…with a message of dark portent from a new source identifying himself as DM Danny.
We went back and forth with Danny, getting some details in order before he spilled the beans. The resulting e-mail speaks for itself.
Here’s DM Danny…
WB animation is remaking the Thundercats as an animated TV series.
The animation style is whimsical, Americanized-anime, along the lines of Teen Titans.
The setting is modern-day Earth, in a major city (possibly LA)
The Thundercats are all teenagers.
Their leader is Snarf (!) who is now a mystic with a "third" eye.
Each of the Thundercats has a weapon with an "Eye of Thunderra" and transformative powers (not just Lion-O)
When they aren't fighting evil, the Thundercats play together as a rock band. That's not a typo, or a joke. They are rockin' cats in their present form.
Mum-Ra now has wings.
And I bet he laughs a bit more than he used to =P
So...first LOONATICS and now...this?!?!
See, this is our reward for buying all of those DVD sets of the original series: more THUNDERCATS…”reinvented” for a new generation. You know, because the same high DVD sales that likely served as an impetus for this relaunch…uhhh, what?...also suggest fans of the original concept aren’t out there & willing to spend money? And, the same fans who dropped hundreds of dollars on DVD sets…to own a favorite show from their childhood…would be ECSTATIC to have the same series resurrected in some bastardized, uninspired format! I am, of course, being sarcastic here.
Thundercats as a rock band…is…you know…really kind of perfect when you think about it. They can sing their own theme song, for example, probably in a rock video motif at the top of every episode. And, the original opening music…
…can now be rendered with in era-appropriate hip-hop! "Thundercats, Yo! Yo! Yo!"
I wonder how ballsy The Powers That Be will actually be, here? Disney’s CHEETAH GIRLS, for example, have enjoyed some degree of success as “band” as well as a television movie/performance presence. Wonder if WB will go the same route with poor Panthro & Co.? It could hurt so very much.
Of course, this does open the door to a highly desirable crossover: THUNDERCATS –VS- THE CHEETAH GIRLS. Which would be a true, fetishistic delight!
Channel your ire and hostility into the Talkback below!
I remember I used to watch Thundercats as a little kid, and watching that intro now (the first thundercats thing I've seen in probably 18 years) it just dawned on me that they were supposed to be actual cats.
this does not give me the warm and fuzzies. Then again when I heard they were doing a "anime" version of Batman set in the future called Batman:Beyond I got the same feeling. And that turned out great... but this time I don't think I'll be that lucky.
This really sucks. First Trek, now this??? GAWD DAMMKIT. GAWD DAMMIT TO HELL!!! YOU BASTARDS!!! I HATE YOU!!! I FUCKING HATE YOU!!! (wait, who's doing this?) ......... (oh, it's Warner Bros.) WARNER BROS, YOU SUCK. YOU FUCKING SUCK!!! IF TRANSFORMERS IS A HIT, YOU COULD HAVE DONE A FILM!!! BUT NOW THIS IS GONNA KILL IT!!! SON OF A BITCH!!! (in case you haven't figured it out, Shermdawg is hella pissed.)
As long as Chetarah is still hot, and they finally give her a voice that doesn't sound like a man's. And if they don't make it too much Ha ha type of cartoonish, like they did with the Transformers. Mmmnn, pussy! Well, cat's anyway.
WHY?! Why must fate do this to me. I feel like someone is doing a personal experiment with me just to see if they can goad me into a 10 state killing spree. Well if you are, listen up - you're getting closer buddy!
I actually know people in the production of this one, which has been planned for something like 5-6 years now, its being reimagined exactly like the He-Man reimagining (IE better storylines and animation but not much being changed)
This guys full of shit.
While I loved the series early on, this show took a turn for the worse. Remember how soon had a space station, and like 5 fortresses? And how they introduced new Thundercats, and NEW villians! Thunrdercats was not very good!
I have to admit, I was in grade school when this show was out and I didn't really get it back then, but now I can see it and FUCK ME they went all out on her. I need to talk to my wife about what she's dressing up as for halloween this year. Fuck halloween, she can dress like that tonight! I am a lucky bastard to have a wife with that body. Mother fuck they need to make a cgi remake of THIS show ala TMNT. Hell yeah. This and The Hobbit were my two big imagination inspirations for getting into game development.
You get the feeling that most revived properties are being written by 50-year-olds who have the strangest ideas about what kids are like? One doesn't have to think a beloved childhood memory is being mangled, here. It's pretty easy to see that no matter what the property was going to be, these guys would work to make it as entertaining as watching someone drive nails through your fingers.
The people who thought this up were never children! Really, who thinks up this crap? It could be done right, Thundercats on earth, hiding out, protecting earth from the forces that destroyed Thundera. But a rock band? Dear God, make it stop.
Maybe they can remake Jabberjaw as well, reimagined as the shark from the movie "Jaws". A shark/actor going around solving crimes and devouring teenagers...
WB has been shopping these new designs at the Licensing showcase for at least three years now. EVERY toy company has walked away, unwilling to spend the money being asked for the rights to make toys of both old and new designs (they require that you make both). There are no animation houses, including WB that are actively working on the series. It is a pipe dream of WB and, while I would enjoy the premiss, until WB come to a financial arrangement with a toy or comic company (DC has given up on Thundercats) this project is in the what could have been pile.
I know everyone's probably pissed about this and I have reason to be if they screw up Thundercats (possibly) more than most...I have the Thundercats symbol inked on my right bicep. I also have it painted on the hood of my Acura (which cost about 3 grand!). I've got the entire series on VHS (from when I taped them 20 yrs ago) and all the DVDs reeased thus far. Yeah i'm a hardcore TC fan.
So what does Thundercats new series have going for it?
What's the saving grace?
Jeff Matsuda is Creative Director and did all the Character redesigns. You may know Matsuda from his extensive Comic porfolio (including Xfactor and Xmen) in addition to the character designer on Jackie Chan Adventures and The Batman. He has a cool, anime-esque style that translates smoothly to animation.
Now if they fuck up the story, at least we'll have some nice Eye-candy...
this'll last longer than the abortion that was teen titans: the shitty animation years? Fuck this insipid shit. No wonder cartoons on Saturday mornings dissappeared, the only ones left doing them are fucking retard dipshits.
It's just a stupid kids cartoon, it's not like it could stand on its own (think Invader Zim or Ren&Stimpy).. It's only 'cool' because we were stupid kids when we watched it.. our reaction now ("these retarded network making it into a dumbed down stupid kids show") is exactly the same reaction grown ups had when they saw the original show 20 years ago. What's with the negativity? Rock stars can be cool.. in fact, rock stars _invented_ the modern concept of cool. Nobody was cool before elvis and the beatles and all those long haired fornicators.. So why not wait until there's something more 'concrete' to review? (not me, I don't give a shit abut the stupid thundercats).
I am pretty sure I saw this car a couple weeks ago, not something I think many people would do but I thought it was cool. And I thought I would never join a talkback but this sounds ridiculously terrible. Come on.
It's so sad that there's no cartoons on Saturday mornings anymore. Well, there's some, but no where near the sheer volume that there used to be. No, instead there's more news shows. What a waste. No wonder the children of today continue to grow up devoid of imagination and unable to look at things with a sense of wonder. Creativity is dying thanks to 50 year old adults who've decided that children don't need to have images blazed into their brains that would later inspire them in life. No, instead they get to wake up Saturday morning and see the bleak, stark reality of the world in full color thanks to the news. Propaganda at a young age, gotta love it.
I'll wait and see. I mean this seems like a brainless throw-back to the 80's and 90's with a cheesy setup. A rock band?! What!? Kids what?! Jar Jar Binks as leader what?!!
I refuse to believe it.
It's way too radical and the most stupid of all stupidity, stupid, stupe, stupe, stupey, stupe, stupid. I want proof of this amazing crap.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!! On the slim-to-nonexistant chance that someone remotely involved might ever read this: G'damnit, quit raping childhood memories of many, you lazy unoriginal bastards!
Great, they said this day would be a bad one, first this and then Stargate SG-1, which i like, is getting the Axe. What'll god awful announcement will hit next, I wonder?
'Hellboy 2' announced straight-to-dvd, with key villain portrayed by Rob Shneider?
"Mansquito: The Series" on Scifi?
"Star Trek: Starfleet Junior High"?
At this point, i rule out nothing...
how can this ever ever ever ever be seen as even a slightly good idea. now all we need is he-man posing as 'adam the special needs teacher' by day, whooping ass by night, centurions becoming a group of 'travelling clowns.......with attitude', and the new transformers movie to have robots posing as 'furbies, psps, and vibrators'.
thundercats in a rock band?.....GAY
because I would have posted so much in this talkback. So much I would have made Herc a rich man, or so much I would have been banned. This is by far the worst news I've heard on this site. Thundercats was my favorite property next to G.I.Joe back in the 80's and seeing it raped like this is fucking sad. I always hoped for a live action film, not this. *sigh* Please Herc get this off the main page as soon as possible, because I don't want anything reminding me of this bullshit. FUCK WARNER BROS. FUCK THEM RIGHT IN THEIR EAR!!!
This idea is so ridiculous I think it's got to be true. Wow. Scary sad and funny all at the same time. I enjoyed Thundercats quite a bit and always thought they should've done a sequel series featuring Lion-O's kid and a new batch of cats (including a grown up Wily Kitt & Katt) battling the ancient evil of Mumm Ra. Of course, I also thought they should've done a sequel comic series to the original TMNT titled Turtles 2: The Next Generation and picked four new Renaissance artist names and four new weapons. Reimaginings of the toons and comics I grew up with are really starting to wear on me. Anyone see that reimagined G.I. Joe toon (yeah, it happened). Anime all the way. I don't even think they're soldiers anymore.
and I really don't mind that they've decided to re-imagine it for a new generation. You still have the originals on DVD after all. It's okay, at the end of the day it's still just a cartoon aimed at seven year olds.
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Seriously, this sounds like a bunch of guys sat around a table getting drunk and hitting some chemicals and said " Okay, okay..stop giggling..STOP IT or we will never get this done..okay..so..what else would be the worst thing we could do? what would really mess it up in the worst possible way and piss the off? Come on, something that makes NO sinse what so ever. Rock band? GREAT! Third eye! Modern L.A.? Make them all a bunch of snot nosed brat punks with deep angst and lots of slang! Sto laughing! Stop it, your killing me! Pass the spoon, man."
This 80's nostalgia fetish in TV and movies is really, REALLY getting out of hand. This sounds so utterly terrible. I wonder, did my parents feel the same way when they started re-making Addams Family? Car 45? My Favorite Martian?
that Hollywood produces 99% crap product, whatever they touch. And that's been going on for awhile. Comic books already attempted to mine 80s territory. They were relatively successful with Transformers for the art spectacle, but because the writers were not particularly gifted (in my opinion) they never executed story properly and interest waned. The attempt on Thundercats was even worse. Thundercats is high concept fantasy with great character designs like He-Man and does not have a very strong central theme, but boy, in the hands of a really gifted writer, you could do some seriously amazing stuff with it.
but since Hollywood isn't capable of reliably coming up with quality productions, it just ruins the property they are trying to bring back. Occassionally, something comes out halfway decent, but stuff like this just needs to be snuffed out immediately until a time that a property writer/producer/whoever with a true passion for the material can bring it back.
You should be thanking WB for giving you opportunity to see the Thundercats again. Not whining like pussies. //Sorry about that folks but I had to say it because I know some dipshit was going to. The sooner WB goes bankrupt, the better off we will all be.
character from the original cartoon. Followed closely by the twins WileyKat and Kit. These people are marketing geniuses! Mumm-Ra will probably form his own rock band in opposition and they wlil have a battle of the bands.
the character designs were swell. That opening sequence is excellent. Some of the stories are pretty well crafted and 3rd Earth had some very interesting inhabitants. The Thundercats themselves had interesting character flaws, such as Cheetara's materialism. I always would've liked to see a more adult take on the concept. And by adult, I do not mean porny or ultra-violent.
is dying to be adapted is Cadillacs and Dinosaurs with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz as the leads. They basically could not go wrong if they just followed the comic books. It would even make a great t.v. series.
Lion-O was basically a kid i think he was younger then Willy-kit and willy-kat yet because he aged by accident and could wield the SOO they made him the leader. and what was panthro scared of Spiders or bats
like the rest of the cats on the trip to New Thundera because his container was damaged. They crash landed on Third Earth by accident, so basically he has the mind of a young boy and the body of a man. They played around with this for an episode or two and then fudged it as he mentally matures rather quickly (although he is still immature). I'd rather he just be young and inexperienced. He's basically a Luke Skywalker character. Panthro was scared of bats which doesn't really make sense since he comes from another planet.
I think Snarf is only second to Scrappy-Doo in the "Most Hated Cartoon Character Of All Time" race. I relly enjoyed Thundercats back in the day and it's a shame that these pinheads have decided to destroy some really good memories of a great kid's show.
After looking at that Youtube link I was shocked as well how "endowed" Cheetara was! Damn, you probably couldn't get away with that now a days.
They're remaking Voltron too. Instead of 5 Giant Cats that turn into a Robot there will be 5 cute little pubescent kitten bots filled with angst as as they discover their bodies and get pimples. Instead of merging to form a giant Robot when danger looms they will run and hide in their rooms, slamming the door as they go and crying uncontrollably into a pillow. They will face the ultimate test when they enter High School and are teased for being "big pussies" by the other robot kids.
They were told before they left that they would age even though suspended. That's why Jor-El drove instead of going into animation -- he would've died anyway. Wily-Kit/Kat are full grown, just child-like by their kitten nature.
I always liked Lion-O's "Luke Skywalker-like" development as a leader and if they are smart, they'll keep that and make it major part of the film...I can think of some current leaders who could learn a thing or two about leadership development from Lion-O.
...is that if the execs insist on making so many drastic changes to an existing property, then why don't they just make a NEW property instead? I mean, its not like your target audience is terribly aware of the original anyway. And I guess what bugs me the most about this kind of show is when the old farts writing it try to make "cool" dialogue. It's like listening to George Lucas recite his own love poems...
Fuck you Evil Lincoln, Scrappy Doo was the bomb. I cant believe how they made him into a villian in the movie. I wanted to jump through that screen and kick Zach Snyder in the nuts for writing that into the script. Check out this awesome review site. http://rants-raves-and-reviews.blogspot.com/
I watched TC as a kid. Yeah, I liked it, sort of. It was better than having to watch the 700 Club or Pole Position. So when I hear news like this I think, who the fuck cares... it's like hearing they're reimagining Captain Crunch. Then I see the passion. Wow. I ask myself, did I sleep through my tweens? Was I too obsessed with GI Joe to appreciate this? I haven't seen it since it originally aired so maybe I just don't remember its greatness. And so I come to you and humbly ask for an explanation. Can some of you TC fans explain why you love(d) the show? (BTW an ex of mine loved the show too, but at the time I was so charmed by this that I never bothered to ask her why. (And no, I wasn't dating my cat.))
is because the execs in charge are now the same people who sell washing powder, and artists and writers who'd actually care about the 'brand' would be a liablity. Anyways, I got a cartoon concept heavily influenced by that whole 80's action cartoon scene. It'll never be picked up for reasons stated in the headline of this TB, but check it out anyway:
Aug. 23, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST
Lay off the gay bashing. You heteros are just as responsible for franchise rapings, dont even try to lay it on us. By the way gay men can be masculine and normal acting so stop assuming the effeminate stereotypes god damn!
First, the visual appeal. The character designs are great (still are) and the animation in the earliest shows was way above most of the animation around at the time with the mix of Western and Japanese styles. Second, the story itself is fantastical and hits on many elements of Star Wars and other fantasy works. Third, they had a female character in the cast that was central to the story and not just a supporting role. They also had lots of female supporting characters: Willa and her warrior maidens, Chilla, Luna, Pumyra, Mandora. Fourth, they took advantage of the fantasy concept and included a mixed bag of everything from pirates, Egyptian gods, and a village of tech-handy robot bears to interstellar cops. It was a fun show.
They freaked the shit out of me, man! I thought Lion-O was the uglist bastard in the world. Yup, I've only been aquainted with Thundercats through a few reruns, but I hated the show. I thought it was terrifying! Still, even coming from a guy who hated it, this sounds like the stupidest shit ever! But the most important question is-Will they be Emo bitches with goofy haircuts or a Ted Nugent tribute band? Either way, you know at least one of them (probably one of the lady cats) will wear black makeup and appear constantly depressed. And let's not forget the soon to be famous episode where they meet Josie and the Pussycats and fight it out at Battle of the Bands. Or will they fight a hardcore punk band who adhers to a dangerous lifestyle? Seeing how they'll be Fugazi style straight edge. X, dude! And since they're a band, they'll all live in the same house, right? And drive a van? And And do heroin with the Stooges? Obviously, some of you forgot to eat your bitchcakes this morning and don't realize how cool, crazy and fun this show is going to be! No, just kidding, this show is going to make Spider-Man Unlimited look and feel like sex with three gymnast/model superbabes, whereas this will probably be more of a masturbating with a steel wool glove type of feel.
It wasn't heavy handed IMHO (everyone might not have felt that way), but contributed to Lion-O's growth, giving confidence to Lion-O as a young leader in a new environment. He had to make decisions and follow through, but the Code pointed him in the right direction. For the film, the Code, as a movie device might be expanded as a prophetic tool like the Oracle in THE MATRIX films.
Thundercats are not from Earth and they sure as hell don't play rock music. You have been releasing the DVD of the Thundercats series. This is what you've come up with a Teen Titan/JEM rip-off? The Thundercats were interesting because they were on "Third Earth and it was populated by one mean son of a bitch named Mumm-Ra and the mutants. You people over at WB Animation have lost your fucking minds!!!!!! Abort! I say, Abort!
I just had to pick myself up off the floor and scrape myself off the ceiling at the same time. Are these people high? When did they start letting inbred windowlickers start developing shows for television? Do these people just sit around, drop acid and think of the worst possible cartoon shows they can?????????
I know this is an old post, but i just found a link to a concept used for pitching this project - could be the new lion-o...quite cool