As the week goes on, interest in the new ThunderCats series to air on Cartoon Network this year only grows as we've seen the blurry snapshot from a toy show and then Warner Bros. let loose with a very clean image that heightens the interest and adds more questions for long time fans. Continuing to get out in front of the news while still keeping things pretty close to the chest, series producer Ethan Spaulding has sat down with MTV Splash Page to answer a few questions.
Spaulding talks about how they wanted to keep things true to the original while doing just mild updates but also noting that the original was something of a super-hero show in its own way and with the direction that they're going, darkening things up a bit and telling a larger story, they've made certain changes so that it can all fit together. Spaulding also comments on the comments going on out there about the anime influence by saying, "The original show was done in Japan, and many people probably don't know that. A lot of the artists went on to be in Studio Ghibli, and worked on [Hayao] Miyazaki's first film. So "ThunderCats" does have a footprint in Japanese animation. We're kind of going back and honoring that in the new series. I was always a huge fan of the original show and I love the Japanese animation and what they can do, so we're really going back to the roots."
Spaulding's comments certainly go a long way towards showing what they're using from the original and why they've made the changes they have without doing a wholesale re-imagining that completely alienates the older fans.
And for the sake of fun, take 76 seconds and revisit the classic opening sequence!