The True Story of Puss 'n Boots
By Renee Longstreet,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Truly awful version of the classic fairy tale.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
While some positive messages about living a fearless life and being honest are sprinkled throughout, the movie's unappealing characters and muddled story nix any redeeming value.
Positive Role Models
No one behaves in any way worthy of emulation or respect. Parental figures are a queen who always appears drunk and a king who is never awake. Late in the game, encouraged by a princess, the hero realizes that he should be honest.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of dark, ominous music leading the main characters through tunnels and caves in several sequences. An ugly, cackling Chamberlain who has the power to turn the princess' suitors into toads. Additional villains lurks in the form of the grotesque Ogre with octopus tentacles. There are chases, spear-wielding attackers, a toad strapped to a chair as food is catapulted into his mouth against his will, a haunted house-like ride, flashing lights, and lackluster battles between Puss and the bad guys. However, despite all the bluster, there's never any real threat to anyone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One romantic kiss at the finale. Some of the animated female characters are drawn with large bosoms, exaggerated hourglass figures, and often dance and move in provocative ways. The hero emerges from water, having been robbed, and wearing no clothes. He covers himself with a large hat.
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Products & Purchases
While not associated with the DreamWorks release of Puss in Boots, the character in this movie is easily mistaken for the big-budget one, which has an extensive marketing campaign and associated products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A barroom scene shows some characters drinking from mugs and flagons. The Queen is portrayed throughout as a slurring drunk, though she is never shown drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is not related to DreamWorks' Puss in Boots, and is of severely lower quality. For the most part, the characters are ugly and unlikable; some scenes are scarily grotesque with dark music and arch villains. One leading female character is portrayed as drunk throughout. The other female characters are drawn in low-cut, revealing necklines, and extra-round bottoms. There's lots of cartoon action with the villains chasing, attacking, and capturing various innocents along the way. In an early scene the hero's father bequeaths his estate to his sons and then dies with little fanfare and no grief expressed.
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Based on 5 parent reviews
Saw this 10 years ago and I'm still pissed off
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Less entertaining then the stomach flu
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What's the Story?
The miller's youngest son is in love with a beautiful princess. When the miller dies and leaves the boy only a saucy cat in red leather boots, his chances with the girl of his dreams are dim. But the cat has other plans. He conspires and swindles, cajoles and sweet-talks his way into the royal court with the lowly miller's son in tow, only to encounter the evil forces of The Chamberlain and The Ogre who have other plans for the beautiful lass.
Is It Any Good?
Loosely based on the Charles Perrault fairy tale, everything about this film is sub-standard. Nothing is original, clever, or memorable. William Shatner's falsetto, improvisational performance as Puss will disappoint even his most loyal fans.
The story as rewritten is not easy to follow. Characters are sent on missions that have no purpose. People appear in unlikely places and disappear without explanation. The iconic cat seems to have no magical powers and certainly has no charm. An effort has been made to update this story with a modern-day princess and modern dance moves, but since nothing else has been modernized, it's a wasted effort. There is really nothing at all to recommend this sorry version of the classic story.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why fairy tales appeal to kids. Why is it fun to imagine magical places where wishes come true and everything ends happily ever after? What are your favorites?
Lots of fairy tales are known for their "helpers," like fairy godmothers and animals. Other than Puss 'n Boots, who are some of the best known of these helpers? What do they do for their masters and what do they have in common?
- On DVD or streaming: October 4, 2011
- Cast: William Shatner, Yolande Moreau
- Directors: Jerome Deschamps, Pascal Herold
- Studio: Phase 4 Films
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Run time: 79 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: November 23, 2022
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