“Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank” is an animated feature of following your dreams based on Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles that makes you wish they never touched the original. Sadly, it does not quite follow today's updated and latest animation moviemaking offerings or comedy writing.

Paramount bought the movie for $10 million (which is little.) It's production cost was $45-50 million. The original name of the movie was Blazing Samurai and was conceived over 10 years ago. It's a remake for children of  Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles but this one feels stale compared to what other animated movies are doing today. It's directed by Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier, and Chris Bailey. Those behind the film are Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, Aniventure, HB Wink Animation, GFM Animation, Flying Tigers Entertainment, Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers, and Cinesite (and there are more) There are over 12 producers  and executive producers

Paws of Fury is not bad at all but some of the writing is so tired and not current that it begins to feel old. The sad part is that there are so many companies involved and about 300 cast members and no one noticed that this movie does not bite cut it for today's audiences. They must have been far to close to it to see clearly.

96-year-old Mel Brooks is one of the film’s executive producers, and has a voice role. He plays Shogun.

You won't hate it at all  as it does have some swashbuckling fun - you'll just wish it were that much better.

By the way - if you saw Mel Brooks documentary on HBO - I'm in it. I'm the girl in Whole Foods in Beverly Hills that bumps into him as the camera turned on me for my authentic reaction and shock. It was truly spontaneous, I was ordering my tuna and cranberry, looked over and saw Mel. Talk about unexpected. That was indeed my real reaction seeing one of my most famous who always kept me laughing.


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