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Puss in Boots Movie Review

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Puss in Boots Movie Review


A movie featured in the kids summer movie series at the Regal Grand movie theater in Greensboro, North Carolina the other day was Puss in Boots starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek as movie voice actors for the animated movie.

The Main Characters

The main movie characters in this kids movie, Puss in Boots are:

  • Puss in Boots
  • Kitty Soft Paws
  • Humpty Alexander Dumpty

Magic beans

Puss in Boots is an orange tabby cat that wears a hat and boots. He is on the hunt for magic beans and has been looking for magic beans since his childhood.

These magic beans, when planted would allow for a massive magic bean stalk to grow high into the sky and allow him to gain access to a giant's castle where there is a golden goose that lays eggs made of gold.

Like Shrek the movie, Puss in Boots the movie borrows from a conglomerate of old fairy tales and folklore including the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and Humpty Dumpty.

Puss in Boots himself is also a character reminiscent of Zorro, with his sword and fighting spirit.

At the orphanage

When Puss in Boots was just a kitten, he found refuge at an orphanage for mostly human children.

He regarded the lady that took him in from the front doorstep of the orphanage as his mama and she called him her boy.

Puss & Humpty

Another non human being raised at the orphanage was Humpty Alexander Dumpty, the egg. He and the kitten developed an affinity for each other and became inseparable, regarding each other as brothers. Humpty even gave Puss his name when he asked, "What shall I call you?"

It was Humpty that told Puss about the magic beans and they made their plans to search for some. They planted many plants together in a garden but never the correct type of beanstalk.

The two protected each other from bullies, went on adventures together, and unfortunately got involved in quite a bit of misfit behavior including petty theft.

Wanting to make Mama proud

As Puss in Boots grew up, he grew tired of making his Mama ashamed and wanted her to be proud of him instead.

He even saved an elderly lady from a charging bull on the loose and earned his hat and boots as well as the town's respect.

Humpty Alexander Dumpty grew jealous of Puss in Boots and also wanted to keep stealing.

Becoming a fugitive

Puss in Boots and Humpty Alexander Dumpty grew at odds. One day, Puss in Boots had to flee the orphanage and the whole town altogether without even telling his Mama goodbye and Humpty was the cause of it.

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He had tricked Puss in Boots and caused him to steal money and gold from the town that was all lost in the sea due to an accident.

As Puss in Boots and Humpty were about to be captured, Humpty asked Puss in Boots to save him.

Puss in Boots, tired of Humpty's behavior, told Humpty, "Save Yourself!"

Puss in Boots ran and became a fugitive. Humpty Alexander Dumpty went to jail.

Save Yourself!

— Puss in Boots to Humpty Alexander Dumpty

Seven years later,

Seven years later, Puss in Boots meets up with Kitty Softpaws, a black female cat with white paws, and of course, he has a crush on her.

He wants to work with her to find magic beans but then he finds out that she is working with "The Egg" and he becomes very upset.

Humpty Alexander Dumpty has re-emerged. Humpty tries to convince Puss in Boots to not be angry and reminds him that it has been seven years!

The backstory

Puss in Boots tells Kitty Softpaws to sit down while he tells her a story about why he is so upset with Humpty or "The Egg".

Kitty Softpaws reassures Puss in Boots that she does not need all those details. She actually begs him to spare her having to listen to the story, but he insists and Kitty Softpaws falls asleep at one point while she's listening to the story.

Teaming up

Eventually, Puss in Boots, Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Alexander Dumpty do team up against villians, Mr. & Mrs. Jack and Jill.

Kitty's story

Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws also grow closer and get to know each other. She, of course, has a backstory of her own. At first, she does not want to share it and Puss in Boots sweetly tells her that he will respect her privacy.

She then says, "Ok, ok, I'll tell you." She explains that she started out as a stray cat and was taken in by a lovely family who cared for her and gave her milk to drink every morning.

One day, they took her claws! (Had her de-clawed.) Kitty Softpaws could not understand why her humans did that to her.

Upon listening intently to Kitty Softpaws' story, Puss in Boots says, "Cat people are crazy."

Kitty Softpaws smiles and goes one step closer to falling in love with Puss in Boots.

Nearing the end of the movie,

As Puss in Boots the movie progresses and nears its end, Puss in Boots, Humpty Alexander Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws embark on their quest for gold by way of magic beans.

However, along the way, there are betrayals, drama and musical interludes.

Puss in Boots the movie

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