365 High-Def Days of Oscar: Day 102
Release Year: 2011
Best Animated Feature
THE PLOT THUS FAR
A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Puss learns that two murderous outlaws, Jack and Jill have the magic beans he’s been looking for half his life, which lead to a giant’s castle holding valuable golden goose eggs. Puss then meets his old childhood friend Humpty Dumpty, who introduces another cat as Kitty Softpaws, one of the best cat thieves in the world. They ask him to join them in finding the beans, planting them, and getting the golden eggs which lie at the top. Puss refuses to work with Humpty due to a past betrayal that left him falsely accused for robbery, alienating him from his hometown and adoptive mother. After Humpty explains to Puss that he wants a second chance, Puss agrees to help him obtain the beans, making it clear that he is doing it for the town and his mother and to win back the respect he once had.
What worked for Puss in Boots were the strengths of its story arcs, the major set action pieces, the voice cast really providing that level of flair to the many flamboyant characters in the film as well as dramatic, emotional depth to key characters, and who can forget the comedy. There are plenty of sight and verbal gags, and innuendos galore that hardly a moment goes by without something naturally hilarious happening, and does so quite subtly without screaming and forcing their way down your throat. Which I had found the later Shrek films guilty of doing just that.
Antonio Banderas provides the voice for Puss in Boots, and it’s quite convenient that the character gets modeled after Zorro through a series of identifiable elements from costuming, behavior as well as style, a character that Banderas himself have played twice in live action films. Puss continues to drawn upon established abilities especially that of its iconic hypnotic eyes, which somehow in a self-fulfilling fourth wall prophecy, will have any audience in stitches as well as held in captivating awe. Zach Galifianakis voices the misunderstood character Humpty Dumpty to perfection, providing that balance of villainy and sympathy, while I suspect that the animators would have had a field day with Humpty especially with the plenty of movement gags that he got himself into, and playing upon none too subtle fat jokes on the character, resulting in the character stealing the scene most of the time.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD and Digital Copy for your multiple entertainment pleasures. There are a ton of Blu-Ray exclusive features including featurettes, trivia track, a talk with the animators and just all sorts of animated perks. The other features range from the Three Diablos animated short to deleted scenes. You also get to see a series of featurettes that build a precise history of Puss N Boots. It might just be me, but did anyone feel like this movie was a loose remake of “Mackenna’s Gold”? In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to parents.
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