Thought: Puss In Boots: The Good Wish director Joel Crawford laughs off Eddie Murphy’s diss

Puss In Boots: The Good Wish director Joel Crawford has laughed off Eddie Murphy’s recent suggestion that his personality Donkey turned into extra deserving of a Shrek experience-off than Puss In Boots, who returns to cinemas in The Good Wish from 3 February.

“They did Puss in Boots motion photos, they must delight in [done] a Donkey movie. Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots. “I imply I take care of Puss in Boots, but he ain’t as amusing as Donkey!” Murphy today told Etalk.

“Oh, traditional donkey,” Crawford replied when Yahoo relayed Murphy’s dig to the filmmaker.

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“It’s so amusing because that is so in personality for Donkey and Puss In Boots.

“They’re each and every always going after each and every other for who will get Shrek’s appreciation.”

Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) in 2007's Shrek The Third. (Dreamworks/Alamy)

Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) in 2007’s Shrek The Third. (Dreamworks/Alamy)

Defending Puss as a mighty personality to attain befriend to, Crawford says the feline hero is extra complex and enticing than participants steal.

“I have what’s been surprising participants is the depth of this personality,” the director explains. “And that’s the rationale something Antonio [Banderas] turned into fascinated about in early conversations after we were speaking about where this story would inch the story about what a vital existence would possibly perchance well perchance also objective even be.”

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“Tony turned into no doubt mad to disclose the realm that possibility is never any longer accurate a sidekick who turned into amusing, but there would possibly perchance be so unheard of extra to him, he’s no doubt exhibiting vulnerability and worship and pleasure in these varied expressions. And I have that is never any doubt resonating with audiences, even greater than accurate comedy.”

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/Dreamworks)

Puss In Boots: The Good Wish (Universal/Dreamworks)

With the links between Shrek and Puss In Boots: The Good Wish aloof sturdy, Crawford confirmed that the physique of workers “place apart loads” of easter eggs into the most recent roam, with out sharing the total secrets and programs of his movie.

“There are, but I accumulate no longer think I must always disclose what they’re. That’s the fun!”

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“We did place apart a amount of easter eggs in here, but then there are also issues which would possibly perchance be self-contained in the movie. Particulars pertaining to the characters that at the same time as you rewatch and freeze frame, there would possibly perchance be loads to rediscover over and over.”

Though Crawford has previously worked as a storyboard artist on Shrek With no end in sight After, Puss In Boots: The Good Wish marks his first time in the director’s chair for the franchise.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Joel Crawford attends the

Joel Crawford attends the Puss In Boots: The Good Wish World Premiere, 2022. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Photography)

“There turned into with out a doubt a amount of expectations with this next chapter of Puss In Boots, where he’s been over a decade since he turned into last on the beefy cloak.”

“A beefy allotment of it turned into figuring out the supreme technique to disclose this story of a cat on his ninth existence in an factual and demanding diagram. That got here down to how we explicit that this movie is ready existence and how special it would possibly perchance well per chance perchance also objective even be and who we are succesful of fragment it with.”

“It is been very finest to peer no longer easiest which delight in participants fully embraced Puss coming befriend and feeling the personality worship, but additionally attending to peer a extra a deeper side. That’s been no doubt gratifying I have as a director.”

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/Dreamworks)

Puss In Boots: The Good Wish (Universal/Dreamworks)

With Crawford now steering the Puss In Boots ship, there’s now a determined shift in the franchise’s animation vogue. Though Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse served as inspiration, the dynamic visual no doubt feel stems from traditional Jap anime.

“Into The Spider-Verse no doubt did vogue of beginning up opportunities on your entire animation industry,” shares Crowford.

“However Akira (the 1988 fascinating movie) turned into a beefy inspiration, with that industry being beginning to expressing fascinating motion photos in varied styles.”

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“It feels heightened because we’re the exhaust of what we call step-down animation, where which you would possibly perchance per chance additionally peer expressions and poses for longer.”

A still from Katsuhiro Otomo seminal 1988 animation Akira. (Manga UK)

A aloof from Katsuhiro Otomo seminal 1988 animation Akira. (Manga UK)

“In distinction at some level of the movie, we join it to push his roam from going from this fairytale level of glimpse of ‘I will dwell forever’ into grounded moments of ‘Oh wow, I accumulate one existence and these are the participants I will fragment it with’.”

With Shrek 5 and extra Puss In Boots adventures on the horizon, the significance of contributing to core childhood recollections isn’t misplaced on Crawford.

“I have something no doubt challenging in taking on something that is been round since , for over 20 years take care of the Shrek world established is your childhood recollections that in the intervening time are adults in their 20s and 30s.”

“I’m so fortunate to be a allotment of continuing the next chapter of Puss In Boots for certain.”

Puss In Boots: The Good Wish is in UK cinemas now. Thought a clip below.

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