Dreamworks Artists Share Their Contributions To ‘Puss In Boots: The Last Wish’
As Puss in Boots: The Last Wish continues to flourish at the global box office, Dreamworks artists are sharing their contributions to the hit film on social media.
A sequel to a spinoff, The Last Wish – directed by Joel Crawford – has had a strong cultural impact since releasing wide over the Christmas holiday weekend. Great word of mouth led the film to outperform its domestic opening weekend for three weeks in a row. All of that despite being made available on PVOD on January 6.
Fortunately for those of us who care about the craft involved in making these films, The Last Wish distributor Universal and animation studio Dreamworks have been hands-off concerning artists sharing behind-the-scenes work that went into the finished film. Storyboards, animatics, and concept art from some of The Last Wish’s most iconic scenes are now available online. We’ve collected a number of social media posts here, and hope that more will continue to be shared as the films pushes on with its impressive run.
For those who haven’t seen the film yet, there are spoilers in the posts we’re sharing so bookmark our article and come back after you’ve experienced the film.
Concept artist Neil Campbell Ross shared some of his stunning artwork that influenced the stylized world of The Last Wish:
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Prashanth Cavale animated the scene that has struck the most resonant emotional chord from the film, in which Puss has a panic attack but is comforted by Perrito:
Very fortunate to have animated the Panic attack bit on Puss in Boots: The Last Wish!
Beyond thrilled to see all the love it has been getting on social media!
Perro is the kind of friend we all need 🙂#dreamworks #pussinbootsthelastwish #animation pic.twitter.com/Rd7MtPBuak
— prashanth cavale (@CavalePrashanth) January 18, 2023
Taylor Meacham was the storyboard artist for the panic attack scene, and shared some of his work:
Had the opportunity to storyboard this sequence where Puss in Boots has a panic attack, pulling from my own experience to keep it real and relatable. v grateful for the vision from our directors and HOS @heidijogilbert and that it resonates with so many audiences. ❤️ #pussinboots https://t.co/O95SvYgnPa pic.twitter.com/bEP9FzoRPX
— TaylorMeach (@TaylorMeach) January 18, 2023
The film’s head of story Heidi Jo Gilbert then tweeted the full story reel and animation:
And here is the whole scene with story reel and animation. Boarded by @TaylorMeach with animation Headed by Ludo Bouancheu, supervised by Julien Bocabielle and animated by @CavalePrashanth and Fabio Lingini 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/XpvlPvfUOh
— Heidi Jo Gilbert (@heidijogilbert) January 22, 2023
Patrick Guisiano animated the film’s introduction of a new and terrifying villain to the Shrek cinematic universe:
I had the chance to animate on the first sequence introducing Death, the Wolf on Puss in Boots. Wagner Moura’s voice was such a treat as an animator! Intense, playful borderline scary and majestic…#pussinbootsthelastwish #pussinboots #DreamWorks #animation #WagnerMoura pic.twitter.com/AXMKWgEKBe
— patrick giusiano (@PatrickGiusiano) January 19, 2023
Chris “Gonzo” Gonzalez also took a turn at animating Puss’ terrifying new foe:
Here are some of my shots on Puss In Boots The Last Wish. So happy I got a chance to animate The Wolf! Big thanks so Ludo Bouancheau Dan Wagner and @thebokbok for all your help on these shots. #pussinbootsthelastwish #pussinboots #DreamWorks #wolfpussinboots #animation pic.twitter.com/zBJqwDoNSS
— Chris “Gonzo” Gonzalez (@gonzo5571) January 20, 2023
Here’s some more of Ludovic Bouancheau’s work:
Even though as head of character animation I didn't get to animate much, I got the opportunity to work on those fight shots , trying to live up to the amazing storyboards of Anthony Holden @nthonyholden !
Lighting and FX made those shine so much ! pic.twitter.com/78oKTChXA3
— Ludovic Bouancheau (@Oozthere) January 22, 2023
Jeremy Schaefer deftly handled this scene between Puss and Kitty Softpaws:
Loved animating this cute moment between the lovebirds, Puss and Kitty 💕
Thanks to my sup. @Laurent_Caneiro and @Oozthere for all their wonderful feedback. And huge props to the other departments for their beautiful work on this sequence. #DreamWorks #animation #PussInBoots pic.twitter.com/TET3IYVwag
— Jeremy Schaefer (@Jeremy_Schaef) January 23, 2023
Jorge Garcia shared a look behind the first encounter between Puss and his nemesis:
My first PIB2 production shots were animating some of the Bar Fight vs Wolf. It's fun to see some of my earlier blocking vs the finished version (what was I thinking???).
Sequence supervised by our fearless HOCA, Ludo Bouancheau!#dreamworks #pussinbootsthelastwish #animation pic.twitter.com/Q1AQ8TGO3h
— Jorge Garcia – shrek.exe (@animatorjay) January 21, 2023
Shir Baron’s first feature animation job was The Last Wish, and she couldn’t be happier with how things turned out:
Puss in Boots is my first film and will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks to the amazing team that guided and mentored me along the way ❤️
I had so much fun working on this sequence supervised by @thebokbok#dreamworks #pussinboots #pussinbootsthelastwish #perrito pic.twitter.com/aTsqvezwVQ
— Shir Baron (@shirbaronart) January 19, 2023
The Last Wish was Maarten Lemmens‘ first feature as well, and he got to work on the film’s final showdown:
Puss in Boots was my first animated movie and I can’t thank Fabio Lignini and Ludo Bouancheau @Oozthere enough for the trust on this sequence and all the help!
Enjoy the swiffer and waterbottle prop use!✨#pussinboots #pussinbootsthelastwish #pussinboots2 #animation #DreamWorks pic.twitter.com/HRjw8gjt8L
— Maarten (@MaartenArt) January 20, 2023