Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

The furries of summer are here! Originally conceived as an animated sequel to 1974’s Blazing Saddles comedy, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank took a long time coming to fruition, and was originally planned with the less cumbersome title of Blazing Samurai. At last we have our Wild West saga with a Japanese tilt that retains the legacy of Mel Brooks, who even voices the character of the Shogun!

Now if you’ve seen Westerns (or “Easterns’), there’s a little bit of many things you’ve seen before here, with elements drawn and blended from Kung Fu Panda, The Karate Kid, The Magnificent Seven, and Zootopia. An evil cat warlord (voiced by Ricky Gervais) seeking to destroy a town of cats sends an inept canine (Michael Cera) to be their defender, knowing full well that cats and dogs tend not to get along, and anticipating to sow internal chaos and destruction. Canine Hank, however, truly aspires to be a samurai, and finds a trainer and mentor in the unwilling, grumpy person (furson?) of Samuel L. Jackson’s character. Overcoming feline xenophobia against dogs, the aspiring canine samurai gradually acquires their acceptance and cooperation while developing his own skills, and the rest is history…

Paws of Fury is already playing in theaters, and I may borrow a kid as an excuse to go see it….

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16 Comments on “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank”

  1. carycomic Says:

    I don’t know if I’ll go to see it, since I don’t have a wife and kids to camouflage the awkwardness of a lone bachelor attending a family film. But, I’m sure you’ll find it exciting. At least when compared to the over-hyped cure for insomnia called “Nope”! Which, by the way, rhymes with the substance Jordan Peele must’ve been abusing when he wrote the screenplay for that big-budget snoozefest.

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  2. carycomic Says:

    I finally saw this movie on pay-per-view. Not bad! I would describe it, though, as more of a kid-friendly remake of BLAZING SADDLES (complete with Mel Brooks doing a voice-over as what could be called “Shogun Lepetomaine”). If, that is, you can imagine BLAZING SADDLES as a CGI version of anime directed by Akira Kurosawa!

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  3. carycomic Says:

    I’m still waiting for the national release of “Puss n’ Boots: The 9th Life” (or whatever the subtitle is).


  4. carycomic Says:

    @University of Michigan football fans: please don’t paraphrase the above quote in reference to your arch-rivals at U-Wisconsin. 😉


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