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A boy falls for a princess, his cat for hers. But her father does not like the idea of a commoner marrying a noblewoman and kicks him out. After seeing a Rudolpho Valensino movie at the ... See full summary »

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A boy falls for a princess, his cat for hers. But her father does not like the idea of a commoner marrying a noblewoman and kicks him out. After seeing a Rudolpho Valensino movie at the local theater his cat has the idea that he could try impressing the king as bullfighter, to win his daughters hand. Bullfighting is relatively easy, when you can hypnotize the bull, but why does his cat need new boots ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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A sound version of this originally silent cartoon was made by the Sound Film Distributing Corp. (New York) and Wardour Films (England) few years later. The title has changed at this occasion : it was named "The Cat's Whiskers." See more »

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The Dawn of Disney
16 November 2001 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney was barely 21 years old and still working out of Kansas City when he and his earliest cohorts in animation produced this cartoon. Puss in Boots, made for Disney's first company, Newman Laugh-O-Gram, is a slangy update of the old fairy tale, complete with jazzy topical references to flappers, radio, and Rudolph Valentino. (Rudy is parodied in a brief burlesque of his recently released bullfighting saga Blood and Sand, a movie-within-the-movie entitled "Throwing the Bull.") The characters in this silent film converse in dialog balloons, as they would in a comic strip. And along the same lines, when these folks are startled their hats dance in the air, or little lines fly out of their heads-- it's like the Sunday funnies come to life.

The story is simple. A boy who is a commoner is in love with a Princess, but naturally her father the King objects. However, the boy's cat comes up with a plan to make him a famous bullfighter, and therefore an acceptable suitor. Lots of cute gags along the way boost the entertainment value of this very early effort beyond what a plot synopsis might suggest. Character movement is a bit jerky at times, but the backgrounds are surprisingly elaborate, rather more detailed than those found in Disney's later 'Alice in Cartoonland' series or in the early Mickey Mouse cartoons. It's especially impressive that these young filmmakers would take on the challenge of animating such a large crowd of spectators packing into the arena for the climactic bullfight. Even this early, Disney wasn't one to play it safe or cut corners. Puss in Boots is charming and funny, an early, inauspicious effort by a young man whose subsequent career would have an impact on popular culture he never could have imagined.


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