Ah ha! With the Shrek franchise having run it's natural life, you might have thought you would have seen the last of the characters from it. But that was not the case. With Dreamworks animation looking to see if any of the supporting characters from Shrek might be worthy of a movie on their own, there was only one logical choice.
And thus Puss in Boots is back.
In a movie that takes place some unspecified amount of time before his first appearance in Shrek Two.
The film sees him in the position he was in back at the start of his first film in that. A sword for hire. And one with a past. One which comes back to haunt him when a cat burglar called Kitty Softpaws drags him into a get rich quick scheme. Which puts them up against two outlaws. And a figure from Puss's past.
Can he save the day, get the money and the lady, and redeem himself at the same time?
Styled like a cross between a spaghetti western and a Zorro movie at first, this gets both styles exactly right from the off. The attention to detail in the animation and the character design is very impressive. It gets more into fairytale territory as it goes along. It does have the Shrek style of slighty twisted versions of traditional fairy tales - bringing us Jack and Jill as a pair of hillbilly bandits. And it's not laugh out loud a minute funny, all occasional bits of humour coming out of character interaction.
Kitty Softpaws, despite good work from Salma Hayek with the voice, and her natural chemistry with Antonio Banderas, isn't quite the strongest of characters, but that's only a minor complaint.
One thing this does have in it's favour though is an excellent score, music in the style of the setting, and one that should have you tapping your feet as you go along.
It doesn't break new ground, but it takes a great character and puts him in an entertaining escapade of his own, and it's a lot of fun all in all. Here's hoping for a sequel.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
It's also English audio captioned.
The disc begins with several trailers but you can skip these via either the menu or the next buttons on the dvd remote control.
All these trailers can be seen amongst the extras as well. Some in the previews section, and some in the world of Dreamworks animation section. The latter gives you the chance to see music and/or clips or related items from five other Dreamworks movie.
Such as an advert for the How to Train your Dragon live show. Which can also be seen via the main dvd menu.
Only other extras are three deleted scenes. These are animated storyboards rather than cgi animation but they do have music and sound and dialogue and a short introuduction to each from a producer of the film. They can be watched individually or all in a row. If doing the latter they last for six minutes in total.
There is also a rather cursory eight minutes long making of the voice track for the movie feature. This is laden with clips from the film, but the other parts, showing the actors and work and being interviewed, are quite good.