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Puss in Boots

April 27, 2012

Amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle sums this movie up perfectly:

“Puss in Boots prances along on three basic truths. One, cats are funny. Two, vain Spanish cats in high-heeled musketeer boots are even funnier. Lastly, booted, vain Spanish cats voiced by a breathy Antonio Banderas are flat-out hilarious.”

Puss in Boots was my favorite part of the Shrek series and the perfect candidate to get the Dreamworks treatment. He is wonderfully voiced by Antonio Banderas and the visual flair of this film is astounding. Also, the movie features Puss as a precocious baby.

Puss in Boots is a wonderful film full of hilarious moments and an inconsequential plot. The movie revolves around Puss reuniting with his former best friend/arch nemesis Humpty Dumpty to steal magical beans from Jack and Jill so they can find a plethora of golden eggs. They are joined by famous thief Kitty Soft Paws who can steal anything but can’t dodge a guitar.

The movie moves along at a brisk pace and features dance fights, spectacular action scenes and a cat who strategically says “oooooohhhhhhhh.”

The voice work is inspired as Zach Galifianakis (Humpty), Salma Hayek (Kitty), Billy Bob Thornton (Jack) and Amy Sedaris (Jill) all bring unique personalities to the mix. The main problem I had with another Dreamworks film Kung Fu Panda 2 was the lackluster supporting voice work. (Angelina Jolie) It was nice to hear all the people having fun in Puss in Boots.

I loved watching this movie. The comedy is infectious and the characters three-dimensional. It is equal parts comedy, action and cute kittens. Puss in Boots makes for a lovely night for the entire family….and pets.

Dig this film. Love the cats. Say “OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH.”

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