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Puss in Boots The Last Wish

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is a 2022 American computer-animated adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. The sequel to the spin-off film Puss in Boots (2011) and the sixth installment in the Shrek franchise, the film was directed by Joel Crawford and co-directed by Januel Mercado. Based on the character from Shrek 2 (2004) and inspired from the eponymous fairy tale, the film's screenplay was written by Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow, with a story by Swerdlow and Tom Wheeler (the latter of whom wrote the 2011 film). The voice cast of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish includes Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek Pinault reprising their respective roles as the titular character and Kitty Softpaws, and are joined by Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, John Mulaney, Wagner Moura, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and Anthony Mendez, who voice new characters introduced in the film. Set after Shrek Forever After (2010), the film follows Puss in Boots as he journeys to find the mystical Last Wish for the Wishing Star by teaming up with Kitty and Perrito (Guillén) to restore the first eight of his nine lives, by wishing on the mystical Last Wishing Star. They must race against Goldilocks and her Three Bears Crime Family (Pugh, Winstone, Colman, and Kayo), and "Big" Jack Horner (Mulaney), who all desire the star; Puss must also avoid a mysterious hooded wolf (Moura), who plots to kill him.

Plans for a sequel to Puss in Boots began in November 2012, when executive producer Guillermo del Toro shared plans to take the titular character on an adventure to a "very exotic locale", who also stated a couple of drafts for the screenplay were completed. Work on a sequel began in April 2014, according to Banderas. The film's title was announced as Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves in June 2014. After being stuck in development hell, the project was revived in November 2018, with Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri confirmed to be an executive producer. It was announced that the film would be helmed by Bob Persichetti, the head of story of the first film and one of the three directors of Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), in February 2019. Crawford was later announced as the new director in March 2021, along with Mercado. The majority of the new cast members, along with Pinault's return, were announced in March 2022. The story drew inspiration from Spaghetti Western films, with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) being cited as a particular influence. As with DreamWorks' previous film The Bad Guys (2022), the film has a stylized animation style, inspired by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. With new technology, the team was able to give the film a painterly style to resemble a fairy-tale story, rather than utilizing the realistic visual style of every previous installment of the Shrek franchise.

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While hosting a party in the town of Del Mar, legendary hero and outlaw Puss in Boots accidentally awakens a sleeping giant. He effortlessly subdues the creature but dies after a church bell crushes him as he poses for adulation from the citizens. After reviving Puss at the local vet, a doctor informs him that he has only one life left. That night, in a bar, Puss is confronted by a black-hooded wolf, whom he presumes is a bounty hunter. Puss fights the wolf, who effortlessly disarms and wounds him in the process. Traumatized by the event, Puss buries his clothes and boots in a grave, and retreats to the house of cat lady Mama Luna. Some time passes, and Puss meets an unfailingly happy dog disguised as a cat whom he calls Perrito.

Hoping to recruit Puss, the Three Bears crime family—Goldilocks, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear—arrive at Luna's home but mistakenly believe Puss is dead after seeing his "grave". The family had planned to hire Puss to steal a map bearing the Wishing Star's location from amoral pastry chef "Big” Jack Horner. Puss, overhearing this, decides to use the Star to restore his lost lives.

Accompanied by Perrito, Puss breaks into Horner's bakery and comes into conflict with Horner, the Bear family, and his resentful ex-fiancée Kitty Softpaws. Puss manages to escape with the map alongside Kitty and Perrito, briefly catching sight of the hooded wolf, who threatens Puss while he flees.

The map leads the trio to the Dark Forest, a pocket dimension that changes its terrain depending on the personality of the map's holder. During another clash with the Bear family and Horner, Puss glimpses the wolf's eerie specter again and runs off, distracting Kitty and allowing Goldi to obtain the map. After Perrito calms his panic attack, Puss confesses that he left Kitty at the altar on their wedding day. Kitty overhears them and reveals that she never attended the wedding either because she believed Puss could not love anyone more than himself.

Puss and Kitty steal back the map while the Bear family is distracted by a manifestation of their woodland cottage. As the dimension shifts, Perrito gets left behind and captured while Puss accidentally traps himself in a crystalline cave, where he is confronted and mocked by manifestations of his own arrogant previous incarnations. The wolf then shows up once more, revealing his true identity as Death. He deems Puss unworthy of life for not valuing any of his previous lives. Shocked at the revelation, Puss runs with the map to the Star in a fit of panic. Meanwhile, a frustrated Goldi reveals to the Bears that her wish is to be reunited with her biological family; though devastated, the Bears agree to help her.

Kitty confronts Puss at the Star, berating him for his selfishness, and admits her wish was to have someone she could completely trust. The Bear family and Horner arrive and a fight ensues for the map, during which Goldi abandons the map to save Baby, realizing she already has her true family, and Horner becomes trapped inside his magical bottomless bag.

Shortly afterward, Death boards the Star and challenges Puss to a final one-on-one fight. Having learned the value of life during his time with his companions, Puss forgoes wishing for more lives and accepts Death's challenge, culminating in a fierce duel in which Puss manages to overpower and disarm Death. Returning Death's sickle, Puss tells the former that, while he cannot beat him, he will never stop fighting for his final life. Seeing that Puss finally accepts his inevitable fate, Death begrudgingly spares him but promises to meet him again before departing, which Puss acknowledges.

Horner, having eaten a magic snack to turn himself into a giant and escape the bag, seizes the map and attempts to make his wish to take all of the world's magic for himself, but Perrito distracts him long enough for his companions and Goldi to rip the map to shreds, causing the Star to collapse and consume Horner. In the aftermath, the Bear family leaves to take over Horner's pie factory, while Puss rekindles his romance with Kitty. The trio later steals a ship and sets sail to the Kingdom of Far Far Away.

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