Nagagutsu Sanjuushi

Return of Pero

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Synonyms: Nagagutsu Sanjyuushi, The Three Musketeers in Boots
Japanese: ながぐつ三銃士
English: Return of Pero
Spanish: El Retorno de El Gato con Botas
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 18, 1972
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Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Theme: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 52 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Once upon a time, near the ruins of an old castle, there lived the King of Cats. He was famous for his violent temper and now he is lashing out at his three gunmen, who had been ordered to bring back Pero, but had returned empty-handed. Pero, a former subject of the angry King, had lived in Cat Country once but he had dared to save a mouse from death. Now, as everyone knows, the mouse is the mortal enemy of all cats, so the King orders his three gunmen to go to the ends of the earth, if necessary, to find Pero. Pero is a happy-go-lucky sort of feline and very hip for a cat.

Fleeing from the wrath of the King, he decides to seek his fortune in the wild and wooly west. On the way, he encounters the King’s gunmen hot on his trail but he foils them and blithely goes on his way. On the stagecoach to Go Go Town, he meets Annie, a pretty girl who is returning after finishing her education in the East, and Jimmy, a boy with sleepy eyes and slow movements.

They are attacked suddenly by holdups who are after the new sheriff but since he does not seem to be on the coach, they ride off. Sad news awaits Annie in town. Her father had been killed by the Big Bad Boss for finding out about the bogus money he was making to get rich fast. The Big Bad Boss also kills each new sheriff who arrives to keep law and order in town. He is determined to keep the whole place under his thumb. The Big Bad Boss tries to scare Annie into leaving town but she is her father’s daughter and cannot be frightened away by threats. With the help of Pero and Jimmy, she opens a restaurant in the building her father owned. Once again, Pero happens to save a little Indian mouse caught in a trap.

The little mouse’s father, the Chieftain of the Indian mice, promises to help Pero and Annie. The sleepy-eyed Jimmy is really the new sheriff. They all join forces and expose the Big Boss’ villainy and his secret bogus money factory. The Big Bad Boss gets his comeuppance and all ends well.

(Source: Toei Animation)


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Mine, Eken


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Takahashi, Kazue


Shima, Ushio


Katsumata, Tomoharu
Mori, Yasuji
Animation Director
Okuyama, Reiko
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Daikuhara, Akira
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"Nagagutsu Sanjuushi (ながぐつ三銃士)" by Yasushi Suzuki

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Dec 18, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Following the success of the first Puss in Boots movie three years earlier, Toei Animation pinned their hopes an this sequel, "The Return of Pero". In fact, the studio was so infatuated by the character, that they made Pero their mascot, which has endured for almost five decades.

This time, Pero finds himself in the Wild West of the 1880's, stuck in the middle of a fairly paint-by-numbers story that could have been the plot of any of the scores of Westerns that Hollywood churned out in the fifties and sixties.

Young Anna is returning home ...
Sep 21, 2020
Mixed Feelings
This is a sequel to Nagagutsu wo Haita Neko, but it is not important for the story for you to see that first. Pero travels from the East to the Wild West where he has essentially turned into a cowboy.

Pero does not really appear to look like the same lovable character. His colours are slightly off, the same with the King Cat's three gunmen as well. A lot of what was mostly clear in the original film was a bit more blurry than the previous film, with the exception that the background characters had more detail on them.

I don't know why, but the quality of ...

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