‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’: Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’: Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

During their journey to restore Puss’ nine lives, Salma Hayek Pinault joins Antonio Banderas as they face obstacles and evil personas, including Florence Pugh and Olivia Colman.

Eleven years after the release of Puss in Boots, the feline is making his grand return. 

The animated film, written by Paul Fisher, brings the adorable feline back to the big screen with more action, adventure and comedic moments. The movie also brings together an internationally known ensemble cast to voice the characters, including Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Olivia Colman and Florence Pugh.

Directed by Joel Crawford and co-director by Januel Mercado, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish follows Puss (Banderas) on his epic adventure to find the mythical wishing star and restore his nine lives. After dying eight times, a doctor advises the cat to retire, but that’s an idea that Puss is having a tough time accepting. In an attempt to retire, Puss temporarily stays in an obsessed cat lover’s home, but while he is there, Puss meets Perro (Harvey Guillén). The fellow feline then joins Puss and Kitty Softpaws (Pinault) on their trek into the Black Forest in search of the star. “When you only have one life, that’s what makes it special,” Kitty says to Puss in the film’s trailer. During their journey, the trio faces several evil characters and obstacles, all threatening Puss’ life. 

Puss has been featured in several movies over the years, including Shrek 2Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After. The feline then had his own spinoff in 2011 with Puss in Boots. Now, the cat’s story continues with Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

01. Antonio Banderas/Puss in Boots

After being left with only one life, Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas) sets out on a journey, determined to restore his nine lives instead of retiring. Besides voicing Puss throughout the Shrek franchise and spinoff films, Banderas made his name known internationally, starring opposite Madonna in Evita. He later played the leading role in The Mask of Zorro, and then reprised the role in The Legend of Zorro. More recently, he starred alongside Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in Uncharted, and will appear in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5, which is set to be released in June 2023. 

02. Salma Hayek Pinault/Kitty Softpaws 

Salma Hayek Pinault reprises her role, voicing Puss’ former girlfriend and occasional foil Kitty Softpaws. She helps Puss on his journey, where many adventures ensue. Starring alongside Banderas isn’t anything new to Pinault, with both also starring in Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Pinault is also known for her role in Frida, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. In February 2023, the actress will next star alongside Channing Tatum in Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

03. Florence Pugh/Goldilocks

An evil teenage Goldilocks, voiced by Florence Pugh, is one of the many characters Puss is up against in his journey. Pugh made her film debut in 2014 with The Falling, and has since gone on to star in Midsommar and Little Women. More recently, the actress made headlines for her leading role in Don’t Worry Darling, opposite Harry Styles. 

04. Harvey Guillén/Perro 

Harvey Guillén voices Perro, a mangy, aspiring therapy dog who Puss meets while temporarily at an overpopulated home of an obsessed cat lover. Perro then joins Puss and Kitty on their trek into the forest. Guillén is also known for his role in the 2019 television series What We Do in the Shadows

05. John Mulaney/Jack Horner

Writer and actor John Mulaney voice an oversized Jack Horner, one of the nefarious characters Puss encounters. Mulaney has also voiced characters in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the television series Big Mouth, as well as writing for dozens of episodes of Saturday Night Live.

06. Wagner Moura/The Big Bad Wolf 

Wagner Moura voices The Big Bad Wolf, a fearsome bounty hunter who is pursuing Puss. While also being seen in episodes of Narcos and Shining Girls, Moura is a lyricist and the vocalist of a band called Sua Mãe.

07. Ray Winstone/Papa Bear 

The father of a crime family, Papa Bear, going after Puss is voiced by Ray Winstone. The actor has also done several other voiceovers, including in RangoThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Beowulf

08. Olivia Colman/Mama Bear

A crime family isn’t complete without the Mama Bear, who is voiced by Olivia Coleman. The actress is most known for her work in The Crown, The FavouriteTyrannosaur and The Lost Daughter. Colman will also be featured in the upcoming film Wonka, which is set to be released in 2023. 

09. Samson Kayo/Baby Bear 

Samson Kayo voices the not-so-little Baby Bear in the crime family. The actor is known for his role in BloodsThe Bubble and Our Flag Means Death

10. Anthony Mendez/Doctor

Anthony Mendez voices the concerned physician who advises Puss to retire, instead of dying, since he only has one of his nine lives left. Mendez has received Emmy nominations for his narrator work on the CW’s Jane the Virgin and on PBS’ three-part documentary series Wonders of Mexico

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