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Puss in Boots
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Friday, 04 November 2011 15:03

Puss in BootsFACT:  If you search for “Puss in Boots” on IMDB.com you will be confronted with two possible search results. Believe it or not, one is a 1988 live-action musical starring, of all people, Christopher Walken singing and dancing as Puss! Check out the clip – it’s worth it!

As delightful as that insanely quirky film looks (and trust me, it looks awesome) – it’s not the film I’m here to talk about.  

Antonio Banderas is about as far a cry from Christopher Walken as you can get, but he has truly made the swashbuckling feline his own since he first voiced the character in Shrek 2 and stole the show. Now Puss gets to tell his own tail – er, tale – in his own movie!

Don't mess with the kittyHe’s been an outlaw since he was a kitten, known by many names including Chupacabra, and Frisky Two-Times; his face plastered on Wanted posters all over his home town. But Puss is ready to clear his name, until he runs into his old partner Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) – the bad egg who double-crossed him in their youth. Now Humpty wants to partner up again in order to steal the Golden Goose so they can both be rich. Puss also meets Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), a pretty little feline with a knack for thievery.

Who you calling Soft?Puss in Boots is an instant classic that lives up to the high standards and, in fact, outshining at least a couple installments of the Shrek series. The animation is colorful and beautiful, although I think it’s completely unnecessary to view this one in 3D. You will lose nothing by seeing the regular 2D version, and you will save a few bucks.

Dream Works has cobbled together a really strong script full of surprises and laughs, though there is absolutely no reference to the original Charles Perrault tale. The jokes and visual gags are helped along by fantastic voice performances. Banderas truly shines in this role, giving Puss the perfect amount of charm and toughness – he’s got a lot of bravado for a little kitty!

Puss in Boots is a surefire hit and I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this film – unless you are an actual grumpy ogre or a hater of all things furry.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by Chris Miller (Shrek the Third), starring the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis.

This is the fifth time Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek have worked on a film together.

Dreamworks Animation is planning work on an animated version of the popular Captain Underpants children’s books.