Animated film featuring cats and dogs carries a message about our fractured society

Actor George Takei (Sulu in Star Trek) voices the character of Ohga, the villain's right-hand cat in the film "Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank". It is a film which offers audiences a lesson in inclusion and diversity. A lesson which is particularly pertinent today as:

"We live in a fractured society. Every headline in the paper or every breaking news on TV, it is a divided society that we live in", said George Takei. And it is particularly useful to have this message in a film which should appeal to children.

Michael Cera plays Hank a beagle who dreams of becoming a samurai warrior and ends up in a small village dominated by cats. Cera said: "Art is a way to bring those messages across in a way that you feel, and not just telling people what to think.... going on this journey with this character, and seeing what he goes through and experiencing the emotions."

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.

Yes, the hard-on-his-luck hound Hank finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain who is voiced by Ricky Gervais who has a plot to wipe their village off the map.

Samuel L Jackson plays a reluctant teacher training Hank to take on the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. It is bringing dogs and cats together to work against an evil force. To bring a fractured society into harmony. I guess that that is the message. It is quite a common message in film and you will see a number of films with a very similar storyline.

The film also stars: Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, and Cathy Shim. It is to be aired on July 15th, 2022.


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