Let's get a few things out of the way first. Number one being the lovely Puss, which in this series is not voiced by Antonio Banderas, but Eric Bauza instead. And the second one being that this show is targeted for a young audience, mainly kids, in comparison to the Shrek series and Puss' own major flick, Puss in Boots, which were both meant for more of a family audience.
"The Adventures of Puss in Boots" follows the adventures of a fancy cat in a hat and fine leather boots, protecting the city of San Lorenzo, a hidden place that got unveiled after a slight mishap, from bandits and the likes... And as of this point, that's pretty much all there's to it. The plot itself is incredibly shallow, but filled with new villains, different locations and a ton of witty remarks and puns. Pretty much all the ingredients for a kids' show are in here, but does it all mix together? Well, yes and no.
It's not as much the plot, as it is the execution of it. As I mentioned before, this show is targeted for a younger audience as the movies, and it really shows. The subplots are fair, the characters quite standard, and the jokes and puns are... okay. The plot is also quite innocent, teaching you the basic lessons such as "friendship is important" and "always fulfill your promises". Not that I mind all that myself, but it made me feel a bit old as I was watching it. There is no real progression in the story as of yet, and the characters don't exactly change either. Though Puss is still how he used to be, if not a bit better in terms of skills and moves, but also a bit more corny.
The characters are enjoyable, but slightly forgettable. Though most of them are shown in pretty much every of its currently five episodes, they don't really stand out too much other than like three of them, one being the Puss. Their personalities are quite standard, but fun either way.
Now let's get on the technical aspects. Being a Netflix Original, and still produced by Dreamworks, one would expect this to have about the same quality as the before-mentioned movies. Unfortunately, it seems they had a bit of a tight budget to work with, and the animation greatly suffers under this. The character models still look fairly decent, but are rendered a lot rougher, and the movement of the characters tends to be either a bit clunky or unrealistic, and worse than the original Shrek movie. Though the special effects they put in are pretty nice at times, I do wish it all looked a bit more smooth, but it's something I've overlooked while watching.
The voices are quite good. Every character's voice fits nicely with its personality, and props to Eric Bauza for being able to pull off a pretty good Puss. It really feels like the voice actors put their hearts into the voices, which is expected from a show using Puss in Boots as its base plot, known and loved by many. It is the reason I've watched the first season all the way through and liking it, simply because it's enjoyable to even listen to, accompanied by good and fitting music.
Long story short, "The Adventures of Puss in Boots" is a kids' show, and fun to watch if you're in the mood for it. The animation is slightly sub-par, and the plot simplistic, but the characters are enjoyable and at times might even make you laugh. It all really depends on what you're looking for, and if after reading this review you feel like watching it, then it's probably for you. If not, then there's a big chance you've grown out of these kinds of shows. Either way, I enjoyed it as something in-between, and it's definitely worth trying out if you're a fan. After all, he's still the cat with the hat and the boots, still causing trouble, and looking good while doing it.