Puss in Boots

(PG) ★★★☆☆

DreamWorks’ casting of silky Antonio Banderas a swash-buckling cat pays off brilliantly in this film. There is sex appeal in every syllable, swagger in every line. And even kids get the joke of a voice that grand coming out of a kitty so small. Puss (Banderas) and his childhood pal Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) conspire to steal magic beans. Along the way, Puss has an epic flamenco dance-off with Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek). This is the best animated film of 2011.

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DreamWorks’ cunning casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in Puss in Boots, a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the Shrek movies. Thanks to Banderas and his Corinthian-leather purr and writers who know how to use it, Puss is the best animated film of 2011. This is no mere Shrek sequel. There is sex appeal in every syllable, swagger in every line. And even kids get the joke of a voice that sensual and grand coming out of a kitty so small.

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