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First Look: The new and improved THUNDERCATS!

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
January 26th, 2011

THUNDERCATS - HO!!! The reboot of the '80s cat-alien adventure cartoon Thundercats is hurtling quickly towards Earth in the form of a new anime series from Warner Brothers Animation. The above image shows Lion-O, the boy King, holding the precious Sword of Omen - a mystical weapon holding the Eye of Thundera which is the source of the Thundercats power.

The original series played out like a version of He-Man created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, admittedly, but the Thundercat cry of "Thundercats - ho!" is indelibly marked on the psyche of any child of the '80s that was allowed to watch Saturday morning cartoons growing up. Warner Brothers is banking on the fact that a whole new generation of kids will hear the cry as they point their plastic Wal-Mart thunder-swords towards the sky.

Take a gander at the press release and more images after the jump.

The promotional poster below, up until now, was the only image that fans of the original series and characters had available to them.

Official press release:

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.

And below you'll also find a shot of the Thundercats poster that was featured at the London Toy Fair this week.

Creating a live-action version of the Thundercats that wouldn't come off as cheap and laughable would have been difficult, but the fan-made pic below featuring Hugh Jackman as Tygra, Michael Clarke Duncan as Panthro, Hayden Christensen as Liono, and Uma Thurman as Sheetara gives you an idea of what could have been.

Sources ComicBookResources , SuperHeroUniverse

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  • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

    Hand me the paper bag, please.

    • Anonymous

      A paper bag to put your thundersword toy in? Oh, to barf.

  • http://kclose3.com/blog kacey3

    It doesn’t really look like they destroyed the Thundercats, so maybe it’ll be worth a watch…

    • Anonymous

      I’d prefer classic animation, but amine is in.

      • http://kclose3.com/blog kacey3

        I’m thinking they could have gone MUCH more Anime with it… from the screens above, it looks fairly tame while still obviously being influenced by Anime.

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