New ThunderCats Series Coming to Cartoon Network Next Year

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New ThunderCats Series Coming to Cartoon Network Next Year

Lion-O and the rest of the ThunderCats are returning to the small screen in 2011, courtesy of Cartoon Network.

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If you grew up in the early 1980s, it's a safe bet that you were at least a little swept up by the mania surrounding the ThunderCats TV show. Even if you're too young to have fallen in love with the series during its original airing, you might have fallen in love with it when Cartoon Network aired it as part of it "Toonami" block from 1997 until 2002. Fans of The Cats have something new to celebrate, though, as Warner Bros. has announced that a new ThunderCats series is coming to Cartoon Network sometime next year.

The series is going to be co-produced by Studio4ºC, which has films like The Animatrix and Halo Legends in its credit lineup. If you think the new show will have an anime-oriented feeling, you're right, as Warner Bros. confirmed that it will be the company's first anime series.

The ThunderCats brand has been seeing a gradual resurgence in popularity every since it was rebroadcast on Cartoon Network, with DC Comics running a series of comic books under its Wildstorm imprint that have generally been well-received.

The last time a series reboot like this happened was also with Cartoon Network, which created its own He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series in 2002. It wasn't a perfect reincarnation, but it was a love letter to fans of the original show that many of us embraced. Here's hoping the new ThunderCats series is even better.

Warner Bro. press release is below:

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.

Source: io9

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Remember when they did a "2000s He-Man"? It was pretty good. Perhaps the "2010s ThunderCats" will follow in its footsteps.

Oh wow, nice.

That is a great studio, I must say. Kind of wish it was a different show from those times. I must admit I loved them all.

Why do they have to ruin my childhood memmories? I doubt it will be at the same level than the original

Oh god no...stop making older shows grow up and let them rest in peace and be part of history. I swear this is just like some demented necrophilia we have going on in the entertainment industry. No real risk is being made to be innovative with daring new ideas or concepts.

"Sword of Omens, give me sight beyond sight!" I cannot say what I see, for it is too gruesome for any other mortal to view. I shall bear this burden myself.

Two news stories about Thundercats in a single week roughly 20 years after its heyday? Weird.

I remember the Thundercats series well....I also have the ENTIRE DVD Set of the series.

The ONLY thing that I would like to see is that they get of the HHHOOOOOO that they always shout.

Eliam....try to be more open minded. It is not even out yet and you are bashing it. Give it a chance.

I look forward to seeing this.

Ah, Animatrix, the only animé I have ever watched. Never watched thundercats, but I'm sure it will bring in a new line of young furries.

Oh God YES.

Say what you want but...i want this so bad.

Anyway, sounds awesome! I managed to catch the show when it was on Toonami (All hail Toonami!). Hopefully they don't muck it up.

Thunder, Thunder, THUNDERCATS!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Sweeet! Great to see kids will be able to see what was a staple of alot of our childhoods! Better than some of the stuff they watch these days thats for surwe!

Damn you Eye of Thundera we should have seen this coming.

Turns out sight beyond sight isn't all its cracked up to be.

I have a mega bad feeling about the charecter design... Im going to cry once i see this, and not in a good way,..

Hmmm I will reserve my judgement on this one. Thundercats HOOOOOOOOOO!

So...Cartoon network will actually start having Cartoons now?..Whoa...

Well i wish it well, but i dont have highhopes.

I think the proper course of action here is to expect one of the worst cartoons of all time to be created, that way I CAN'T be disappointed.

As downhill cartoon network has fallen in recent year, I'm willing to give a Thunder Cats reboot a fighting chance, especially since it's being done by the animatrix people. If all else fails at least its not another live action show they're forcing down our throats under the moniker of "live action cartoon show".....you see the flaw in that statement I assume.

Before I begin to rant I'll say this...whoever decided we needed a segment of programming on that channel called CN Real needs to die in a fire for creating shows like Bobee says, Destroy Build Destroy, and f'ing Dude what would happen (more like dude we found some stoners desperate for cash so we gave them a mythbusters parody show). Oh and don't even get me started on their newest show called Unnatural History...

It could be good. I may be lining myself up for another heartbreak but, I have hope.

Oh, god. Oh sweet Jesus above. Why? Why?

/tears

Because every generation needs a furry gateway drug. :P

Pandalisk:
So...Cartoon network will actually start having Cartoons now?..Whoa...

Ha, I know what you mean.

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.

None of those shows are really that bad. Action cartoons of our age are okay - it's the shows of the last decade (2000-2010) which base their humor entirely on zaniness and nonsense that really suck. Shows like this and this and this. And then there's this Rocko's Modern Life rip-off and this POS that makes me wanna barf. Can a brotha get a holla up in here?

I won't forgive Cartoon Network until they bring back Samurai Jack.

>:(

I've gone back to watch episodes of stuff like Silverhawks, MASK, Bionic Six, and even Jem and the Holograms recently. The verdict: way superior to a lot of stuff that's been released from about 1995 on.

Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats HOooooooo!!!

scifidownbeat:

Pandalisk:
So...Cartoon network will actually start having Cartoons now?..Whoa...

Ha, I know what you mean.

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.

None of those shows are really that bad. Action cartoons of our age are okay - it's the shows of the last decade (2000-2010) which base their humor entirely on zaniness and nonsense that really suck. Shows like this and this and this. And then there's this Rocko's Modern Life rip-off and this POS that makes me wanna barf. Can a brotha get a holla up in here?

Agreed, at least they're putting a clear effort in not making it terrible (let's see if it comes to something before we make any more judgements).

As for those cartoons that you cited, I think the problem is more related to the fact that we view those shows that ruled the 90's (Rocko's, Angry Beavers, Pinky and the Brain, and, with a little latitude, Invader Zim) in a way similar to pretty much anything we view from our childhood/the '90s: un-believeably rose-tinted. The current crop's biggest problem is a realization that cartoons essentially passed their zenith in the late-90s and have spent the last few years trying to replicate that success.

This reminds me, did they ever find out what happened to that one writer of Thundercats who disappeared with that bloody van nearby?

Never understood the appeal for Thundercats beyond the awesome intro, still makes me laugh.

At the same time, I think it would be better for a lot of these cartoons from the 80's to be brought back in TV format rather than get their own film or something. Theres more nostalgia to be had if you pad things out and make a decent effort to revive the show, rather than trying to contain it poorly into a movie.

TV show a step in the right direction, even if I may never watch it

Man, there's been a lot of articles as of late about the Thundercats, it was only a few weeks ago that I was reading the James Lipton, the Inside The Actors' Studio guy, wrote the lyrics to the theme song.

vansau:

The ThunderCats brand has been seeing a gradual resurgence in popularity every since it was rebroadcast on Cartoon Network, with DC Comics running a series of comic books under its Wildstorm imprint that have generally been well-received.

I thought their resurgence in popularity had to do with several skits involving them on Robot Chicken. Learn something new every day.

That is a heavy hitting lineup for a production crew. I don't know how to not be excited at this point.

I'm not holding my breath, but I'll give it a shot at the very least.

Eliam_Dar:
Why do they have to ruin my childhood memmories? I doubt it will be at the same level than the original

Complete with "awesome" 80s animation and the "stellar" 80s voice acting? The original Thundercats was fun to watch when we were kids, but I dare you to go back and sit through it again objectively.

5 bucks say your nostalgia goggles shatter themselves. Yeah, I've got fond memories of Thundercats too, but at least I don't delude myself, lol.

Part of me says, "yaaaay, thunder cats is awesome". Another part says "they'll just screw it up. Why can't they try and make original things and only make re-makes/adaptations/sequels to everything".

Spinwhiz:
"Sword of Omens, give me sight beyond sight!" I cannot say what I see, for it is too gruesome for any other mortal to view. I shall bear this burden myself.

Mumm-ra in the shower?

Alright. He-Man did it, and did it better than the original, imo...So can TC.

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