Paws of Fury

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

After much deliberation with my consciousness, I have decided to watch – Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank by directors Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier, and Chris Bailey.

The film itself was released on the 15th of July 2022 by distributing companies – Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures, and Huayi Brothers which should speak for itself, however, the reviews online kept me from watching it right away.

I was so excited when I read about who would be at the helm of this film, as it’s from the directors that have worked on giants like “The Lion King”, “Oliver and Company” and so much more, movies that I grew up watching as a kid.

Not to mention on top of the directors, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank also hosts a legendary outstanding cast in the names of – Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Brook, Michelle Yeoh, Djimon Hounsou, and more.


We follow a friendly dog by the name of Hank voiced by Michael Cera, who has sailed all across the world to the Land of Cats to become a great samurai after being rescued one fateful day.

However, he is met with great resistance when Ika Chu voiced by Ricky Gervais, a personal representative of the Shogun Toshi voiced by Mel Brooks, wishes to get rid of a town all in hopes of becoming the Shogun’s successor.

Let me be frank, though the animation isn’t anything to be amazed at, nor the storytelling anything captivating and heartfelt, what I will give this movie credit for, is its hilarious jokes which revolve throughout the film.

Though I feel for the children that watched this movie, as I felt as if some of the more prominent jokes could only be understood by adults.

The insane comedic relief of this film makes you forget about the consequences at times, you wound up laughing and smiling at moments that seem trivial at best, and yet still I found myself giggling for no reason at all.

There are a lot of Easter Eggs and references to other films such as “Kung Fu Panda” and “Star Wars” which are used in a great way to emphasize certain scenes during the movie.

After watching Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank I went again and saw all the reviews and do I think they are justified? No.

Sure the film misses a seriousness to it and all, and the world-building isn’t great either but I honestly believe the comedic element of this film covers for all of that.

It’s a children’s movie after all.

Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cera both deliver incredible voice acting for their characters, it brought about it a certain realism to the characters which made it easy to form a bond with them.

Overall, I would give a 6 out of 10 rating.

Due to its innocent nature, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is come off to me more like The Jokes of Fury: The Legend of Working Together.

It’s a family film that I would be more excited to watch rather than my child as the jokes as stated before are suited for an older audience, a great film for passing time without getting your feelings invested and being left high and dry.

Let me know in the comments section below, what your thoughts on Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank are.

Thanks for reading…Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier & Chris Bailey

"I think the thing that would be most interesting for me is I'm obviously very excited about people going back to the theaters to see the film and getting to meet a whole new group of characters who I've fallen in love with, but I've been working with them for the last few years."

Hank travels to the Land of Cats to learn the way of the samurai but is met with obstacles along the way that try to discourage him until, he meets his mentor and savior, Jimbo.
Michael Cera
Samuel L. Jackson
Ricky Gervais
Kylie Kuioka
Mel Brooks
George Takei
Gabriel Iglesias
Aasif Mandvi
Djimon Hounsou
Michelle Yeoh
Cathy Shim
Paramount Pictures
Huayi Brothers
Nickelodeon Movies
1h 38mins

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