Welcome back to our series Rembert Explains the ’80s. Every so often, we’ll e-mail 25-year-old Rembert Browne a video from the 1980s that he hasn’t seen. Rembert will write down his thoughts as he’s watching the video, then we’ll post those thoughts here. This week’s installment was selected by Grantland reader/hero David P. Levine: Christopher Walken’s Puss in Boots. If you have an idea for a future episode of Rembert Explains the ’80s, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
0:06 This is a kitty cat, kinda.
0:12 And this is Christopher Walken.
Makes perfect sense so far. Nothing worrisome here.
0:19 Walken: “Get me some boots.”
0:31 Walken just called this kid “Master.”
I don’t know what’s going on. Where are they?
0:35 Now you see him:
0:36 NOW YOU DON’T
0:37 Blond Master Boy: “I see Puss.”
” IN BOOTS.”
0:47 Walken just named himself “Puss in Boots.”
0:50 So, let me get this straight. Christopher Walken made a movie somehow related to “Puss in Boots.” In 1988. OK. That’s fine.
0:53 It’s incredible how Walken has looked 50 for 35 years.
0:59 AHHHH WALKEN IS SINGING. THIS IS A MUSICAL. YES.
1:02 This is the best. Puss in Boots: The Musical. I couldn’t be happier. Please tell me he’s about to start dancing.
1:04 Also, the music in the background is filled with super-whimsy. I am happy.
1:19 Sung: “Just reach out a paw and catch some birds.”
When he reached out, I completely reached out toward him. I forgot for a second this wasn’t real. I thought I was on Skype. With Christopher Walken.
1:22 Walken and his Master are standing in a pile of hay in a barn.
Why? No clue. But it doesn’t matter, because CW is still singing and this orchestration in the background couldn’t be any more endearing. I need to see this entire film/TV show/miniseries/documentary ASAP.
1:24 Wait, does the CW Network stand for Christopher Walken? That show Arrow would make a lot more sense if it did.
1:28 “I’ve got my boots” [HIT THE NOTE, WALKEN]
“AND I’VE GOT IT ALLLLLLLL”
Walken’s such a torch singer. This note he hits truly is a throwback to Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls.
“BROUGHT MY DICE ALONGGGGGG”
Sorry, I forgot for a second that (1) I was writing about this Walken video, and (2) anyone else was going to read this.
1:34 WHOA. SCENE CHANGE.
I’m all about Walken matching his ginger hair with his ginger mustache and his ginger garb. I respect this so much. Also, he looks like a sofa.
1:39 He’s still singing. Just wanted everyone to know.
1:44 Puss-in-Walken: “You’re looking at the cat who ate the cream.” I have no idea what he’s singing about, but it sounds and looks incredible.
1:51 Is the Shrek Puss in Boots character based off of Walken? Until proven otherwise, I’ll be forced to assume so. That’s exciting for me.
1:57 THERE’S A CHORUS SINGING, BUT I CAN’T SEE THEM YET.
2:02 OH, THERE THEY ARE:
Nothing like a white-wigged white gospel choir. Nothing.
2:15 Walken-in-Boots started walking, and then disappeared.
This was one of the most magical things I’ve seen. No clue what was going on, but Walken’s voice and dress and sauntering style and ability to disappear are all second to none. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch Guys and Dolls until the NYC subway system is back up on Valentine’s Day.