In an attempt to suck the marrow from the bones of the Shrek franchise, Dreamworks and Paramount are releasing Puss in Boots, the fifth movie of the storyline, though actually the first to feature a protagonist other than the once-ubiquitous ogre.
The trailer itself reads like checklist for standard issue, non-Pixar, post-millennial animation, right down to the obligatory pop song played while Puss in Boots walks determinedly toward the camera (in this case, Pitbull’s pulsating “I Know You Want Me”), sure to prompt
annoying adorable 7-year-old boys to do the same.
Combined, the four films in the Shrek franchise have grossed nearly 3 billion (that’s with a ‘b‘) dollars; that figure doesn’t take into account the numerous television specials, theme park rides, merchandising, etc.
Why couldn’t they make a Donkey movie?
The animation doesn‘t look terrible; the quality seems adequate, but there are a couple instances of weird animation physics that seem to indicate that Puss in Boots will not toe today’s line of modern computer animation. At one point, a bull rampages past Puss, and he simply disappears. Not moves with the bull, but just vanishes from the shot. One second he’s there, the next, he’s not. And later in the trailer, the camera pans up to see Puss standing over us, but he’s literally not standing on anything; his feet just sort of hover in the air.
Based on the trailer, I have almost no interest in seeing this film. The fact that the trailer itself tells us absolutely nothing about the plot notwithstanding, I still would be extremely surprised if this movie ended up being anything more than a generic, run-of-the-mill animation movie.
Puss in Boots is set to come out November 4th and features the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis and Billy Bob Thornton.