The True Story of Puss 'n Boots

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The True Story of Puss 'n Boots (or La Véritable Histoire du chat botté in French) is a 2009 French-Belgian-Swiss CGI historic, adventure, comedy mockbuster film directed by Jérôme Deschamps, Pascal Herold, and Macha Makeïeff and based on the 1697 story of the same name. The film was released two years before the DreamWorks film featuring the character Puss in Boots from the Shrek franchise.

Plot

An adaptation of Charles Perrault's famous Puss in Boots story.

Why It Sucks

  1. False advertising for 2 reasons.
    1. Despite the title name, the film has multiple inaccuracies all over the place.
    2. On the cover art, Puss is holding a sword. However, he never once wields it in the movie.
  2. Broken plot line with plenty of plot holes and filler.
  3. UNBEARABLE voice acting that sounds way too over the top and very annoying (especially the titular character who, believe it or not, is voiced by William Shatner in the English dub, using a truly horrific falsetto).
  4. The movie has so much anachronism that is on par with the CGI Swan Princess movies, thanks to it containing pop music and the Princess's royal guards even wear sunglasses in the tavern scene.
  5. While the animation is fine, the movements are very awkward.
  6. Broken soundtrack and songs. A song by the princess is literally just her going "Lalala" and another of hers is undubbed, left in French.
  7. It's almost entirely unfaithful to the original story.
  8. Poor character designs.
  9. There's a needlessly disturbing subplot, where the Chamberlain turns the princess' suitors into toads, who are implied to be killed, grounds them up and then force feeds them to a toad (implied to have also once been human) strapped in a chair. Yes. A kids film with forced cannibalism.
  10. The film is supposedly a blatant rip-off of DreamWorks Puss in Boots, but since it was released two years earlier than the DreamWorks version, it's pretty much up to debate on whether this movie can be considered a rip-off or not.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It does have some nice use of lighting.
  2. The Chamberlain is the only entertaining character, and the Ogre is somewhat the most tolerable.