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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (French version)
Main screening room
April 14th, 2024
98 min
Mel Brooks, a hilarious wit

Mel Brooks' comedic style is one of exaggeration, irreverence and absurdity. In addition, his caricatures can be ferocious. With him, there are no half-measures! Director, screenwriter, producer and actor, Brooks has also played with cinematic codes, twisting the western (Blazing Saddles), gothic horror film (Young Frankenstein), silent comedy film (Silent Movie), space opera (Spaceballs) and peplum (History of the World, Part 1), to name only a few.

From March 27 to April 21, the Cinémathèque invites you to laugh your head off - because it feels good. And as a bonus: comedians and humorists will be presenting some of the films.

Many thanks to l'école nationale de l'humour for putting us in touch with up-and-coming comedians!

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
Directed by
Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier, Chris Bailey
Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, Michelle Yeoh
USA, United Kingdom, China
98 min
Animation, action, comedy, family

Hank, a down-on-his-luck hound, finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs! This film is heavily inspired by Blazing Saddles by Mel Brooks. A substantial portion of the production was conceived in Montreal.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
This animated feature, full of humor and fantastic adventures, freely adapts Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles while making many references to cinema classics. Paws of Fury denounces intolerance and fear of the other while celebrating friendship.

Rob Minkoff

Rob Minkoff is an American director, animator, and producer. In 1982, he secured an internship at Disney Studios and became the apprentice of Eric Larson, one of Disney's Nine Old Men. He worked on several projects there, including animating characters for The Little Mermaid in 1989. He made his directorial debut when he was entrusted with The Lion King (1994) alongside Roger Allers. The film was a huge commercial and critical success. Columbia Pictures then hired him to direct the adaptation of E. B. White's novel, Stuart Little (1999), with a screenplay written by M. Night Shyamalan. Filmed in live-action, the film was a success, leading to a sequel in 2002. He collaborated one last time with Disney on The Haunted Mansion (2003), inspired by the theme park ride of the same name. Minkoff returned to animation in 2014 with the film Mr. Peabody & Sherman before directing Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank in 2022.

Mark Koetsier

Mark Koetsier is an American animator, story artist, and director who has worked with Disney and DreamWorks Animation for several years. He has notably worked on The Lion King (1994), Tarzan (1999), Bee Movie (2007), Kung Fu Panda (2008), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Big Hero 6 (2014), and The Grinch (2018). Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank marks his directorial debut.

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey is an American animator and director. Bailey worked with Don Bluth on the Space Ace and Dragon's Lair video games, becaming one of the first traditional animators to adapt to computer graphics. He then worked at Disney as an animator for films like The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), and Hercules (1997). He directed the animation for the 1995 Mickey Mouse cartoon, Runaway Brain, which was screened out of competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and the television series Kim Possible. He served as animation director for both Garfield movies and Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007). Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank marks his feature directorial debut.