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Puss In Boots: The Last Trailer (Maybe)

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Seems overdue for Antonio Banderas’ Puss In Boots to get his own movie…wait, we’re getting a feeling of deja vu. Did he already HAVE his own movie? He did, but it was so long ago that his sudden reappearance feels like he emerged from a time capsule.

It was 2012, if you’re wondering. Ten years is a long time for a cat. Puss has actually grown a long beard now, and he’s been confined to an old feline retirement villa with a thousand other cats. Mr. Boots had nine lives, but he used them all up recklessly, and he’s down to one.

But when Puss hears about a crashed star that may grant one wish if touched, he has to risk his life to possibly get back his other eight lives. He’s not the only one gunning for that star — Goldilocks has entered an alliance with the Three Bears and schemes to turn everything in the whole world “just right.” The Big Bad Wolf also wants the wish for himself, motive unexplained.

Believe it or not, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish has been in development this entire time — it was announced shortly after the first movie came out. In 2014, Banderas confirmed the thing was still in production, and that Dreamworks “started [it] four days ago.” The movie was re-confirmed to still be on the studio’s plate in 2018. And in 2022, here it finally is. A lot has changed culturally in ten years. Hope Puss doesn’t get cancelled for something he filmed a decade ago.

It seemed inevitable that Dreamworks would someday come crawling back to Shrek again, and though the big ogre himself doesn’t appear here, they grovel low enough to stick “All-Star” in the trailer below. You have been warned. I had to watch as part of my job and now it’s in my head. “GO for the moon! GO for the moon! GO for the moon!”

Banderas returns as Puss, alongside Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Florence Pugh (Black Widow), and John Mulaney (the one and only Spider-Ham). Puss In Boots: The Last Wish was written by Paul Fisher and directed by Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado, and will arrive in theaters December 21, after a delay from a planned September launch. Note that select theaters may receive an advance screening on November 26, so check listings.