Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is a 2022 American computer-animated adventure film that is a sequel to Puss in Boots (2011) and the sixth installment of the Shrek franchise.
It was directed by Joel Crawford and co-directed by Januel Mercado, and was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, from a screenplay by Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow, based on a story by Swerdlow and the first film's writer Tom Wheeler, with additional screenplay material provided by Etan Cohen.
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The Shrek franchise has dominated popular culture for over two decades, demonstrating that studios other than Pixar could succeed with computer-generated animation.
Although Shrek had his last big screen adventure in 2010 with Shrek Forever After, the popular feline Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) starred in a 2011 prequel that explored his origins as an adventurer.
This winter's Puss in Boots: The Last Wish picks up after the events of the Shrek franchise, with Puss struggling to live up to his reputation.
Puss has weathered his experiences in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and after realizing that he only has one life left out of nine, he decides to hang up his cape and sword.
While he is terrified of the literal embodiment of death, The Big Bad Wolf (Wagner Moura), Puss decides to embark on another adventure when he learns that Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and the three bears (Ray Winstone, Olivia Colman, and Samson Kayo) are looking for a Wishing Star, which could potentially grant him his lives back.
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The adventure reunites him with his old flame Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and his new ally Perrito (Harvey Guillén), all of whom must avoid the evil gangster Jack Horner (John Mulaney).
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish begins with a teaser that says “this is a fairy tale,” and the film is a refreshing change of pace from the rest of the franchise's films.
Director Joel Crawford infuses stylized action sequences and visual splendor more akin to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse than any of the Shrek films.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish not only provides a fun adventure for the whole family, but it also teases a potentially interesting future for the franchise.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Review: a Wholesome, Entertaining Journey to Find Out the Meaning of Life
When Shrek 2 hit theatres in 2004, it brought to life a beloved fairytale character: Puss in Boots. Puss in Boots, hired by Princess Fiona's father, set out to kill Shrek in the film but ended up with a recurring role in the franchise and a standalone film in 2011.
The daring feline may be cute, but his sword and charismatic personality make him a fan favorite throughout the franchise. Puss in Boots, his stand-alone film, was a huge success when it was released in 2011, becoming one of the year's biggest animated releases.
Now in 2022, a long-awaited sequel to the 2011 film has arrived and hopes to make a name for itself during the busy holiday season: The Last Wish of Puss in Boots.
Plans for this film began shortly after the release of the first Puss in Boots film, and it was officially announced in 2014 that it was in the works. The title of the film was trademarked in 2020, and the entire cast was revealed in March 2022, months before the film's release.
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The design aesthetic and animation for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish were said to be directly inspired by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This visual style pervades the film, with many scenes appearing to be straight out of a comic book or manga fight scene.
Joel Crawford is the director of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Antonio Banderas reprises his role as Puss in Boots, while Salma Hayek reprises her role as Kitty Softpaws. This film introduces many new characters to the franchise, as well as new voice actors.
Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, John Mulaney, Harvey Guillén, and Wagner Moura are just a few of the new characters seen and heard throughout the film, many of whom are also inspired by fairytales. When compared to the previous film, which featured characters like Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack Beanstalk, this is very on-brand.