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First Look: THUNDERCATS Return in 2011

Cartoon Network Brings Back The Cats!

By Mania Staff     June 02, 2010
Source: Warner Bros. Ent. Inc.


THUNDERCATS Return in 2011
© Warner Bros. Ent. Inc.

A fan-favorite cartoon series is returning to the airwaves next year. Warner Bros animation have given Mania readers a first look at the all-new ThunderCats cartoon show, currently in production for Cartoon Network.

We've also got the first teaser image of Lion-O from the show as well as a teaser poster that was delivered right to Mania HQ!

The following press release has all the pertinent details:

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has begun production on “ThunderCats,” an all-new animated series for Cartoon Network, based upon the iconic 1980s action classic. “ThunderCats” is the newest series from WBA, joining “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” which was recently renewed for a third season, and the following forthcoming programs: “The Looney Tunes Show,” “MAD,” “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” and “Young Justice.” The announcement was made today by Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation.

“In addition to being Warner Bros. Animation’s first anime series, ‘ThunderCats’ marks our most ambitious foray yet into fantasy,” said Register. “The realism and dynamic visual style we’ve achieved are sure to thrill viewers, and the cool weapons, vehicles and technology should help the show appeal to a diverse audience.”

The 21st century reimagining of the series marks a creative collaboration between WBA and Studio4°C, one of the most vibrant animation studios in Japan, with credits including “The Animatrix,” “Gotham Knights” and “Halo Legends.” WBA is working closely with Studio4°C, utilizing the latter’s expertise to give the “ThunderCats” characters a new cutting-edge look while remaining true to the compelling storylines and mythology of the original series.

“We at Studio4°C are excited to be in this creative partnership with Warner Bros. Animation to bring ‘ThunderCats’ to life,” said Eiko Tanaka, President and CEO, Studio4°C. “This collaboration combines the strengths of our two companies – high production values and great storytelling – toward reintroducing this classic fan-favorite to a new audience.”

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.

THUNDERCATS: a new look for Lion-o

 

THUNDERCATS Teaser Poster

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goldeneyez 6/2/2010 6:51:06 AM

I thought there was supposed to be a CGI Thundercats movie?  Is that dead in the water?

CaptAmerica04 6/2/2010 6:59:37 AM

This... actually sounds like it has potential!  WTF?

Darkknight2280 6/2/2010 7:04:41 AM

THUNDERCATS! FTW!!

gauleyboy420 6/2/2010 7:07:32 AM

I... CANNOT... WAIT!!!!!!

Thundercats HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Wiseguy 6/2/2010 7:07:38 AM

I always loved the look of the Thundercats but for some reason I never watched the toons and became a true fan. But I'd definitely jump on board a new series since there're very few tv shows I watch on a regular.

But I hope they don't look too much like anime characters, just not a fan of that look.

goldeneyez, yeah, I remember seeing some conceptual art a year or two ago. I think the project died a slow death in development hell.
 

Krasch 6/2/2010 7:24:55 AM

Hate to tell ya Wiseguy but they have ALWAYS kinda looked like anime characters.

Thundercats was one of, if not THE first US made shows to blend American style stories with an Asian animation style. Unless they keep to that kind of aesthetic it just won't be quite Thundercats.

Rheul_home 6/2/2010 7:27:32 AM

I was never really a fan but it sounds like they are treating the material properly.

ddiaz28 6/2/2010 7:36:14 AM

I loved this show.  My wife even bought me the series on DVD a while back.  I actually still have yet to watch it because I know it won't live up to my nostalgia of it.  I remember Voltron re-airing in the late 90's and how much it sucked, even though I loved it as a kid.  I'm with Wiseguy here and hope they change the look of the show a bit.  I'm sure it will still be anime since Studio4C is doing it, but if you've seen their work on Halo Legends, or the Animatrix, you know they can do many styles.  BTW, I love that painting of Lion-O. 

Sword of Thundera, give me sight, beyond sight!!!

Wiseguy 6/2/2010 7:47:09 AM

Hate to hear that Krasch. That's one of the things I hated about that last Fantastic Four series, the anime look, in an otherwise decent series.

 But maybe this new look they're aiming for will be an improvement

KillerTomato 6/2/2010 7:53:35 AM

Cartoon Network will treat this franchise like they did the new MOTU (i.e. like crap)...so at best, no matter how good the series is, it'll last like 2 seasons max...

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