Michael Cera and Samuel L. Jackson provide the voice talent for this absurdly funny animated film.
In a way, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank fills in some of the blanks left by the Kung Fu Panda film series, and that’s no bad thing. Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, directed by Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier, and Chris Bailey, tells the narrative of an underdog (get it? As a result, he travels to Japan to study martial arts with the famed Jimbo. After that, things begin to shift for him.
Blazing Saddles, a 1974 dark comedy western written and directed by Mel Brooks, serves as the inspiration for the martial arts comedy animation (who also has a role in the animation). Some characters from the 1974 feature film Paws of Fury: Legend of Hank return and are adapted for animation in Paws of Fury: Legend of Hank.
Some of the most well-known names in show business provide their voices to the film, which already has an epic feel to it. Each of these actors lends their own unique approach to the characters, making the story even funnier than you could have ever imagined. There’s no way to avoid a laugh riot when actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, George Takei, Michelle Yeoh, and others play the characters. As a result, let’s take a peek at the cast of characters in this new mammalian adventure.
Hank, Played by Michael Cera
The protagonist of the narrative is Hank, a victim who becomes a hero and a dog that saves the cats. The beagle, a small, frightened creature, lives in the shadows of the town and is constantly tormented.
For him, it is all about becoming a legendary samurai and mastering the art of combat. It is only then that his life takes a dramatic turn for the better when he meets Jimbo. Hank must learn how to fight in order to take down the Kakamucho village’s most feared foe. So starts the saga of Hank the Helicopter. Sherriff Bart from Blazing Saddles is the inspiration for his character.
To bring Hank to life, actor and musician Michael Cera drew inspiration from his work as a voice actor for The Berenstain Bears. When he played George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development and then in the teen comedy Superbad, his career took off. Many popular comedy films followed, including Juno, Year One, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Cera also participated in Sausage Party and The Lego Batman Movie. His acting credits include appearances on shows like The Simpsons, Drunk History, Veronica Mars, and Children’s Hospital, among others. Recently, Cera starred alongside Amy Schumer in the Life & Beth Hulu series. Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Barbie will include an all-star ensemble including Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, with a role for Cera still to be revealed.
Jimbo is Played by Samuel L. Jackson
Hank’s samurai sensei, Jimbo is the legendary samurai who has come before him in folklore. Hank had a good impression of Jimbo on the phone. If you’re looking for someone who’s not really interested in helping you train a dog, go no further than this old tuxedo cat. He sees an opportunity here, however, as Jimbo (as you would expect from a cat). Kakamucho, the village where he lives, is in peril from Ika Chu, a terrible bad guy.
To defend the community from Ika Chu, Jimbo believes he can train Hank to be the best patsy possible. As a result, he makes the decision to take on the role of mentor himself. Waco Kid, the inebriated gunslinger from Blazing Saddles, is the inspiration for Hank’s character.
Samuel L. Jackson, one of Hollywood’s most venerable actors, plays Jimbo in the film. The highest-grossing actor of all time, Jackson has appeared in more than 150 films during his 50 years in the industry.
With roles ranging from Coming to America’s supporting cast to the action-comedy Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Jackson has taken on a wide range of roles over the course of his acting career. But he’s best known for his work on the Star Wars prequels, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jungle Fever, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and Shaft, among many other projects.
Jackson will reprise his MCU role as Nick Fury for Secret Invasion and the Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels, after Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank. Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller Argyle and Sony’s Garfield movie starring Chris Pratt will also have him in their casts.
Ika Chu, Played by Ricky Gervais
The story’s antagonist, Ika Chu, is an enemy of the village where Hank eventually finds himself. It is Ika Chu’s single goal to wage war on Kakamucho and wipes out its whole people so that he can gain complete control of the area. Ika Chu makes Hank his primary enemy when he meets him.
Ika Chu is an unexpectedly amusing villain, but he’s also threatening in a way that’s a little unnerving. Hedley Lamarr, the scheming lawyer from Blazing Saddles, is the inspiration for this character.
Ricky Gervais provides the voice of Ika Chu. Confrontational comedy is a trademark of the English comedian, actor, director, and writer. As co-creator and star of the British television comedy The Office, Gervais has achieved worldwide fame. The Night at the Museum franchise, Ghost Town, and The Invention of Lying is just a few examples of his other film and television roles. Greenlight – German Genius, a new comedy series, will feature him.
Mel Brooks as the Shogun
Shogun, the ruler of the Kakamucho, is a British shorthair cat who appears to be supportive of Hank. A Yiddish-speaking Native American chief from Blazing Saddles, Shogun’s persona is an animated recreation of Gov. William J. Le Petomane.
Mel Brooks, the director, and writer of Blazing Saddles provides the voice for Shogun. This legendary actor, comedian, and filmmaker has had a seven-decade-long career in film and television, earning acclaim for roles in such films as Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Spaceballs, and the upcoming Dracula: Dead and Loving It. In addition to Robots, The Producers, and Hotel Transylvania, Brooks has appeared in and voiced numerous additional films and television series.
Ohga (George Takei) in the Role
Ika Chu’s right-hand man, Ohga, is a powerful Manx cat with a hefty frame. Ohga’s character is modeled on Mongo from Blazing Saddles, a henchman who is both naive and intellectual.
In Ohga, George Takei lends his voice to the character. Hikaru Sulu, played by the veteran actor in the Star Trek television series and later sequels, is his most famous role. Other films and television credits include Oblivion, Larry Crowne, Blood Oath/Prisoners of the Sun, Oblivion, Supah Ninjas, and The Neighbors.
Sumo, Played by Djimon Hounsou
Sumo is a gigantic ginger cat that terrorizes Kakamucho, as the name suggests.
Djimon Hounsou provides the voice for Sumo. In Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, the Academy Award-nominated actor and model catapulted to stardom.
After starring in Gladiator, Blood Diamond, and Constantine, he became a household name. The King’s Man, A Quiet Place II, Charlie’s Angels, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and King Croft Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life are just a few of his other films credits.
Following his role as The Wizard in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Djimon Hounsou will play General Titus in Zack Snyder’s sci-fi movie Rebel Moon and will star alongside Woody Harrelson and Simu Liu in the true-life drama Last Breath.
Yuki, Played by Michelle Yeoh
A Persian cat named Yuki is the mother of Emiko, a small samurai who dreams of being a warrior. Yuki is also a big fan of Hank, and she seems to believe that the dog will be able to save their town.
Yuki is portrayed by Michelle Yeoh in the animated series. With her parts in Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Yeoh became an international star. The award-winning actress is best known for her roles in such films as Memoirs of a Geisha, The Lady, Crazy Rich Asians, Gunpowder Milkshake, Last Christmas, Shang-Chi, and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and most recently, Everything, Everything, All at Once.
Actress Yeoh will soon be featured in Paul Feig’s fantasy film adaptation of the best-selling book series The School for Good and Evil. American Born Chinese, The Witcher spin-off series The Witcher: Blood Origin, and animated fable The Tiger’s Apprentice are among the other projects she’ll be a part of.