Thunda, Thunda, Thundacats…HO!


I don’t think I’ve thought about the Thundercats since I was reading the comics way back in high school.  I have to admit, though I loved this cartoon as a kid, looking back on it as I’m older it really isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread like I thought it was.

Plus, now that marketing our childhood through Hot Topic is the cool thing to do, I like it that much less.

But I’m always willing to sit down and check out new attempts to recapture that badassery I thought it had as a child.  That’s exactly what the media is doing.

Yesterday, someone over that Thundercats’ Lair snuck some images of the new Bandai line of toys that will coincide with the new Thundercats animated TV series.  These were 3.75-4″ figures of Lion-o, Tigra, Cheetara, and Panthro.  That isn’t all thought, just like any true collector knows, you gotta have more than just the figures.  Shots of the Thundertank and Thunder Lynx were also taken.  Best of all…the Sword of Omens.

OK, these look sweet as all hell.

After these images from the UK toy fair were released, WB realized they might as well just give us all what we want.  So they released the new look of the show, and the new plot description.

Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, “ThunderCats” characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.

The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.

“ThunderCats” is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.  I’m getting fairly tired of using the “anime style” of art.  Only because they refer to it as “anime style”.  The goal of the show shouldn’t be to put a ton of focus of making a Japanese-esque version of the Thundercats.  Though, with this coming from the exec producers of Teen Titans and Avatar, I’m not surprised.  I believe these were the people that went out of their way to get a Japanese girl band to sing the intro to the series in both English and Japanese.  Then alternated episodes for each theme.

I love that these guys want to bring a little Japan over to the States…but by kicking the crap out of these cartoons, I don’t feel it is the right way to do this.

I mean just look at Lion-O, he looks more like Prince Pokemon, or Prince Robin.  I’m not sure I dig this animation technique.

Do you?

Thanks YBMW

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