This film is a DreamWorks Animation that is defined as computer-animated adventure film which will be presented in 3D and IMAX 3D. It has been directed by Chris Miller who did the film Shrek 3 and produced by Latifa Ouaou and Joe M. Aguilar with Andrew Adamson, Michelle Raimo and Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Splice, and Pan’s Labyrinth) as executive producers.
This film was written by Tom Wheeler and David H. Steinberg and narrated by Walt Dohrn. The film’s music was done by Henry Jackman and Eric Dapkiewicz as the film’s editor. The film follows the character of Puss in Boots and his adventures before he meet up with Shrek and his friends, which is before his first appearance in Shrek 2 and how he comes to meet Shrek. It also introduces many new characters not included in the Shrek film series.
The film features numerous stars such as Antonio Banderas who plays Puss in Boots; Salma Hayek who plays Kitty Softpaws, a Tuxedo cat who’s Puss in Boots’ love interest and female counterpart; Zach Galfianakis who plays Humpty Dumpty, the mastermind intent on retrieving the Golden Eggs from a one-of-a-kind goose; Billy Bob Thornton as Jack; Amy Sedaris as Jill and Zeus Mendoza as Rancher.
This film has been termed as a spin-off of Shrek 2 and has been in development since 2004 after the release of Shrek 2. It was planned for release in 2008 as a ‘direct-to-video’ film; this was however changed in 2006 in favour of a theatrical release. Its production began in 2010 after the release of Shrek Forever After. The co-writer David Steinberg insists that the film’s story line doesn’t overlap with Shrek and that the film was done partly to tell an original Puss in Boots story and also because they had no idea what to do with the characters after Shrek Forever After.
The film is set to be released on 4th November 2011 in the United States in English as a 3-D film in theatres, with Paramount Pictures as its distributors. A teaser trailer was released on the March 4, 2011 which featured the song by rapper Pitbull ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’. There are plans for a full length theatrical trailer to be shown in front of screenings for various films such Cars2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Winnie the Pooh, The Smurfs, The Lion of Judah and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.