Last weekend while my husband and I were at the movies, we were fortunate enough to catch a preview for the new Puss in Boots movie that is coming out this fall. I’ll admit it – I squealed. I clapped. I was thoroughly delighted, just like when the character was first introduced into the Shrek films. This may or may not have been embarrassing for my husband, but what you need to know, and what he already is well aware of, to understand my reaction is quite simple:
- I love cats.
- As a young girl, loving both cats and books equally, Puss in Boots was one of my favorite fairy tales.
- I love cats. And books.
Given all of the above, how can I not be unabashedly enthusiastic about this upcoming release? My one hope is that people seek out the tale and gain an appreciation for the tale that existed long before Antonio Banderas gave his voice over to an adorable animated, orange cat. What is best about this cat, and perhaps I’m taking this all a little too far, is that the cat (Puss) possesses and displays great loyalty to his human companion. Little Puss, the booted cat, uses his feline cunning to acquire all of the things that a young lad in 17th century France could ever want – wealth, respect, and love.
I’m positive that I don’t have to share too many details about the film (but please enjoy the trailer below!), but here are the details on the book, which is definitely worth checking out, no matter what your age and even if you’re not nearly as fond of cats as I am.
Title: Puss in Boots
Author: Charles Perrault
Amazon.com link to my favorite version: http://www.amazon.com/Puss-Boots-Caldecott-Honor-Book/dp/0374361606
Official Dreamworks Trailer (prepare for adorable OVERLOAD):
Photo Source: Édition Curmer (1843) – Le Chat botté, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Édition_Curmer_(1843)_-_Le_Chat_botté_-_1.png