Producer: Titan Comics
Artist: Bartolini and Alvarez
Writer: Davison and Cooper
Genre: Comics/Kids Adventure
Shrek is one of the few animated features that made a big splash outside of Disney’s hold.
Puss and Boots, a character played by Antonio Banderas, stole everyone’s heart in the series.
But how does the fan-favorite character translate to the comic book medium?
Violence: Puss and Boots kicks different thugs around in a cartoon style. Different thugs damage property
Spiritual Content: None!
Sexual Content: Are you kidding me? Nothing to speak of in this kid-friendly tale.
Positive Elements: Puss in Boots learns that a hero needs to clean up his mess after beating up the thugs. Puss and Boots is always ready to serve his friends. While Puss in Boots doesn’t have a blatant VeggieTales type of message, Puss displays the heart of a servant who would lay down his life for his friends.
Other Negative Elements: Puss in Boots makes fun of bagpipes (I know that is no big deal but I have to write something here).
Puss in Boots is the guardian of the Spanish Villa San Lorenzo. El Moco is the evil conquistador who tries to steal the treasure of San Lorenzo. In the first story, Puss and Boots makes such a mess after beating up El Moco that Senora Zapata, the town busy-body forces him to clean it up. He learns an important lesson about tidying up. In the second story, Kid Pickles receives a magic bean that will grant him unlimited cucumbers. However, the too-good-to-be-true deal turns out to be a trick of the nefarious Rat Boss.
After drowning in epic stories with branching plot lines, backstories, and complex relationships, it is nice to read a comic that can be explained in one sentence. Puss in Boots is a kids-only story that will appeal to anyone who loves the idea of the cute tabby getting into cute adventures. There is nothing heavy to ponder about this story at all.
Puss in Boots is a passionate guardian of San Lorenzo. He is always ready to serve. When enemies come to put the city in danger, he is the one who will save the day. He might even learn some lessons about cleaning up after himself.
Since this is a kid’s comic book, I can safely say that I was not the audience for this story. That leads me believe that this story serves two purposes: to help kids get into reading, and to help kids learn about manners through silly stories. I can see kids bringing this comic to DEAR time at their school.
As a casual Shrek fan, I was a little disappointed that the author and illustrator could not capture the cute factor of Puss. He is less of a nutball in this series and more of a wild hero with a lot of self-reflection. Still, there is a lot of fun stuff in here for 8-year-olds.
The art is also radically different from the movie. In some panels, Puss looks like he is very mangy. In another box, he looks like Garfield.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots is a looney and soft-hearted story that elementary school kids will enjoy reading. Though I am not sure it has the branding power of Disney or the relevance of today’s cartoons, I still think kids will get a chuckle from this cute little tabby.
+ Very cute + Very kid friendly + Good lessons on life
- Mangy cat - I wish more people were into Puss in Boots
The Bottom Line
The Adventures of Puss in Boots is a looney and soft-hearted story that elementary school kids will enjoy reading. Though I am not sure it has the branding power of Disney or the relevance of today's cartoons, I still think kids will get a chuckle from this cute little tabby.