Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Puss explores fairy tales in fun, interactive special.

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Positive Messages

Fairy tales can be interpreted in different ways.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Puss is proud, smart, determined, and sometimes arrogant. 

Violence & Scariness

Mild fantasy violence but no one is injured. Sword fighting, a scary dragon. Violence is a means to an end. 

Sexy Stuff

Some mild flirtation, a few kisses. 

Language
Consumerism

References to other Puss in Boots videos, the Shrek franchise, and other Dreamworks moments. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A scene has Puss drinking milk at a bar. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale is an interactive animated series that allows viewers to choose what happens to the main character from a limited set of options. It's full of humor that kids will enjoy but still offers adults some clever quips that will go over kids' heads. There's some bathroom humor (farting, vomiting), mild fantasy violence (sword fights, explosive magic spells), a scary dragon, references to monsters, and a few dark shadows. Mild flirtations are mainly fairy tale kisses that lead to unexpected results. The special is part of the Shrek universe, so fans of that world will enjoy this unique viewing experience. 

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What's the story?

The interactive Netflix show PUSS IN BOOK: TRAPPED IN AN EPIC TALE features Puss in Boots (voiced by Eric Bauza) as he tries to make his way out of a book of fairy tales. Puss suddenly finds himself stuck in a volume of stories being narrated by an unknown teller (Jeff Bennett). He discovers that in order to get out, he must work his way through each tale until he reaches the end of the volume. The catch? The reader of the book (aka the viewer) gets to choose how he is going to do it from a series of options. No matter where Puss goes, he must deal with some surprising plot twists that make his journey to the end of each story more difficult. 

Is it any good?

This engaging special offers viewers a chance to participate in Puss's adventures by allowing them to choose options that make each scenario equally entertaining. Although the choices are limited, each narrative is just long enough and lively enough to keep you engaged. Puss's reactions to reader choices also adds to the amusement.  

Young viewers will enjoy the goofy quality of the stories, which are full of funny moments and some occasional bathroom humor. But as with this special's predecessor Shrek, the writing cleverly incorporates quips that will make adults chuckle while flying over kids' heads. Overall, Puss in Book will easily captivate kids, and the interactive nature of the show only makes it more compelling. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fairy tales. What fairy tales are featured in Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale? Does Puss's presence in them change the outcome of each story? 

  • Does the ability to make choices about what happens to Puss make Puss in Book more fun than other Puss in Boots series? If you could make up your own storybook endings, what would they be? 

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