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Pierre, youngest of three brothers, befriends Perrault, a cat-musketeer in boots on the run from the henchmen of the evil, rat-loving Nekoboss. Perrault helps Pierre pose as the Marquis of Carabas in order to woo the beautiful Princess Rosa. She, however, is betrothed to the Demon King Lucifer, who kidnaps her on the night of the full moon. Perrault and Pierre set off to rescue Rosa from Lucifer's castle.
This delightful if free version of Charles Perrault's 18th-century fairy tale was given a limited U.S. release to the Saturday morning kids' market, along with several other Toei anime including Jack and the Witch and Treasure Island. Featuring nods to Swan Lake and Beauty and the Beast, it was such a success in Japan that the feline hero became Toei Animation's mascot. The comic elements of the movie owe much to the characterization of the extremely stupid transforming ogre who gets all the best bits of slapstick business. Note the presence of a young Hayao Miyazaki in the lower ranks of the animators.
Tomoharu Katsumata's movie sequel Three Musketeers in Boots (1972) dispatched Perrault to the Wild West, where he accompanies the young Annie and Jimmy to Gogo Town, a frontier staging post. Annie's father is killed, and the characters' lives are all endangered when the town boss discovers they know about his counterfeiting operation that he runs out of the basement of the town saloon. Annie is kidnapped, and it is time for a replay of the rescue scenario from the first film, as Perrault and Sheriff Jimmy save her from the bad guys.
A third movie, PiB: Around the World in 80 Days (1976), was directed by Hiroshi Shidara for the same film studio-its feline version of Jules Verne a distant precursor of Around the World with Willy Fogg. Perrault bets Grumon the pig industrialist that he can travel around the world in 80 days but is pursued by cat assassins, Carter the obstructive hippo, and Grumon's sneaky lupine agent Professor Garigari.
The unrelated TV series The Adventures of Puss in Boots (1992) was directed by Susumu Ishizaki and broadcast on TV Tokyo, featuring young boy Hans and his cat Kusuto. Their adventures include cameos by characters from many other fairy tales and stories, including Snow White, Don Quixote, Hansel and Gretel, Dracula, The Little Match Girl, and The Three Musketeers. This series is currently being repromoted in the U.S. as Puss 'n' Boots along with a 75-minute feature, The Journey of Puss 'n' Boots, which is probably three episodes edited together. The original 1969 film was restored in 1998 and shown with Galaxy Express 999 as part of the regular Toei Anime Fair theater run. An adaptation of Puss in Boots was also included in the anime series Grimms' Fairy Tales.