Sergio Leone's Westerns and Akira Kurosawa's Samurai Movie Influenced 'Paws of Fury,' Says Director Rob Minkoff

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PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK director Rob Minkoff chats with CineMovie about the new animated movie, and why he looked to Sergio Leone Westerns and Akira Kurosawa's Samurai movies to make a parody with cats and a dog.

PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK is in movie theaters on July 15. The voice talent includes Michael Cera, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, Cathy Shim and Samuel L. Jackson.

About the Movie 

A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain's (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map.  With help from a reluctant teacher (Samuel L. Jackson) 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!

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