Remind Me PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH opens December 21st
The position of “annoying talking animal” may have already been taken by Donkey in the SHREK movies — as Eddie Murphy’s hilarious character claimed in 2004’s second installment. Yet, that did not stop the hit animated franchise’s depiction of the classic fairy tale creature Puss in Boots — voiced by Antonio Banderas — from becoming an instant fan-favorite.
Eventually, the sword-wielding, cavalier's hat-clad feline became the star of his own self-titled spin-off released in theatres in 2011. Now, more than a decade later, the heroic cat is returning to the big screen in a new feature-length adventure from Dreamworks Animation called PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH. We are here to tell you everything there is to know so far about this long-awaited sequel, starting with when you can expect to take the whole family to see it.
Puss In Boots: The Last Wish Comes Out In December
Currently, PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH is slated to “wield” its way into theatres on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. The sequel has been in development since a year after its 2011 predecessor was released and was given a title — then PUSS IN BOOTS 2: NINE LIVES AND 40 THIEVES — and a 2018 release date, according to Coming Soon. In January 2015, it was removed from the schedule in accordance with Dreamworks’ two film per year policy, but Antonio Banderas confirmed two months later that the film had not used up all nine lives yet.
Puss Is On His Last Life
Speaking of using up all nine lives, that is a major theme of the plot for PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dreamworks Animation previewed the first half hour of the new movie at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, where the filmmakers dished on the “deeper” and “more emotional journey” they are putting the title character through this time around.
The sequel sees Puss in Boots at his lowest point, having discovered that only one of his nine lives remains after suffering a treacherous accident. Sulking at the thought of facing his mortality, he soon learns that there could be a solution to his problem through the use of magic after hearing word about a map that leads to a star known to grant wishes. Puss then sets out on a quest to see that his wish is granted, on which he is joined by a familiar face.
Antonio Banderas And Salma Hayek Return
A Puss in Boots movie from Dreamworks Animation simply would not be the same without its star — Antonio Banderas, whose original performance in SHREK 2 slightly mirrored, and playfully mocked, his role in 1998’s THE MASK OF ZORRO. Luckily, the Spanish-born Academy Award® nominee is reprising the title character in PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH, which will mark the fifth time he has leant his voice to the role — in a theatrically released feature — overall.
Another veteran of 2011’s PUSS IN BOOTS who is returning to her original role is Salma Hayek as a Tuxedo cat named Kitty Softpaws — the sword-wielding enemy-turned love interest. By reprising the character in PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH, this will mark the Mexican-born Academy Award nominee’s umpteenth time working with her friend, Banderas, who first worked together in 1995’s DESPERADO (as well as its 2003 sequel, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO) and most recently shared the screen in 2021 with THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD.
New Cast Members Include Florence Pugh
Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek will be in good company in the PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH cast, which includes a myriad of exciting new members. For instance, Puss and Kitty Softpaws’ canine companion — aptly named Perro — is voiced by FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” star Harvey Guillén, and another classic fairy tale character, Goldilocks, is joining the franchise and is played Oscar® nominee, Florence Pugh.
Ray Winstone, who played Pugh’s enemy in BLACK WIDOW, plays Goldilocks’ criminal associate, Papa Bear — whose wife, Mama Bear, will be played by Oscar winner Olivia Colman, and son, Baby Bear, is voiced by British comedian Samson Kayo. American comedy superstar John Mulaney’s character is “Big” Jack Horner, who guards the map that leads to the wishing star Puss seeks, and the voice of the Big Bad Wolf — a bounty hunter who is different from the version depicted in previous SHREK movies — is Brazilian actor, Wagner Moura.
Joel Crawford Directs
PUSS IN BOOTS was directed by Dreamworks Animation veteran and prolific voice actor Chris Miller, who had previously made his directorial debut in 2007 with SHREK THE THIRD and also voiced a number of characters in the original spin-off from 2011. While Miller is also part of the voice cast for PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH, directorial duties have been passed off to Joel Crawford for the sequel, who stepped in to replace SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE co-helmer Bob Perschetti.
Crawford, who has been working as a story artist at Dreamworks Animation since the late 2000’s, made his feature-length directorial debut in 2020 with THE CROODS: A NEW AGE. Serving as his co-director is Januel Mercado, who also has a long history working as a story artist with Dreamworks Animation on films like KUNG FU PANDA and TROLLS.
Paul Fisher Writes
Writing duties have also experienced a bit of a change up since the original, with that screenplay being credited to DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD scribe and Netflix’s “Cursed” creator, Tom Wheeler. Penning PUSS AND BOOTS: THE LAST WISH is Paul Fisher, whose experience with animation dates all the way back to the 1990s when he worked on classic TV shows like “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Animaniacs.” Fisher’s collaborations with Dreamworks Animation includes story art for favorites like HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, SHREK FOREVER AFTER and the original PUSS IN BOOTS, as well as writing the script for the aforementioned THE CROODS: A NEW AGE. He also has one feature-length directorial effort under his belt, namely THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE from 2017.
With its top-notch, all-star cast and experienced filmmakers behind the scenes, it looks like PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH could really be a wish come true. What a great gift to give the whole family when the holidays come around.
Remind Me PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH opens December 21st