'Puss in Boots': Cat has egg in his face in 'Shrek' spin-off

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Antonio Banderas stole the show in the Shrek movies as a smooth, swashbuckling cat, but now that Puss in Boots is its own feature film, he faces a formidable scene-stealer of his own: Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty.

The entire opening of the film, set to debut Nov. 4, was previewed by DreamWorks Animation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday, revealing a comedy-adventure that is more of a straight-up fantasy than a mash-up spoof of pop culture and fairy tales, like Shrek. The biggest revelation in the footage was The Hangover star Galifianakis as the rotund, thin-shelled former partner of the wily cat.

“I smell something … familiar,” Puss says, drawing breath. “Something … dangerous. Something … breakfast-y!” before whirling to stab his sword at his old friend turned nemesis.

“You left me cracked in pieces on a bridge, surrounded by soldiers!” Humpty counters. “They wrote a song about it!”

The new scheme pulling them together: steal the magic beans from the murderous outlaws Jack and Jill — another major character reveal, voiced by Amy Sedaris and Billy Bob Thornton. This pair is far different from the innocent boy and girl we picture going up the hill to fetch a pail of water. They are grumbling, hulking grotesques who intend to use the beans to climb to the giant’s sky lair and steal the goose who lays golden eggs.

Salma Hayek plays Kitty Softpaws, a feline thief who convinces Puss and Humpty to put aside their differences and join forces to steal the beans. Puss is initially resistant, despite Humpty’s desperate entreaties: “Do you know what they do to eggs in prison?” Humpty asks, gulping, as he pleads for help. “I’ll tell you this, my friend … it ain’t over easy.”

Unfortunately, the biggest weakness Puss has is that he’s loyal to a fault, director Chris Miller said backstage before the presentation. “His want and desire to believe the best in someone else, and hang on to a friendship, those are the kind of things that get him in trouble,” Miller says.

The film draws on classic gunslinger tales for much of its influence, with an opening saloon sequence and music score that plays off Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns. The new poster for Puss in Boots cleverly spoofs Clint Eastwood in the famous one-sheet for Unforgiven. “The film does gather inspiration from those classic, legendary characters,” Miller says. “There is a little bit of Clint Eastwood in there, but also Zorro, and Indiana Jones. Even James Bond, to an extent.”

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  • harry

    awesome I can’t wait!!!!

  • Jeff

    Yay!

  • Jeff from Jersey; yes New Jersey

    When I saw the poster for this movie; I wasn*t thinking of Mr. Eastwood but of El Mariachi.From what I read about this movie, all I can say is hold on to your dublets; this is going to be fun!

    • Yesenia

      That’s what I thought too which makes more sense.

  • Steve

    When I saw the movie poster over the weekend, I thought, “Nice homage to Unforgiven – wonder if the kids will get it?”

    • Kvivik

      Does it matter?? It’s cool even if you don’t know the source material.

  • Kvivik

    I am SOOOOOOO happy that Puss got his own movie.
    Can’t wait to see this! Hopefulyy it will make up for the mess that was Shrek 4

  • Sue

    Puss and Kitty back together again. I hope he carries his sword in a guitar case.

    • Steve

      FTW!

  • Tully

    Love the billboard!

  • stan

    Thank God someone else already stole Kitty Galore – that’s one bad pun I could do without.

    Where’s Johnny Depp?

  • Sammie

    interesting…..

  • Kirsten

    I’m excited about it too, but hearing lines like Humpty Dumpty saying “They wrote a song about it” actually has me worried. The first couple of Shreks didn’t need to spell things out, but evidently they feel the need to in this. Hopefully it’s just in the context of this, but I’m starting to worry just how predicatble this will be.

  • w g alvira

    I just hope Humpty Dumpty speaks better English than Puss in Boots does.

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