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Puss in Boots (2011) Capers onto Home Screens February 24

Author: Bob Etier
Published: February 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm
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He’s romantic. He’s heroic. He’s…a cat? Yes, he’s Puss in Boots, and after making a $500-million (+) killing in theaters in 2011, he is headed for home--yours. The much loved character from the Shrek franchise (it’s hard to choose a favorite between Puss and Donkey) embarks on an adventure-filled course in the self-titled Puss in Boots with Antonio Banderas again providing his voice. It is currently an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

Joining Banderas are Salma Hayek as the beautiful but dangerous Kitty Softpaws, Zach Galifianakis as the duplicitous Humpty Dumpty, Bill Bob Thornton as Jack, and Amy Sedaris as Jill. The story revolves around a quest to steal a goose that lays golden eggs by procuring magic beans and growing a humongous beanstalk. Using guilt and playing on Puss’s sympathies, Humpty Dumpty convinces Puss to join him in making this dream come true, despite bad blood between the two.

Like many of our feline friends, Puss in Boots doesn’t always live up to the graceful reputation cats have somehow managed to maintain over the years, but his occasional graceless landings and collisions make him even more appealing (more human?). Puss makes up for his few flaws with an overabundance of confidence, a spirit of fair play, and the biggest, most liquid cat’s eyes since Pity Kitty (which he uses more effectively). He meets his match in the larcenous Kitty Softpaws, a she-cat who may be immune to his charms. Jack and Jill are the heavies who have possession of the magic beans and mean to steal the goose (actually gosling) for themselves. They are an unattractive, obnoxious couple in the tradition of animated villains.

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