Almost three decades after ‘The Lion King’, his premiere as a director, and trying himself in flesh and blood kung-fu cinema
With ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’, Rob Minkoff wears a black belt in this adventure.
Nothing foreshadowed that under the guise of what seemed like a crude imitation of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to keep the kids entertained in the middle of summer, he was actually hiding a convicted and confessed remake of one of the many geniuses produced by Mel Brooks, ‘Hot Saddles’ (1974), Curiously, it was released the same year as the pinnacle of his career: ‘Young Frankenstein’ (pronounced ‘Fronkonstin’).
And it is that that (s) madness (s) without which gems of the caliber of ‘Land as you can’ or ‘Top Secret’ would not have existed fits perfectly with the Nickleodeon style. Changing the western for the chambara and with the logical tuning adapted to the times of Twitter, This little gem passed through the sieve of the cartoon for all audiences has the virtue of respecting its elders with its various tributes scattered throughout the footage, culminating in the participation of Brooks himself to give his voice to The Shogun – he was the governor there. And what is better: what a delight to see that anything goes from back then is still valid here.
For spectators always ready to be surprised
Address: Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier and Chris Bailey Country: United Kingdom Year: 2022 Release date: 5–08-2022 Gender: Animation Script: Ed Stone, Nate Hopper, Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, and Alan Uger Duration: 97 min.
Synopsis: Hank, a bloodhound on his last legs, finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from the evil plan of a ruthless villain, who wants the town to disappear from the map. With the help of a martial arts master who reluctantly agrees to train him, our loser has to take on the role of the village samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The little problem is that…cats hate dogs!