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Puss in Boots: In a time before Shrek

By molly mcgranahan
On October 26, 2011

The beloved, sword-fighting feline from the Shrek franchise is back. But did you ever wonder why Puss embraced this tendency to sword-fight? Why he thrived on theft? Why he stole from the innocent? Join Puss on his adventure to

fulfill his childhood dream, reconnect with his childhood friend and find true love on Oct. 28, when Puss in Boots is released nationwide. Find out the real story behind the cat's unfortunate deeds as he clears his name from the scandals of his past and lets us into his personal life.

Directed by Chris Miller, Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Animation brings us another timeless animated classic featuring Antonio Banderas

(Puss), Salma Hayek (Kitty Softpaws) and Zach Galafianakis (Humpty Dumpty.) If you were amused by Puss' smart-alec personality and tendency to cause commotion in Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever

After, seeing him shine in his own story is absolutely necessary. For the first time since we met the feisty feline, we are given an inside glance into his childhood. We

learn he was a poor orphan taken in by the motherly Imelda, who cares for him like he is her own. He quickly develops a friendship with a beloved character from our own childhood – Humpty Dumpty. The two engage in typical

teenage debauchery until Puss saves an old woman from death and becomes a town hero, being presented with the gift of boots. Humpty retreats into the shadows alone.

Betrayed by his brother, Puss gets caught in the middle of a

bank robbery and is forced to leave Imelda and town.

His life becomes a whirlwind of fighting, robbery, theft and the lack of companionship that he once valued. After an encounter with Jack and Jill (another childhood favorite – though I assure you they look nothing as your young mind probably once imagined), he re-partners with Humpty

on the journey to finding the Golden Goose.

I don't want to spoil the movie *Spoiler Alert*, but to make a long story short, Puss and pals find the Goose but unfortunately at no small cost. Puss is pulled through

treachery, love and misfortune, which leads him back to his hometown as a wanted criminal. Puss is the town's one hope for survival as Humpty enjoys his limelight. He never gives up and puts up a gallant fight for his home and his

heritage. If you want to know what happens next to all of your childhood favorites, make sure you check out Puss in Boots yourself on Oct. 28.

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