The “Shrek” series was what helped to launch DreamWorks Animation into the stratosphere after just a few other mildly-popular films such as “Antz” and “The Prince of Egypt.” When “Shrek” hit the big screen in 2001, it connected with audiences like few other animated films had done.
The level of detail in the computer rendering, along with the talented voice cast and the witty writing, had audiences hooked. After four successful films, the journey of Shrek is (seemingly) over, but there are more stories to tell and they are starting with your favorite accented feline Puss in his own spin-off movie, “Puss in Boots.”
“Puss in Boots” tells the story of how this stealthy cat came to be known far and wide as a courageous warrior and a charming ladies man. The story starts off long before his journey with Shrek and Fiona began, back when he was a swashbuckling hero and protector of the innocent.
When Puss (Antonio Banderas) learns about two thieves, Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris), he sets off on a journey with his old friend Humpty Dumpty (Zack Galifianakis) to uncover these two mischievous villains and stop their plot. Along the way, he is introduced to Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), an associate of Humpty’s who might be the best cat burglar that Puss has ever seen. But Humpty is up to his old tricks again and has plans of his own that could derail Puss’s daring adventure. Along the way, Puss will have to revisit his past and face the facts about his soft-boiled companion. Can he stop all the villains and save his long-time friend from a self-destructing path?
We have the first clip from “Puss in Boots” and in it we see Puss fuming about his recent encounter with Humpty Dumpty. He runs into Kitty Softpaws, who tries to use her feline wiles to bring Puss on board for a massive heist that would make them rich. We also get a look at how truly talented she is at stealing as she robs Puss and he isn’t even aware.
My first impression of the film is that the animation has never looked better. Just when you thought that it couldn’t become any more polished, a few years pass and it keeps getting better. I also love that we see Puss revert back to an ordinary cat when he starts to chase the light, which reminds me of my own cat. Salma Hayek seems to fit the role quite nicely and I think that she, along with the many other talented voice actors, should make this film a hit. So what do you think? Are you willing to see the film or are you over this franchise? Leave a comment and let us know.
“Puss in Boots” opens in theaters Oct. 28 in 2D and Real-D 3D and also in IMAX 3D.
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