Puss In Boots is a spin-off from the Shrek franchise that stars Puss in a time before he met Shrek and the rest of that cast. The story follows Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas) as he is on the run from the law who learns of the existence of the magic beans, something he had been searching for since he was a kitten. We learn of his past with Humpty Dumpty (Zack Galifianakis) and their pact to attain these beans as best friends, forever, despite a rift that separated them years ago.
The film plays upon many funny instances of Puss as a cat. At the beginning of the movie, Puss is nearly laughed out of a tavern for being a cat until he presents himself as being credible. However, being a cat, he can still only drink hard liquor…like a cat.
Many laughs come as an aside from the main story, and from the main characters. The infamous “oooh cat”, for example, makes a few select appearances in the movie but the result is one of those memorable catch-sayings that will outlive the life of the film itself. Puss In Boots is witty, between Puss and Humpty Dumpty, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), and the murderous couple Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris), many exchanges range from clever to outright funny, but there’s also that level of sentimentalism when Puss refers back to his adoptive mother Imelda (Constance Marie) that is just enough to pull at the heart strings but not too much to overthrow the entire movie.
Having only actually seen a few DreamWorks animations, Puss In Boots is very well done with its strong writing, amazing animation and pretty good storyline. While still not quite at the level as a typical Pixar film, perhaps due to the lack of complete emotional engagement that Pixar can usually win at, Puss In Boots was entertaining.