Puss In Boots Movie, An Excellent And Entertaining Animated Film!
A "Shrek II" Spinoff, Excellently Done!
If you're looking for a VERY entertaining movie for the entire family, the 2011 release, the animated "Puss In Boots" movie is the one for you! We went to see it and we were thoroughly charmed and mesmerized by the animated characters in this movie!
Someone who was doing the animation for this film had to be a "cat person" or cat lover for sure, as the animated moves and mannerisms of these cats, as well as their facial expressions is absolutely amazing! We went into the movie thinking it was going to be a "cartoon"... but it was more along the lines of the Shrek series of movies, and Puss In Boots is actually a spin off character from the wildly popular Shrek II. He had a small part in that movie, as well as in other Shrek movies.It seems that taking his character and making an entire movie from it was a risk, but one that was very well taken.
The great thing about a movie like this is that little kids are not the only ones who will find these cats and the other movie characters to be charming and cute. There is also enough "adult humor" in the film to keep adults thoroughly entertained and engaged throughout. And to add to this, there is a story to follow as well.
Puss In Boots was an "orphaned" little kitten taken in by a kindly lady from San Ricardo. He meets up with a beautiful kitty named "Kitty Softpaws" (whose voice is done wonderfully by Salma Hayek) who's only real "flaw" is that she is "de-clawed"... she becomes a helper to Puss In Boots, as well as a love interest.
Puss In Boots is a beautiful red tabby cat, wearing a hat and "boots" that were given to him by his kindly owner. He is a swash-buckling, almost "zorro" like character, who walks into a bar, and his TALL shadow is seen on the floor, and announces "you do NOT want to make the cat ANGRY"... hilarious stuff, and an excellent adventure story to go along with it!
Some of the scenes are crazily choreographed dance scenes, such as the one where they are dancing the flamenco in a dance off, and Puss quips to Kitty Softpaws, "How dare you do the litter box to me!." Laced with feline humor throughout, it is entertaining and charming at the same time. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek were certainly the RIGHT choices to lend their voices to these two cats.
Puss says the he is just a "humble gato (cat) looking for his next meal" and with lines like "I am known by many names, The Ginger Hit Man, Frisky Two Times"... adults will appreciate the humor in this film!
Puss has a childhood pal who grew up in the orphanage with him, Humpty Alexander Dumpty... an animated egg who's voice is done by Zach Galifianakis. They have a "history" together, which included a foiled robbery when they were young, which caused Humpty to spend some time in jail.
They have a hard time forgiving each other, but eventually they are won over by the prospect of getting magic beans away from Jack and Jill, and planting them so they grow up to the clouds. At the end of the beanstalk is the goose that lays golden eggs... enough to make everyone in the little town of San Ricardo wealthy, and Puss In Boots and Humpty can repay the kindly lady who took them in.
You see the "code" that Puss lives by, when they need cash, maybe the local church? "I do not steal from churches"... Maybe from the homeless kids? "I do not steal from orphans". This adventure is really a test for Boots, and may cost him his boots. But he and Humpty are up to the task!
Puss In Boots put it best when he says "We go up the beanstalk outlaws, we come back legends.
I couldn't have said it better, this film is a must see, especially for anyone who has a fondness for cats and all things feline. It has been called the best animated film of 2011, and I would have to agree.