Quick confession: I was born too late to watch ThunderCats when it originally aired between 1985 and 1989. However, my dad had the sight-beyond-sight to collect VHS recordings of all of the Saturday morning cartoons he thought were fantastic, which included ThunderCats. This meant I had plenty of quality animation in my childhood. I grew up with Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, WyliKit and WlyiKat, the Snarfs, and Mumm-Ra. I remember squabbling with friends over wanting to be Lion-O (just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I always want to play Cheetara or WyliKit!) and making up our own adventures.
When ThunderCats was rebooted in 2011 on Cartoon Network, I was simultaneously excited and bummed; I wanted so badly to like the show and faithfully watch, but I had zero time to add in a new show. It lasted just one season and I managed to catch one episode. I keep meaning to go back and find it to watch again, but I also remember being disappointed in the little I saw. I’m still willing to give it a chance, and now I have a reason to do just that.
Entertainment Weekly announced Friday that Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation are rolling out a new reboot – this time, it is done in a contemporary style reminiscent of Steven Universe or Adventure Time. Compared to the beauty of the 1980s animation, this breaks my heart (and my dad’s, as well, who called it “1950s era cartoony”).
Producer Victor Courtright provides background on the new show in the ThunderCats Roar: Behind The Show clip below that announced the new cartoon. He shares that the new animated show will be a comedy perfectly in line with current offerings from Cartoon Network, saying, “I think the world that they built lends itself really well to comedy because of how silly and crazy and outlandish those ideas are and some of those settings are.” However, it will still include the “super cool action elements” that defined ThunderCats. Also? It will have a full blown proper intro, reminiscent of the original. It was the original intro that Courtright referenced during his time learning about animation, and he promises the new intro will not disappoint. The new show opening will be a full story in and of itself providing the backstory and history of the ThunderCats, a sneak peek of which can be seen in the end of the clip. Overall, Courtright is a fan that just wants everyone to give the new show a try. He closes his portion of the clip by saying, “this is the Thundercats I want and hopefully you do, too!” The new show will be called ThunderCats Roar and will be released in 2019.
ThunderCats Roar Poster
A new show means new artwork, including a shiny new poster. There is definitely a visual play in the pile of characters fighting to defend or claim the Sword of Omens; it is very clear, though, that these are not exactly the characters of my childhood. We’ll have to wait for the 2019 premiere to find out if that is a good thing or not.
Watch the behind-the-scenes announcement below:
Get the scoop directly from Courtright and Lion-O (voiced by Max Mittelman of Justice League Action) below. The clip also gives a little taste of the comedic humor the show promises as well as the opening intro to the new reboot.
From Warner Bros. Animation:
Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.
ThunderCats Roar features the voice talents of Max Mittelman (Justice League Action), Erica Lindbeck (DC Super Hero Girls), Patrick Seitz (Justice League Action), Chris Jai Alex (Star Wars: Battlefront II). Mittelman will voice Lion-O and Wilykat, Lindbeck will voice Cheetara and Wilykit, Seitz will voice Tygra and Mumm-Ra, and Alex will voice Panthro.
Did you watch ThunderCats growing up? Did you catch the 2011 reboot? Does ThunderCats Roar look appealing to you? Do you also have reservations about this modern animation style and comedic planning that is coming to Cartoon Network? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Let us know in the comments!
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