Puss in Boots arrives in theaters on Friday, October 28
Fri Oct 28 2011
After getting his paws in the door as the loveably swashbuckling tabby in Shrek, Puss in Boots finally takes center stage in a new animated film starring such top-tier Hollywood players as Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. Though the story is devoid of any giant green ogres and talking donkeys, Puss in Boots's character is decidedly big enough to take up the big screen—you'll see him sword fight, dance, growl, lap up some leche and melt even the toughest prison guard's resolve with his huge sad kitty eyes. Puss in Boots likewise introduces new characters to the screen like Salma Hayek's sassily seductive Kitty Soft Paws, Galifianakis's emotionally broken (egg) Humpty Dumpty and Thorton and Sedaris's bantering evil villains, Jack and Jill. Banderas does a fine job of lending his voice to Mr. Boots (while making an obvious point of dropping frequent Zorro references). Much like the masked marauder himself, we learn early on in the film that Puss is an outlaw in his home town of San Ricardo—but was he always so despised? The film takes us back to when Puss was just a kitten and meets his former best friend Humpty Dumpty at a Spanish orphanage. As the orphanage's resident orb-shaped egghead, Humpty is an outcast, whom Puss quickly befriends. Humpty even lets Puss into the "Bean Club," where they dream of finding a set of fabled magic beans that will take them to an ethereal land in the sky containing a limitless supply of golden eggs. After their friendship suffers a falling out, Humpty comes back into Puss's life, this time with a cotton-pawed cohort (Hayek as Kitty Soft Paws) and a bean-themed proposition. What ensues is a visually stunning trip to a land of vines 'n' clouds, golden eggs and a giant mother goose; action-packed showdowns; and a lesson in friendship and loyalty where kids learn whether or not Humpty is in fact as good of an egg as he claims to be. Check your local theater for listings.