Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. revive 80s toon “ThunderCats”

Children of the 1980s, Warner Bros. Animation is reviving a key piece of your cartoon past: “ThunderCats” is making a return, this time on Cartoon Network.

“ThunderCats” is part of a big animated revival taking place at Warner Bros. Animation, which is also behind “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” as well as the upcoming “The Looney Tunes Show,” “MAD,” “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” and “Young Justice.”

This time around, “ThunderCats” will sport a heavy anime look, thanks to Warner Bros. Animation’s collaboration with Japan’s Studio4°C (“The Animatrix”).

“In addition to being Warner Bros. Animation’s first anime series, ‘ThunderCats’ marks our most ambitious foray yet into fantasy,” said Sam Register, exec VP of creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation. “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.”

Here’s what Warner Bros. Animation has to say about the revival:

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.

Register is exec producer, while Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) will produce.

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  3. Maisey says:

    I definitely think this show is a ton better than half of the cartoons on right now. It seems like each year cartoons get worse and worse, so it’s fun to see this classic come back!

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  5. melmika says:

    At least the 80’s had better anime show than the ones on TV now.

  6. topdeadcenter says:

    @Trainman74 LMAO! Sometimes I wonder why they keep bringing things back from my childhood. Don’t you think they can come up with anything new?

  7. Trainman74 says:

    “Realistic cat-like characteristics”? Can’t wait to see the cast sleep in a cardboard box for six hours. And I assume the season-ending cliffhanger will be whether Lion-O will swallow or spit out the hairball he’s been choking on for the entire episode.

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