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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some adventure action and mild rude humor

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An enjoyable romp with an irreverent spirit, but it's not nearly as good as it could have been.

Additional Info:
Featuring the voices of:
Antonio Banderas ... Puss in Boots
Salma Hayek ... Kitty Softpaws
Zach Galifianakis ... Humpty Dumpty
Billy Bob Thornton ... Jack
Amy Sedaris ... Jill
Constance Marie ... Imelda
Guillermo del Toro ... Comandate

Puss in Boots
This computer-animated spin-off of the Shrek films features that extremely aggressive cat voiced by Antonio Banderas and continues the earlier series’ penchant for sending up the world of fairy tales in goofy directions. Puss was, we’re told, an orphaned kitty taken into a home for disparate castoffs, where he becomes a pal to Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), a misfit who dreams of finding magic beans that will bring wealth and fame. Eventually Puss becomes a hero in the town by saving an old woman about to be gored by rampaging bull, but the jealous Dumpty involves the unsuspecting kitty in a robbery, forcing him to go on the lam. Dumpty, by contrast, was captured and jailed.

Now a thrill-seeking adventurer, Puss hears about the magic beans Dumpty had always sought, and attempts to steal them from their current owners, Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris), a couple of constantly bickering thugs. But his effort brings him into conflict with another would-be cat burglar, the masked Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), who, after an amusing dance-off with Puss, reveals herself as the accomplice of none other than Humpty Dumpty. Though still leery of his old childhood comrade, Puss agrees to team up with him to get the beans, climb the beanstalk to the giant’s castle, and steal the golden goose. They succeed after a frenetic chase in the clouds, but on their return Puss finds that his collaborators are not at all what they seemed to be.

Since it's clear that another installment of Shrek would have meant two too many, so Puss in Boots is a more than acceptable way of extending the series without simply repeating it. But although it is often quite amusing and certainly well-made, it’s doubtful that the cat has eight more lives (or sequels) in him.


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