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Puss in Boots (2011)

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An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town.

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Chris Miller

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Tom Wheeler (screenplay by), Brian Lynch (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Puss in Boots (voice)
Salma Hayek ... Kitty Softpaws (voice)
Zach Galifianakis ... Humpty Alexander Dumpty (voice)
Billy Bob Thornton ... Jack (voice)
Amy Sedaris ... Jill (voice)
Constance Marie ... Imelda (voice)
Guillermo del Toro ... Moustache Man / Comandante (voice)
Mike Mitchell ... Andy Beanstalk (voice)
Rich Dietl Rich Dietl ... Bounty Hunter (voice) (as Rich B. Dietl)
Ryan Crego Ryan Crego ... Luis (voice)
Tom Wheeler Tom Wheeler ... Bartender / Mean Boy / Wagon Driver / Hotel Owner / Rodrigo (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Raoul / Soldier (voice)
Tom McGrath ... Bar Thief (voice)
Bob Joles ... Giuseppe (voice)
Latifa Ouaou ... Crazy Woman / Mean Girl / Milk Lady / Little Boy (voice)
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Storyline

Years before meeting Shrek and Donkey, the adorable but tricky Puss in Boots must clear his name from all charges making him a wanted fugitive. While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, the hero crosses paths with his female match, Kitty Softpaws, who leads Puss to his old friend, but now enemy, Humpty Dumpty. Memories of friendship and betrayal enlarges Puss' doubt, but he eventually agrees to help the egg get the magic beans. Together, the three plan to steal the beans, get to the Giant's castle, nab the golden goose, and clear Puss' name. Written by Mr. Top Hat

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He's been a bad kitty. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some adventure action and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gato con botas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,077,439, 30 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$149,260,504

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$554,987,477
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DreamWorks Animation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Humpty Dumpty says, "First rule of Bean Club, don't talk about Bean Club. The second rule of Bean Club...don't talk about Bean Club." This is a nod to the movie Fight Club (1999), where the famous quote, "The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club," comes from. See more »

Goofs

When the goose shows up to recover her eggs, she is disproportionately large compared to the size of the eggs. See more »

Quotes

[Taking Puss' bag of money]
Kitty Softpaws: [sing-song voice] Someone forgot his money!
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When the DreamWorks Animation logo appears, it is accompanied by fireworks and the sound of a whip and the music is Latino-themed and festive. See more »


Soundtracks

Americano
Written by Lady Gaga (as Stefani Germanotta), Brian Lee, Fernando Garibay and Paul Blair (as DJ White Shadow)
Performed by Lady Gaga
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Better than expected, but far from greatness.
4 November 2011 | by chris-massaSee all my reviews

"Puss in Boots" is a perfect example of a movie I absolutely never would have seen if I hadn't gotten a pass to a free screening. And if I had gone to see it — and, to reiterate, I wouldn't have — there's simply no way I would have seen it in 3D. But it was free, so I did. I guess you could say I had low expectations.

Some background: I loved "Shrek", I basically couldn't stand "Shrek 2", in part because I found the Puss in Boots character more annoying than charming, and I never bothered with the other "Shrek" sequels. Life is just too short. So I expected "Puss in Boots" to be, at best, tolerable, stupid, and intermittently funny. Imagine my surprise when I found that it was somewhat better than tolerable, more than intermittently funny, and actually kind of clever.

The story, as should be expected from a member of the "Shrek" lineage, plays fast and loose with fairy tale characters, plot points, and conventions. Puss, an orphaned cat now branded as an outlaw, joins forces with Humpty Dumpty, an egg of questionable intent, and Kitty Softpaws, a feline fatale, to steal the magic beans from Jack and Jill, grow a magic beanstalk, and find the golden goose of legend. Naturally, things don't go according to plan, and the plot thickens. It's pointless, but fun.

There are instances of real invention here. The first is the setting, which is sort of a medieval spaghetti western, although the western card was played better in "Rango". There are several great visual gags, like what happens to Humpty's covered wagon, and a dance fight that is easily the best part of the movie. Without giving anything away, I'll also say that, the more you think about the identity of the "monster", the funnier, and the more fitting, it becomes. However, the storytelling is sloppy at times. There's at least one plot point that is dispensed with far too quickly, and the fate of one character simply doesn't make sense. Still, it all kind of works, and the good parts are good enough to help you forget the shortcomings.

Ultimately, the movie is saved by its pacing and its animation, which, as much as I hate to admit it, is absolutely stunning in 3D. I can't recommend paying the 3D up-charge, but I will say that those who do will probably not be disappointed. This isn't a cheap, gimmicky use of 3D, but one that actual adds depth and detail. There was one particular scene, a chase that, oddly enough, reminded me of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", where I found the use of 3D really creative. Would I pay for the 3D? Probably not, but for those looking for a 3D experience, you could do a lot worse.

"Puss in Boots" also raises the question of whether or not it's worth it to have major stars as voice actors. Actually, I take it back. This movie doesn't so much raise that question as answer it, resoundingly, with a no. As much fun as Antonio Banderas is as Puss, I'm not convinced that he brings anything to the role that a lesser known actor couldn't have brought. Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis are completely wasted as Kitty and Humpty. Billy Bob Thornton is a good choice as Jack, but that's largely because of the clever writing. Understand what I'm saying: I'm not being critical of these actors' work. I am being critical of the decision to cast them in a picture like this, where the most clever aspects of their characters come from the animation, not from the vocal performances. My suggestion would be to save the money needed to hire such big names, and use lesser known actors, perhaps from Broadway. That way, it would be easier for "Puss in Boots", a movie that many people will approach with a deserved amount of skepticism, to make money, and struggling actors will find more work. Believe me, the movie won't suffer from it.

This isn't high art. It's not nearly the equal of "Shrek", and it doesn't have one iota of the heart of most Pixar films, or of DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon". But at the same time, it's not bad for what it is. It's clever, witty, well-made, and fast-paced. It's nothing like a masterpiece, but as far as diversions go, it's quite diverting.


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