Puss In Boots 2011

Posted on 27. Jun, 2013 by in CGI Animation Cat Films

Puss in Boots (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) is a retelling of the traditional “puss in boots” tale with scenes and situations added for modern sensibilities (Puss has a love interest, a female cat who has the same spirit and independence he shows) and tweaked to reference other fairy tales (Puss teams up with a childhood friend, who happens to be a character in another fairy tale, as well as the new woman in his life to benefit from a quest which riffs on the Jack-and-Beanstalk story) as well as values of citizenship and loyalty (though Humpty and Puss spend their formative years in the same orphanage and engage in some juvenile delinquency, in maturity, Puss tries to adhere to the values of straight-and-narrow promoted by the woman who owns him, the overseer of the orphanage, while Humpty continues on a path of crime, becoming a “bad egg”.) The movie is also set in a Hispanized but unspecified era and location. (Implied to be South or Central America or Mexico in some indistinct pre-modern time, where everyone conveniently speaks Latino-accented English). Both Humpty and Puss ultimately end up outlaws, though there is bad blood between them, it takes some convincing and the catalyst of the new love interest (female cat) to get them to team up and go on the quest which defines the movie, and leads to further bonding among all three, and to Humpty’s end-of-movie character redemption.
Though it is implied, as far as it can be in a movie ostensibly intended for children, that Puss is a “love ’em and leave ’em” sort of character with regard to the opposite sex, (he is seen to attempt to depart the cat bed of a sleeping feminine Persian cat without waking her); this is part and parcel of the trappings of the “outlaw”; he also goes to a bar to order a glass of “leche” when he could very well have more milk with less hassle in different circumstances (indeed, his “Wanted” poster status comes up as a result of his going to that bar). From this bar which primarily serves and is staffed by humans, he transitions to The Glitter Box, a bar/nightclub patronized by cats, also shown in the DVD menu. It is through this bar scene that he meets another feline swordsman in a disguising dark leather catsuit, which initially obscures his opponent’s gender. When he uses unconventional tactics to win the fight, her gender is revealed, and (in a demonstration of correctly chivalrous behavior) he ceases to fight her. He later learns that she, too, is an outlaw of sorts, and she is later seen to affect similar sartorial trappings (boots, hat, sword belt, etc.). The gender difference is shown through her voice and subtly feminine body shape and mannerisms. Though they get off to a rough start, Puss and Kitty SoftPaws become an “item” by the end of the movie. Both Puss and Kitty Softpaws are flawed heroes of sorts. Puss is in trouble with the authorities of the place and time, through circumstances not entirely of his own doing. Kitty SoftPaws is an admitted sneak thief and pickpocket who demonstrates the latter skill a couple of times during the movie. Both have been abandoned and adopted: Puss when he was a kitten ended up on the doorstep of the orphanage, and Kitty Softpaws at one time had a secure but misguided human family who had her declawed, leaving her options for survival compromised, and leading to her career of sneak thievery and pickpocketing. Her circumstances of departure from the otherwise loving household are left untold, but it is implied that the declawing led to her running away and embarking on her life of crime. She is thus similar in reasoning and appearance (also a black cat with white feet!) to another female cat deprived of claws but still living wild and through their wits in another motion graphics drama.

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