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A look at footage from that aborted CGI Thundercats movie

02.14.2011

A while back there was talk of a Thundercats movie coming to the big screen. It was a CGI origin story, and no one seemed particularly excited about it so it faded away. Cut to today however, where you can see footage from the lost project below.

It's an epic duel between young Lion-O and Slithe. The animation is...fine, but I can't say I watched it and went "aw man this NEEDS to get made!" Perhaps you'll feel a bit more passionately about it.

Thundercats has now transitioned into a new anime-ish TV show instead, which it's more suited for than a CGI film, and I might actually watch that version. All of this still pales in comparison to that epic fan-made live-action Thundercats trailer from a while back though.

Check out the video clip below, and I guess you'll just have to speculate about the origin of the Thundercats yourself.

Extra Tidbit: I'm surprised no one has tried to reboot Power Rangers into a feature film yet.
Source: Flixist

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8:34PM on 02/16/2011

GLAD THIS VERSION WASN'T MADE...

How about using some of that Cameron tech for it, live actors driving CG characters. The made blue catfish people for Avatar, why not use it for Thunder Cats?
How about using some of that Cameron tech for it, live actors driving CG characters. The made blue catfish people for Avatar, why not use it for Thunder Cats?
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12:10AM on 02/16/2011

Sorry...

I was sleeping. What's this? Thundercats? Whatever. Now...let's turn the pillow over...ah, cool as a cucumber. Goodnight everyone.
I was sleeping. What's this? Thundercats? Whatever. Now...let's turn the pillow over...ah, cool as a cucumber. Goodnight everyone.
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11:55AM on 02/15/2011

Thundercats Noooo!

As I guy who grew up on this cartoon. I am glad that didn't make it. I'm not a fan of the GI Joe movie or the Transformers movies either. Somethings should be left alone.
As I guy who grew up on this cartoon. I am glad that didn't make it. I'm not a fan of the GI Joe movie or the Transformers movies either. Somethings should be left alone.
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10:36PM on 02/16/2011
Agreed. I'd have to say, though, I might not reject a Voltron movie... if it were done right.
Agreed. I'd have to say, though, I might not reject a Voltron movie... if it were done right.
10:10AM on 02/15/2011
crap! thank god that never happend
crap! thank god that never happend
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8:48AM on 02/15/2011

meh

It has some potential a guess but still, meh.
It has some potential a guess but still, meh.
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6:00AM on 02/15/2011
this isnt the worst thing ive seen, i mean id rather watch this than david o russells supposed take on uncharted...
this isnt the worst thing ive seen, i mean id rather watch this than david o russells supposed take on uncharted...
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2:00AM on 02/15/2011
Meh, it looks fine for a movie about anthropomorphic cats that fight a mummy and it's evil legion.
Meh, it looks fine for a movie about anthropomorphic cats that fight a mummy and it's evil legion.
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12:54AM on 02/15/2011
there's a reason it died....thank u jebus
there's a reason it died....thank u jebus
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11:15PM on 02/14/2011
Being a huge Thundercats fan ever since I was 4years old, I think I have every right to say that whatever attempt Warner had at making a movie sucked donkey nuts. I mean seriously just look at that thing. I'm not even complaining about the CGI, but the fact that Lion-O is a douchebag teenager that Chris Evans would have played 10years ago just pisses me off. Again, donkey nuts!
Being a huge Thundercats fan ever since I was 4years old, I think I have every right to say that whatever attempt Warner had at making a movie sucked donkey nuts. I mean seriously just look at that thing. I'm not even complaining about the CGI, but the fact that Lion-O is a douchebag teenager that Chris Evans would have played 10years ago just pisses me off. Again, donkey nuts!
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8:32PM on 02/14/2011

Crap!!!!

Glad it died, that was terrible. Lion-O is not a whimpy teen with a squeaky voice and who trains by smacking their sword into rocks! for god sake do a little research people!
Glad it died, that was terrible. Lion-O is not a whimpy teen with a squeaky voice and who trains by smacking their sword into rocks! for god sake do a little research people!
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8:16PM on 02/14/2011
This was by George Lucas, right?
This was by George Lucas, right?
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7:20PM on 02/14/2011
That's pretty bad. Really bad actually. If you hadn't told me that was Thundercats, there's no way I would have guessed that was Lion-O. The animation was fine but the design had almost nothing to do with the original.

I've seen enough of my childhood shows and toys destroyed in movies. I'm glad this isn't happening.
That's pretty bad. Really bad actually. If you hadn't told me that was Thundercats, there's no way I would have guessed that was Lion-O. The animation was fine but the design had almost nothing to do with the original.

I've seen enough of my childhood shows and toys destroyed in movies. I'm glad this isn't happening.
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7:13PM on 02/14/2011
Uhh okay. I think I saw some pictures of the supposed to be new animated show of Thundercats couple of weeks ago. That look much better than this.
Uhh okay. I think I saw some pictures of the supposed to be new animated show of Thundercats couple of weeks ago. That look much better than this.
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6:09PM on 02/14/2011
FIX THE DOUBLE POST GLITCH ALREADY!!! Fuck I hate that!!!!!!!!!!
FIX THE DOUBLE POST GLITCH ALREADY!!! Fuck I hate that!!!!!!!!!!
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6:07PM on 02/14/2011
That can't be real..it looks like shit I've seen better CG on youtube. Don't even look like lion-o. Thank God they never made that.
That can't be real..it looks like shit I've seen better CG on youtube. Don't even look like lion-o. Thank God they never made that.
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6:05PM on 02/14/2011
That can't be real..it looks like shit I've seen better CG on youtube. Don't even look like lion-o. Thank God they never made that.
That can't be real..it looks like shit I've seen better CG on youtube. Don't even look like lion-o. Thank God they never made that.
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5:25PM on 02/14/2011
i never really liked thundercats to begin with. well, maybe a little...but their names annoyed me. "hi, my name is lion....o! lion-o, yea...".
i never really liked thundercats to begin with. well, maybe a little...but their names annoyed me. "hi, my name is lion....o! lion-o, yea...".
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6:07PM on 02/14/2011
Lion-O Richie? Hahaha
Lion-O Richie? Hahaha
5:14PM on 02/14/2011
Man, I'm glad they didn't make this in to a movie. Why ?
Man, I'm glad they didn't make this in to a movie. Why ?
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4:55PM on 02/14/2011
this clip was pretty horrendous
this clip was pretty horrendous
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4:42PM on 02/14/2011

yikes

Let's all breathe a sigh of relief this didn't get made. I don't know who wrote the script, but the dialogue and voices are horrendous. Agreed that Thundercats is sacred territory. Was it just me, or did Lion-O not even look like a cat? Damn I hope they make a good version eventually.
Let's all breathe a sigh of relief this didn't get made. I don't know who wrote the script, but the dialogue and voices are horrendous. Agreed that Thundercats is sacred territory. Was it just me, or did Lion-O not even look like a cat? Damn I hope they make a good version eventually.
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4:14PM on 02/14/2011

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Would be cool if done right. But for us fans who grew up with it, it is sacred territory.
Would be cool if done right. But for us fans who grew up with it, it is sacred territory.
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4:02PM on 02/14/2011

Horrible!

Absolutely horrible! Thank god they didn't make this. It's so disrespectful to the original Thundercats!

Extra tb: I would be down for it if it was done seriously and show people being murdered. And instead of five teens how about five grown ass people that don't just so happen to wear the same colors all the time.
Absolutely horrible! Thank god they didn't make this. It's so disrespectful to the original Thundercats!

Extra tb: I would be down for it if it was done seriously and show people being murdered. And instead of five teens how about five grown ass people that don't just so happen to wear the same colors all the time.
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