…they kept calling it Puss in Boots – the 1972 film
…They Kept Calling Him Puss in Boots is a 1972 Japanese animated film, directed by Tomoharu Katsumata. Produced by Toei Animation, it is the sequel to the 1969 film Puss in Boots, and will be followed by a third episode in 1976: Puss in Boots Around the World. Unlike the other two films, this is not a feature film but a medium-length film, and is not based on any literary work.
The plot follows the adventures of Pero, constantly chased by the three cat-catchers who want to kill him, as he heads to the sunny western village of GoGo Town together with two boys, Jimmy and Annie. Once they arrive, Annie discovers that her father has just been killed, and thanks to Pero's help she discovers that her father had discovered an illegal mint. The leader of the counterfeiters, Santana, kidnaps Annie, thus setting in motion a series of events that will lead Pero and his allies to clash with Santana and his henchmen.
The Italian edition of the film contains several references to spaghetti westerns, which were very popular at the time. The title itself is an obvious reference to the western comedy film...they kept calling it Trinity and in the opening credits song. The film was well received by critics, despite being considered inferior to the first in the series.
The critic Paolo Mereghetti gives the film two stars out of four in his film dictionary, praising its excellent production and pace, but underlining that the western atmosphere is little suited to the character and the visual inventions are not many.
In conclusion, ...they kept calling it Puss in Boots, although not up to the level of the first film, it still remains a work appreciated by fans of animation and spaghetti westerns.
Title: …they kept calling him Puss in Boots
Original title: Nagagutsu sanjūshi
Original language: Japanese
Country of production: Japan
Duration: 53 min
Report: 2,35: 1
Genre: animation, western
Director: Tomoharu Katsumata
Screenplay: Tomoharu Katsumata, Hirokazu Fuse
Production company: Toei Animation
Soundtrack: Seiichiro Uno
Number of episodes: animated films
TV Network: Not Applicable (Animated Movie)
Release date: 1972
Italian dubbing: Sergio Tedesco (Pero), Roberto Chevalier (Jimmy Dickens), Serena Verdirosi (Annie), Franca Dominici (Aunt Jane), Carlo Romano (Mr. Mayor), Memmo Carotenuto (Santana), Massimo Giuliani (Gattomis), Emanuela Rossi (Gattognan)
Plot: The film follows the adventures of Pero, constantly chased by three catmen armed with guns who want to kill him, together with two boys, Jimmy and Annie, in a western village. When Annie discovers that her father was killed because he discovered an illegal mint, Pero helps Jimmy face the shady Santana and his henchmen to save Annie.
Italian edition: The film contains several references to spaghetti westerns, very popular at the time. Before the 2004 re-dubbing, this was the only film in the trilogy in which Pero was called by his exact name.
Reception: According to the critic Paolo Mereghetti, the film is enjoyable but inferior to the first. He gives the film two stars out of four, praising its excellent production and pace but criticizing its western atmosphere which is unsuitable for the character.