Puss in Boots

(2011)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Review: Puss in Boots

Transcript for Review: Puss in Boots

 

CHRISTY:

And I’m Christy Lemire of the Associated Press.  Our first film "Puss in Boots" is a spin-off of the "Shrek" franchise. It's actually a prequel -- providing the origin story of the tiny, swashbuckling kitty voiced as always by Antonio Banderas. The "Shrek" movies may not even exist as far as we're concerned here, which is fine, because they just keep getting worse. At the film's start, Puss is an outlaw in his small, Spanish hometown.
 
Flashbacks take us to his childhood at an orphanage, where he was best friends with a brainy, ambitious Humpty Dumpty, voiced by Zach Galifianakis. Together, the two dreamed of stealing the storied magic beans, climbing the beanstalk and getting rich off some golden eggs. Now, that crime has become Humpty's obsession.
 
Humpty's partner in crime is the seductive but dangerous thief Kitty Softpaws, voiced by Banderas' frequent co-star, Salma Hayek. But since Puss is a lover as much as he's a fighter, you know he'll find a way to win her over. And there is definitely a Pepe LePew vibe to the way they flirt with each other.
 
Puss in Boots eventually felt like the best part of the "Shrek" movies, but a little of him goes a long way. Giving him an entire movie of his own would seem like a stretch, and really, he has trouble sustaining his shtick for the film's 90-minute running time. But for quick, lively, family-friendly entertainment, "Puss in Boots" works just fine -- even in 3-D, which you know I'm not usually a fan of. But his fur looked so soft and fluffy and tactile, I just wanted to reach out and pet him. This  
 
IGNATIY: 
 
It is very cute.  My thumb is also up. Um, this is a DreamWorks animated film.  You’re not going to get the elegance or the story telling of Pixar, but this avoids all of the worst tendencies.  I think of the later Shrek movies as an example of DreamWorks animation, which is to get bogged down with pop-culture clutter, cameos, supporting roles.  This is really straightforward.  It’s just…it moves.  It’s pretty.  It’s got dancing cats, and that’s really all, all it needs to be.
 
CHRISTY: 
 
Dancing thieving cats and a megalomaniacal Humpty Dumpty.  I think it’s a very funny idea to explore his psyche that way.
 
IGNATIY: 
 
And you know the animation is, speaking of Humpty Dumpty, the animation is often really lovely um especially you know it looks like somebody put a lot of work into thinking how an egg shaped person would move.
 
CHRISTY:
 
And talk.  Where would his mouth be? How would it move? Right.
 
IGNATIY:
 
And it’s just…moves.  It’s got, it’s got a certain zip.  I feel like maybe it’s a little bit too thin.  This is really maybe like a 70 minute movie stretched to 90 minutes.
 
CHRISTY:
Right.
 
IGNATIY:
But, it’s…it’s simple, and it’s a entertaining.