It’s quite astonishing to realize that it’s been well over a decade since the last installment in the Shrek franchise hit the big screens. Following the adventures of the lovable swamp-dwelling ogre, Shrek, who discovered that there’s more to life than solitude, the franchise expanded its horizons with the charming spin-off, Puss in Boots, back in 2011. This spin-off took us on a delightful journey alongside the dashing feline hero, Puss in Boots. And now, as we approach the end of 2022, Puss is back, ready to grace screens worldwide with his latest escapade in “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.”
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The film brings back familiar voices like Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek and showcases enhanced animation, thanks to technological advancements. In this thrilling new adventure, Puss faces his most perilous challenge yet, as he evades a group of ruthless bounty hunters in pursuit of the elusive “Last Wish.” Since his last feature film, Puss has also made a few small-screen appearances, including the animated short “Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos” and the Netflix series “The Adventures of Puss in Boots.”
Now, if you’re wondering when, where, and how to catch this long-awaited sequel, your questions are about to be answered.
Is Puss in Boots: The Last Wish on Netflix?
Yes, you heard it right! Starting from July 13, 2023, you can now enjoy the delightful adventure of “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” by streaming it on Netflix. And that’s not all! If you’re a fan of recent animated hits like Illumination’s “Sing 2,” “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” or DreamWorks’ “The Bad Guys,” you’re in for a treat because these fantastic films are also available for streaming on Netflix, right alongside the highly anticipated sequel.
For those who may have missed it, the movie was initially available for streaming on Peacock after its exclusive theatrical run and Premium Video on Demand (PVOD) release. And don’t worry if you didn’t catch it then, because it will be returning to Peacock at a later date. So, you’ve got options galore to embark on Puss’s latest adventure and enjoy a movie night full of laughter and excitement.
When Did Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Arrive in Theaters?
The triumphant return of Puss in Boots graced the big screens with its exclusive theatrical premiere on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” took audiences on a thrilling ride and proved to be a box office success, amassing an impressive $421 million in ticket sales worldwide. Unlike some recent film releases that experimented with various distribution methods, Dreamworks chose a traditional approach for this adventure, opting for a wide and exciting theatrical release.
In the ever-evolving landscape of film distribution, especially amidst the challenges posed by the global pandemic, studios have had to adapt. Movies like “The Croods: A New Age” and “Spirit Untamed” briefly graced theaters before making their way to streaming and video on demand. Meanwhile, “Trolls World Tour” and “The Boss Baby: Family Business” made a bold move by debuting on Peacock the same day they hit theaters. It’s clear that the film industry has seen some dynamic changes in recent years, but “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” chose the silver screen for its grand entrance.
Watch the Trailers for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
The anticipation for “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” soared with the release of its first trailer, which reintroduced Antonio Banderas as the beloved voice behind Puss in Boots. The trailer showcased a remarkable upgrade in animation quality, giving Puss a slick and stylish look. Our daring hero was back in action, facing off against a colossal stone giant. However, things took a comedic twist when Puss met an untimely demise—his eighth one, to be exact. This revelation left him with only one life left, setting the stage for his most perilous adventure yet. The trailer also hinted at a heartwarming reunion with the master thief, Kitty Galore, voiced by Salma Hayek.
In the second trailer, we delved deeper into the film’s plot, revealing that Puss is embarking on a profoundly personal journey. His existential crisis hit hard upon learning he had just one life remaining. We witnessed his transformation into an ordinary housecat in a home teeming with feline companions. There, he crossed paths with a disguised therapy dog named Perro, portrayed by Harvey Guillén. However, tranquility was short-lived as trouble came knocking once more. Puss, Kitty, and Perro embarked on a quest that promised thrilling encounters with formidable foes. Notably, the trailer unveiled adversaries such as Goldilocks, portrayed by Florence Pugh, and her trio of bears, along with the menacing White Wolf bounty hunter, played by Wagner Moura.
Will Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Get a Sequel (Or Will We See the Return of Shrek)?
While there hasn’t been any official confirmation of a direct sequel to ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ from Universal Pictures, recent reports and rumors are stirring up excitement about the future of not only our daring feline hero but also his grumpy, green best friend.
Dreamworks has dropped tantalizing hints that a fifth installment in the beloved Shrek franchise is indeed in the works. However, they’ve kept the details tightly under wraps. The big questions remain unanswered: Where will Shrek’s next adventure take him? Will the original stars, such as Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, reprise their iconic roles? And perhaps the most pressing question, when can we expect this highly anticipated sequel to hit the screens? While reports suggest a 2023 release might be on the horizon, nothing is set in stone just yet. Nonetheless, the mere confirmation that Shrek will make his return is cause for excitement, and ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ might just be the appetizer we need before the main course sequel.