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Cartoon Network Ho! ‘ThunderCats’ Are Getting Another Reboot

written by Nick Allen May 19, 2018
Promotional image for Cartoon Network's new ThunderCats Roar' TV series.

Grab your claw shield, Thundercats fans! The deluge of 80’s nostalgia continues! Warner Bros. Animation is reportedly rebooting the original TV series. Entitled ThunderCats Roar, it will premier on Cartoon Network in 2019. The original was wonderfully ridiculous. It was the best sort of 1980’s craziness. This time, however, it will be a comedy. According to producer Victor Courtright:

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. But at the same time, it wouldn’t be ThunderCats if it didn’t have super cool action elements… So with the new show, we’re not walking away from the action in any bit. Every step we take towards comedy, we take two more towards really cool action…”

‘ThunderCats’ For a New Generation?

Lion-O (voiced by Will Friedle) in the 2011 version of ThunderCats

Lion-O (voiced by Will Friedle) in the 2011 version of ‘ThunderCats’. This first reboot featured an anime-inspired style.

This is actually the second reboot of the original series. The first, simply called ThunderCats, premiered on Cartoon Network in 2011. This version featured anime-style animation, however. It was somewhat darker than the 80’s version. It only lasted one season, though.

This version, on the other hand, will be a significant departure from both series. Take a look:

The poster for ThunderCats Roar

The poster for ‘ThunderCats Roar’, coming to Cartoon Network in 2019. Photo from Entertainment Weekly. Copyright Warner Bros.

Honestly, when I first heard that this version would be a comedy, I was worried. Members of my generation loved Cartoon Network’s original Teen TitansWe also tend to loathe Teen Titans Go! Probably the most common criticism is that it took a serious show and turned it into a parody of itself. However, the description of the new ThunderCats Roar series sounds all right. The producers seem to understand the source material and want to create something familiar, yet distinct. Honestly, I can dig it.

I also noticed the animation style. It’s very Cartoon Network. It’s also very similar to shows like Steven Universe. Again, I think this is a smart move. It’s distinct from the original. We’ve seen the Saturday morning cartoon and anime versions. Now, we’ll see something different. Additionally, as the producer said, the source material is silly. As a result, this style of animation makes sense. It really lends itself to that craziness quite well.

Are you excited for ThunderCats Roar? What’s your favorite 80’s cartoon? Let us know in the comments!


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