...with confirmation from multiple sources that the THUNDERCATS test footage below is, in fact, real.
One confirmation even included the following details: the footage you were seeing was supposed to be a convergence of realtime engines for both final rendering for a theatrical film AND to execute a game with using the same assets.
One message, from Spitfire, says..."That's SouthLAnd/The OC's Ben McKenzie playing Lion-O"
The footage, by the way, is from Digital Domain. So, there you have it.
Huge thanks to the nolks who got in touch with us about this...
A few years ago, we learned that Warner Bros. was looking into resurrecting the 80s television cartoon THUNDERCATS as a CGI big screen adventure (details HERE and HERE). And that was pretty much that. No movie. Nothing.
Then, a few weeks back, we heard THUNDERCATS would soon return to television by way of a new series set to debut on Cartoon Network - we even got a look at some art from that show (HERE).
Now, THIS piece at Flixist reveals what purports be test footage from the CGI movie adaptation first mentioned back in 2007. To be very clear, this is for the elusive movie we originally heard about, not the upcoming Cartoon Network show.
Something about this footage feels kinda funky to me. I'm not emphatically stating that it isn't real, nor am I 1,000 % convinced that it is. I'm checking with a few folks and will update if their responses permit. The style/art in this reel does appear to match genuine concept art from the project which THIS piece in Movieline revealed in 2009. But that doesn't mean a great deal in the grand scheme of things.
Back to the new Cartoon Network show. THIS MTV report offers a few nice stills of the figures and sets from the series - they have an embed to go along with it.
Toy News International has this video of of a toy Thundertank from the show's new action figure/playsets line (Snnnnnaaaarrrffffff!!!!!)
Finally, here's about 13 minutes worth of video of new THUNDERCATS toys from the recent Toy Fair...
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