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(2011)

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This movie was originally planned to be a direct to DVD, but was moved to be released theatrically since it would've been odd of Dreamworks Animation to not have all their films consistently released theatrically.
Antonio Banderas participated in a viral marketing event for this film by posing in photos of himself at a screening, surrounded by cats.
The animators did not need to bring in any real cats to the studio to study their movements; they simply looked at any of the millions of cat videos on YouTube.
Though it broke the box office record of the highest-grossing Halloween weekend gross of all time (previously held by Saw III (2006)), its debut was the worst for a Dreamworks Animation film since Flushed Away (2006). However, its second weekend gross gave it the record for the smallest non-holiday second weekend drop for a film in a saturated release of 2,500 theaters or more.
A conscious decision was made to make the world of Puss in Boots (2011) very different from that depicted in the "Shrek" films. In the latter, the backgrounds and stylizations are very fairy tale. Here, it has a distinctly Spanish feel with warmer, more orange colors.
Puss in Boots (2011) alludes heavily to The Mask of Zorro (1998), a film which also starred Antonio Banderas as the lead.
This was the fifth pairing of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek.
Puss in Boots' endearing "doe-eyes" scenes are an homage to the famous Pity Kitty series by artist Gig, a popular children's illustrator in the 1960s and 1970s.
Unlike the Shrek Films which were in Production for only 3 years (except for the first which was in Production for 4 1/2-5 Years), Puss in Boots (2011) was in production for 7 1/2 Years. This film entered development in 2004 just after the release of Shrek 2 (2004).
As DreamWorks was producing three films in one year, some of this movie had to be outsourced to India.
There are thirty different types of felines in the Cat Cantina sequence.
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.
Puss' phrase, "Holy Frijoles," is an English/Spanish mix, with "frijoles" being the Spanish word for beans.
More than 600 artists worked on this film.
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For reasons unknown, this film was released in the United Arab Emirates as "Cat in Boots." Its subsequent release for the home market (DVD and Blu-ray) saw the title revert back to the original.
One of the women of San Ricardo describes Puss' boots as being made of soft, Corinthian leather. This is a reference to the Chrysler Cordoba commercial of 1975, wherein Ricardo Montalban described the seats as being made of "soft, Corinthian leather." Montalban costarred with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003).
The film is a spin-off of Shrek 2 (2004), which is a prequel and takes place years before Puss in Boots met Shrek and Donkey.
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The bar scene in the beginning is a direct resemblance of the bar scene in Desperado, another movie which starred both Antonio Banderas & Salma Hayek.
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Like with the main Shrek films, Puss in Boots (2011) released the same year as a Harry Potter film, being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Shrek (2001) released the same year as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) released the same year as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) released the same year as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010) released the same year as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
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The second Dreamworks Animation film to win the Saturn award for Best Animated Film, the first was Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
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Puss is actually a little bit shorter in this film, as he is not standing alongside the 7-foot Shrek.
This was the 11th highest-grossing film of 2011.
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Puss N Boots is the first and only character of the Shrek film franchise to have his own movie.
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The 3rd highest grossing animated film of 2011, after Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) and Cars 2 (2011).
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Director Chris Miller was a story artist on Shrek (2001), he was the Head of story on Shrek 2 (2004), and he directed Shrek the Third (2007).
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This film had its world premiere aboard the Royal Caribbean International cruise liner "Allure of the Seas," when it was docked in Miam, FL.
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This is the first time since 2004 in which two Dreamworks movies were nominated for Best Animated Feature. This film, and fellow 2011 release Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) were nominated. In 2004, Shrek 2 (2004) and Shark Tale were nominated. All these films didn't win however. In 2004, both nominees lost to The Incredibles (2004) and in 2011, both nominees lost to Rango (2011).
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The film is influenced by the western genre.
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Four years later, writer Brian Lynch would pen the screenplay to a Illumination spin-off, the "Minions" from the "Despicable Me" franchise.
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This is the first DreamWorks Animation to have the co-star Puss in Boots from the Shrek films become the protagonist.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Mother Goose appears in the film. "Puss in Boots" was originally published as a story in the "Mother Goose Fairytales" by Charles Perrault.
This is the first (and currently only) Dreamworks Animation film with a Hidden Secondary Antagonist where the character that changes over to the side of the villains (Humpty Dumpty) eventually changes back to the good side. Other Hidden Secondary Antagonists in Dreamworks Animation films either faced the same defeat as the Main Antagonist, or whether they redeemed themself is unknown.
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