The Shrek films may have ended, but the franchise continues with the prequel Puss in Boots. Years before he joined up with Shrek and friends, Puss (voice of Antonio Banderas) was an outlaw in the town of San Ricardo. He hears about the legendary magic beans from a couple of guys in a tavern, with the help of some tattoos that tell the story. Couldn’t they have just used a picture book?
Puss seizes the opportunity, but the murderous outlaws Jack (voice of Billy Bob Thorton) and Jill (voice of Amy Sedaris) have the magic beans. Compared to other versions, Jack and Jill are much older and creepier than I ever would’ve expected them to be.
Puss finds Jack and Jill, but also finds some new competition. She is a master thief cat named Kitty Soft Paws (voice of Salma Hayek). She interferes with Puss’s attempt at the magic beans, so he chases her all over town to a hidden place called The Glitter Box. There, Puss confronts Kitty in a dance fight.
The dance fight is very smooth. In addition to that, the other cats there show plenty of cat related humor, like cats batting at cowbells and other instruments. It wasn’t until the fight ends when Kitty reveals her identity and actually speaks.
Later, Puss meets up with his old friend Humpty Alexander Dumpty (voice of Zach Galifianakis, who I remember best as Davis from Tru Calling). The two of them go way back with the dream of finding the magic beans and going up to the giant’s castle to get the golden goose. Puss and Humpty never found the magic beans and their fates begin to change. Puss had become a town hero and Humpty became a criminal. One night, Humpty tricked Puss into robbing a bank, which is how Puss became an outlaw and has been running ever since.
Puss never forgave Humpty, but he eventually agrees to help Humpty get the magic beans from Jack and Jill with the added assistance of Kitty Soft Paws. They find Jack and Jill on a canyon road and retrieve the magic beans in an exciting chase with Humpty’s wagon that doubles as a flying contraption. The transformation is smooth, especially with how the horse is secured.
Puss, Humpty, and Kitty succeed at planting the magic beans that creates a beanstalk up to the giant’s castle. Although the giant died years ago, the castle is home to the Great Terror, which guards the Golden Goose. That makes me wonder if the giant would have been worse if he were still around.
The group soon finds the Golden Goose and head out in a smooth exciting escape without even revealing what the Great Terror is. The mission was a success, but the danger isn’t over. Jack and Jill arrive and capture the goose. Puss finds himself all alone and when he gets back to town, he’s in for a big surprise, and ends up in prison.
There, Puss meets Andy Beanstalk (voice of Mike Mitchell) who was the original owner of the magic beans. Yes, that’s Jack from the fairytale. He tells Puss about the Great Terror and it’s coming to San Ricardo for the goose.
This was a good addition to the Shrek franchise with adventure smooth action, and of course, cat humor. Although Kitty has become Puss’s love interest, it makes me wonder what became of her after Puss joined up with Shrek.