I saw Puss in Boots: The Last Wish a couple of weeks ago. I’ve seen it about a dozen times by now. Now, I’m not one to watch cartoons or animation. The last animations that interested me were the Shrek films. Once in a blue moon, I’ll take the time to see such movies. I find adults obsessed with cartoons or animation weird. But here I am in love with Puss in Boots, Kitty Softpaws, and Perrito characters. So I joined the “weird” club…I guess.
SPOILER ALERT. The movie starts with Puss in Boots’ usual character, brave, charismatic, joyful, and dancing. He displays arrogance like no other and definitely as no human can. He dies at the beginning of the film. That is about the best hook that an audience can get. Puss in Boots wakes up at the veterinarian’s. He wakes up from his daze and is arrogant about it because he is a cat with nine lives. The vet tells him his prime years are over, and he wasted all eight lives, so he gives him an address where Puss in Boots can retire with an old lady cat lover.
Puss in Boots is in denial and goes to a bar to drink milk instead, where he meets Death. Puss in boots loses his sword in his first battle with Death. He is horrified and runs to the old lady cat lover for safety. That’s where he meets Perrito, posing as a cat to obtain shelter and food. Perrito likes Puss right away, and he has an optimistic demeanor. For me, Perrito stole the show. He is so adorable and genuinely pure-hearted.
Goldilocks and the three bears appear in the picture. Mama bear, Papa bear, and Baby bear accepted Goldilocks into their family because she was an orphan. They are there to hire Puss to steal a magical map that will grant the one person any wish they want. So Perrito comes along without Puss’ consent, and this is also where Puss finds Kitty Softpaws already with the map. This is what encourages Puss out of his depression–to steal the map for himself and get his cat lives back so that he can be the brave Puss in Boots again.
Puss, Kitty, Goldilocks, and another character, a villain, all want a wish. Puss wants his nine lives back, Kitty wants a wish to trust someone, and Goldilocks wants a real family.
By the end, all the characters learn a valuable lesson. Puss learns that one life is enough if he lives it selflessly, bravely loving those he cares about, and the one life is enough if he has love, trust, and friendship. So when he confronts Death again, he fights back and no longer fears Death. Kitty learns to trust again. Perrito shows her that he is kind-hearted and a good friend, and she realizes that Death is after Puss. Despite Puss’ battle with Death, Puss chooses not to use the last with for himself. Perrito, at some point, tells Goldilocks that she “won the orphan lottery.” She, too, realizes that she already has a family, so she doesn’t need the wish.
The whole point of the film is to be grateful for what you already have at your mercy, to be selfless and kind-hearted, and most of all, that one life is enough to be enriching. Allow yourself to be the change and self-reflect. Death is coming to us all, sooner or later. So let’s live life instead of living it in fear.
“Maybe one life is enough?“Perrito, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish