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Cheetara's Got Boobies!! New THUNDERCATS Series Hero Art Revealed!!


Merrick here...

The Powers That Be have issued our first clear piece of art from the updated THUNDERCATS series, once mulled as a theatrical film but now, evidently, being shunted to Cartoon Network (although I have not heard that the proposed movie is officially kaputski forever).  



A press release describes the new show thusly... 

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 .

Meanwhile, a forum member over at ThundercatsLair snagged a few new series related images from the London Toy Fair.  They were grabbed on the quick and dirty, and aren't particularly stellar as photos weren't actually allowed at the Fair.  Nonetheless, you can glimpse a few action figures, a new  sword (presumably the Sword of Omens?) , and some character art HERE.

A Facebook page has also been established for the new series HERE.  

MTV has a good look at the new series' title design HERE.  

Here's the original, Geeky-badass title sequence from the mid-80s cartoon series, the entirety of which is available HERE.  


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  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by darksith

    Anime like?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    No Snarf or Wily Kit or kat? Sweet.

    by Crumb

    Looking good. Hopefully Cheetarah won't sound like a dude this time.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The eye of Thundera!!

    by john

    Speaking of classic TV, why not a Quantum Leap reboot? The original concept is still great.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    The new Panthro..

    by JZM

    looks a lot like Jet from Cowboy Bebop. Either way, I'll watch this.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Not liking the new costumes. At all.

    by DirkAngerReloaded23

    I think the original costumes look way better than these new ones. And why does Panthro look like a juiced up freak? The original characters looked muscular but lean too, like cats.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    As close to riginal as one could probably hope for...

    by steve

    Different Animation style aside, this looks pretty faithful to original design. Love that Tigro has a gun, could this be a departure from sanitized, awful cartoons that have been churned out for years now?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by FastEddie8139

    A fucking costume complaint about the fucking Thundercats. THE FUCKING THUNDERCATS. This place never fails to amuse.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I like it

    by eric haislar

    Need to keep the old theme song. It's one of the more memorable songs from cartoons of the 80's.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Tigra w/ a gun? No t-kittens? hmmmm

    by VAwitch

    I'll give it a shot. But the Thunderkittens/ Wily Kit&Kat, were useful. Perhaps some of their angst will instead go to Lion-O, as he's got the physical youth to go w/ the mental of the original show. But I'm having a hard time thinking of Thundercats w/ Wily Kit & Kat. Snarf...while a part of it, is something I can do without unless he actually gets some brains to go w/ his constant worrying. And poor Panthro looks like he got too familiar w/ HGH ^_^

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    actually looks pretty good...

    by Obscura

    so good infact that i cant put my finger on what has changed without comparing the two side by side. oh, and FUCK Sanctum 3d for invading my browser. They've just made sure i wont be seeing that movie (i didnt exactly need any more reasons to avoid it)

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I always like the opeing...

    by WeylandYutani

    of this series as a kid. But I must admit, I never liked fantasy shows where the characters are barbarians, and use clubs and swords ect, but then were able to use mainframe computers and hover vehicles. I had the same issues with Masters of the Universe. <P> Thundercats was the show I watched because it was on TV directly before Transformers and GI Joe ARAH (Not that cars that morphed into robots or an elite special forces team that used laser guns that never hit anything made sense either).

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Anime influence...

    by JunoFallon

    I'm not saying the original Thunder Cats was a visual power house but I don't care for the fact that every cartoon that comes out these days has a strong anime influence to it.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Not into Thundercats at all, but have you seen the fan-made trailer...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...for a live-action feature? I know, it's been around for ages, but it rocks pretty goddamned hard.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Grandpa Huxtable says no update

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    That is all.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    At least the article isn't titled:

    by redfang

    Thundercats Ho'!

  • Anyone agree?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    demode, you're either trying to be funny, or you're

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    having a brain fart. Orko was He-Man.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    aceattorney, no hate, but Silverhawks was

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Thundercats in space except they were birds instead of cats. After the pilot episode it went downhill.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Honestly, cant anything from my childhood stay unmolested?

    by Double M

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I like it, they still got all the details

    by HornyForHarry

    they're just updated to be more anime like, as long as the storylines are good

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Let the count down start

    by adml_shake

    until we see some fanfic porn with the new cheetara.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    people are complaining of lack of feline man-thongs?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    some of you people truly amaze me... by amaze I mean, "what the fuck is wrong with your head? get out the fuckin 80s"

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    A great collection of Thundercat Fan Art & MORE!

    by ElectricDreams

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Looks more like "Gatchacats"

    by Stalkeye

    Hopefully this series will be a vast improvement over the 80's counterpart, which was disappointing to say in the least.all those cool abilities and no ass kicking just ppl jumping and leaping around and shit.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Name a good cartoon for boys that came out after the 80s

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    and we might. And by good I mean one that doesn't teach fighting is bad, but being mean is okay like so many cartoons or kid sitcoms today do.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    hold Snarf?!?

    by Stalkeye

    I'm so fucking watching this shit!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Silverhaws, Thundercats, Tiger sharks it doesn't matter..

    by Stalkeye

    ..cause GIJoe could kick all their Furry/Metallic asses.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    i hate anime influence--but i like this look


    it works for them. Lion-o looks a little young though...and he'll probably be voiced by some cocky young voice actor and not a booming voice of presence and strength. Panthro looks like he would be voiced by ron perlman...maybe keith david in full growl mode.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    I never got to see this as a child...

    by bubcus

    ... my parents refused to get Cable because we were already too much of TV junkies. So now in my mid-30s, I sat down and tried to watch the original episodes on Teletoon Retro and I just couldn't stand it. This new series looks great. Hopefully they can do for Thundercats what Studio B just pulled off with the new My Little Pony series (which is freaking hilarious by the way).

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Ahhh, Cheetara...

    by Bald Evil

    I'm looking forward to seeing the cute cosplay chicks rocking this outfit at DragonCon. The character designs look pretty cool, I like that Lion-O looks more like a teen than a grown man.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    busting a nut on cheetara's chest

    by smudgewhat

    it's wrong but somebody has to do it

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I didn't care for Lion-O upon first glance

    by Cartagia

    But then I remembered his story about not being fully developed (waking up early, yada, yada) and then I loved it.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Yes aceattorney...i hate you...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..because Silverhawks was trash with a capital TRASH.<p> Granted, the opening credits are a beautiful thing to behold, animation wise. I could just loop it and watch it all day, but the show itself was just awful.<p> I mean, Thundercats had 60 plus episodes, and you could count the good episodes with two hands (omiting the pilot episode "exodus", which was imagination unleashed), but Silverhawks had even less episodes one could even consider "meh" worthy.<p> Recently i downloaded all of the Silverhawk episodes, and went thru them one at a time, because i was running out of space on my hard drive and wanted to get rid of the dross. I wound up just deleting the entire series.<p> If i could find a high quality vid of the opening though, i'd keep that.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I bet they start marketing Thunder Litter.

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    She always had boobies.

    by V'Shael

    In fact, in the pilot episode, she's naked for the first half or something.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    looks ok...

    by silverdog

    Not crazy about the animé style, but guess that’s what kids like these days. at least Lion-o doesn’t have the swimsuit and go-go boots from the old series. I Like tygra with a gun, and the whole sci-fi pirate look of the characters. Hope they have older versions of WilyKit and WilyKat, and they keep Mumm-Ra and the mutants as the main bad guys…..

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    v'shael - You are correct sir!

    by vic twenty

    I watched the pilot episode w/my kids last week and was pleasantly surprised there was something there for the old man to enjoy. I have to say, I did not remember that from the original run. Also, if this is half as good as the recent(ish) He-Man reboot, than hooray for us all.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Does she have 6 like a real cat?

    by HB_Dad

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    About that theme song

    by Briestro

    When I was like 10, it didn't bother me. Now it's one of the most cringe worthy things I've ever heard. Not that GiBlow and Hamformers were any better. You want to hear a really good toon theme? Josie and the Pussycats. You know it's true. LOL. Hey, maybe they are all really cheesy, but at least Josie's girls can play rings around all the 80's ones. They can, too. B

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Nice guns

    by Bash_Branigan

    Not hard to see why she has so many male friends and no female friends.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    This style of animation

    by eric haislar

    is cheap to produce that is why they went this route.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    designs are fine but Tigra shouldn't have a gun.

    by Monolith_Jones

    He was always my favorite because he was like a noble ninja. Almost jedi like. I loved his segment of Lion-o's trials.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    The original was anime so why not this one

    by Mark

    The original was done in Japan by Japanese animators so I don't see anything wrong with this one being anime styled. (actually, looks like this is being done by a real anime studio in Japan)

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    grammaton cleric binks

    by darksith

    Why,"Captain Planet and the Planeteers", of course

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Cheetara always had boobs

    by punto

    and she was topless on the first episode. I remember having a boner for the whole episode and I didn't know why, and I kept thinking "there's something off about Cheetara"

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    I guess we just have to hold out hope that, like all things, the anime fad will cycle around and we'll get some proper-looking cartoons again one day.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by KinoEscalate

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by mistergreen

    no mumra?

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Gargoyles was a great 90s cartoon. Beast Wars was very well written.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I can't think of any others from the 90s.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7 p.m. CST


    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Actually we are getting Snarf. An earlyer report said that he will be in the show, but can't talk or something like that. I actually liked the old Snarf, but I can see why some wouldn't like him.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Good 90s cartoons

    by Bucky Pants

    Pirates of Dark Water The Tick Batman the Animated Series

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    by Garett

    She finally got breasts instead of boobs... hopefully as you stated she dont sound like some 3 pack a day smoker chick.. Can`t wait

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Name a good cartoon for boys that came out after the 80s

    by Garett

    Name one in the 80`s where someone shot a villian point blank in the face or body and the villian didn`t come back the next episode? Talk about uber realism....Hey thats copiable. Hey johnny come stand here well i shoot you in the face with this gun like gi joe did we will laugh go have juice and cookies and all will be done with! Nowadays shows are to busy forcing Multiculturalism down our throats rather then allowing someone to run free with their creativity! Hence the whining over non asians playing asians in The Last Airbender.. I guess next will be How can a black shild have red hair and freckles? Or own a stray dog considering factually most afro-americans are afraid of dogs!

  • is it racist to say all anime characters look exactly the same? if so i apologize and will work on it

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Thundercats is a good one to remake...

    by Chewtoy

    ...because they really can't screw it up. It was a show that had the potential to be awesome, but in reality kind of sucked. Any new take won't be worse, and has every chance of being better. The 90's was when cartoons finally started to get their acts together. Batman and Gargoyles especially were great action shows, and Beast Wars finally made a decent Transformers show.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    good 90s cartoons

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    dont know if these count, but I sure as hell miss them... Muppet Babies Animaniacs Doug Freakazoid Batman Tiny Toons Beavis and Butthead Simpsons I really cant think of any action cartoons.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    other good shows

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Dexters Lab Powerpuff Girls (only for Mojojojo!) Johnny Bravo Two Stupid Dogs

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I liked the weird '90s Cheetara voice...

    by mistergreen

    It was unique, I'll tell you that.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    I'm getting a "Gargoyles" kinda vibe...

    by sweeneydave

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Lion-o looks like Zac Fucking Efron!

    by Epsilon Fuck them.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    And the part of Panthro will be played by Hellboy.

    by Epsilon Nice ripoff. Oh, my mistake, Panthro is grey and Hellboy is red. Well, that's entirely different, then.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Not Bad, Not Bad At All...

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    Only things I'm not fond of are Panthro's muttonchops (the sideburns). They make him look kinda like American Idol's Randy Jackson on steroids. And Lion-O's hair could be a little longer. He looks kinda like Super Saiya-Jin fan art. Hope there's a nice trailer at Comic-Con this year.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Days of Thundercats

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    Tom Cruise IS Cheet-O!!!

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Not Bad, Not Bad At All...

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator


  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Fuck it, I want "Laser Cats"!!

    by HB_Dad

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    grammaton cleric binks, brilliant comment

    by kevred

    "fighting is bad, but being mean is okay" This really nails what I detest about most all popular entertainment now, including the kid stuff: the incredible meanness that pervades all of it. Snideness and sarcasm pervade almost everything, and hardly any dialogue can be written without it. The first show I can remember where this bothered me was Buffy. For all of its clever virtues, it relied on a sort of snide, putdown-heavy dialogue that made it grating to watch (not to mention formulaic). This caught on like wildfire and is now everywhere. One day, all this emotional violence will be looked back on with as much or more scorn as the unrealistic physical violence of the 80s. I'm hoping that starts to happen before my little boy gets much older.

  • Jan. 26, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Gives off a Cowboy Bebop vibe

    by clupula

    Especially the second picture. Wonder what they're going to do with Mum-ra, or will they go with all new villains this time?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by Toruk_Makto

    Heh, I dug that show too. I liked the theme song to bionic six too: We are a family I fight for them And they fight for me As close as we can be High in the mountain Or deep in the sea Bionic...Bionic 6 oooouuu, oooouuu We are together We fight for right Bionic...Bionic 6 oooouuu, oooouuu We are so proud to be A super future family A family, brought together by fate And given superpowers Thorough the miracle of modern science Bionic...Bionic 6 oooouuu, oooouuu We are together We fight for right A super future family And we're so very proud to be Bionic 6!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by DeusExMachina

    Muppet Babies is from the 80's

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Way too anime, too Japanese. That sucks!

    by Snake Foreskin

    Almost as bad as what they did to the Looney Tunes characters with their Loonatics revamp:

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Is it Normal to have a crush on Cheetara?

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    I know that she is a feline...... we it could work.... couldn't it?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Remember when Excabilur Beat Down Sword of Omens?

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Good 90s cartoons for boys...

    by kidicarus

    New Adventures of Johnny Quest, anyone? TMNT: the Series Spider-man X-Men Bat-fucking-man Doug Darkwing Duck GI Joe (oh wait, was that 80s?)

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    this looks cool.........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    at first Lion-O's face threw me off because of the style change....but it's all good. I'll definitely check this out. I'm curious how Mumra and other characters will look.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by yourSTEPDADDY

    if Muppet Babies is 80s, I enjoyed the hell outta it in the 90s... so, Im still right (but youre right too)

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Meh! I like Lionel's bigger hair better


    They gave him a Dragonball Z hairstyle.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I'm suprised no one has mentioned "Exo-Squad".

    by BarryConvex

    That was a good 90's cartoon for boys.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    This has yiffing written all over it.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Cosplay Cheetara HOOOOOOOOooooooo!

    by Clavius

    Coming to a comic book convention near you...2011.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    wait, are you guys saying Looney Tunes wasn't mean-spirited?

    by Spandau Belly

    The entire premise of that series was pure sadism. I can't think of a meaner show. It was hilarious, but the whole point was watching a duck or a hunter or a cowboy or a coyote get frustrated, beaten, and hurt.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    looks like more anime junk

    by alienindisguise

    and the world doesn't need anymore of that shit.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    @buckpants - Pirates - YES

    by VAwitch

    One of the first kids' shows to figure a way for chracters to swear & pass it by the FCC...followed by TF: Beast Wars It was good to be a late teen/adult in the 90s... I could swear & only fellow geeks knew what the hell I was saying. ^_^

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I Like The New Designs

    by NeonFrisbee

    I probably won't catch it until it shows up on Netflix, but I like the updated character designs. Cheetara was always hot, btw. I definitely fantasized about her when I was a kid. Her spot during the intro on the original show is the best part. She's all hot and nimble and stuff? *Pant pant.*

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    What was the 80's cartoon

    by eric haislar

    with 3 guys and they had diffrent color suits. But things would attach to them. Like one guy went underwater. One guy flew. Anyone Anyone?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Also remember Rambo and the Forces of Freedom

    by eric haislar

    That shit was awesome when i was a kid. Wonder how it holds up now.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    eric, Battle of the Planets?


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    TMNT: The Series

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Actually that started in 88 or 89 and is considered to be 80's.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Personally I like the 80's stuff better then 90's

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    But that could just be me looking back with nostalgia. the 90's did have a lot of good comicbook animation along with the Animaniacs, but I prefer the 80's stuff. I think that it was mostly the fact that a lot of it was widely cross pollinated, meaning that most of them started as a cool toy and then a cartoon and with some of them comicbooks. So you could watch the show and then playout your own adventures with the toys. Thats not to say that the 90's stuff didn't have that, its just that the 80's stuff seemed cooler to me. But then again that could just be the nostalgia again.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    No I remember that one. The dude in the green suit had a mustache and went underwater. I had the toy but it was a cartoon as well.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by BarryConvex

    I believe you are referring to "The Centurions".

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    That's it!

  • ...Is that in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, the trouble-makers are the ones who get their comeuppance. Bugs reacts to other people's aggression, where as in modern cartoons, the lead characters are often horrible people who cause all of the problems. There was a Looney Tunes short where an Opera Singer started a fight with Bugs because he didn't like him playing a banjo while the singer was trying to practice. So he goes over to Bugs' rabbit hole and smashes the banjo, starting the trouble. I recall they did an episode of Tiny Toons that may have even used the opera singer character again. Only this time it was set on an airplane, and the main characters were being obnoxious, kicking the back of the guy's chair, dropping things on him and making a racket until he blew up at them, at which point they made him suffer for it. Bugs was a guy minding his own business and playing a banjo. The modern characters were just total dicks.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Erichaislar... the show was

    by BizarroJerry

    ..."Centurions." Power extreme! They were recently rerunning that on Boomerang.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Willykit / Willykat - why they stayed the same age?

    by ShogunMustard

    Never understood why Lion-0 started off younger than those two, but then became older. During hypernation they all got older supposedly, but he jumped over them and they pretty much stayed the same. Even at age 6 I didn't get that.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Well Panthro, Tigra, and Cheetara didn't age

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    They tried to play it like only Lion O's chamber was damaged so he got a little older. An Annie Wilkes cheat if ever there was.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Chewtoy, the banjo one was classic

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    As was the construction worker vs. Bugs and his home. "I'm feeling mighty low."

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    About people bitching about the anime influence...

    by nico_laos

    There really is no influence. Studio4°C (Japan) is in charge of the animation ... so it's going to definitely 'look' like anime. Furthermore, it should be noted that even the original Thundercats was inspired by anime. In fact, the studios responsible for Transformers and GI Joe were heavily influenced by 80s anime ... not so much the art style but just the fluidity of the animation. Even furthermore, that intro for Thundercats was animated by a Japanese team. I don't know the studio or director, but I remember reading years ago in an issue of Animerica about it. And really ... it shows. The art style maintains the American look, but the running, jumping ... the speedlines ... the way the camera flows around Cheetara ... and just the 'explosiveness' of the intro is distinctively 80's anime. It really holds up after all this time. I mean, look at the lighting on Lion-o in the beginning with him standing on the rock. Those few seconds are AMAZING animation. Unfortunately, all that awesomeness ends with the opening credits, as the animation for the show is actually pretty weak. I believe this new show is in good hands, as everything I've seen from Studio4°C has been pretty impressive.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Visionairies & The Centurions are missing from everyone's lists here, why?

    by CeejayNightwing

    The Best 80's cartoon were: Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, The Centurions, Transformers, Thundercats, Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Defenders of the Earth, M.A.S.K, He Man & The Masters of the Universe, Spiderman & his Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk. Nothing came close tot he storytelling in Visionaries and Centurions, they had minimal comic relief and amazing action sequences especially Centurions. Plus both the main heroes in these shows had a blooming Moustache which was unheard of in kids shows! I say remake the Thundercats if it will do without the stupid comic relief like Snarf and the Wiley Kat & Kits stuff. The opening sequence was awesome so they better make sure they do one to match. As for manga influence, well most of these cartoons were animated by Koreans and Japanese so their opening sequences in some cases had that look, especially the later shows in the 80's. Sometimes I wanted the rest of the show to look as good as the opening but that was never the case. This time though, it should be!

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    chewtoy, you make a good point, but without examples

    by Spandau Belly

    I agree that in Looney Tunes always went for the underdog appeal. It was always the victim turning the tables on their aggressor. But the whole entertainment of the show was still comic sadism. I don't watch that many cartoons, but the modern (90s and onwards) ones I've seen have not featured outright cruel protagonists. I have seen Johnny Bravo, Spongebob Squarepants, Kim Possible, Powerpuff Girls, and some intended for older audiences such as Clone High and Venture Brothers. Maybe you guys can tell me which big modern cartoons glamorize cruelty. I have not seen Dora The Explorer, but she looks she would probably have a mean streak. I wouldn't cross her.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Power extreme, muthafucka!

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    But, it jumped the shark with the two new guys. Sea, Air, Land. That's all you needed.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by thebrendan

    That is all

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Gobots sucked Optimus Prime's tailpipe.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And Scooter, the robot equivalent of Robin had a thing for Leader 1.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    No love for Inhumanoids?

    by BarryConvex

    You couldn't go wrong with guys in powered exoskeletons vs giant monsters.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Hmmm. Good 80's shows for boys

    by Norman Colson

    And NOT one.... of you ever mentioned the Bionic Six!!! WTF i used to watch that all the time... are you serious!

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Looks like ThunderCRAP

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Not digging it at all. They gonna replace Snarf with Pikachu? WTF?

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    You left out, Mighty Max

    by mistergreen

    It was a actually a really good show (based on a video game?)....

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Lion-O looks like Link

    by D.Vader

    And Cheetara is hot. Panthro is Jet from Cowboy Bebop. And all is all right in the world. Unless you live in Egypt.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Not only are we looking down on Cheetara's tits...

    by D.Vader

    But she's squeezing them together with her arms to maximize the cleavage. Dirty girl.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    You know who wrote the THUNDERCATS theme music? James Lipton.

    by D.Vader

    That's right, "Inside the Actors' Studio"'s James Lipton. Whowouldaguessed?

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    i love boobies too...

    by ihatefanboys

    who doesnt ? but really does the article gotta be named "cheetarah has boobies" ?? sounds like a horny 12 yr old wrote it.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Cartoons that were great in the 90's

    by Mr_Satan

    Conan the adventurer Exosquad Transformers gargoyles Darkwing Duck The tick Freakazoid The xmen Biker Mice From Mars Swat Kats Batman TAS There are just to many to name.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    so why do they look all ben 10ish

    by MurderMostFowl

    Why are cartoons so ... minimized these days? The art and design for the original thundercats was amazing. Why make these guys look like they're from the cover of a cereal box?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I miss rotoscoping. These drawings look pitiful.

    by JoeSixPack

    Sorry. He-Man did the same thing when it was rebooted and even though the stories were better, the animation was much poorer than the original (sad to think since on the original series Filmation was notorious for being cheap). I don't like the new style of animation, I wish they'd bring rotoscoping back for an element of realism in cartoons.