Puss in Boots was the creation of French author Charles Perrault (also responsible for Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella) who in 1697 published Le Maistre Chat, ou Le Chat Botté, about a clever cat who helps his poor master win riches and a princess. But thanks to Dreamworks, isn’t it now impossible to imagine Puss without his smooth-talking, Latin-lover moves courtesy of a (fantastic) Antonio Banderas?
When we first met today’s Puss, it was as a scene-stealer in 2004’s Shrek 2 and — as some critics have pointed out — it’s hard to give a secondary character his own movie. But so far audiences are flocking to the family-friendly flick — it was the top grossing film of Friday with 9.6 million dollars. The animation is vivid and terrific, and there’s plenty of good cat jokes that people who like cats will particularly enjoy. (Even Puss himself says cat people are crazy so….) I’m particularly taken with the idea of a dastardly Humpty Dumpty — voiced in the film by Zach Galifianakis, which, of course, helps. Whoever came up with the idea that Humpty is a lonely, misunderstood genius really deserves some credit. Humpty, while understandably hindered by the fact that he is, you know, an egg, plots and schemes and betrays, and yet is still weirdly quite lovable. And while I’m worried that kids will grow up thinking that all these different folklore characters were hanging out together (Puss also dips into Jack and the Beanstalk, The Golden Goose, and Jack and Jill), it certainly makes for some good adventure.
But I’m curious, have you guys seen Puss in Boots yet? Do you have a favorite fairy tale character you’d like to see get the star treatment next? Sound off below!