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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is a 2022 computer-animated martial arts comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff & Mark Koetsier, with additional direction by Chris Bailey. Written by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper, the film is loosely inspired by the 1974 Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles. It features the voices of Michael Cera, Ricky Gervais, Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank premiered on July 10, 2022 in Los Angeles and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on July 15, 2022, by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.
A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain Ika Chu's (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher Jimbo (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem is... cats hate dogs.
- First of all, while it isn't a completely rip-off, it's quite a weak copy of Kung Fu Panda more than the remake version of Blazing Saddles, albeit set in acient Japan, beacause the main charcter, Hank, has the same character arc of Po because both a re a goofy and clumsy anthro where, after an intense training, becomes a fighting master. Also Jimbo looks too similar to Master Shifu.
- Not to mention that the training scene literally looks like a copy and paste version of the original one.
- Ironically, it was released around the same time as the Netflix series Kung Fu Panda: the Dragon Knight was released.
- Speaking of Netflix, some months ago they released an animated series called Samurai Rabbit: The Adventures of Usagi which consists of animals that fight demons in ancient/modern Japan too, which makes it much less original.
- The film is ashamed to give Japanese characters names… well… Japanese. Instead it creates ridiculous and childish names just to appeal to the juvenile audience, like Jimbo, Ika Chu and Sumo...a sumo cat.
- A lot of disgusting humor from time to straight time.
- There were a lot of cats farting to explode fire in one scene.
- There was also another scene where a Sumo cat slams Hank with his big gigantic butt, which can easily disturb viewers who watch the movie.
- In the North American prints, the beginning of the movie is a waste of time because there were 8 logos shown during the movie's opening and lasted for 1 minute and 30 seconds when the movie started.
- Misleading title: The second half of the title is lying because the actual movie seems more focused on the cat characters other than Hank, and nothing really legendary happened in this movie at all.
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the voice acting, while some criticized the plot, characters, animation and humor. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 65% of 17 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.70/10. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 48 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
- It was initially conceived by Sony Pictures Animation co-founder and ex-chief and Mass Animation founder Yair Landau around 2010, inspired by the then-recent trend of westernizing Asian films.
- During the theaters, it was accompanied by a Big Nate short film called Bad Hamster.
- Originally, the story was intended to revolve around a black samurai protecting an East Asian village, but it was changed to center around cats and dogs in an effort to make the story more universal.
- Prior to company's closure in 2016, Arc Productions was originally set to provided the animation.
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*: Unlike previous films from Nickelodeon Movies, PAW Patrol: The Movie and its sequel was produced in Canada, and the film's copyright is owned by Spin Master rather than Paramount. Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies only presented the film internationally, and did not produce it outright.