The True Story of Puss 'n Boots

  • Review Date: October 27, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Truly awful version of the classic fairy tale.
  • Review Date: October 27, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 79 minutes





What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

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.

Not applicable

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date: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

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Parent Written byChristy Matte June 2, 2012

Just say No.

I completely agree with this review. Everything about this movie is awful. As I was trying to figure out how to convince my kids to watch something else 10 minutes in, they insisted we turn it off. The characters are unpleasant and annoying and the story was baffling.
Parent Written byhiya,i'm n December 9, 2011

a charming film...

don't listen to everybody else - better than most family films! is you think this is related to shrek, it's not, it's another one. people may be dissapointed, but if you give this film a chance you will love it!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent Written bymommysmovies September 29, 2012


TERRIBLE! Not even sure where to begin with this review. After watching this movie that I purchased, my 6 year old daughter said "please take this movie back, I don't like it!" Don't think she has ever said that about a movie before. It was very weird, the queen seemed drunk through the entire movie which I found odd. The cat convinced the boy to lie to get what he wanted (the girl), don't think this is something we should be teaching our children! The ogre does some really bad things too. It was just a REALLY BAD MOVIE!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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