My family recently watched “The True Story of Puss ‘N Boots”. This was originally a French animation that recieved an English translation featuring Emmy and Golden Globe winner William Shatner. For those of you who are not familiar, the story is about a young farmer’s son inherits a talking cat with magical boots. Puss, the cat, helps the farmer’s son battle other potential suitors for the Princess’ heart and consequently the throne.
The animation wasn’t at all what we were used to after spending way too much time watching Dreamworks and Pixar flicks. The color is a bit darker but the animation is artistic and actually quite pretty. I really expected the classic William Shatner voice and was even looking forward to some classic Trek pauses but Shatner voiced the cat as… well, a cat!?! I thought it was kind of a mix of gruff and yet whiny but the kids weren’t bothered by it. “The True Story of Puss ‘N Boots” did stay true to the original Charles Perrault text and many over-stimulated Americans probably will find it lacking in action. I personally liked the pace. It kept my 5 and 3 year old’s attention. And the movie does have an underlying positive message consistently through it that you can attain your dreams no matter where you come from.
Unfortunately, overpowering this positive message are the creepy and villainous characters and dark humor. They plot underhandedly and act deviously throughout the story. There are also monsters and ogres that might very well be scary to younger children. Two additional put-offs: the inebriated Queen and the gratuitious flaunting of curves. The Queen really did seem drunk during most of the movie and the women in the film were definitely gratuitously curvy. The shirts were drawn very low cut to the point of near wardrobe malfunction. I’m not sure what the writers were thinking both of these brought to the film, but I found them both ridiculous and needless.
My kids haven’t asked to watch the movie since the first time we viewed it. And I’m actually very glad about this. I’m not sure how much they grasp of what the director, Pascal Herold, said was the intention of the movie: “to tell children that they can make a success of their lives even if they’re not top of the class.” But they could tell me that the “green faced character was being really sneaky”. So to the back of the movie cabinet it goes!
The True Story of Puss’n Boots movie runs 79 minutes and features an exclusive interview footage with William Shatner as well as a slide show and the official movie trailer. The Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack is available for $24.99, while the DVD is available for $19.99 or $22.49 on Amazon. For more information visit the The True Story of Puss’n Boots website or Facebook page.
Have you watched The True Story of Puss’n Boots and if so, what did you think?
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The True Story of Puss’n Boots to facilitate my review. All opinions are honest and my own.