Release date:December 31, 2018
Studio:Open Road Films
Directors:Chris Bailey, Mark Koetsier
Screenwriters:Ed Stone, Nate Hopper
Starring:Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera, Mel Brooks, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B, Heavenly Joy Jerkins, Ricky Gervais
"Blazing Samurai" is an action-packed animated comedy about a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (voiced by Michael Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord, transforming society and himself on his quest to become a true samurai.
The film is equally inspired by and an homage to Mel Brooks’ classic comedy "Blazing Saddles."
Samuel L. Jackson will voice Jimbo, a cat who once was a great warrior who now lives life hitting the cat-nip a bit too hard. Despite his addled state, Jimbo reluctantly takes lovable mutt Hank under his wing and teaches him the cunning, courageous and warrior-like ways of the samurai. Forging an unusual friendship between a cat and a dog, the two set off on a wild and hilarious journey to save the town of Kakamucho whilst at the same time learning what it means to be a true, great samurai. Mel Brooks will voice Shogun, the misguided but benevolent leader. George Takei will voice Ohga, the villain’s enforcer. Djimon Hounsou is Sumo, the gentle giant. Aasif Mandvi and Gabriel Iglesias, meanwhile, will star as Ichiro and Chuck, Kakamucho’s Laurel and Hardy towncats, with Sandra Tsing Loh as Little Mama, Kakamucho’s cranky grande dame. The film also features five year-old “America’s Got Talent” star, Heavenly Joy Jerkins, as Emiko, the feisty, feline kitten who is a natural warrior. Michelle Yeoh, then, is voicing Yuki, Emiko’s over-protective mom. And Mel B, finally, cameos as The Giraffe, who sees herself as a cat.