Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is not exactly a children’s movie. While, of course, the action-packed animated feature has the ability to delight younger audiences, there are plenty of moments in the film, which is purportedly a loose spiritual successor to Mel Brooks’ 1974 western. . comedy classic Blazing Saddleswhich are intended exclusively for an adult audience.
However, regardless of age, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank has many essential lessons in its silly samurai story. This is not a new phenomenon. Almost all animated images released in recent years have obvious moral underpinnings. If one can look beyond the often grown-up humor, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank has several moments that tug at the heartstrings. The film touches on the notion of heroism, the importance of sticking to one’s training despite initial success, and how brains and brawn can be used to complement each other. Often, much like the quick attacks of the film’s various martial arts masters, the film’s morality seems to come out of nowhere and can feel to viewers like a firm punch in the gut.
Here are some important lessons for the public to learn Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.
Anyone can be a hero
The main character of Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is, of course, Hank, a clumsy beagle voiced by Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Scott Pilgrim Against the World). The character is literally an outsider. Hank must be executed before being made a samurai by Ricky Gervais’ (The office, after life) Ika Chu, who selects the obviously underqualified Hank as an affront to the city’s harassed citizens.
Hank is an excellent hero precisely because of his humble origins. There’s nowhere for the beleaguered beagle to go, and though he’s constantly questioned by the characters around him, lambasted for his clumsiness and tiny, unintimidating build, Hank never gives up and proves to the public that anyone can be a hero. .
Never let fame and success get to your head
In Paws of Fury: The Legend Hank, the titular Hank actually finds quite a bit of success early in the film’s runtime. Almost immediately after beginning his samurai training, Hank finds himself in a battle with Sumo, a huge tabby cat voiced by Djimon Hounsou (Hhow to train your dragon 2 guardians of the galaxy). Although initially the subject of a brutal beating, Hank manages to subdue the monstrous cat and he becomes an overnight celebrity.
Unfortunately, Hank lets this success go to his head, and he abandons his samurai training. He goes to a nightclub with the film’s antagonist, Ika Chu, to “celebrate” his success. While Hank is otherwise engaged, the town is destroyed by a roving band of thugs. A heartbroken Hank is forced to humble himself and accept that despite his immediate success, he still has a long way to go before becoming a full-fledged samurai.
Sometimes brains are better than brawn (but brawn doesn’t hurt)
Obviously, for a character to be a formidable protagonist in a martial arts film, they must have a certain level of strength. However, Hank, a physically unimposing beagle, is often tasked with fighting villains much larger than him, and as such must use all sorts of clever tactics.
Martial arts are not, as their name suggests, a simple exercise of strength. It is an art form and as such requires an incredible amount of creativity. Towards the end of the film, Hank, alongside the friendly townspeople, builds an exact replica of the town out of paper, using the origami folding technique that had been referenced throughout the film (the replica of the town being a direct reference to the inspiration of the film.Blazing Saddles). The fake city is rigged with dynamite, which explodes on Ika Chu’s traveling gang of sword-wielding thugs. This scene shows how, despite being overwhelmed and overpowered, creativity can help win any battle.
In all, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank was an epic martial arts film with a lot of heart. The film is fun for the whole family, and it also provides important life lessons for people of all ages. The titular Hank is the perfect man, and the character has a moral journey almost as intense as the transformation of his skills as he attempts to become a samurai. Although the film has yet to prove itself at the box office, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank undoubtedly has the chops to become a classic martial arts movie.