New THUNDERCATS Cartoon Coming In 2011

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    I used to love the 80s cartoon when I was in high school. Seriously looking forward to this remake.


    SCIFI CHANNEL WEBSITE: Ever since the new take on the classic cartoon—which promised to update Lion-O and the gang for a new generation—was announced this past summer, we've been hungering for info. At last, we've got some.


    According to producer Michael Jelenic—who's all over the superheroic landscape, having served as a producer on Batman: The Brave and the Bold and written the upcoming Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam animated short—one of his main goals was to de-clutter the Thundercats universe.


    "One thing is that I tried to simplify the mythology a little bit," he told MTV's Splash Page about the series that's going to launch on Cartoon Network in 2011. "It's a pretty complicated backstory that borrows from a lot of other sci-fi stuff, like Superman and Star Wars. In developing this, I wanted it to be a little more simple. In the other version, there's something like three different planets involved, and they all converge onto one planet, and nobody's really connected. I just wanted to bring that all together."


    Thundercats will be animated overseas, by the same Japanese company that did The Animatrix. As such, it'll have a more mature vibe: "I think when people see the final character designs, people will think it's a different take, but it will feel very familiar to the old series. ... The colors aren't quite as bright as they were. It's a little darker take, but you'll recognize everybody."


    And as for Lion-O's annoying sidekick, Snarf, Thundercats' very own proto Jar Jar Binks, Jelenic says: "Everyone always wants to know about Snarf. ... He will be in it, and he will not talk. Don't worry. He won't be going, 'Lion-O, why don't you do this?' It's funny, because people are always like, 'I hate Snarf! Wait, you're not going to put him in? That's terrible!'"
     
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    Here's the first official image of the new characters, and the press release!






    Press Release:

    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.
     
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    More THUNDERCATS . . . HHHHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






    MANIA: Bleeding Cool has managed to acquire a snapshot taken at the London Toy Fair that shows off an image from the upcoming 2011 series for Thundercats that will be coming from Cartoon Network this year. The series is being animated by anime studio Studio 4°C which is known for their work on the Animatrix and Gotham Knights. the new series has some known talent behind it with am Register handling the exec producer duties while Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding are producers.

    According to what little is known via Wikipedia, "The show has been hinted at explaining Lion-O's climb to the throne with a more original anime feel and darker style.[17] In early November 2010, former Lion-O voice actor Larry Kenney revealed that he would be playing the role of Lion-O and Tygra's father Claudius in the opening three-part episode of the new series."
     
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    Finally, the trailer! Looks awesome! Still no release date.


     
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    Brand new trailer! Animation kicks ass!


     
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    That new THUNDERCATS cartoon is actually hitting the airwaves in JULY and not the Fall like I initially thought. No precise date, yet.
     
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    I was in High School when Thundercats ruled the Earth. (Ah back when you'd get off the bus and turn on the 4pm cartoon block on a weekday afternoon). I was a bit old for it, but I loved cartoons and so watched it when I could. I saw the preview for this TC last week, and it looks decent. I think I'm especially too old for it now :) but I'll be curious to give it a watch if it ever appears on broadcast channels.
     
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    I'm 42, Dave, and I still love to watch cartoons. I was in high school, too, when THUNDERCATS was on. Yup, 4pm. Don't you get the Cartoon Network? That's the channel it's going to be on. A 3-part premiere is what I hear it's gonna kick off with.
     

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