Parents, we have to say- this one might just be for you. At least, it’s for you if you are of a certain age with fond memories of Mel Brooks and the satire of Blazing Saddles. Because this movie is a PG cartoon version of the comedy classic. We did the “Leo pointing at the screen” meme when the first major Blazing Saddles easter egg popped up, and kept laughing throughout the movie. But is Paws of Fury safe for kids to watch? What is the age rating for Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank? This parents guide will help you decide if kids in your household can see Paws of Fury in theaters.
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About Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
A down-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!
Also starring Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, and Cathy Shim, PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK pounces into theatres July 15, 2022.
Watch The Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank trailer here.
What Is The Age Rating For Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank? Parents Guide
To be clear: you do not have to know Blazing Saddles to enjoy this movie.
If you’ve never seen it or don’t have any interest in it, Paws of Fury stands on its own as entertaining enough for both parents and kids to enjoy. It also has hints of Kung Fu Panda to it for what its worth.
But if you have seen the Mel Brooks classic, and you happen to love it, you’re in for a treat.
This is the PG kid-friendly version of Blazing Saddles that we didn’t know we needed. And was a pleasant surprise on how well the satire of the original can be woven in and worked down to a level that kids can understand.
But is Paws of Fury safe for kids? Is it age-appropriate for kids under the age of 7 to watch?
This parents guide for Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank will help you decide if your family can handle the gore, violence, language, sex, romance, and nudity. We’ll also give the Paws of Fury age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
While there aren’t any full out swears in Paws of Fury, there are definitely some language used that parents may want to watch out for.
In this movie, insults and unkind things are thrown around almost as often as the ninja throwing stars.
Parents need to know that children will hear:
- dang it
- Holy @#$ (visually seen)
- Poop (visually seen)
- oh my gosh
- What The Fuss
Samuel L. Jackson’s personal catchphrase (you know the one) is also substituted in with “what the mother father cocker spaniel.”
And if your kid catches on, you may never stop hearing “Kakamucho” in your house. In the movie, it’s the name of the town. For a 12-year-old boy, it may be a call-out every time they go to the bathroom. Ahem.
Overall, language is mild but frequent in Paws of Fury.
Age Rating For Paws of Fury: Is It Safe For Kids When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
No sex, no real romance, no true nudity.
Everyone in the movie is an animal, so you may see a bare kitty cat, but you won’t see anything more shocking than the suggestion of nudity. But there are a few of those jokes- probably more than are necessary in a PG cartoon.
But nothing that should rule this one out for most kids.
Is Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
On a very kid-friendly level, some the mature topics tackled in Blazing Saddles are also used as commentary in The Legend of Hank.
Racism (cats vs dogs) is the primary topic that comes about.
Why can’t cats and dogs get along? Just because they never have before doesn’t mean things have to always be that way, right?
Alcohol or the impression of getting drunk/high from cat nip is shown in various scenes.
And if your kids love potty humor, welp, they are going to LOVE this one!
The Blazing Saddles fart scene makes a comeback.
Violence and Gore: Is Paws of Fury Too Scary For Kids Under 7?
Overall, the theme of the violence is cartoon in nature. You won’t see any gore or blood in Paws of Fury.
But you will hear about killing and death and executing cats and dogs during the movie.
Please note: the whole story revolves around Hank learning to be a samurai and learning how to fight and defend the town.
There are fight scenes including hand to hand as well as scenes with many weapons (swords, nunchucks, ninja throwing stars, knives, a gun, and arrows).
Paws of Fury Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is rated PG for language, rude and suggestive humor, violence and action.
The movie runs for just over an hour and a half (with an end credit scene!) which is a sweet spot for little ones’ attention spans.
Is The Legend of Hank Appropriate For Kids Under 7?
We think kids under the age of 7 could likely watch it without issues, but the age range that will get the most out of this one is going to be 7 to 77.
Paws of Fury is a kid-friendly version of Blazing Saddles with many of the over the top references sailing wide over most young kids heads.
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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.