Suffering from a lack of humanoid warrior cats in your life? The Thundercats are returning once again to fill the void, but perhaps not as you know them…?
In 2011 WB Animation tried to reboot the Thundercats with an action-based 30-minute series boasting Avatar-level animation detail. The show was a ratings flop, and it was one of the last times they would make such an effort. All the action cartoons failed and the comedy-based shows took their slots. It became clear the only way CN could keep the Cats on television longer than three months was to fit them in clown shoes and have them start throwing pies.
And that’s how we got here. I have the feeling the nostalgic corners of the Internet are going to rip this show in half…which would be a mistake. The clip below, an EW.com exclusive, isn’t half bad. If this didn’t say “Thundercats” on it people might be saying “Look at those expressions and that fluid animation; this looks hilarious.” If you can’t get past the label, just pretend it’s an unrelated show called “Barbarian Felines Go!”
Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.
Thundercats Roar! stars Max Mittelman (Justice League Action) as Lion-O and Wilykat, Erica Lindbeck (DC Super Hero Girls) as Cheetara and Wilykit, Patrick Seitz (Justice League Action) as Tygra and Mumm-Ra, and Chris Jai Alex (Star Wars: Battlefront II) as Panthro. Victor Courtright (Pickle and Peanut) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Right Now Kapow) produce the show, and Sam Register (everything CN makes) serves as executive producer.
Thundercats Roar! is in production now and starts airing on Cartoon Network next year.