In this section of our Colossus Movie Guide for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, we answer questions you have about the movie. If you’re curious about plot explanations, meanings, themes, lessons, motifs, symbols, or just confused by something, ask and we’ll do our best to answer.
- Puss in Boots – Antonio Banderas
- Kitty Softpaws – Salma Hayek Pinault
- Perrito – Harvey Guillén
- Wolf/Death – Wagner Moura
- Goldilocks – Florence Pugh
- Baby Bear – Samson Kayo
- Papa Bear – Ray Winstone
- Mama Bear – Olivia Colman
- Big Jack Horner – John Mulaney
- Ethical Bug – Kevin McCann
- Mama Luna – Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish | Questions and Answers
What movie references were there in The Last Wish?
The song “The End” by the Doors is a musical reference to Apocalypse Now Then Puss saying “I got better” is a dialogue reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Of course there are references to Shrek as Last Wish takes place in the same universe.
Why did Puss call Wolf/Death “Lobo”?
Lobo is Spanish for wolf. Since Puss in Boots is Latino and speaks Spanish, it’s just a moment of blended language.
Was Wolf actually Death and not a scary bounty hunter?
Yes, the Wolf was supposed to be the grim reaper. The timing is not a coincidence—suddenly showing up when Puss is on his last life. If Wolf were actually a bounty hunter, then in the final encounter, when Puss “defeats” Wolf, you’d expect some moment of revelation. Like there was a much smaller, less scary dog inside an advanced wolf outfit. Or that Wolf was a machine controlled by someone far less intimidating. Some kind of destruction of the perception of Wolf as Death. But that doesn’t happen. Instead, it’s just that Puss shows enough character that Wold decides he no longer needs to punish Puss’s arrogance.
Plus, if Wolf wasn’t death, it would render the whole theme of Puss grappling with mortality a bit moot. It would be like saying “See, mortality isn’t something something to worry about!” Which isn’t the lesson The Last Wish wants people to take away. We should be scared of death. That fear can inspire us to embrace our life and the people in it. It can inspire us to truly appreciate how lucky we are and respect the gift that we have. Rather than have a fearless, reckless, empty life.
What were Puss’s eight deaths?
- Bull stampedes over Puss.
- Dogs discover Puss cheating at poker and rip him apart.
- Drunkenly falls off a tower.
- Is crushed by a barbell after calling off his spotter and trying to bench press too much weight.
- Has someone try to fire him from a cannon in an attempt to fast-travel.
- Eats shellfish despite being allergic to shellfish.
- Opens an oven that’s way too hot and the flames that escape burn him to a crisp.
- Crushed by a falling church bell.
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