The Adventures of Puss in Boots

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Nomadic dueler finds a home in comical, endearing series.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Puss takes responsibility for his mistakes, revealing a kind and selfless heart. The idea of serving a greater good takes center stage, as does the sense of fulfillment in being surrounded by people you care about. Good and evil are clearly defined, even if the line is blurred by jovial exchanges between the two sides. Violence often is the only means to an end. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Puss is courageous, clever, and crafty, and he puts others' needs before his own. As the show progresses, he also learns the value of loving and being loved by others. San Lorenzo's quirky residents are mostly well-meaning, in particular Dulcinea, who's as gentle and optimistic as they come and who inspires the best in Puss.   

Violence & Scariness

Sword play and duels are common, many times with kicking, punching, and scratching. Cartoon troubles, such as long falls and collisions. Some thieves use weapons including bows and arrows. Few visible injuries.  

Sexy Stuff

Puss is known as a lover and has a soft spot for the ladies, but physical contact stops at holding hands.

Language

Rarely "stupid." 

Consumerism

The series follows Puss's supporting role in Shrek movies and a full-length feature centered on the swashbuckling feline. His image also graces products such as video games, books, and accessories for kids.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A bar serves frothy drinks, but they're never identified as beer. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Adventures of Puss in Boots has sword fighting, punching, kicking, and peril similar to the feisty feline's adventures in Puss in Boots and various Shrek movies and specials, but visible injuries are rare. Puss is said to be a "lover," but his affections are sweet and well-intentioned. Villains are more comically inept than they are scary, and even mythical creatures who make appearances tend to be friendly and funny. It's mentioned that Puss is an orphan, and a handful of recurring characters are young orphans as well. This series offers plenty of laughs but also some good examples of selflessness and taking responsibility for your actions. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 11 year old Written byBookNerdMom January 14, 2017

Is 'sexist clap trap' too strong?

I like a lot of what Dreamworks does. So much so, that we gave our kids carte blanche permission to watch anything Dreamworks-produced on Netflix without runnin... Continue reading
Adult Written bysusanc4 July 25, 2015

Hilarious and fun

Very entertaining series on Netflix. Plenty of lessons about kindness and sharing but presented with loads of swashbuckling fun. The animation is spectacular an... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHilarious addictive December 10, 2017

Really addictive and humorous

This series should never end... it is so sweet and it is filled with positive rhymes/quotes, "the adventures of puss in boots" , should be watched by... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 21, 2018

So Hilarious and Cute!

This show is hilarious and really cute. There is sword fighting and some characters are in love. Nothing really bad. 6 years old is a good age to start watching... Continue reading

What's the story?

Swashbuckler Puss in Boots (voiced by Eric Bauza) prides himself on being a lone wolf and a nomad, but then he meets a beautiful, unassuming stranger named Dulcinea (Jayma Mays) at the thieves market and offers her his loyal protection. He follows her to mythical San Lorenzo, a city whose treasure holds a spell that hides its inhabitants from the world. But when Puss inadvertently breaks that spell, revealing the city and its treasure to outsiders, he must stay put to fend off new invaders and keep the people of San Lorenzo safe. 

Is it any good?

It was only a matter of time before this breakout star of the Shrek tales made the jump to a series like THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS, particularly after proving himself a worthy leading man in his feature-length film. Much is made of Puss's nomadic lifestyle, which easily explains the new setting and surrounding characters, but it's also quite enjoyable to see him settle down and forge relationships with the myriad of quirky townsolk -- and kind-hearted Dulcinea in particular. There are still opportunities for quests of the day-trip variety, inviting encounters with all sorts and putting Puss's claims of legendary skills to the test, always with hilarious results.

The most notable change to Puss is the departure of Antonio Banderas' richly accented voice, but Bauza does a good job mimicking his predecessor's work so as to bridge the two performances and appease fans. Other than that, everything you've come to love about this endearing feline makes a triumphant return in this series: his abundant self-confidence, devotion to justice, weakness for string, love of leche, and, yes, pleading kitten eyes. This enjoyable series is sure to please fans of all ages, making it a great pick for families. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of the Puss in Boots character. What makes him heroic? Is he courageous of his own volition, or is he inspired by his desire to protect others? Is it always as easy to distinguish between good and bad as he makes it seem? 

  • How does Puss change his view of his previously solitary life as the show progresses? What does he gain by establishing lasting relationships? What responsibilities does he find friendship requires? 

  • This series (and Puss's experiences in movies before it) suggest that violence can be comical. Is this an inherently dangerous idea? Could the fighting you see in this show be misinterpreted as representative of real life? Why, or why not? 

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