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 "Live for danger. Fight for justice. Pray for mercy."

Puss In Boots is a Dreamworks Animation film, serving as a prequel to the Shrek series and telling the Backstory of Puss in Boots. Guillermo del Toro is executive producer.

The film shows Puss (voiced again by Antonio Banderas) getting reunited with an old friend- Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) who betrayed him once, and who convinces him to steal the magic beans from Jack and Jill (who are dangerous outlaws here) so they can climb to the castle in the clouds and steal the goose that lays the golden eggs. Along for the ride is Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) a Classy Cat Burglar, who becomes Puss's Love Interest and Rival. But all is not as it seems...

The film was released on October 28, 2011. Here's the teaser, and here's the first theatrical trailer.

The Blu-Ray and DVD release featured the short film The Three Diablos, which is set almost immediately after the events of the film.


This work contains the following tropes:

 Humpty Dumpty: Do you know what they do to eggs in prison? I'll tell you this much... it ain't over easy.

  Puss (Referring to Humpty Dumpty): Maldito huevo...

    • Literally, "Damned egg". Made even better by the fact that huevo is also used as an euphemism for testicle.
    • You also get a relatively rare occasion in which the phrase "Holy frijoles!" - often used in a stereotypical fashion in film and TV depictions of Mexicans, or used by non-Mexicans as a generic exclamation in the same context as "Aye Cayrumba!" - is actually uttered by a noted Hispanic actor in a non-stereotypical context.
  • Blood Brothers: Puss and Humpty, Blood Oath included.
  • Book Ends: The movie opens and ends with a narration by Puss.
    • Puss and Humpty flee San Ricardo with a horse carriage full of gold in both the flashback and the climax.
  • Capulet Counterpart: Kitty starts out as Puss' rival and is in on Humpty's plot against him, but ultimately ends up as his Love Interest.
  • Carnivore Confusion:

 Puss:I should make you into an egg salad sandwich!

Humpty: Yech! That is disgusting!

  • Cats Are Mean: Played somewhat unconventionally in that most of the feline characters in the flick are only smarmy or jerks to those that really deserve it.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Kitty Softpaws easily qualifies; Puss himself might to a lesser extent.
  • Cats Hate Water: Zigzagged - Puss is shown taking a leap into a river during the flashback, but a prison guard can keep him in line with just a spray bottle.
    • This is actually similar to the way cats behave in real life - most will enter water without a fuss if they need to, but they hate having it thrown on them against their will.
  • Cephalothorax: Humpty.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Both Humpty's original glider (the one built in childhood) and the flying carriage end up being used during the climax.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Puss and Kitty's dancing pops up on several occasions.
  • Classy Cat Burglar: Salma Hayek's character, literally.
  • Clear My Name
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Softpaws makes him lose his sword in their fight, Puss has no problem hitting her with a guitar. Softpaws doesn't let him live that one down.
    • In fairness to Puss, he doesn't become aware that she's a girl until after he hits her.
  • Compelling Voice: When Puss goes into adorable kitty mode, the guard is very nearly persuaded into letting him out of jail.
    • This troper would argue that that had more to do with Puss's Puppy Dog Eyes. He does provide the page image, after all.
  • Cool Mask: Kitty has a black luchador-style one.
  • Cool Sword: Puss has an ornate rapier, but Kitty does one better with a size-retractable dagger.
  • Cub Cues Protective Parent: The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs turns out to be the gosling of a gargantuan goose, who is not too keen about having her offspring stolen.
  • Cute Giant: The Golden Goose's mother.
  • Dance Battler: Both Puss and Kitty during their first duel.
  • Dance of Romance: Subverted in Puss and Kitty's first "dance" due to Puss being unaware his opponent is female; played straighter in their dance after retrieving the Golden Goose, which is much more intimate.
  • Dance Party Ending: It's a Shrek tradition, this time set to Lady Gaga's "Americano."
  • Darker and Edgier: Unlike the series it was spun off from, which was a comedy with a bit of drama mixed in, this movie is more of an action/comedy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kitty Softpaws

 Puss: Do not worry. I will protect you.

Kitty: What are you gonna do? Hit it in the head with a guitar?

  • Disney Death: Humpty topples off a bridge and supposedly dies, but the epilogue shows that he recovers.
  • Dreamworks Face: From Humpty rather than the actual lead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jack and Jill are by all means ruthless bandits, but are Happily Married and treat their hogs like children.
  • Evil All Along: Kitty, the drinkers at the bar and the white cat from the start were secretly part of the Big Bad's scheme. Also, the Big Bad was Humpty Dumpty.
  • Expy: Puss is obviously a parody of Zorro, especially since he's voiced by Antonio Banderas, who played the character.
  • Eyes of Gold: Humpty, which gives an early clue to his true nature.
  • Face Heel Turn: Humpty gets a bit too into his dream of finding the golden eggs, and what once began as an innocent dream turns into an unhealthy obsession when he grows older. Enough for the Reveal in the movie to be that Humpty orchestrated the whole plot, thereby turning Puss into the outlaw once again. However, later in the movie after Puss is angry at him for betraying him, he becomes Puss' friend again and even tries to help him out at the end.
  • Famous Last Words: "I won't make you choose."
  • Femme Fatale: Kitty. Also, the white cat Puss is implied to have slept with at the very beginning, who turns out to have been on Humpty's payroll.
  • Flash Back: A lengthy one is given by Puss to explain to Kitty (and the audience) the extent of his relationship with Humpty Dumpty.
  • Foot Focus: A shot or two of Puss's boots as he strolls through the town square.
    • Also, Kitty holds a pair of boots that looks just... like-- Un momento!! This occurs twice, as Puss looks down at his bare hind paws.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anybody who has been on the Shrek 4D ride at Universal Studios would have seen Humpty Dumpty's apparent death coming, as Donkey accidentally knocks over his grave marker in the cemetary scene.
  • Foreshadowing: Humpty Dumpty, upon finding the Golden Goose's "nest", remarks that he feels like he belongs there, and later remarks that he didn't feel like he belonged in San Ricardo much less anywhere. He turns out to be a golden egg given life.
  • Furry Reminder: Similar to the previous movies, while Puss is more or less a swashbuckling hero, he can't overcome his feline instincts.
  • Genre Shift: The regular Shrek series was an Affectionate Parody of fairy tales, a trait that's prevalent even through its most serious moments. Puss' story in the 'verse however, keeps the irreverent sense of fairy tale humor (in a lesser amount) but has a much more action-orientated tone similar to Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The opening scene has Puss grabbing his stuff and getting ready to leave this sleeping kitty in the morning. Apparently he only did that to steal her owner's ring, which adds fresh implications.
    • Puss has quite the reputation with the ladies. Apparently, he's called "Mr. Friskie Two-Times". So yeah.
    • This line from Humpty:

 Humpty Dumpty: Do you know what they do to eggs in San Ricardo Prison? I'll tell you this much.... it ain't over easy.

    • From one ad, Puss says "That's not what your mama said." For those who don't know, the full version of this comeback is "That's not what your mom said when I was doing her."
    • When an outlaw tries to show Puss his "golden goose eggs".
      • Actually, most anything involving eggs
    • A cat walks into a bar and orders milk. Whereas the humans are drinking from actual beer bottles. Or are they?
    • The prison guard seemed pretty put-out to find Puss carrying catnip. Knowing how cats react to the stuff...
      • He says it's for his glaucoma, for which medical marijuana is sometimes prescribed.
    • Kitty Softpaws' costume includes a little kitty cat gimp mask.
    • Really, with a film focusing on a character like Puss, most of the one-liners are pretty much this.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Puss and Kitty.
  • Hand Cannon: Jack and Jill have a literal one -- the gun they use is a miniaturized, handheld cannon. complete with a fuse.
  • Heel Face Revolving Door: Humpty.
  • Heel Face Turn: Both Kitty and Humpty go back on their plan to abandon Puss and San Ricardo.
  • Held Gaze: A very short one, as part of the Mating Dance scene between Puss and Kitty (see example below).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Humpty sacrifices himself so Puss can save the Golden Goose, and thus San Ricardo from her mother's wrath.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: Puss and Humpty, though it gets muddied for... complicated reasons.
  • High on Catnip: Puss claims his bag of catnip is for his glaucoma.
  • Hollywood Density: Averted; the golden eggs turn out to be so heavy even taking one would have been difficult. That said, the characters do occasionally handle them as if they were far lighter, but this is more artistic than plot-relevant.
    • Humpty seems to be no heavier than he looks, however, despite it being revealed at the end that he is a golden egg, and quite a bit larger than any of the other ones. Dude should have weighed a couple hundred pounds, but the cats have no problem helping him up or rolling him around.
  • Impossible Thief: Kitty. A Running Gag has her steal Puss' hat and boots without him noticing until she points it out. Puss later gets to do this to some guards by making their pants fall down without apparently moving a muscle.
  • Improvised Weapon: Puss uses a guitar to knock Kitty out in their first duel, revealing her identity.
  • In Love with the Mark: Kitty slowly falls in love with Puss over the course of the adventure, despite being in on Humpty's revenge scheme. Thus, she busts him out of jail and helps him save the city in the end.
  • Inspector Javert: The Comandante of San Ricardo.
  • It's All About Me: Humpty's main character flaw, and ultimately the cause of Puss becoming an outlaw.
  • Jump Scare: A minor one when Humpty says, "Hi, plant" to the little sprout in the desert.
  • Kirk's Rock: The trio pass in front of a creditable rendered version at one point.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: Finally, after all the UST between the two, Kitty and Puss finally kiss. Which is hidden behind Puss's hat which Kitty lifts off his head and holds over their faces. Likely done just the give the two some privacy, though they hadn't really been discreet about their attraction before. Could also count as a (covered up) The Big Damn Kiss, because of the dramatic lighting behind them.
  • Kitty Cat Eyes: Naturally. At one point, it borders on Compelling Voice, as Puss uses them to get a guard to do what he wants.
  • Latin Lover: Puss prides himself as quite the Casanova.
  • Like a Son to Me/Parental Substitute: Imelda and Puss' relationship.
  • Masked Luchador: Kitty wears a mask like this.
  • Mating Dance: There is a quite passionate and fast paced one between Kitty and Puss after they retrieve the golden chick from the castle, they literally can barely keep their hands(/paws) off each other! Complete with with a Almost Kiss and even a Held Gaze moment.
  • Meaningful Name: Kitty Softpaws can rob you blind and literally has no claws.
  • Meet Cute: Despite the fact they were (so it seemed) preparing to fight to the death (and the fact guitar clubbing was included), the first real time Kitty and Puss meet, they seem to have easily over looked that fact, and Puss later expresses his regret over the guitar.
  • Memento MacGuffin: As it turns out, Puss's hat and boots.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The guardian of the golden goose is actually her gigantic mother. Humpty knew this and stole the goose to bring her mother's wrath down upon San Ricardo.
  • More Dakka: Hand Cannons? A carriage with broadside cannons? Jack and Jill came down that hill packin'.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Hilariously gender reversed with Jack and Jill, as Jack is the one who wants to have kids. He even uses this line at one point.
  • Mythology Gag: A couple to Shrek 2:
    • After Puss is arrested and searched, the guard finds catnip among Puss' possessions. This was part of the Cops parody in Shrek 2.
    • The final scene has Puss and Kitty on the run, in what should have been a romantic scene if not for the soldiers attacking them, mirroring a scene in Shrek and Fiona's "honeymoon".
    • Puss again puts on his Puppy Dog Eyes, this time for a prison guard so he may escape. The score during this part is the same melody played during the first time Puss does it in Shrek 2. It's even on his Wanted poster.
  • Nice Hat: Puss has a Musketeer-esque hat, complete with feather.
  • Nice Shoes: Who else?
  • The Old Convict: "Jack" Andy Beanstalk.
  • Once More, with Clarity: Parodied.
  • One Last Job: Jack wants to retire and start a family after the job is done. Jill however wants to continue the profession.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. The movie boasts both "Jack and Jill" Jack and "Jack and the Beanstalk" Jack. But then subverted when the latter Jack reveals that his real name is Andy Beanstalk, and Jack was a nickname he got saddled with.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Both Puss and Kitty Softpaws own a pair of boots.
  • Orphanage of Love: Imelda.
  • Outlaw Couple: Jack and Jill.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Humpty attempts to blend in with the golden eggs in a gold bodysuit. Unfortunately the actual eggs are barely a foot wide. The goose buys into it at least once, though.
    • And not without good reason.
  • Playing Against Type: Zach Galifianakis as the Big Bad Manipulative Bastard anyone?
  • Pop Star Composer: Rodrigo y Gabriela did additional music for the film, teaming up with Hans Zimmer protege Henry Jackman.
  • Prequel
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jack and Jill's boars have glowing red eyes, as does the mother goose in a brief shot.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Puss manages to appeal to the good still in Humpty, who ends up performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save the golden goose (and by extension, San Ricardo).
  • Revenge: Humpty's entire plan was to lead Puss back to San Ricardo so he could be locked up (as revenge for "betraying" him), and to also lead the Golden Goose's mother there to destroy the whole town (as revenge for locking him up).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Golden Goose. Kitty Softpaws and Puss also qualify.
  • Roof Hopping: Quite a bit, mostly from Puss and Kitty.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kitty stealing Puss' things without him noticing.
    • Jack pestering Jill about having kids.
    • Pointing out that Puss In Boots turned a guitar into an improvised weapon.
    • The cat that keeps covering its mouth whenever someone says a pun (or does something naughty) and goes "ooooooo...".
  • Running on All Fours: Kitty, especially when jumping.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Kitty, who for the first few minutes of her appearance wears a heavy black mask to hide her face. Given the generally realistic cat proportions the only real thing marking her as a different gender anyway is her voice (at least to the audience. Puss has no problem telling by her face, even though he seems incapable of identifying a female cat otherwise, apparently).
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: Jack and the Beanstalk's Jack
  • Shout-Out: From this ad: "Stay Furry, my friends."
  • Signature Style: Despite Guillermo del Toro merely producing, a couple of his trademarks like Steampunk (Jack and Jill's cannon carriage, Humpty's transforming carriage) and fantastically improbable creatures (the mother goose) appear in this movie. Not to mention that it's the first work since Pan's Labyrinth that's set in a remotely Hispanic setting.
  • So Proud of You: Imelda says this to Puss after he saves San Ricardo from the golden goose's mother.
  • Spexico: San Ricardo and it's surroundings are the definitive Spexico. Considering that Puss originated in the Shrek movies, which seem to take place in Arthurian Europe, one would presume Puss is Spanish. San Ricardo and it's surroundings, however... ain't exactly medieval Spain.
    • Then again, weren't a lot of classic Westerns filmed in Spain (standing in as Western US/Mexico)?
  • Spaghetti Western: The script, the visual style and even the music all owe a debt to the work of Sergio Leone and his imitators.
  • The Starscream: Jack and Jill turn on Humpty at the end. Of course, Humpty had pulled a Heel Face Turn by then, so it may be a subversion.
  • Steampunk: Jack and jill's wagon-cannons, Humpty's glider-wagon.
  • Swallow the Key: Jack swallows the key that locks the box where the magic beans are kept.
  • Taken for Granite: According to Humpty, anyone who looks at the monster in the castle will turn to stone. This is a lie and is only meant to keep Puss and Kitty from finding out that the monster is the Goose's mother.
  • Talking Animal: Puss and Kitty.
  • Toothy Bird: The mother goose. Actually reminiscent of real-life geese, which have serrated beaks.
  • Trailers Always Lie: A scene from the commercials where Puss uses his Puppy Dog Eyes to repel a thrown dagger is nowhere to be found in the film proper.
    • Puss's Overly Long Gag with sipping the leche. ...he still does it in the actual movie, but it's no longer a long gag, and he doesn't say, "I'm still thirsty" after finishing.
    • The running gag with the cat that goes "Ooh...!" has him taking his hand out of his mouth after Puss scolds him, which doesn't happen in the actual movie.
  • True Companions: Puss and Humpty, when they were kids, and considered each other "brothers". Not so much in the present, though Humpty tries to get it back or at least pretends to, in order to take revenge. However, Puss manages to appeal to the good still in him, and they seem to be friends again right before Humpty's death.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Puss, Humpty, and Kitty form this dynamic.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Humpty Dumpty.
  • UST: Very much so between Puss and Kitty through most of the movie.
  • Visual Pun: First off, Humpty admitting that he's been a 'rotten egg'. Then after his Heroic Sacrifice, his exterior is obliterated to reveal a golden egg, making him a literal Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Let's not forget the tip of the hat to the best known fairy tale mascot of all time - a literal Mother Goose.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the flashback, Puss is revealed to have had the same voice he had as an adult... as a kitten.
    • As did Humpty.
  • The Voiceless: Subverted in the flashback, where a young Puss almost never speaks until near the end of the flashback.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: A large part of Puss' motivation throughout the movie is to redeem himself to Imelda, his foster mother.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Puss and Humpty.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: The adorable Puss is praised as a hero and loved like a son by the orphanage matron while his childhood friend Humpty, who is pretty much just a big face, is regularly mocked, gets into much trouble, and is the true antagonist of the film.
  • Where It All Began: The story eventually leads back to Puss' hometown of San Ricardo. Of course, this turns out to be intentional, as part of Humpty's revenge plot.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Invoked word for word (barring the accent) when the castle in the clouds is proven to be real.
  • Xanatos Roulette: EVERY event up to the climax at San Ricardo was Humpty's gambit for revenge.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The Arc Words for this movie.

The Short Film The Three Diablos Includes:

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