Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Puss in Boots" has a 1969 animated version from Japan

In a hotel recently, HBO aired the modern “Puss ‘n’ Boots” after  “Marmaduke” (Aug. 25), about the time I went out to the local bars.  I checked Netflix, and found a 1969 animated film “Puss in Boots” (or “The Wonderful World of Puss ‘n’ Boots”)  from Japan (distributed by the notorious American International studio (associated with motorcycle movies like “Born Losers” but also with “La Dolce Vita”), and by Discotek).  (The title in Japanese is “Nagagutsu o hieta neko”; the film is directed by Kimio Ybuki and has subtitles. The original book is by Charles Perrault.)

The story parallels human concerns about tribal loyalties and “conflict of interest”.  A cat Pero goes on the run for rescuing mice, and then seeks fame with the boy Pierre. 

At one point, Wagner’s “Wedding March” plays, although without much conviction.

The film, oddly enough, is shot in full widescreen aspect, like the Disney cartoon feature “ Lady and the Tramp” (1955), the first animated feature in Cinemascope.

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