Thundercats, Thundercats, Thundercats… no. Despite generally positive reviews and moderate ratings success, Cartoon Network released it’s coming lineup in advance of it’s upfront presentation sans Lion-O and the other Thundercats. In addition to that, according to Topless Robot, Bandai had no new products to show from their Thundercats toy line at Toy Fair, another sign that the show may have used up the last of it’s 9 lives.
What’s replacing the Third Earth felines? Among other things, a new live-action half-hour long sketch show with Nick Cannon. I don’t know about you, but I just did a sort of dry heave, full body shiver after reading that.
We’ve made an attempt to reach out to Cartoon Network in an effort to get confirmation of the Thundercats‘ demise, but Space Ghost seemed to be in a withholding mood when I spoke with him earlier, still, check back for updates and also to give us repeat hits… *maniacal laugh* *maniacal laugh*
Update: Apparently I spent too much time honing my maniacal laugh skills, and not enough time checking Cartoon Network’s Saturday Morning lineup. Thundercats LIVES! Every Saturday at 9:30 AM on Cartoon Network. The second season began on March 24th, this according to the network.
I screwed up, flat and simple. Many, many sites ran with this story and in the ghetto of internet journalism, that is usually enough. I and many, many others followed the smoke, not the fire. I apologize.
Cartoon Network has aired a new promo trailer for the upcoming Thundercats animated reboot. We also have a 9-minute preview clip from the series.
Considering how much we idolize the original cartoon, word on this reboot pushed a lot of us in the “DO NOT WANT” mind set, while the rest were left feeling cautiously optimistic. For the most part, cartoons today suck cat scrotum (Minus Ben 10, Adventure Time..etc). ThunderCats 2011 was a tough sell. Now, while we haven’t seen a full episode yet, I think the trailers leading up to the July 29th release, along with this new 9 preview have shut us naysers up. Beyond the nostaglia factor, this newly revised series will surely hold the attention of veteran viewers. It looks to be much more mature and interesting than it’s 80’s counterpart. Even the Anime style animation is pretty spiffy, which was something I was iffy about early on.
It all comes down to how the first couple of episode will play out, but considering what we’ve seen thus far, I think we can stroke our chins with satisfaction.
9 Minute Preview featuring various cut clips:
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.
Posted mere hours ago, the first trailer for Cartoon Network‘s upcoming Thundercats show is live. Uploaded to their official Facebook page the trailer is unfortunately un-embeddable. Hopefully as the day goes on we can rectify that, until then hop on over to their Facebook page to view. But then come back! I’ll wait.
Awesome, right? Exciting? Piqued your interest for when the series begins this summer? I hope so because it has Piqued mine. The CN is in desperate need of good action cartoons, particularly after cancelling Symbionic Titan (those fools!) and with Star Wars: The Clone Wars on break. I think Thundercats will be a hit. I’m really liking the look of the animation and, at least in this trailer, we see a lot of the ‘Cats in action on Thunderra. Meaning we’ll explore more of Thunderra and hopefully even meet more ‘Cats.
And what of those six? Well, obviously Lion-O is featured quite a bit, we see him taking the Sword of Omens and kicking a little kitty ass. Cheetara and Tygra are feature the most after him, they both are shown as capable fighters, teaming up with Lion-O for something. Sadly, we don’t see any Panthro in these clips. There are quick looks at WilyKit, WilyKat and Snarf. Theres’s also no talking in this teaser, just a very exciting, cinematic score. Which if that’s where they’re heading with series’ music, I approve.
Hopefully we’ll get to hear some dialogue soon. Lion-O is voiced by Will Friedle, Tygra by Matthew Mercer, Cheetara by Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Panthro by Kevin Michael Richardson.
Of course, what we’re all waiting for is whether they’ll have a kick-ass theme song like the 80s cartoon did. I think it should be a requirement. And if they don’t use the classic theme at least get James Lipton to write the new one as well.
What do you guys think of the trailer? Pumped for new Thundercats or will this series never eclipse your love of the original?
We’re getting some interesting news as production tidbits are dribbled out to Thundercatsfans. I wasn’t thrilled with the thought of an anime style Thundercats but the more we learn, the more excited I’m getting to see the final product. Kevin Micheal Richardson and Emmanuelle Chriqui were announced as the voices of Panthro and Cheetara.
I’m all a Nerdbastard giggly about these two working on Thundercats. Below are some interviews both did about their roles on Thundercats. The casting of Will Friedle (Batman Beyond) as Lion-O was also dropped in there. Check out the photos versus the character drawings above, is it just me or do these actors even look like the Thundercats they will be voicing?
Kevin Michael Richardson, who voices the character Cleveland Jr. in The Cleveland Show spoke recently to MTV News about bringing Panthro back to the small screen:
Entourage vet Emmanuelle Chriqui, spoke to Collider.com about how her new love of voice work and revealed that she is a part of the animated ThunderCats cast:
“I suddenly have a budding career in voice-over work. I’m doing ThunderCats right now, and I did the pilot for Tron. It supposedly got picked up, but I have no idea when we’re going to be filming more. But, Tron was the first time I read a pilot for voice-over work where I was like, “I have to do this.” I love doing voice-over. It’s so fun.”
“But, the audition process, obviously, isn’t the same. It was the first time where I was literally like, “Did I get it? Did we get feedback yet? I really love this part!” It’s really well written, like a real television show.”
Just look at that picture of Chriqui above and know that while your touching yourself and thinking of Cheetara, that’s the woman whose voice you’ll be hearing, telling you to Thundercats, Thundercats, Thundercats, HOOOOOOO!!!!!
Still nothing on air dates yet, but with the release of this trailer it must be getting closer. I’m digging the animation style. I know it’s more anime than the original, but all of us need to take a hard look in the mirror and admit that the original animation sucked hairy goat balls.
The father – son sword fight with lightning looks great! Was it just me or was there no Panthro in that clip? Was that him in the stands for a quick shot? I’m kinda peeved that there was no action / fighting scene with him like all the others had. Go ahead and watch the video, if you haven’t already.
So what did you think? I liked the music. I find myself looking harder at the music selections these days. A poor choice of music can really effect how I react to a video. Even bad animation looks better with the right music behind it. There are a ton of stills from the video are after the break.
Some things this Nerdbastard wants to know:
What was your favorite Thundercat Character?
What did you think of the animation style?
Is Cheetara single and would she give me the time of day?
“So, this is kind of cool. I got a tip yesterday from an anonymous source that he had test footage of the Thundercats CGI-reboot film. Upon further questioning, homeboy sent over the footage, and it checks out (Warner Bros logo and everything). But before we get to the video, let’s go back to 2007, when Variety broke the news of the reboot. At the time, Jerry O’Flaherty, art director Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 3, was to direct the movie. Then, in 2009, Movieline posted some leaked concept art of the film. As of now, the film has been put on hold, but a new TV series is scheduled to drop this year.”
This isn’t top quality CGI animation, it’s concept test footage after all. Well supposedly, again it might not be official. Could just be a spiffy footage that some talented nerd matched to the concept art. Regardless, watch the clip below for a look at what could have been:
Assuming this is legit. Lion-O as some kind of hipster joke cracking doofus? I liked the action and the movement, those looked good. Did they really capture the heart of Lion-O? I don’t think so.
In my opinion the original ‘Thundercats’ cartoon (The 80’s seem so long ago. Fuck, I’m old.) hasn’t aged well or at least not to my friends and I who watched it as kids. I ask myself “This shows about a curmudgeony old fart (Mumm-Ra) who just wanted these damn kids (Thundercats) to get off his lawn (3rd Earth). I really liked this?” Regardless, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Last June, a Warner Bros. press release revealed that a new ‘Thundercats’ animated series was in production for Cartoon Network , co-produced by Japan’s Studio 4°C. We haven’t heard much since. That was until a display at the London Toy Fair offered fans their first look at the re-imagined designs for Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro and Tygra (above) as well as the Sword of Omens and vehicles for the subsequent toyline (after the jump).
No Snarf? BULLSHIT! Personally, I like the look of Panthro and am lovin’ the new Cheetara (Am spankin’ it to her as we speak). Lion-O looks far too Anime and, if I dare say… too much of a pussy.
I hope they remain naked on the first episode, just like in the original series.
Just playing. That’s just the cutest and best dressed welsh corgi I’ve ever freaking seen. What dog sleeps like that? And wears epic video game garb, throwing the users of the internet into a whirlwind of mixed emotions? It’s like watching the goddamn Notebook. I’ve cried, laughed, been horrified and masturbated over the duration of seeing this picture, and I’ve only been writing this article for like 5 minutes. Oh well.. After you get over the initial shock of how accurately this tiny dog portrays Fox McCloud, you have to ask yourself one question. “Is it wrong to dress innocent animals up like the things we love in life?” The answer is Hell No. There should be no moral dilemma to dressing my cat up as Lion-O. AND THERE ISN’T, believe me. Morals are for losers, like the Amish. And I shouldn’t get any flak for that comment, because I know that none of you bastards are amish, because they don’t even use electricity. But, I’m not sure if that’s correct, so don’t hold me to it. I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing Falco, Peppy, Star Wolf, but not Slippy.. HOLY SHIT she was annoying, right? Well enjoy!
Raise your hand if you loved “Thundercats” as a kid. Now raise your hand if you know who composed the show’s theme song. Yeah, didn’t think so.
Internet Movie Database (IMDB) is a treasure chest of information, especially for those who slog through all of the “producer” and “as himself” credits. And what did the good folks at Warming Glow discover at IMDB recently? They found out that James Liptoncomposed the “Thundercats” song that every 80s kid can still hum today!
Did you hear me? James. Lipton. As in the guy who has that deep, slithery monotone. As in the guy who asks stars random questions on “Inside the Actors Studio.” As in the guy who was in that one Geico commercial. Unbelievable.
Below, check out a few of Lipton’s memorable moments.
Next to He-man, Thundercats was my favorite cartoon as a kid. Much like He-man I had all the toys. I even had the mail away Mum-Ra. Sadly my father, the sick son of a bitch threw em all away when I hit puberty. I’ve made it a goal of mine to replace all the toys that got dumped and I’m proud to say my He-man collection is back in stock but those damn Thundercat toys are so freakin expensive. I haven’t really thought to much of the Thundercats since I realized I can’t afford them but seeing this Lion-O Statue from Hard Hero has re-sparked my interest. Alas, much like the toys the cost of this bad boy is pocket rapping. The 10-inch tall, porcelain statue is on pre-order for $215.00. However, this statue is wicked awesome and I guess its much more reasonable to spend $200 plus on a statue than an old 6 inch action figure. Perhaps Hard Hero will give me one for review. I Hoooo-hope they do.