When Dreamworks makes a successful franchise like Shrek, there can’t help but be a spin-off, and this is no exception to that rule. I was also lucky enough to see this great computer animated movie in Real 3D, due to a lucky break I caught on a post holiday sale at Wallyworld. If you have not see anything in Real 3D, it is a real treat, even the previews for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted looked incredible. The real upside, is that we will never have to wear those 1890s periods design of 3D glasses ever again! Now, onto the tale of Puss in Boots.
This spin-off is more of a prequel to the destiny of Puss (Antonio Banderas) before he came to meet Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey in Far Far Away. We do meet with some other characters from the Mother Goose rhymes and Grimm Tales, even the over protective Mother Goose herself. Puss has become an outlaw in his desert nation, due to a set-up put together by Puss’ old partner, Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis). Humpty wants to make this up to his old buddy by getting the magic beans that lead to the giant’s castle where the goose that lays the golden eggs lives. Another set of outlaws, Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris) have the beans, and Humpty means to get them and get his life back on track.
We are treated to a flashback of Puss’ kitten-hood when he met Humpty as a small egg, and the woman, Imelda (Constance Marie), whom ran the orphanage where they grew up. Both cat and egg considered her to be Madre, and she was brokenhearted when the duo became bandits. Since their last botched heist, Puss has been on the run, and meets up with Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) at the Cat Cantina. Kitty is a talented and dextrous thief in her own right, and has a little bit of a past with Puss. Like you didn’t see that coming!
This animated desert adventure moves non-stop into the realm of magic, but soon comes down to earth as Puss and Humpty do their best to clear their names and bring prosperity to the town that they robbed when they were young.
If you were lucky enough to get the DVD featuring the short tale of “The Three Diablos”, then you were given an even sweeter treat as we get to watch Puss deal with pesky kittens and their bizarre overseer. Banderas is still pretty much playing is best known role, Zorro, in this movie, but with a much smaller stature and big green eyes. If you love cats, Antonio, or the Shrek films, then is is must to have.
I give this film a Musing review of