‘Puss in Boots’ Trailer Is Surprisingly Not Like ‘Shrek 5′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:58 pm,

Puss in Boots movie trailer Puss in Boots Trailer Is Surprisingly Not Like Shrek 5

When you were first told that DreamWorks was making a Puss in Boots movie, chances are good your immediate thought was that it would basically amount to Shrek 5. The official Puss in Boots teaser didn’t do much to convince moviegoers otherwise, seeing as it featured many of the same elements as the Shrek franchise – namely pop music tunes, references to other films, and a premise that promised to offer a “hip” and comical spin on a classic fairy tale.

Now an official Puss in Boots trailer has been released – and while it’s doesn’t exactly make the movie look fantastic, it does suggest that director Chris Miller (Shrek the Third) went in a more original direction with this animated adventure.

“Adventure” surprisingly abounds in the theatrical preview for Puss in Boots, which picks up with the cute-but-deadly orange feline (once again voiced by Antonio Banderas) in his pre-Shrek days. The film follows Puss on a quest to save the world, when he is joined by the likes of the clumsy Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and the slinky Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek).

It goes without saying that Puss in Boots is aimed at kids – not to mention, the movie does look to follow in Shrek’s footsteps by featuring elements from classic fairytales (ex. Jack in the Beanstalk). What’s genuinely surprising, though, is how the full-length trailer makes the film look like its own unique comical spin on classic fables about dashing heroes in fantastical lands.

See what we mean by watching the Puss in Boots trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

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While the humor in this Puss in Boots trailer partly goes the way of Shrek (re: bad puns for kids, double entendres for adults), there’s also the suggestion that the film will actually have a fully-formed fantasy action-adventure plot – that’s more than just an excuse for gags involving Puss acting like a cat. At the least, credit ought to go to Miller and his screenwriting team for not going the lazier route of having the movie be about how Puss becomes a hero; instead, the titular feline is already a “legendary warrior”, who is recruited to save the day. We’ve already seen one comical animated movie with the standard hero’s journey storyline (Rango), and that’s enough for now.

Banderas, Hayek, and Galifianakis all appear to be fun fits for their respective Puss in Boots characters – and the absence of painfully obvious product placement (see: The Smurfs trailer) or Shrek’s brand of pop culture-heavy humor in this trailer is pleasant as well. Adults might not have as much fun as their kids when they go and see this one in theaters, but at least they shouldn’t be really annoyed either.

Finally – if the music in the Puss in Boots trailer seems a bit reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean, there’s a reason: the film’s soundtrack was composed by Henry Jackman, who provided “additional music” for the second and third films in that swashbuckling franchise. Take that as you will.

Puss in Boots arrives in theaters this fall on November 4th, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. HA Ha this actually looks extremely funny.

  2. I want to see it. lol

  3. I loved it (:

  4. LOL i’m in!

  5. I’ll watch it just because the part with the reflected light that he followed like a real cat.

  6. I really enjoyed the “cat chasing light” shot right after saying nothing will distract him! Reminds me of Family Guy’s Stewie that seems like and adult but when he breaks into “baby” moments it is just too funny.

    Did anyone else get the feeling like Puss is being turned into Zorro? The voice actor helps that connection also. Maybe that’s how Banderas got the original job?

    • the voice actor did play zorro….

    • @ mongoose

      I know what you mean, I thought of Family Guy straight away when I saw that. It was the episode when Brian gets a dumb girlfriend (Drew Barrymore). When she starts Irritating him he pulls out his torch to distract her.

  7. i’m glad the shrek franchise is dead, it got so boring watching the same garbage over and over, imo the series ended at 2 (which was only half as good as the 1st). this looks really good, looks like is has alot of action and humour to balance the former.

    it would be cool if there was a cameo from one of the fairy tale characters from the shrek series, like pinnochio or gingerbread man (love that little guy). i’ll probably see this if i have the time (and money).

  8. I didnt understand one part. Puss is a male cat right? Well then how come when he had that “close call” jumping scene over that spike where he just barley missed, he had no kitty nuts? Totally ruined the movie for me…

    • Their “privates” are hidden by fur and other mechanicals that I don’t think I can write about on this site. he he

      • They cant show his huevos in a kids movie dude -_-

        • Epic Fail :)

  9. So yep, it’d appear I wanna see this. Lucky me, it comes out the day after my birthday!!! ^.^

  10. absoulutly funny lol

  11. Haha. I’m not a fan of the Shrek movies but I might watch this.

  12. Looks good.

  13. Thumbs up

  14. Forgive me, but that actually look’s pretty damn hilarious!

  15. Same old Dreamworks cliche humor. Yaaawn. Can’t wait for Cars 2.

    • even though i like the pixar movies, they are cliche too.

  16. Chasing that laser light is hilarious!

    BTW—when did we have to start watching commercials on this site before we could watch a trailer???? If that’s the case from now on, I really don’t think I’ll be watching them as often on Screen Rant. I’m just OVER commercials showing up everywhere on the web. I just want to “turn the channel”!

  17. There’s only the commercial because the trailer is from Yahoo movies. Don’t get your fur all ruffled up.

  18. The trailer was funny and good, I hope the film turns out to be great.

  19. This looks like it’s going to be funny. I’ve liked all the Shrek films, although they did get progressively predictable. This looks like it MIGHT be a return to the fun of the first 2 films.

  20. Trailer music is 95% written by trailer composers or is library music, so the Pirates comment isn’t meaningful. I’m sure Henry Jackman will write something cool if X-Men First Class is anything to go by.

    • The music in the trailer is from Hans Zimmer for the movie Drop Zone (1993)!

  21. This was really cute! Kids these days probably think Shrek when they think bout ole Puss’ but he’s been around way longer i had books when i was a little kid .. and im 42! lol antonio is perfect for puss glad to see he still is doing the voice in this one too.

    • YES!!! I agree LOVED IT!!!

  22. Puss In Boots was my favorite fairy tale as a child. My dad used to get it from the local library on tape, ‘cuz he was SO sick of reading it to me (along with Scary Tales”). Sooooo excited, Puss is why I love the 2nd and 3rs one (so does my son)!

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