- Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek,Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, Walt Dohrn, Zeus Mendoza, Constance Marie, Julie Wittner, Rebecca Davis, Vana Dabney
- Director: Chris Miller
- Writers: Charles Perrault, Brian Lynch, David H. Steinberg, Tom Wheeler, Jon Zack
- Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou
- Associate Producer: Tom Jacomb
- Executive Producers: Andrew Adamson, Michelle Raimo, Guillermo del Toro
- Art Direction: Jessie Carbonaro
- Editor: Eric Dapkewicz
- Music: Henry Jackman
"Puss In Boots" will star Antonio Banderas as Puss In Boots and Salma Hayek as Kitty, Puss' love interest. Swords will cross and hearts will be broken in this adventure starring one of the most beloved characters of the Shrek universe - Puss In Boots. It's a swashbuckling ride through Puss's early years as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- MPAA Warning: some adventure action and mild rude humour
- Production Companies: Dreamworks Animation
2011 Guide Analysis: "With the "Shrek" franchise thankfully closed, Dreamworks Animation has moved onto this 3D spin-off franchise featuring Antonio Banderas' popular swashbuckling Spanish feline Puss in Boots character. Serving as a prequel set before his first appearance in 2004's "Shrek 2", this was originally set to go direct-to-disc. Plans soon changed however in favor of a theatrical release.
Co-writer David H. Steinberg has stressed that aside from Puss himself, all the other characters are new and this doesn't overlap with the other "Shrek" films at all. The reason? "Partly that was done to tell an original Puss story, but partly because we didn't know what Shrek Forever After was going to do with the characters and we couldn't write conflicting storylines".
Like most of DWA's upcoming output, Guillermo del Toro has signed on as executive producer and has apparently given tweaks to the story. One amusing draw is the re-teaming of Banderas with Salma Hayek who plays his love interest Kitty Softpaws, a Tuxedo cat. Zach Galifianakis will voice Humpty Dumpty, an evil mastermind intent on stealing golden eggs from a certain goose.
With Dreamworks' recent uptick in quality thanks mostly to "How To Train Your Dragon", this at least sheds some of the flab that the increasingly bloated "Shrek" franchise had in its final two outings. Chris Miller helms this, his sole previous directing credit being "Shrek the Third" (easily the worst feature of that franchise). I hope this turns out better for him."