By Nathan Kamal 9 seconds ago
When you think of promising teams, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cera are probably not the first place your mind goes. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson? Sure. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis? Several times. Samuel L. Jackson and a random member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Inevitably. But given the sheer volume of work done by the recent Honorary Governor Award recipient, it is certain that he will work with almost every living actor at some point. And so Michael Cera was lucky enough to work with Samuel L. Jackson on the upcoming Paramount animated film Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank. As for what they will do in this movie, here is the trailer, see for yourself:
So let’s analyze it a little here. Samuel L. Jackson is an unlucky samurai who accepts Hank (Michael Cera) who is looking for a mentor. Also, it seems that everyone is either a cat or a dog. All of this is fine and good, because if you are going to have a samurai cartoon with his vocal talents Snakes on a plane and Very bad, can also be anthropomorphic animals. It honestly looks like a very simple good moment, in which the kind-hearted but clumsy / stupid / shy hero (Cera, obviously) learns to take advantage of his unknown talents and defeats an evil one. In case that Paws of Fury, This bad guy is expressed by Ricky Gervais, who plays a cat who manipulates the kind-hearted Hank to make his orders and become the sheriff of a small village.
In addition to Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cera, Paws of Fury has an amazing voice cast that includes martial arts legend Michelle Yeoh (currently riding a wave of critics for Everything Everywhere Simultaneously), Djimon Hounsou, Gabriel Iglesias and comic book legend Mel Brooks. The latter is important as well Paws of Fury is based directly on Brooks’s 1974 Western comedy Flaming saddles (and at one point it was even called Blazing Samurai). The cultural back and forth between western movies and martial arts is long overdue, as evidenced by Yojimbo and The Magnificent Seven and continuing to this day. And in this case, continuing on to a cartoon cat voiced by Nick Fury who teaches the art of Bushido to a cartoon dog played by Scott Pilgrim.
It will be interesting to see exactly how Paws of Fury maps above his plot Flaming saddles, since the latter was a famous crime comedy mainly by Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor at the height of their powers. While the cartoon work looks interestingly abstract and there is never anything wrong with watching cartoon animals waving swords at each other, it may not seem to fit exactly. And really, what could it be? On the other hand, the trailer got Samuel L. Jackson to do that, so it could not be that bad.