The series based on Mel Brooks’ classic film "Blazing Saddles" is coproduced by Aniventure & Align in association with HB Wink Animation and GFM Animation.


Aniventure & Align in association with HB Wink Animation and GFM Animation present "Blazing Samurai"


Ahead of the European Film Market Aniventure & Align in association with HB Wink Animation and GFM Animation has released new imagery for the upcoming animated feature film "Blazing Samurai". The action-packed animated comedy for all the family is inspired by Mel Brooks’ timeless classic, "Blazing Saddles". The project is currently in production at Cinesite Montreal and is on schedule for delivery later this year.

"Blazing Samurai" follows the story of Hank, a loveable mutt with big dreams of becoming a Samurai. When he finds himself with a new job as sheriff of Kakamucho, he also finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew given the town is inhabited solely by cats. Produced by Disney’s "The Lion King" director, Rob Minkoff, and from the mind of comedy genius Mel Brooks, this Japanese-inspired animated comedy teaches kids and adults alike that embracing diversity is what truly makes you a hero. The voice cast includes Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, George Takei, Michelle Yeoh, Djimon Hounsou and Mel Brooks.

GFM Animation is preparing for the forthcoming virtual edition of the European Film Market. "Blazing Samurai" will be shown within the EFM Screening schedule, with distributors invited to screen the current cut of the film.

Producer Rob Minkoff offers, “'Blazing Samurai' is a freewheeling mash-up of east and west. An action-packed comedy featuring incredible performances from our stellar cast of hilarious characters, it also delivers a great message of inclusion and acceptance. It’s sure to be a treat the whole family can enjoy.”

“Seeing 'Blazing Samurai' come together has been a huge boost in these COVID-impacted times.  This was always an ambitious independent animated movie yet the combination of the production, creative & CG animation teams has been seamless and that shines through in the showreel.  Having such outstanding animation creatives, Rob Minkoff and Mark Koetsier guiding production and working with the Cinesite team means that what we’re seeing on screen is truly world class” adds producer Guy Collins.