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For director Chris Miller (as many among the crew and cast also feel), the magic of animation is in the transformation from group effort into a singular, cinematic vision. Miller confesses, "I love animation. As an approach to storytelling, it feels like the possibilities are limitless—you have the ability to create an entirely different universe with zero limitations. And I like that idea. But animated, or live-action, it all comes down to how well you tell a story, and how well an audience can connect with the characters.”

Zach Galifianakis offers, "So the story goes, Humpty Dumpty falls down off a wall, and these guys from a village or something—all the king's men, I guess—could not put the poor guy back together again. I mean, there's not a lot of story there. But with this story, you get a lot more depth. You get to see many layers to Humpty Dumpty. You get to see his relationship with this adventurous cat. And who doesn't want to see an egg and a cat hang out together? When you sit around, I'll bet you're wondering, ‘Man, who would I like to see hang out together? Hmm. I know—a cat and an egg!' Well, have I got a movie for you.”

Antonio Banderas admires not only the gargantuan undertaking a finished computer-animated film represents, but also, the finesse on display, down to the smallest detail. He says, "I remember during ‘Shrek 2,' Eddie Murphy commented how amazing all of these guys are, that they can actually steal a little bit of your soul and put it up on the screen, for everybody to see. I could not agree more.” Producer Latifa Ouaou: "More than 620 artists worked on this project over the years, in more than 20 departments. Looking at those numbers, you realize how critical it is that everyone works together toward a shared goal. I really felt that we had a real synchronicity and collaboration on ‘Puss in Boots,' with Chris Miller heading it, all the way to paint fix, which is the last stop in the animation process. It was a really amazing, kinetic experience.”

Man-hours, surface noise, immersive 3D, the absence of human hips—in the end, for director Miller, it is (and always has been) about one thing…story. He closes, "It's a comedy, first and foremost, and it's a great adventure movie, but there's also a nice message behind it that says, everyone deserves a second chance in life and, at any moment, you can change the course of your own life—it's never too late.”


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