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“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is as spry and light on its feet as its titular feline.

The inherently alluring paradox of the swashbuckling kitty from the “ Shrek ” universe remains firmly in place 11 years after his first solo feature. He’s a dashing adventurer, a charmer with the ladies, feared and renowned throughout the land—but he’s also unbearably adorable as he laps up milk from a shot glass with his pinky, sandpapery tongue. As always, the charismatic and sensitive Antonio Banderas finds just the right tone in exploring this furry animated figure's suave and silly sides.

“The Last Wish” expands the roster of ridiculously talented supporting players from the Oscar-nominated 2011 original “Puss in Boots.” Joining Banderas and his longtime friend and co-star Salma Hayek Pinault are Florence Pugh , Olivia Colman , Ray Winstone , Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and John Mulaney , among many others. They bring a surprising amount of substance to what might have been a purely playful endeavor.

But of course, the fast-paced humor and elaborate visuals are the main draws of director Joel Crawford and co-director Januel Mercado ’s film. The film’s aesthetics may rely too heavily on anime influences, especially during the action sequences, but the vibrant colors and rich textures are a delight. From the moss growing on a fearsome forest giant to the shiny silkiness of Puss’ whiskers blowing in the wind, “The Last Wish” offers a variety of eye-popping details. And it frequently features dramatic shadows and subtle dissolves to transition from past to present or one scene to the next.

The story begins with a debauched bacchanal (featuring kegs filled with leche) that’s more convincing than the opening orgy in “ Babylon .” Puss in Boots is naturally front and center, singing his heart out, partying it up—but eventually, he must go on the run when he realizes that bounty hunter The Big Bad Wolf ( Wagner Moura ) is after him, and he’s down to the last of his nine lives. (The zippy montage revealing the many ways he’s died is packed with witty, little asides.) FYI for parents and caretakers of little kids: The Big Bad Wolf is essentially The Grim Reaper. He’s relentless, and he’s terrifying.

Faking his death, Puss seeks shelter at a cramped cat refuge run by Randolph’s sweetly doting Mama Luna. Watching the arrogant, preening feline struggle to assimilate into a mundane world of dry food and shared litter boxes is hilarious, and the angles through which we experience his reluctant transformation put us inside his head. But it’s here that Puss meets an unlikely ally: a scruffy, crazy-eyed Chihuahua pretending to be a cat because he has nowhere else to go. We come to know him as Perrito, and he’s played with scene-stealing sweetness by Harvey Guillen (“ What We Do in the Shadows ”). In a stacked voice cast, Guillen’s performance emerges as the unexpected highlight. Perrito’s unflappable innocence and enthusiasm in the face of danger are infectious, but he also provides the film with some of its most deeply emotional moments. Again, the darker parts of “The Last Wish” may disturb young viewers.

When Puss’ former rival and flame Kitty Softpaws shows up (voiced once again with sarcastic, flirtatious charm by Hayek Pinault), the three go on a mission to find the mythical Wishing Star to restore Puss’ nine lives. The magical map that takes them there suggests a wildly divergent and amusing variety of paths, depending on who’s holding it. But they’re not the only ones seeking the map and the power of the Wishing Star. Also on their tail are Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Pugh, Winstone, Colman, and Samson Kayo ), who are now a bickering, Cockney-voiced crime syndicate straight out of a Guy Ritchie movie. (The idea of Winstone and Colman playing Pugh’s parents in any format is irresistible, and we need more of this.) And in the least developed supporting part, Mulaney plays the gluttonous gang boss “Big” Jack Horner, a towering figure who collects rare, fairy-tale objects like Cinderella’s glass slipper and baby unicorn horns.

After a roaring start, “The Last Wish” sags a bit in the midsection as it becomes clear that we’re in for a pretty standard quest from this script by  Paul Fisher (“ The Croods: A New Age ”) and Tommy Swerdlow (2018’s “ The Grinch ”). Of course, everyone’s after everyone else, and they’re all after the same thing, with some funny and frightening obstacles along the way. But the film also manages to convey messages of selflessness and teamwork in a way that doesn’t feel heavy-handed or cloying. And the stellar voice performances and dazzling visuals keep things so engaging you won’t need a laser pointer or a catnip-stuffed mouse toy to entertain you.

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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

Rated PG for action/violence, rude humor/language, and some scary moments.

104 minutes

Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots (voice)

Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws (voice)

Florence Pugh as Goldilocks (voice)

Olivia Colman as Mama Bear (voice)

Ray Winstone as Papa Bear (voice)

Wagner Moura as The Big Bad Wolf / "Death" (voice)

John Mulaney as 'Big' Jack Horner (voice)

Harvey Guillén as Perro (voice)

Samson Kayo as Baby Bear (voice)

Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Mama Luna (voice)

Anthony Mendez as Doctor (voice)

Kevin McCann as Ethical Bug (voice)

Conrad Vernon as Gingy (voice)

  • Joel Crawford

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  • Tommy Swerdlow
  • Tom Wheeler
  • Paul Fisher
  • Heitor Pereira

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It might be hard to believe it today, but there was a time when “Shrek” seemed like a breath of fresh air in the world of big-screen animation. Its salty humor and insistent pop culture knowingness was fun for a minute, before the sequels got nudging and formulaic. And then there was the whole shoving-Smash Mouth-down-our-throat issue. DreamWorks, the studio that concocted “Shrek,” soon enough became the anti-Pixar — in a bad way.

So it’s a pleasant surprise that “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” the second feature film highlighting a beloved children’s lit character who became one of the favorite additions to the “Shrek” universe, is for the most part winning. It contains amusing jokes and has an old-fashioned impulse to tug at heart strings. This in spite of the video-game-suggestive plot construction, in which Puss and cohorts, aided by an animated map, race to a dark forest to find a wishing star, with other children’s lore characters in hot, malevolent pursuit.

Puss is voiced by Antonio Banderas, whose purr can warm the cockles of any and all, as is also the case with Salma Hayek Pinault, who plays his love-and-hate interest Kitty Softpaws. Directed by Joel Crawford, the movie’s overall tone harks back not so much to prior DreamWorks pictures as it does to the “Fractured Fairy Tales” of the old TV cartoon “Rocky and Bullwinkle.” To this end, Goldilocks and the Three Bears are now a band of criminals (including voice work by the powerhouses Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone and Florence Pugh). This often charming movie will play particularly well if you’re a cat person. But who’s not?

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes. In theaters.

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It does a fine job of balancing its knockabout humor with a surprisingly somber tale of how the specter of death can limit one’s ability to fully embrace and enjoy life.

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Emotional and surprisingly excellent, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is one of Dreamworks' best and a real crowd-pleaser.

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Its adventure loses its charm when the cat and his gang often travel through the same easy terrain where the surprise of fairy tales is absent. [Full review in Spanish]

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The actor again voices the intrepid cat, who's now down to his last life, in a sequel also featuring voice work by Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman and Salma Hayek.

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Puss ( Antonio Banderas ) has a more immediate solution to his problem. With the help of his former girlfriend and occasional foil Kitty Softpaws ( Salma Hayek Pinault, also reprising her role), he heads into the Black Forest in search of the mythical Wishing Star that he hopes will restore his squandered lives.

If you’re wondering how he lost so many, screenwriters Paul FIsher and Tommy Swerdlow vividly illustrate the causes of his many demises in a hilarious montage that illustrates the frequent wit on display in DreamWorks Animation offerings. Not all of those deaths are heroic, as demonstrated by his gluttonous losing battle with a shellfish allergy.

Darker in tone but still extremely funny, the film, like so many of its animated brethren, falters when resorting to the frenetic action sequences seemingly designed for tykes’ short attention spans. Those exhausting episodes pale in comparison to such uproarious scenes as a saucer-eyed feline face-off in which Puss attempts to prove he’s the most adorable.

Also highly amusing are the scenes involving the tiny, Jiminy Cricket-inspired Ethical Bug, who fruitlessly attempts to serve as Jack Horner’s conscience. (He’s voiced by DreamWorks Animation story supervisor Kevin McCann, doing a fun riff on Jimmy Stewart).

Making frequent if occasionally overdone allusions to Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, the film — directed by Joel Crawford ( The Croods: A New Age ) — boasts a painterly animation style that feels richer than the usual computer graphics.   

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish looks great, but what really makes it work is Banderas’ silky-voiced turn, conveying all of the character’s over-the-top feline suavity while making it clear that he’s very much in on the joke. Too often, animated films feature supremely overpaid and overqualified voice casts whom children, and most adults, couldn’t care less about. Banderas, on the other hand, is worth every penny.   

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When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burned through eight of his nine lives, he launches an epic journey to restore them by finding the m... Read all When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burned through eight of his nine lives, he launches an epic journey to restore them by finding the mythical Last Wish. When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burned through eight of his nine lives, he launches an epic journey to restore them by finding the mythical Last Wish.

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“Shrek” was the film that put DreamWorks Animation on the map and, for better or worse, convinced an entire industry to switch their attention from the old world charm of hand-drawn children’s films to the modern frontier of CGI animation. The sequel, “Shrek 2,” introduced something even more important: The Antonio Banderas-voiced, Zorro-inspired Puss in Boots, a swashbuckling ginger cat with a tiny sword, a smart pair of boots, and an adorable pair of enormous kitten eyes. He got his own movie in 2011 after the main Shrek quadrilogy was finished, and its long-awaited follow-up, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” finally debuts this year.

Puss in Boots (Banderas) has spent a lifetime performing daring deeds and laughing in the face of death. Eight lifetimes, in fact: after a particularly heroic battle, Puss finds out that he’s used up almost all of his nine lives, and only has one left. He’s not truly concerned, though, until he comes nose-to-nose with the Big Bad Wolf (Wagner Moura), a cloaked bounty hunter wielding two scythe blades who has never allowed a wanted criminal to escape. During Puss’s search for safety, he comes across Guy Ritchie-esque crime family Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and the Three Bears (Ray Winstone, Olivia Colman, and Samson Kayo) who are hunting down the map to a legendary wishing star that fell to Earth long ago.

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With the help of the sweet yet buffoonish Perrito (Harvey Guillen) and Puss’s old flame Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), Puss embarks on a quest to find the star and wish for all his lives back, hounded at every turn by the bears, the Wolf, and magic-obsessed mafioso Big Jack Horner (John Mulaney) of the plum pie nursery rhyme.

“The Last Wish” continues the Shrek franchise’s tongue-in-cheek penchant for throwing popular fairy tale characters into the same world and seeing what comes out. Pugh voices Goldilocks with a gruff “oi oi” London drawl and Mulaney is a treat as violent manchild Jack, darkly intoning the nursery rhyme’s catchphrase “What a good boy am I” at a pivotal moment in the film. The Wolf is particularly frightening as an almost literal personification of Puss’s deep-seated fear of death, appearing out of dark corners with glowing red eyes and a sinister whistle that makes the cat’s fur stand on end.

DreamWorks’ animation department (for which “The Last Wish” debuts a brand-new logo honoring the studio’s most popular characters) has long been one of the more underrated in terms of trying out new styles and aesthetics from film to film (the “Boss Baby” franchise notwithstanding), and “The Last Wish” has a particularly fun blend of standard computer imagery combined with the sketchy look of hand-drawn animation and the fast-paced flip-book style fight choreography popularized by “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Perhaps what makes “The Last Wish” a cut above the rest is the deftness with which it eases the audience into the Lesson of the Day format of most animated children’s movies. Ultimately, Puss’s desire to be free from death keeps him from enjoying his life — a somewhat darker concept than one usually finds in children’s media, especially geared towards an audience as young as this film’s. It never, however, plasters whatever it has to say all over the screen, allowing story beats to unfold naturally and in surprising ways. Goldilocks’ secret reason for pursuing the wishing star is particularly unexpected, yet it fits, and it’s handled with grace. “The Last Wish” has no qualms about testing the expectations of its young audience while delivering a freewheeling tale about appreciating the nine lives we already have. 

Dreamworks will release “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” in theaters on Wednesday, December 21.

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Moviegoers shouldn’t have to rely on a sequel to a Shrek spinoff from 11 years ago to discover dazzling spectacle, but here we are. Just days after Avatar: The Way of Water finessed and stretched the photoreal CG language of James Cameron’s original to greater heights (depths?), a frickin’ Puss in Boots movie swings the action pendulum in the complete opposite stylistic direction, while remaining on Cameron’s audacious wavelength. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish , the latest DreamWorks Animation film, steals mercilessly from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse playbook, and you know what, thank god for it — the result is a fairy tale adventure that complements genuine laughs with splashy, impressionistic art.

I have absolutely no memory of what happened in 2011’s Puss in Boots , nor the Netflix show The Adventures of Puss in Boots, but am happy to report a lack of Puss knowledge did not negatively impact my time watching an Antonio Banderas-voiced cat scurry around with his sword. When we pick up with Puss, he’s a milk-drunk legend realizing he’s wasted eight of his nine lives. Wolf, a physical manifestation of death who wields two scythes and is voiced by Narcos ’ Wagner Moura, could not be happier — all he wants is to cut down the arrogant feline as he begs for mercy. But when Puss catches wind of a fallen star capable of granting a wish, he sets off with Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and a tiny dog named Perrito ( What We Do in the Shadows ’ Harvey Guillén) to seize the opportunity. On his fluffy tail are Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and her Three Bears Crime Family, and the Shrek-verse’s version of the Collector, “Big” Jack Horner (John Mulaney), who also want the star.

Talks of a Puss in Boots 2 began just after the first movie’s success. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro teased in 2012 that a script was already in the works, and by 2014, Banderas was making promises about the character’s return — possibly alongside Shrek. None of this came to pass, and DreamWorks saw creative-team shakeups. Eventually Joel Crawford ( The Croods: A New Age ) stepped in to helm the movie, with Januel Mercado as co-director, with the MO of completely rethinking what a CG-animated movie had to look like at DreamWorks.

Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), Perro (Harvey Guillén) and Puss stand in a garden of watercolor-like flowers and trees

“When the Shrek movies came out, CG animation was in an interesting space,” Last Wish production designer Nate Wragg recently told Animation Magazine . “Part of the spectacle of it was, ‘Wow it looks so real, even though it’s not. Look what the computer can do.’ We’ve now been able to swing the pendulum back into a space where animation originated, which was an artistic expression. Bambi ’s backgrounds were watercolored. It was beautiful but it didn’t have to be photoreal.”

As an animation fan, this has been a long time coming. Spider-verse ’s arrival in 2018 felt like a bullet-speed pebble lodging itself in the windshield of mainstream Western animation . The cracks were immediate, and between DreamWorks’ The Bad Guys , Netflix’s Arcane , and Pixar’s upcoming Elemental , the rules might be fully shattered. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish giving the crude Shrek franchise a facelift in every imaginable way is a reason to hope.

The Last Wish is the closest I’ve ever seen a movie get to emulating hand-painted concept art. On their way to the wishing star, Puss and company traverse prismatic backdrops — from bright pinks and green forests to the rustic interiors of a cat-lady prison — that feel dabbed on by the artistic team. Their encounters with beasties use color, linework, and kinetic camera moves to bring viewers deeper into the battles, and like The Way of Water , regularly shift frame rates to jolt the senses. Puss, looking more oil-painted than ever, may be monologuing about his legendary skills one second, animated “on the ones,” then find himself in a cacophonous skirmish with a towering troll the next, which the team animates “on the twos.” The sensation builds on the work of Spider-verse and drags the Shrek franchise, of all things, into the territory of high art. It’s stunning.

Wolf talks to Puss at the bar while Puss drinks milk

The movie’s also really funny? Having recently revisited Shrek 1 and Shrek 2 , I can’t say I walked into The Last Wish with an open heart/funny bone — pop culture hijinks and fairy-tale riffs were dusty then and petrified now. The Last Wish team, including credited screenwriters Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow, reinvent the humor just like the animation. While the movie offers a few nostalgic nods to Shrek, with brief appearances by Gingerbread Man and Pinocchio, and Jack Horner’s endless supply of fantasy literature collectibles gives Mulaney plenty of joke fuel, the movie’s comedy stylings more closely resemble Groundhog Day . Banderas, it turns out, can do the Bill Murray mumbles-to-self one-liner thing. A recurring bit finds Puss reliving his past deaths, and the versions of himself (Showman Puss, Swole Puss, Drunk Puss) that led to each demise. In this sequel, a somewhat obligatory poop joke is actually a litter box joke about Puss faking his own death and “burying” his body. Good!

The Last Wish might just be the best thing DreamWorks Animation, a studio that isn’t as known for pushing the limits of the medium, has produced in the last decade. 2010 gave us the emotional thrillride of How to Train Your Dragon and 2011 had Kung Fu Panda 2 , a martial arts odyssey bursting with imagination that asserted director Jennifer Yuh Nelson as a top-tier action director (even if Hollywood never made good on it). Maybe How to Train Your Dragon 2 tops the original with bigger action — I’ll leave that to the hardcore fans. The Bad Guys was definitely a step in the right technological direction earlier this year. I will not be engaging with Boss Baby discourse.

Whatever the case, the achievement glimmers with hope. DreamWorks Animation, a studio that has bounced from various homes, never found its footing against Pixar, and struggled in the shadow of the Minions, may have found a new mode. If this level of artistry and cleverness is what the studio brings to future films, hell, I will get in line for Shrek 5 . There is so much animation can do, and Hollywood finally seems ready to grant its artists permission to do it.

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Parents need to know that Puss in Boots: The Last Wish -- which centers on popular Shrek 2 character Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) -- ratchets up the franchise's peril a notch. Puss is down to the last of his nine lives, and he's pursued throughout the movie by a creepy, whistling…

Educational Value

Kids may pick up some words in Spanish if they don't already know them. From Perrito's model, they can learn the value of positive thinking and of supporting your friends.

Positive Messages

Family is where you find it, who you make it. If we only have one life to live, we should make the most of it and surround ourselves with those we love. Fame can be lonely and its pursuit ultimately meaningless; true connections with others are more valuable.

Positive Role Models

Puss ultimately realizes how much he cares for others in his life and makes sacrifices for them. Kitty Softpaws sets resentment aside to rescue Puss and Perrito and work with them as a team. Perrito's positive outlook makes his life's path much easier; he's a good and loyal friend. Goldilocks and the bears seek out trouble but are a strong family unit. Jack Horner is a clear villain, but his backstory does attempt to give him some relatability.

Diverse Representations

Voice cast is led by Spanish and Latino actors (Banderas, Hayek, Guillén, etc.) who mix Spanish words and phrases into their dialogue and singing. Other lead characters are voiced by international actors, mostly from the United States, England, Brazil. A minor character (a woman who takes in stray cats) is Black. But "fat" is used as an insult, and Jack Horner's size/shape is suggested to be part of what makes him unappealing.

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Violence & Scariness

Characters face frequent threats, including death in the form of a scary assassin wolf. Puss is killed in an early scene but comes back to life because he's a cat. He then reviews the (comical) ways he was killed eight previous times (including being shot out of a cannon, being squashed by a heavy weight, falling from a significant height, etc.). Animated action sequences involve swords and knives, ominous journeys through menacing settings, fights, falls, explosions, fire, crashes, and so on. Jack Horner is cruel, intimidating, and quick to risk others' lives. One of his minions is eaten by a plant; his skeleton is shown. Puss has a panic attack.

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Puss and Softpaws flirt and recall how they fell in love.

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"Hell," "crap," "wuss," "butt," "pooping," "idiot," "freaking," "stupid," "weird," "bull," "jerks," "fat" (as an insult), and words (seems like mostly "s--t") that are bleeped out. "Dingleberries" are mentioned.

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In one of his death scenes, Puss is staggeringly drunk (revisited via flashback a couple of times). Puss also laps up milk in a bar.

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Parents need to know that Puss in Boots: The Last Wish -- which centers on popular Shrek 2 character Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas ) -- ratchets up the franchise's peril a notch. Puss is down to the last of his nine lives, and he's pursued throughout the movie by a creepy, whistling manifestation of death in the form of a wolf who wields two sharp crescent-shaped swords. In his pursuit of the mystical Last Wish, which could restore his squandered lives, Puss encounters a series of other menacing characters, ominous situations, and violent fights (with swords, knives, and other weapons). But he also learns lessons about the value of positive thinking, working with others, and prioritizing loved ones over selfish pursuits. The voice cast, led by a Spanish and Latino cast, peppers the dialogue with Spanish. Language includes "hell," "crap," "wuss," "butt," "pooping," "idiot," "freaking," "stupid," "weird," and some bleeped words. Puss is shown staggeringly drunk in a couple of scenes that are played for humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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Intense, frightening characters, best for older kids, what's the story.

Fearless hero Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas ) is enjoying the spoils of his fame when he's unexpectedly killed at the start of PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH. As he's brought back to life, he's warned that he has now run through eight of his nine lives. The reality of his mortality fills Puss with a newfound fear of death. This is amplified by the menacing wolf ( Wagner Moura ) who begins pursuing him, promising to take his last life. Puss goes into hiding at a cat rescue home, where he meets an innocent and lonely chihuahua, Perrito ( Harvey Guillén ), who clings to Puss as his new best friend. One day, the three bears ( Olivia Colman , Ray Winstone , and Samson Kayo ) and Goldilocks ( Florence Pugh ) show up at Puss' hideout, and the cat overhears their plans to make off with a magical map that will lead them to the mystical Last Wish -- which could perhaps be the secret of regaining his immortality. Puss takes off, Perrito on his tail, to find the map and make his wish. En route, he encounters more threats, especially Jack Horner ( John Mulaney ), and runs into old flame Kitty Softpaws ( Salma Hayek Pinault ).

Is It Any Good?

Shrek's charismatic cat buddy is back in fine form in this action-packed sequel. But Puss in Boots: The Last Wish might have done well to focus more on its characters, both familiar and new, and less on the nonstop action. The chase and fight scenes are visually impressive, but, narratively, they get old quickly. What doesn't get old is Puss' smug confidence in his feline fierceness and "fearless hero" status -- or adorable newcomer Perrito's innate goodness. It's almost a letdown when the fantabulous opening musical number gives way to a traditional chase and fight scene. The voice cast -- led by Banderas, love interest Hayek, and newcomer Guillén as the charming chihuahua -- is once again purr-fect. And the movie throws in quite a bit of Spanish in ways both natural (exclamations) and complementary (the soundtrack).

The music is one of the film's standout elements. Overseen by Brazilian composer Heitor Pereira, the soundtrack ranges from original pieces sung by Pereira and Banderas or Latin American stars like Gaby Moreno and Karol G to reworked classics, like a Spanish-infused version of The Doors' "The End" (Puss' own Apocalypse Now ?). The story's blend of fairy tale characters can be a tad confusing -- menacing villain Jack Horner, a selfish Goldilocks sometimes confused for Bo Peep, and a big, bad wolf. It's part of the Shrek franchise's personality, but unrecognized characters could have functioned just as well and maybe have been less muddied, allowing even more focus on the fanciful felines. The reality is that many viewers will come for the cat -- and this latest adventure does assure that they'll stay for the cat.

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Families can talk about what Puss learns over the course of his adventures in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. What do Perrito and Kitty Softpaws show him through their own actions? How do they all learn to work as a team ?

How did the scary/violent scenes in this movie compare to those in the other Shrek and Shrek-related movies? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

If you had one magical wish to make, what would it be and why?

In what ways did the magical map change for each of its users? What was the point of this?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : December 21, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming : January 6, 2023
  • Cast : Antonio Banderas , Salma Hayek , Harvey Guillén , John Mulaney , Florence Pugh
  • Director : Joel Crawford
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors, Latino actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Queer actors
  • Studio : Universal Pictures
  • Genre : Family and Kids
  • Topics : Magic and Fantasy , Adventures , Cats, Dogs, and Mice , Friendship
  • Character Strengths : Teamwork
  • Run time : 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG
  • MPAA explanation : action/violence, rude humor/language, and some scary moments
  • Last updated : May 20, 2024

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In Theaters

  • December 21, 2022
  • Voices of Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots; Salma Hayek-Pinault as Kitty Softpaws; Harvey Guillén as Perro; Florence Pugh as Goldilocks; John Mulaney as Jack Horner; Wagner Moura as The Big Bad Wolf; Ray Winstone as Papa Bear; Olivia Colman as Mama Bear; Samson Kayo as Baby Bear

Home Release Date

  • January 6, 2023
  • Joel Crawford, Januel Mercado

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  • Universal Pictures

Movie Review

[ To be read in a thick, smoothly purring Spanish accent. ]

Puss in Boots: the hero, the legend.

He is small, but eminently skilled at doing everything from singing songs and blithely entertaining cheering crowds to battling an army with precise rapier slashes. (He is, of course, devilishly handsome as well.)

And in all his many, wonderful adventures, he approaches each challenge fearlessly. Fearlessly, I say. After all, as a cat he has nine lives. If one battle goes slightly awry, no te preocupes , he has another life in reserve.

Until, that is, he does not .

After one battle with a giant ends in Puss being bashed by a huge church bell, our heroic swashbuckling hero comes to realize that he has used up eight of his adventurous lives. One wrong move—a tumble down some stairs after too many cups of cream, a misstep from a high precipice—could be his last! What can he do?

Fortunately, the great Puss in Boots hears of a wishing star that once fell to Earth in the deep of a dark forest. And this magical star holds the power of one …precious … wish .

And so Puss makes it his earnest quest to find this star and regain the lives he has lost. He will face any mighty foe. He will ascend any treacherous mountain. He will forge any raging sea. He will …

Well, maybe this time he’ll be a bit more careful than he usually is. You know, last life and all. Maybe he’ll be a lot more careful. Just in case.

(Are you still heroic if you wrap yourself in bubble wrap?)

Positive Elements

Puss in Boots is obsessed with his fame and heroic legend.  But eventually his adventures teach him that when dealing with that pumped-up legendary version of himself, he squeezed out room for anyone else in his life. And that caused him to lose a great deal.

In like manner, Kitty Softpaws the thief, whom Puss meets up with, believes that trusting someone always leads to betrayal—an idea that Puss reinforced at one time in her past. Eventually, though, she learns that trusting others is both possible and necessary.

Puss meets a small dog named Perro, who plays an important role in both Puss and Kitty’s lives. He’s had his own abandonment torments in the past, but he pushes those things aside and earnestly believes in helping others, as well as being the best friend he can be. Puss initially doesn’t want anything to do with the scruffy chihuahua, But Perro’s giving, healing attitude not only helps calm the panicked Puss at his greatest times of stress, it encourages the cat to believe that even one life can be enough if you live it well.

Eventually, all three characters realize that vying for a magic wish is a fool’s quest. “I got what I wanted,” Kitty notes. “No magic needed.” Puss and Kitty heal their relationship. Along with Perro, they commit to living their lives well in kindness and friendship.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears are a part of the wishing star quest, too. They proclaim that they wish to become a thriving family of top-notch crooks. But with time we discover that, actually, Goldilocks wants nothing more than a family. And like the others, this bear-and-a-girl quartet eventually realizes that the things they all want are right in front of them. All they need do is take the time to see the loving and nurturing relationships that are already a part of their lives. “Everything is just right,” the porridge-tasting and bed-testing fairytale girl ultimately proclaims.

Big Jack Horner is another character seeking the wishing star, yet another individual in need of some redemption. A Jiminy Cricket-like character attempts to guide this evil bully to a better place. But he never turns a better leaf.

Spiritual Elements

Puss is treated by a small-town doctor, who is also the town’s dentist, barber and witch doctor.

Big Jack Horner is a collector of magical items. We see him use a number of those collectables—unicorn horns, a Midas finger, a crystal ball, a fire-breathing Phoenix, etc.—in pursuit of the wishing star.

That fairytale magic carries over to the wishing star itself and the map that’s used to find the star. The map, for instance, magically changes the surrounding terrain and its challenges depending on who holds it. (When Puss holds it, for example, the landscape becomes a forest of daring pitfalls; when the innocent Perro does so, it becomes a land of colorful hills and flowers.)

We see several churches during the story, including a flashback to one in which a wedding was about to take place.

Sexual Content

There is some romantic tension between Puss and Kitty Softpaws, as you might have expected. It’s even mentioned that the two were about to marry in the past before a betrayal drove them apart. But the tension eventually resolves into a mutual respect, love and dedication to one another.

Violent Content

For a PG-rated kids’ pic, The Last Wish is surprisingly peril-filled and at times fairly violent. Puss in Boots faces off with some huge baddies and fairytale characters (including an unbeatable, red-eyed, wolfy version of Death). And in some thumping/slashing battles, he’s pushed to the point of fearing for his life.

Big Jack Horner and his bag of magic items is also a huge ongoing threat. Horner makes characters disappear in an explosion of confetti, for example, when he shoots them with baby unicorn horns. He thumps others with a large Excalibur sword. And he sets a field of large predator flowers ablaze with the Phoenix’s flames.

Jack also hires a group of killers called the Baker’s Dozen, who wield large axes, swords and hammers. And he’s more than happy to sacrifice the lives of his hired thugs at any turn. One guy, for example, is attacked by a killer flower that sucks all the flesh off his body, leaving nothing but a skeleton behind. At another point, a large group of Jack’s henchmen all fall into a canyon to their death. (It should be noted, however, that none of this deadliness is ever bloody or goopy, but approached in a slapstick, actively cartoony way.)

Elsewhere, fire-arrows are shot, fireworks explode, a giant is felled, and people are pummeled with weapons and blunt objects (such as a piano). A bottle holding a ship manned by tiny Lilliputians is smashed. Someone gets turned to gold. Large Bears slash with sharp claws and snap at characters with huge teeth.

But the most imposing character in the mix is the above-mentioned Death—a character who looms powerfully over Puss and fiercely battles with large, scythe-like blades. Puss is cut twice and heavily bashed about in these conflicts.

Crude or Profane Language

We hear one use of “h—” and one use of “heck” in the dialogue, along with an interrupted use if “bull shhh-” that someone ends with s shushing sound. The words “crap” and “holy frijoles” are used twice. The British crudity “bugger” makes one appearance, and someone is called a “butt nugget.”

At one point Goldilocks and the Three Bears are tossing insults at each other, and Perro wants to join in on “the fun.” So he joyfully lets loose with a string of bleeped words that shocks the bears.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Puss in Boots drinks cream at a bar. And it’s implied that he became inebriated on cream in the past, which led to one of this eight deaths. Puss also gulps coffee amid one battle, and the caffeine leaves him wide-eyed.

Jack eats a magical item that causes him to grow huge.

Other Negative Elements

After realizing that he has no more lives to lose, Puss becomes more and more fearful of death—to the point of panic on a couple occasions. (These moments alone could ratchet up a young watcher’s fear meter.) There are some toilet giggles in the mix, including some smelly cat box humor and a shot of Puss peeing into a toilet with his back to the camera. Puss must escape death through an outhouse toilet and a sewer pipe.

Characters steal a variety of things. A doctor drops leeches down the front of his own shirt.

You don’t often see a sequel surpass the original. But Puss in Boots: The Last Wish leaps over that bar with dynamic aplomb.

His latest animated adventure is large, funny, boisterous and packed with well-defined fairytale characters. Stylized action sequences carry an unexpected sense of speed and impact. The story feels fresh and compelling, and it leads to some sweet lessons about living life well, loving your family, and embracing the precious individuals around you.

But there is one major red flag that families of young and/or sensitive viewers need to consider.

While the filmmakers were pumping up their adventurous tale, they also magnified the peril and the film’s focus on Puss’ panic-stricken fear of death. In fact, the possibility of death lurks at nearly every turn here. One evil character carelessly kills his minions while seeking self-serving power. And another red-eyed fairytale antagonist personifies the intensely hungry, never-wavering character of Death itself.

It’s all designed to guide Puss to upright, life-enriching choices and to teach solid lessons. But the violence and frightening aspects may well rattle younger, sensitive kids who aren’t prepared for the onslaught.

After the credits rolled, I turned to a family with young children sitting next to me and asked what their tykes thought about it. Both little girls (approximately ages 5 and 7) said it was indeed scary … but not too scary, in their opinion. They enjoyed it. I took that as two tiny seals of approval.

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Puss In Boots: The Last Wish review: Antonio Banderas leads the best film yet in the Shrek franchise

Dreamworks delivers a surprisingly engaging and visually striking animated spectacle.

Antonio Banderas in DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots- The Last Wish, directed by Joel Crawford

The Shrek franchise has always been one of diminishing returns, never again reaching the all-star heights of the original, which itself is of dubious overall quality. This was nowhere more apparent than in the spin-off film Puss In Boots , an exceedingly ugly and unfunny romp that is best left as a forgotten footnote of Dreamworks’ animated output. However, Dreamworks Animation is apparently having a really good year, first with the surprisingly fun heist antics of The Bad Guys , and now with the Puss In Boots sequel, The Last Wish (in theaters everywhere December 21), which is so visually striking and narratively engaging that it feels unfair that it took the Shrek franchise six films to get here.

Reveling in his legendary status as an invincible hero, Puss (Antonio Banderas) comes to the traumatic realization that he has burned through eight of his nine lives, exposing him to the possibility that he may need to confront a permanent death. After an encounter with a threatening and ominous bounty-hunting wolf (Wagner Moura) leaves Puss shaken, he retreats into bearded, depressive reclusion, where he attracts the unwanted friendship of a nameless therapy support dog (Harvey Guillén). However, this seclusion does not prevent the Three Bears crime family (Ray Winstone, Olivia Colman, and Samson Kayo), led by Goldilocks (Florence Pugh), from tracking Puss down, with the hopes of recruiting him for a job to hunt down the map to a lost wishing star.

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Puss, of course, sees this as an opportunity to wish his lost lives back into existence, so the race is on to get to the star before Goldilocks and the bears. Along the way, he reunites with his love interest from the previous film, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek, whose perpetual chemistry with Banderas was the only good thing about the previous film), and runs afoul of the magically gluttonous Jack Horner (John Mulaney), both of whom have their own agendas in finding the star. This makes for an admittedly busy narrative in terms of characters and motivations, but The Last Wish is able to keep up with all its players with exceptional pacing, both in terms of story and action.

The most obvious upgrade from the previous film is in the animation, which takes inspiration from a number of sources but is most obviously reminiscent of the innovations pioneered in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse . The combination of 2D and 3D animation meshes well with the painterly storybook aesthetic that The Last Wish is aiming for, allowing one to soak in beautiful vistas in the quiet moments and seamlessly ramping up into frenetic action that draws influence from shonen anime, of all places. Especially for being the product of a franchise known for its reflexive cynicism, The Last Wish is an especially vibrant and kinetic spectacle that’s having unironic fun with its grab bag of fairy tale pastiches, without limiting itself to a retread of familiar characters and themes.

This is in no small part because The Last Wish has a lot on its mind with regard to its characters, especially Puss himself. This is ultimately a story about accepting one’s mortality, perhaps an appropriate mid-life crisis narrative for those who saw the original Shrek as teenagers, but no less effective as an internal struggle that the whole family can understand and enjoy. As Puss comes to realize his legendary status is not a substitute for interpersonal connection, his interactions with Kitty and the therapy dog start to take on a surprising amount of weight, while Goldilocks serves as a well-realized foil who has more in common with Puss that is at first apparent. None of these character beats slow the film down or distract from the spectacle, but rather enhance the film into a true example of all-ages entertainment that doesn’t condescend to its audience.

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots- The Last Wish, directed by Joel Crawford

Unfortunately, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is not without its stumbles. As fun as Jack Horner and his Baker’s Dozen mercenaries can be in the action sequences—a cadre of Mad Max: Fury Road War Boys by way of Kitchen Nightmares —Jack himself is a relatively shallow villain who doesn’t add much to the overall themes or plot. Goldilocks and the three bears are more compelling, but their dialogue continually looping back around to the phrase “just right” is a motif that gets old fast and could have been used more sparingly. And while it’s seemingly obligatory in this age of perpetual franchising, the occasional callbacks to Shrek characters are distracting in a film that otherwise stands very well on its own.

Overall, though, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is one of cinema’s biggest surprises of the year. Dreamworks Animation really seems to be pulling out the stops these days with distinctive visuals and well-written stories, making The Last Wish easily the best film in the Shrek franchise. This is hopefully a good sign for the future of the studio’s output, but for now, it’s hard to wish for anything more.

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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish hits theaters on Dec. 21, 2022. Review by Rafael Motamayor. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish takes not only the Shrek franchise, but DreamWorks Animation to exciting new places. This is a spaghetti western-inspired tale of an aging cowboy on one last adventure with some rather mature themes, aided by stunning animation that mixes 3D with 2D effects, and a painterly style that gives the film a unique look.

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Shrek franchise was on its last life by now. While the 2001 original and its even-funnier 2004 sequel shook up the status quo with their sharp Disney-fairy-tale satire, diminishing returns saw the anarchic ogre’s impact dwindle over time. It’s fair to say, then, that Puss In Boots: The Last Wish — a sequel to a spin-off that graced cinema screens over a decade ago — doesn’t arrive with much momentum behind it. That it frequently explodes into sequences of vital, visually dazzling, capital-c Cinema is a truly unexpected delight.

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In its opening 15 minutes, it’s clear that The Last Wish is fighting tooth and claw to exceed expectations — kicking off with a kinetic kitty versus kaiju set-piece that re-establishes the legendary status of Puss In Boots for an audience who have likely long moved on. Antonio Banderas (who originated the role way back in Shrek 2 ) returns to voice the Zorro-styled, leche-lapping swashbuckler, whose diminutive stature belies feats of highwire heroism. Taking on a moss-covered mountain beast with only his rapier, it’s an eye-boggling, pulse-pounding sequence, gorgeously animated in striking digital-paint brushstrokes, and intentionally stuttering Spider-Verse -esque frame-rate effects.

With stakes this high, notions this existential, and a superhero this hairy, it often plays like a kid-friendly Logan .

The effect is dazzling — once again, it’s apparent that Spider-Verse has upped the game of every animation studio in town. The Last Wish capitalises on that with visual flourishes that bring real dynamism to its action scenes, breaking away from the homogenous stylings of late-’00s 3D animation to deliver ultra-expressive, impressionistic imagery.

That boundary-pushing extends to the themes explored here, too — if younger viewers won’t necessarily be familiar with Puss In Boots himself, they also likely won’t be expecting a treatise on mortality and PTSD. But that’s The Last Wish ’s central preoccupation, as Puss realises his nine lives have dwindled down to one (capped off in a hilarious moggy-murder-montage), and that death itself is rapidly approaching. With stakes this high, notions this existential, and a superhero this hairy, it often plays like a kid-friendly Logan .

Everything exceptional about The Last Wish makes the more generic elements stand out, such as the supporting characters, some of which don’t quite sing. A gangster-family Goldilocks ( Florence Pugh ) and the Three Bears ( Ray Winstone , Olivia Colman and Samson Kayo) wring few laughs, while villain Jack Horner (John Mulaney) also feels like a distraction. But in most regards, The Last Wish is a minor miracle — visually daring, frequently funny, and surprisingly emotional. Against all the odds, it could bring the Shrek series back to all-star status.

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Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burned through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

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Tommy Swerdlow, Tom Wheeler, Paul Fisher

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  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Inside Out 2 display panic attacks, shedding light on mental health in animation.
  • Inside Out 2 's portrayal edges out Puss in Boots with a more approachable style in depicting panic attacks.
  • Inside Out 2 shows how to come out of a panic attack by yourself, exploring anxiety holistically.

When Puss in Boots: The Last Wish was released, its heartbreaking yet magnificently executed panic attack scene made waves in the animated film industry. Since it is so rare to see a panic attack in an animated film, it is impossible not to compare Inside Out 2 's recent one to the former film. Both these films effectively display the harrowing experience of anxiety and a panic attack, shedding light on a subsection on mental health that isn't given as much awareness as it should be, considering how many people experience it. Though Puss in Boots deftly captures the distress and darkness of the experience, Inside Out 2 's portrayal edges it out ever so slightly with its more approachable style , from the more everyday reason why someone could get a panic attack to how it is possible to come out of one by yourself.

Disclaimer: Everyone experiences anxiety differently. If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety or panic attacks, please reach out to ADAA or Anxiety Canada in the United States and Canada, respectively.

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'Inside Out 2' and 'Puss in Boots 2' Both Have a Powerful Panic Attack Scene

Stylistically, Puss in Boots delivers a visually stunning and acoustically haunting sequence that deserves to linger at the edge of everyone's imagination when they think about panic attacks. It begins with Puss' ( Antonio Banderas ) fevered rush through a nightmarish landscape of silhouetted trees and a shadowy path, with Death's ( Wagner Moura ) glowing red eyes leering at him through the darkness. This is scored with a loud and frantic soundtrack that slowly gives way to a low-tuned and rich heartbeat as Puss falls back and lies on the stump of a tree.

Sound designer Jason Jennings tells Variety that he drew on his own experience with a panic attack, describing how "it’s like the world kind of goes away and all you’re focused on at that moment is your heart and your breathing." This is why we can only hear the accelerated and shallow breathing of Banderas, as well as a "fuller, more low frequency, more low energy" heartbeat that rattles through Puss's body and our own. This is also accompanied by Puss's glazed eyes, his rapidly rising and falling chest, and a vignette that crowds the screen and visually makes time disappear, making us feel like we are trapped in this distressing moment.

Similarly, as Riley ( Kensington Tallman ) locks herself away in the small glass room next to the rink, Inside Out 2 follows a similar pattern of symptoms and sound design that elicits the breathlessness of a panic attack. She audibly gasps through her breaths and hunches over, sinking further into the vulnerable moment. We can hear her rapid heartbeat, though it is not as deafening as the one in Puss in Boots . But where Inside Out 2 diverges from the former movie is its representation of Riley's mind, specifically how her old and new emotions are reacting at that moment.

A common misconception about panic attacks is that it is a person's anxiety kicking into overdrive when they are paralyzed by their whirling thoughts. This is only really partially correct. Inside Out 2 perfectly depicts how Anxiety ( Maya Hawke ) does in fact kick into overdrive, but she is tossed out of the tornado of her own making . The orange swirl envelops the console, leaving Riley in this suspended feeling of overwhelming nothingness, a bubble where only her dysregulated breathing and heartbeat exist — no other emotion.

'Inside Out 2's Panic Attack Scene Is More Approachable

There is no denying, that if we are strictly looking at the two scenes from a "what is going to haunt my very soul" perspective, Puss in Boots has Inside Out 2 beat. But Inside Out 2 's message is just too powerful to ignore, fighting against the stigma around panic attacks and anxiety and reminding us that it can happen to anyone . It doesn't mean you're weak, it shouldn't be ignored. Instead, it is prevalent in many people's experiences, and there are very real ways to address it. As such, the fact that it is Riley who is experiencing a panic attack plays a huge part in Inside Out 2 's approachability with the subject. Riley's life is relatable to most teenagers — wanting to be "popular," having fights with her closest friends and putting an immense amount of pressure on herself. It is not death that looms over her, it is losing her sense of self, and feeling like she isn’t enough. That’s not to say we can’t relate to Puss’ agony, just perhaps not the stakes.

Allowing for this more relatable reason for an attack allows Inside Out 2 to relieve some of the stigma and lack of understanding around mental health, demonstrating that sometimes it literally just feels like your own mind is against you. From the idea of bottling up one's emotions or accidentally letting Anxiety dictate your life choices, Inside Out 2 features more everyday ways that a panic attack can be manifested . Interestingly, this becomes more important considering the film's target demographic: teenagers.

Though the film technically is a family animated movie, released 9 years after its predecessor, most of the original film's fans are now at the cusp of adolescence or are well into their journey of puberty (or, to be honest, well past it too). As such, the film either arms viewers with a basic understanding of how to deal with a panic attack and anxiety or encourages people who have already experienced it (or know someone who has experienced it) to not feel so isolated about it. Pixar may have deprived us of a satisfying sequel for this long, but we have to applaud the timing of it.

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'Inside Out 2' Shows How To Get Out of a Panic Attack by Yourself

Another way Inside Out 2 makes panic attacks more approachable than Puss in Boots is how to come down from one. In the same interview with Variety, clinician Lynn Bufka explains how breath control is key when handling a panic attack . "Breathing and working with your breath is very important in terms of learning to manage anxiety and panic attacks because the cycle of a panic attack can involve this type of heavy, rapid breathing that if you learn to control you can better manage what happens," she says. As such, Puss' Death-inspired panic attack hinged on his breath control, but also with Perrito's ( Harvey Guillen ) head settling on Puss' stomach, the touch grounding him enough to take his attention away from his mind. Perrito's quiet support is also integral to Puss' recovery, as he lies there without judgment nor is he making a fuss, simply becoming a patient conduit for Puss to return to this world.

On the other hand, Riley is alone when she has to face her panic attack, with only her frenzied emotions to support her. Inside Out 2 demonstrates the same principles that can be used to manage an attack, as Riley consciously regulates her breathing and grounds herself when she gently brushes the wood of the bench , allowing the texture to draw her out of the orange whirlwind. She is in a quiet and safe place, allowing her to systematically get herself out of it. There is also a notion of drawing on your sense of self that allows Riley to overcome the panic, as her emotions embrace her complex, nuanced, and shifting beliefs, allowing her to embrace it as well. While technically she is alone, by exhibiting her emotions' responses as well, Inside Out 2 also hints at what another person can do to help . Silently providing comfort rather than actively interfering tends to be more successful, though it differs from person to person. Though Inside Out 2 thoughtfully provides a method of helping yourself, both films advocate the type of judgment-free support required for someone who is experiencing a panic attack.

'Inside Out 2' Explores Anxiety as a Whole

Anxiety (Maya Hawke) carrying suitcases and smiling widely to Joy in Inside Out 2

This approachability feeds into Inside Out 2 ’s more holistic exploration of anxiety, which is surprisingly mature and thorough considering the film's light-hearted whimsy. From the very first introduction, the film cleverly defines what Anxiety is, as she seemingly appears out of nowhere with all her literal and metaphorical baggage. Distinguishing it from Fear ( Tony Hale ), the film describes Anxiety as an emotion that protects Riley from future safety hazards, while Fear protects the present ones. This definition acknowledges that there is an intended purpose for Anxiety, as we witness when Riley slightly embarrasses herself during social interactions when Joy ( Amy Poehler ) is in control. It is when Anxiety takes the reign that Riley begins to spiral, so just like most things in life, moderation becomes key. That being said, it is important to note that anxiety manifests itself uniquely to each person , but this is probably the most approachable way to portray it.

Inside Out 2 's most intriguing storyline really stems from how too much anxiety can affect one's sense of self. In hopes of protecting Riley's future, Anxiety tosses out Riley's sense of self and all her old beliefs , persistently believing she can form a new Riley that will be protected from any sort of future failures. As such, Riley's new sense of self in the finale, which is complex and ever-changing, is also accompanied by the emotions' ability to work together and essentially regulate one another, becoming the basis of the growing emotional maturity teenagers develop during adolescence. It is always touching to see sequels of animated films cater to older kids with their more nuanced messaging, and Inside Out 2 is no exception as we grow up alongside our beloved Riley.

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  • Shrek 5 may bring back popular characters such as Puss in Boots and other new additions from the spinoff movies.
  • The animation style of The Last Wish is desired for Shrek 5 , along with the inclusion of characters such as Kitty Softpaws and Perrito.
  • Characters like Pinocchio, Artie, Goldilocks, and Brogan could add depth and humor to Shrek 5's storyline, building upon their established personas.

The long-in-development Shrek 5 means the return of the franchise's best characters, a few of which I am especially looking forward to seeing again. It is a given that Shrek (Mike Meyers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) will be returning. More than likely, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) will be brought back into the story, following his successful spinoff movies. Puss in Boots and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish expanded the Shrek universe to include several more characters who could also appear in Shrek 5 .

The Shrek cast has always included a wide array of wacky, subverted fairy tale characters, making up Shrek's crew of friends and some enemies. I am a huge fan of deconstructed fairy tale characters, with a few from the Shrek movies standing out to me as particularly clever. However, as fairy-tale movies of this nature are not exactly groundbreaking anymore, the characters need to be able to stand on their own. Luckily, there are numerous from the franchise's previous installments who always provide plenty of laughs and action.

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10 Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek)

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Firstly, I hope it is not too much to ask that Shrek 5 uses the same animation style as The Last Wish . With it having been so long since the last Shrek movie came out, a stylistic revamp is in order. Meanwhile, it would be appropriate to include some of the characters exclusively from the Puss in Boots movies in Shrek . Puss in Boots was well received, while The Last Wish drastically surpassed its predecessor and more people than just me are eager to see their new characters return.

At the forefront of both movies is Kitty Softpaws, the feline outlaw and pickpocket who can serve as a cornerstone for both action- and emotion-oriented storylines. Kitty is Puss' combative and intellectual match; t hey keep each other on their toes at all times, even though they are technically on the same side. The two cats have a great dynamic that would elevate Shrek 5 — it's amusing to me to think about how the rest of the Shrek group would react to Kitty encouraging the best and worst in Puss.

9 Perrito (Harvey Guillén)

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Completing the "Team Friendship" trio in The Last Wish is Perrito, the incredibly sweet and funny therapy dog who falls in with Puss and Kitty on their latest adventure. Perrito provides lots of hilarious beats but has an odd insight into some of his traveling companions' inner workings and drives character growth as a result. In a very powerful scene and interesting moment for the extended Shrek franchise, Perrito calms Puss down when he is having a panic attack.

Both Puss and Kitty are lone wolves, but Perrito latches onto them with complete dedication and friendliness until they fondly accept they are sticking together. Perrito could be at the center of other similar subplots about providing emotional support and finding new friendships in future movies. Luckily, Puss, Kitty, and Perrito are seen arriving in Far Far Away at the end of The Last Wish , strongly implying that they will all be a part of Shrek 5 .

8 Pinocchio (Cody Cameron)

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It's not a Shrek movie without Pinocchio. Shrek relies upon a close friend group of characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes to come to his aid when fighting villains. Of this group, Pinocchio is the most reliably funny member. He claims some of the funniest scenes in the franchise, such as the Mission: Impossible spoof sequence in Shrek 2 . Additionally, Pinocchio's humor builds upon itself as the movies go on.

Additionally, Pinocchio's humor builds upon itself as the movies go on.

A lot of Pinocchio's jokes are based on him not being able to lie, leading to him saying something random that turns out to be true, then leading to him going on a crazy ramble of statements, none of which are technically untrue. Hopefully, Shrek 5 would come up with another clever way to pervert this aspect of Pinocchio's tale for humor. This is combined with his part in the overall comedy of this group of characters, who are seen doing lots of "normal" things together, like watching this world's version of bad reality TV.

7 King "Artie" Arthur (Justin Timberlake)

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Shrek the Third is one of the weaker Shrek movies, and its take on King Arthur is considered lackluster. However, I believe that Shrek could still do something with "Artie" to make him a more dynamic character. I also always thought that the brief cameos by other characters from Arthuriana at the high school were fun and hilarious Easter Eggs: The jousting team captain who bullies Artie is Lancelot (John Krasinski), his would-be best friend and right-hand man, and Artie confesses his love to Guinevere "Gwen" (Latifa Ouaou) before departing.

Puss and his crew are headed back to Far Far Away, where Artie and perhaps some of his former classmates have presumably ruled for years now. The modern cacophony of fairy tale heroes and villains proved to be an amazing part of Shrek 2 , and mixing in Arthuriana could be just as fun. Artie's character just needs to be less of a generic noble heir in Shrek 5 , but he may have become more jaded in the intervening years.

6 Goldilocks (Florence Pugh)

The Last Wish recruited another major rising star with Florence Pugh as the universe's edgy version of Goldilocks. Goldilocks' return would likely also mean the same for her adopted family, the just as impressively cast Three Bears: Papa (Ray Winstone), Mama (Olivia Colman), and Baby (Samson Kayo). Goldilocks has a great, grungy design, a heartwarming arc about learning to fully appreciate her found family, and is one of the franchise's most skilled fighters — up there with Puss and Kitty.

I'm of the opinion that any movie will be improved by Pugh's involvement and that Goldilocks' conceptualization was a neat and fun addition to the Shrek roster of twisted fairy tale characters. Goldilocks and the Bears would likely be allies but probably operate outside the usual group of Shrek's closest friends. This could contribute to a complicated story where there are multiple groups of characters after the same thing, as is the case in The Last Wish.

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5 Brogan (Jon Hamm)

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Shrek Forever After addresses a long-standing plot hole in the series: Shrek and Fiona can't possibly be the only ogres in this world. It's still a plot hole that they are completely absent for the rest of the series, but it opens up the potential for future storylines with the underground army of ogres that Fiona led against Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn). After that experience, Shrek may have made an effort to find the other ogres again in his own timeline, as the movie's credits scene suggests. One of them is Brogan, Fiona's unofficial right-hand man.

It would be interesting for Brogan to return because of what he connotes about Fiona's character. In the alternate reality, Fiona saves herself from the tower and leads an army, something I thought was in character and very empowering for her, as well as a valuable subversion of the damsel in distress trope effectively added in so late in the franchise. It would be great if Shrek 5 didn't completely discredit this, and Brogan could be a way to remind the audience of it.

4 Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews)

From shrek 2, shrek the third, & shrek forever after.

Julie Andrews was also an amazing addition to the Shrek cast when she and John Cleese joined the franchise as Fiona's parents in Shrek 2 . Queen Lillian balances out her daughter and a lot of the other characters, who are very exaggerated with loud personalities, cracking outlandish jokes or charging into a fight. In contrast, Lillian is more tempered, providing the power squad with a wiser, older presence. Yet, she can hold her own in a fight as well as anyone else.

Lillian may still live in Far Far Away, possibly advising Artie, who is Fiona's cousin and could use some advice on how to rule. Maybe the starting point of Shrek 5 will be that Artie has become a bad king (something that does happen in Arthuriana) and Lillian is the one to realize that Far Far Away is falling into ruin. In general, Lillian can be used to facilitate other characters' arcs while being interesting on her own.

3 Snow White (Amy Poehler)

The whole subplot of the princesses asserting that they can save themselves in Shrek the Third feels a bit preachy, in retrospect; Fiona rescuing herself after years of pain and loneliness in Shrek Forever After is actually handled better. However, the princesses themselves are all given goofy personalities that are perversions of how they are generally thought of in pop culture. Snow White is probably the best one, who is written in direct contrast with the DisneyPri idea of her being the sweetest and most passive princess.

Snow White casually drops a few brutally mean comments, and the transition from sitting and waiting to be rescued (because she bluntly asserts that's all they can do) to attacking Prince Charming's (Rupert Everett) forces feels the most natural with her. Snow White and all the princesses would probably return together, but she could be the ringleader if Fiona wasn't with them. Snow White also represents a slightly different kind of comedy for Amy Poehler, one which it would be great to see her return to.

2 Big Bad Wolf (Aron Warner)

Another highlight of the main Shrek group is the Big Bad Wolf, sometimes known as "Wolfie," who may be a double character from different versions of both the Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs stories. Wolfie has always been voiced by Shrek producer Aron Warner, who adopts a bored intonation for the characters' lines. This enables Wolfie to have some funny beats where he coolly responds to everything happening around him.

The best of his moments — and possibly the funniest moment of the whole franchise — is Wolfie undercutting Charming's whole heroic rescue sequence with irritation that his reading has been interrupted and the casual announcement that Fiona is on her honeymoon. That, at least, is why I want Wolfie to return — if nothing else, as a reminder of this hilarious beat. However, the group that also includes Gingy (Conrad Vernon), the Three Blind Mice (Christopher Knights), and the Three Little Pigs (also Cameron) will probably also all return as a unit.

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1 Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders)

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Resurrection is not an established part of the Shrek world. However, no one is going to deny that the Fairy Godmother is one of DreamWorks' best villains and a dazzling part of Shrek 2 , with an epic cover of "Holding Out for a Hero." She is a master manipulator and embodies a unique threat in this setting of trying to enforce a traditional fairy tale structure. Therefore, I would readily accept a half-baked resurrection storyline if it is used as a vehicle to bring the Fairy Godmother back.

She is a master manipulator and embodies a unique threat in this setting of trying to enforce a traditional fairy tale structure.

She is also set up for a straightforward arc of wanting to avenge Charming's (her son) death. This would actually be new for her character, with less scheming involved and a more head-on, emotionally driven approach. This might be a far-fetched wish of mine for Shrek 5 , but it could be the basis of a new, hilarious, and heartfelt installment for the franchise.

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Eddie Murphy revealed in a new interview with Collider that he has already begun voice recording for “ Shrek 5 ” and will next do a Donkey spinoff movie. Variety reported in April 2023 that Universal and DreamWorks Animation were eyeing a fifth “Shrek” movie with the original cast (Murphy as Donkey, Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona) and a Donkey spinoff film for Murphy. It now seems like those projects are definitely happening, according to Murphy.

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Murphy clarified that both movies are not being made at the time, adding: “I started recording ‘Shrek,’ I think it’s coming out in 2025. And we’re doing a Donkey one next.”

The “Shrek” franchise released four feature films between 2001 and 2010. The original “Shrek” turned DreamWorks Animation into a powerhouse studio with its $487 million worldwide gross. The movie became the first Oscar winner in the animated feature category. “Shrek 2” grossed $928 million. Both films competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

While “Shrek the Third” and “Shrek Forever After” earned less acclaim than the first two movies, they still managed to gross $813 million and $752 million worldwide, respectively.

Murphy told Entertainment Tonight in 2023 that he’d do a fifth “Shrek” movie “in two seconds” if he was ever asked to reprise Donkey.

“I love Donkey,” Murphy said. “You know, they did ‘Puss in Boots’ movies. I was like, ‘They should have did a Donkey movie. Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots. I mean, I love Puss in Boots, but he ain’t funny as the Donkey. … I would do a Donkey movie. I would do another ‘Shrek’ in two seconds.”

The most recent “Shrek” universe movie was 2022’s “Puss in the Boots: The Last Wish,” which Universal Pictures release in theaters to $485 million worldwide.

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‘Shrek 5’: Everything to Know About the Latest Movie in the Franchise

Over a decade after 'Shrek Forever After,' the beloved ogre is returning to the big screen for a new adventure. Hollywood Life has all the details so far about 'Shrek 5.'

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One of the most unexpectedly timeless films of the 2000s was  Shrek . The animated family comedy was a major hit when it was released in 2001, with young fans enjoying the fairytale elements, and adults being charmed by the sense of humor and characters. The film led to three sequels, along with spinoffs for the  Shrek 2  character Puss in Boots.

It’s been quite some time since a Shrek film hit theaters, with the fourth installment  Shrek Forever After  dropping in 2010. Almost 15 years since the last movie, fans will get to experience their love for Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and Puss all ogre again with the upcoming Shrek 5 .  Hollywood Life  has compiled all the details about the latest movie in the animated franchise so far.

When Does ‘Shrek 5’ Come to Theaters?

An official release date has not yet been set for  Shrek 5 , but  Eddie Murphy , who voices Donkey, teased a 2025 release date in an interview with  Collider   on June 24, 2024.

Who Is in ‘Shrek 5’?

While the  Shrek  series has had its fair share of exciting actors lending their voices to the franchise, details about the cast are still under wraps. While only Eddie has confirmed to taking part, it seems like a safe bet that most of the original actors from the main cast will be reprising their roles (i.e.  Mike Myers   as Shrek,  Cameron Diaz as Fiona, and  Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots).

According to IMDb, the film’s screenplay was written by  Michael McCullers ,  Christopher Meladandri , and  William Steig .

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Plot Details

Nothing has been formally revealed about the plot of  Shrek 5  just yet, but there was a bit of a teaser for it in a post-credits scene from 2022’s  Puss In Boots: The Last Wish . At the end of the film, Puss could be seen sailing back to Far Far Away, which was first introduced in  Shrek 2 .

What’s Been Said About ‘Shrek 5’?

While details are scarce for  Shrek 5 , Eddie was the first star to speak about it publicly. In the above-mentioned Collider  interview, the comedian revealed that he’d recorded the “first act” about four or five months prior. He also had some exciting news for fans of his character. “Donkey’s going to have his own movie. We’re going to do Donkey as well,” he said, although he said that he hadn’t started recording the audio for it.

Following the tease for  Shrek 5  in  Puss In Boots: The Last Wish , co-director  Joel Crawford  had spoke about hoping that the easter egg would get fans excited for more in an interview with  SyFy . “Honestly, when we were making the story, we put that in in a hopeful way. We love the  Shrek  universe [and] we’re so happy to be able to continue Puss in Boots’ story. We were really hopeful of, ‘If audiences receive the movie and want more of the  Shrek  world and demand more, then we can go to Far Far Away. We don’t know any master plan. We were kind of like Perrito, we were like, ‘Let’s be hopeful!'” he said.

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5 must-watch movies & TV shows streaming right now

The best of what's new streaming on netflix, hulu, hbo max, disney plus, and more..

Tiffany Haddish and Sam Richardson in "The Afterparty," now streaming.

By Kevin Slane

Welcome to Boston.com’s  weekly streaming guide . Each week, we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like  Netflix ,  Hulu ,  Amazon Prime ,  Disney+ ,  HBO Max ,  Peacock ,  Paramount+ , and more.

Many recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed or classics that are about to depart a streaming service at the end of the month.

Have a new favorite movie or show you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments, or email  [email protected] . Looking for even more great  streaming options ? Check out previous editions of our  must-watch list here .

“Aftersun”

With acclaimed veteran directors like James Gray and Steven Spielberg exploring their own adolescence on screen this past year with “Armageddon Time” and “The Fabelmans,” it’s somewhat shocking that 2022’s best autobiographical coming-of-age tale came from Charlotte Wells, a 30-something first-time director. “Aftersun” follows Sophie (Frankie Corio), a pre-teen Scottish girl on vacation with her 31-year-old dad, Calum (Paul Mescal, “Normal People”), in Turkey. Wells layers on the melancholy as we watch Sophie come of age and come to realize that her dad has worries and struggles of his own, leading to a widening chasm of understanding between them. The film’s finale packs an emotional wallop, one that I still haven’t shaken months later.

How to watch: “Aftersun” is streaming on Paramount+ .

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”

I assumed fellow movie critics were joking when they began to lavish praise on “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” a spinoff of the “Shrek” franchise that arrived in theaters late last year, 11 years after the original “Puss in Boots.” But the long-delayed sequel is one of the best Dreamworks animated films ever, with a voice cast and an animation style that pop off the screen. The film’s swashbuckling feline (Antonio Banderas) faces a midlife crisis — or more accurately, an 8/9th’s life crisis — when he finds out that his daring adventures have left him with only one of his nine lives remaining. Desperate to claw back his vitality, he quests for a wishing star while being chased by fairy tale villains like Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and Big Jack Horner (John Mulaney). Much like 2001’s “Shrek,” there’s plenty here for young children and adults alike, with Mulaney a particular standout.

How to watch: “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” is streaming on Netflix .

“The Afterparty”

Apple had a hit on its hands in early 2022 with “The Afterparty,” which takes a simple concept — a murder mystery whodunnit — and turns it on his head, with each episode told from a different point of view and unfolding as a style parody of a different genre of show or movie. Sam Richardson (“Veep”) and Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) are back in sleuth mode, with a new cast of suspects seeking to figure out who killed a crypto wunderkind (Zach Woods, “The Office”) following his wedding. There are moments when the show struggles to balance its central murder mystery and extended riffs on the likes of Jane Austen, Wes Anderson, and 1930s noir, but the talented ensemble cast makes “The Afterparty” worth sticking around to solve.

How to watch: “The Afterparty” Season 2 is streaming on Apple TV+ , with new episodes debuting Wednesdays through September 6.

“Full Circle”

Steven Soderbergh has a proven track record of directing both slick caper movies with lots of moving parts (“Ocean’s 11,” “Logan Lucky”) and gritty international dramas (“Traffic,”). The veteran director has packed the plot twists of “Ocean’s” into the border-hopping kidnapping drama of “Traffic” with “Full Circle,” a six-part limited series on Max. Nothing is quite what it seems on the show, which centers around the kidnapping (or is it?) of a teenager for ransom from his parents, played by Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”). The kidnappers, who hail from Guyana, ask for a very specific ransom — $314,159 — which represents the first pie crumb on a trail of deception, mistaken identity, and even witchcraft. Unraveling it all is postal inspector Harmony (Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”), who has the sleuthing skills of Columbo with the attitude of Dr. House.

How to watch: “Full Circle” is streaming on Max .

“What We Do In The Shadows”

“What We Do in the Shadows” has come a long way from the 2014 mockumentary co-created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”). The core premise — a group of vampire roommates living in Staten Island — has remained the same, but each year has brought new ways for the show’s fanged protagonists to spread their wings. Season 5, which debuted Thursday on FX and Hulu, finds Lazlo (the sublime Matt Berry) at the center of it all, trying to figure out what’s going on with familiar/servant Guillermo, building a friendship with non-vampire neighbor Sean, and leaning into the political candidacy of energy vampire Colin. You really need to start with Season 1 to appreciate all the lore “Shadows” has built over the seasons, but it’s well worth the time if you haven’t already.

How to watch: “What We Do In The Shadows” Season 5 is streaming on Hulu , with new episodes airing Thursdays on FX.

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