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Puss in Boots (DVD)
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Puss in Boots (DVD)
Advantages: Characters, story, effects
Disadvantages: Made my girls cry!
Shrek has been a phenomenal hit over the years, but it has definitely run its course. So what does Dreamworks do? Drag the series out even longer by using one of the popular characters and letting Puss in Boots have his very own film! I was sceptical when my girls said they would like to spend a little pocket money they had buying this new release on DVD. Having been there done that with all the Shrek films, I didn't think it could possibly have anywhere else to go (in fact Dreamworks originally intended for this film to go straight to DVD), but Puss in Boots has managed to go it alone and produce a funny, cute and laugh out loud film perfect for little ones and big ones alike.
The film follows Puss in Boots before he met Shrek and the adorable Donkey, from his roots (it turns out he was an extremely cute orphan kitten) which see him grow up into a tough and independent kitty with the full support of his adoptive mother. After sticking up for Humpty Dumpty, they become firm friends but when Humpty goes too far and basically becomes a criminal, he takes Puss in Boots along for the ride. Puss is of course innocent and spends many years trying to prove he is the honourable Puss in Boots he was named when his mother gave him his boots and hat.
Along the way we are introduced to Kitty Softpaws, Jack and Jill, Jack and the Beanstalk and of course the golden goose. In order to prove their worth and save the village they love so much, Puss in Boots must pull of a grand plan which involves making enemies of some very large and scary characters!.... The film has a variety of well known tales and nursery characters along the way, so children will be fairly familiar with certain parts of the story (although some of the nursery characters have a definite twist on the original - Jack and Jill spring to mind here!).
The film is really funny in places, and although it doesn't contain quite so many innuendos as Shrek did (which made adult viewers love the film as much as the children did), it definitely has some laughs along the way and some jokes that may go above the heads of little ones. The effects are nothing that you wouldn't expect, even down to the detail of the fur on Puss in Boots.
Kitty Softpaws is voiced by Salma Hayek, while Billy Bob Thornton voices Jack (of Jack and Jill), and of course Puss in Boots continues to be voiced by Antonio Banderas. The characters are all likeable and have their own funny little quirks.
The film continues (as do most Dreamworks productions) right into the credits with Puss returning to the Glitter Box where he and Kitty Softpaws dance together and the other cats spell out the actors' names with their bodies.
Although my girls both absolutely loved this film and have watched it twice already in just a few days, they both burst into tears in one particular part when Puss in Boots was feeling fairly sorry for himself. My eldest is particularly sensitive and she was quite upset, but once I explained that things would be ok in the end (aren't they always in kids films?!) she seemed to be ok. So... if you have sensitive children, expect tears!
Thoroughly recommended. Another thumbs up to Dreamworks.
Runtime: 90 minutes.
Summary: 5 stars