the moment.
|"I am Antonio Banderas and you are not."|
You may watch the entire short but excellent follow-up, "Puss In Boots: The Three Diablos" mini-movie, for free here if you wish. It's a nice little addition to "Puss in Boots" and will have to do until they produce a proper sequel. Also, depending on what time of year you are viewing this, you might like to receive Puss In Boot's personal seasonal holiday wishes. The Puss in Boots Old Spice tv spot is a classic, and the character has become so popular that there is a coming Netflix tv series devoted to him. All things considered, Puss in Boots has become a huge star in his own right, and the sky's the limit for this engaging feline.
A sequel is tentatively scheduled for December 2018. Below, the official trailer.
|You must live with honor, my friends|