More than ten years after the release of the first film, Puss in Boots is back.
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is heading to theaters and the trailer just dropped (watch it above). And looks fun and colorful, like the slightly more sophisticated brand extension it’s always been.
Universal describes the plot of this new “Puss in Boots” as following the character (once again voiced by Antonio Banderas) as “he embarks on an epic journey through the Black Forest to find the mythical Wishing Star and restore his lives lost. But with only one life left, Puss will have to humble himself and enlist the help of his former partner and nemesis: the captivating Kitty Soft Paws (Salma Hayek). Only this time, they’re joined by “a seedy pooch , talkative and relentlessly cheerful, Perro (Harvey Guillén)”.
Of course, this being part of the “Puss in Boots”/”Shrek” world, there are other fairy tale shenanigans that come into play. During their adventure, they run into Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and the Three Bears crime family, “Big” Jack Horner (John Mulaney) and the Big Bad Wolf (Wagner Moura).
The new film’s cast also includes Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, Anthony Mendez and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.
Puss in Boots was an instant fan favorite when he first appeared in DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek 2” in 2004. But he didn’t get his own solo movie until 2011, having appeared in both “Shrek the Third” and “Shrek Forever”. After.” The original “Puss in Boots” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and is one of DreamWorks’ animated films that most reflected the sensibilities of executive producer Guillermo del Toro, who advised at the time all DreamWorks animated feature films.
Work on a proper “Puss in Boots” sequel has been in development ever since the original film was launched. Del Toro said, in 2013, that scripts had already been submitted, and Banderas commented that work had started in 2014. Later in 2014, “Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves” had a tentative release date. for Winter 2018. After Universal fully acquired DreamWorks Animation in 2015, the animation studio underwent a restructuring and a follow-up “Puss in Boots” was quietly pulled from the schedule.
In 2019, immediately following the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti was announced as the new director behind the “Puss in Boots” sequel. But in 2021, Persichetti had been replaced.
‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ is directed by Joel Crawford and produced by Mark Swift, who both helmed ‘The Croods: A New Age’. Perhaps most interesting of all, this new film is produced by Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, the man behind the “Despicable Me” and “Sing” franchises.
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” hits theaters September 23.