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The Wonderful World of Puss 'N Boots (1969)

Susumu Ishikawa , Toshiko Fujita , Kimio Yabuki  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Susumu Ishikawa, Toshiko Fujita, Rumi Sakakibara, Asao Koike, Kin'ya Aikawa
  • Directors: Kimio Yabuki
  • Writers: Charles Perrault, Hisashi Inoue, Morihisa Yamamoto
  • Producers: Hiroshi Okawa, Salvatore Billitteri
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discotek Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F48DAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wonderful World of Puss 'N Boots" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery of rare B/W stills
  • Text interviews with creators
  • Isolated music and effects audio track

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The Wonderful World of Puss 'N Boots reveals that an outlaw can possess some very redeeming qualities and suggests that sometimes the seemingly simple-minded just need a little push to live up to their full potential. The Japanese 1969 classic Puss 'N Boots details the story of a good-hearted outlaw cat named Pero and his role in the coming of age of a young boy named Pierre. Consistently chased by three blundering police cats for the crime of saving the lives of mice, Pero is a scrappy cat whose sword rarely pauses in its offensive. When Pero encounters the mistreated and innocent Pierre, he convinces Pierre to leave his unkind brothers and accompanying Pero on his wandering travels. Amidst the action-packed sword fights and chase scenes, Pero convinces Pierre to pose as a Prince and suitor to the Princess. The initially timid boy begins a process of maturation that leads him to fight for the Princess's hand and eventually reveals his heretofore unseen innate strength and optimism. This DVD features the original (restored and remastered) Puss 'N Boots as it was released in Japan in 1969 as well as the English dubbed version featuring Fred Ladd and optional English subtitles and slates. Hayao Miyazaki's (My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa Valley of the Wind) animation work in key action scenes showcases his early talents and is of special interest to Miyazaki fans. Bonus features include a music and effects soundtrack, theatrical trailer, photo gallery of over 40 rare black and white stills, and text interviews with director Kimio Yabuki and Animator Yoichi Kotabe. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Region 1
Original Japanese Language
Optional English Subtitles
Original English dub
Original mono soundtrack
Music and effects soundtrack
Completely restored and remastered video
16 x 9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Theatrical Trailer
Photo Gallery of rare B/W stills
Rare text interviews with creators


Pero, a sword-wielding musketeer cat, is on the run! He's guilty of the ultimate crime: rescuing mice from certain doom. In hot pursuit are three bumbling police cats, trying their best to bring Pero to justice. While evading capture, Pero stumbles upon an unfortunate boy named Pierre, who is mistreated by his two greedy and selfish brothers. Pero soon convinces Pierre that he is better off leaving this deprived life behind him. The two set off together to find their fortune, and hear of an announcement from the castle: The King is looking for a husband for his beautiful daughter, Princess Rose. However, the dastardly Lucifer arrives and spoils the plan when he manages to kidnap the Princess! Culminating in a thrilling chase scene on the steeples of Lucifer's castle, Puss 'n Boots is an action-packed anime classic!

Originally released in 1969 in Japan, and later released as "The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots" in the US. The film was directed by Kimio Yabuki (Swan Lake), and features key animation by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Castle of Cagliostro, among others).  Loosely based on Charles Perrault's original book "Le Maître Chat Ou Le Chat Botté", the film is beautifully scored by Seiichiro Uno (Jack and the Witch). This DVD release features the original Japanese language version available for the first time ever in the US. It also includes the very rare Fred Ladd English dubbed version. Puss 'n Boots has never been seen in its original theatrical aspect in North America until now!


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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but PURR-fectly entertaining! September 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PUSS 'N BOOTS was theatrically released in today's era, it probably wouldn't hold a candle to any of America's other animated features and disappear without a trace. But this is a Japanese Anime, and, in its native land, it was a huge box office success. Titled as "Nagagutsu o Haita Neko", the production was released in 1969, and the title character, Puss 'N Boots himself, named Perro (or Perrault), became a mascot character for the animation studio, Toei. An interesting fact about this film is that Anime pioneer Hayao Miyazaki is credited as one of the animators -- in fact, he was responsible for the key animation of the climactic, hang-on-to-the-edge-of-your-seat finale. Fans of Miyazaki's work will notice how similar it is to the climax of THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO.
Compared to today's standards, the animation is poor, but at the same time interesting to look at. The entire story is expanded, altered, and spiced up similar to a Disney treatment of a classic fairy tale, but its artistic style is somewhere between a Hanna-Barbera or a Warner Bros. cartoon. This almost sounds like a drawback, but it provides for some silly, funny, and occasionally slapstick moments. It also feels perfect for this kind of movie, even if at times it screams Disney. (Not that I think of it as a bad thing; I'm rather fond of Disney movies even to this day. ^_^)
Don't expect a faithful retelling of the classic fairy tale PUSS 'N BOOTS -- this adaptation adds -- and sometimes embellishes -- a lot of cute, funny elements which make it a lot of fun. The hero, Perro, a cat musketeer pursued by three chief-of-police felines (he committed the ultimate "crime" of saving a mouse's life), befriends a young miller, Pierre; soon the two are off to seek their fortune.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not So Long Lost Classic June 19, 2006
Format:DVD
American fans of this TOEI animated classic have been waiting a long time to see this early example of Hayao Miyazaki's work on DVD, even longer if they missed its several (at least 3) now long gone VHS releases. What's more, for those of us who remember Fred Ladd's well-done English dubbing that was first shown on American TV so long ago and later released on VHS, Discotek Media has wisely included it as the second audio track. The English audio is a little the worse for wear (though in better shape than the Vestron Video release), and the English credits are unfortunately missing, but unless and until someone wants to pony up the money for a modern re-dubbing, it is better to include it than not because purists can always choose the Japanese audio track with English subtitles.

(Parental note: the presumably more recent optional English subtitles, which vary considerably from Fred Ladd's English dub, contain a couple of frequently used exclamations some parents might find a little questionable; suffice it to say that somebody may have forgotten he was subtitling a children's movie.)

Miyazaki is listed as a key animator on this extremely loose adaptation of Charles Perrault's "Le Maître Chat Ou Le Chat Botté", but as usual with Miyazaki his contributions undoubtedly exceeded even his listed credits. A text interview with the director suggests that he did his damnedest to influence character design to the extent that "his" version of the title character is said to be noticeably different ("wilder") in the action scenes he drew, even in the released version. Then there is the reappearance of so much of Puss 'N Boots in Miyazaki's later work. The wedding in
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but definite goodie August 21, 2009
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This movie was actually more delightful than I expected. A bit of it is dated - what do you expect from a movie made in 1969 - but the animation quality of this film was actually better than most of the cartoons that came out in the 80's and 90's in America, and even some of the cartoons today!

The human characters were a bit flat. Pierre just takes his brother's abuse, and it appears that Puss does all the thinking for him (which is pretty much the truth in the original story as well) Princess Rose is also flat. She acts helpless and weak, sniveling and crying and then saying 'no!' instead of trying to reason with Lucifer. Lucifer himself was a pretty interesting character, though I didn't understand the deal with his necklace being the source of his power, if he is the Devil himself, as this weakness ultimately led to his demise.

The action sequences are beautifully animated, and the animal characters are interesting and fun to watch. You wouldn't know this was an anime from looking at the King or Pierre's brothers, because they're lacking in the wide-eyed anime look that is so common today. Even Pierre and Rose don't look so Japan-ized, but due to the early date of this movie, one can safely assume that this was before anime became what it is today. Overall a very enjoyable movie and one I wouldn't mind watching again, or letting my nephews and nieces watch. 4.5/5 stars for a great and humorous retelling of the Puss in Boots tale.
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