I was kind of skeptical at first when I learned that Shrek’s Puss in Boots would be starring in his own stand-alone movie. The Shrek franchise, despite having starting off strongly with two classics that are undeniably great, became victim to the law of diminishing returns as much of its crass humor was declawed for softer, more family-friendly fair. But Antonio Banderas and the rest of the wonderful cast that includes Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, and even Billy Bob Thornton, make it work, bringing us one of the most fun and exciting animated comedies to come out in awhile.
While it doesn’t feature any cameos from any of the Shrek cast, Puss in Boots is one treat that you and your kittens, er kiddies are sure to enjoy.
Fellow reviewer Chris Pandolfi enjoyed the theatrical version he saw last year, and here’s a sample of what he thought (for more furry fun you can read his whole review right HERE🙂
“I cannot sit here and say that Puss in Boots is the year’s best animated film, because it most definitely isn’t. But the long and short of it is, it achieved everything it wanted to achieve, and I certainly enjoyed watching it. Here is a film children won’t mind watching and parents won’t mind taking them to see – provided, of course, that they can save the extra money and see it in standard 2D. I wouldn’t blame them for making that decision. If they’re paying your way in, they deserve the privilege of a bright picture, bold colors, and scenes that don’t have swords and cats flying out at you. I would wager kids would like it better that way, too. And now that this film has been made, I think it would be a good idea for the Shrek people to tell a story based on Gingy. I just love that guy, don’t you?”
Kung Fu Panda 2 will always be my favorite animated film of 2011, but Puss in Boots is a surprisingly a close second. I really enjoyed and got plenty of laughs from all of the cat-like things Puss and Kitty Softpaws do throughout the movie. The visuals and animation were also on point as with most Dreamworks titles. And seeing it on Blu-ray just makes it better, as every color and detail is seen to purr-fection. From the details in Puss’ mesmerizing cat eyes, to seeing every strand of fur on him, the details are all here. The sound is just as awesome, as the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio captures every funny piece of dialogue and all of the sword fighting action sounds with crystal clarity.
The special features are also the cat’s meow, as they kick off with the bonus animated short, “The Three Diablos”. As it takes place right after the events in the movie, Puss finds himself called upon by a queen who needs his help recovering a lost piece of jewelry from a thief called “The Whisperer”. Our feline hero will need the help of the thief’s captured henchmen, which turn out to be three kittens, in order to get back the pilfered jewelry. Of course, we all know that’s easier said than done as Puss has his paws full trying to train the kittens to be good and keep them out of trouble.
The features continue with “The Animator’s Corner”, which gives viewers a picture-in-picture video commentary featuring director Chris Miller and some of the cast and crew showing off interviews, behind the scenes footage, animation tests, and more as you watch the movie. “Kitten to Cat” gives an inside look at Puss in Boots from his appearances in the Shrek films, to his origin and development as seen in this film. “Glitter Box Dance-Off” shows how the choreography used to create the dance battle between Puss and Kitty was made, with some dancers showing you step by step for those who want to brush up on their dancing skills. “Purr-fect Pairing: The Voices Behind the Legend” shows how the actors put their heart and soul into the characters to give them life, and three deleted scenes show off some interesting cut scenes with introductions by producer Latifa Ouaou.
Puss in Boots is an animated treat that the whole family will enjoy, whether you’re a diehard fan of the Shrek franchise or have only tolerated those fractured fairytales. The animation is pure catnip for fans and there’s plenty of action, adventure, and fur-flying comedy that both adults and kids will get a kick out of, and Antonio Banderas and the rest of the cast do a great job bringing it all together. There’s also tons of special features that really help this Blu-ray be the cats pajamas, and if you’re looking for a great Blu-ray that won’t end up in the litter box, give Puss in Boots a scratch. You’ll be glad you did.
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