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04.04.2011

There was a THUNDERCATS movie in the works a few years back that never got off the ground and instead they decided to relaunch the franchise with a series on Cartoon Network. The network had a big presence at WonderCon this past weekend and brought with them a new official trailer for the series.

I happened to be following along on Twitter as this was going on and the feedback didn't seem very positive but just from watching the footage, it seems like...well, "Thundercats." I mean it includes a line from a Thundercat general imploring his troops to "fight like cats" so, you know. If you can get past the inherent silliness of it all (Lion-O is now a somewhat reluctant teen warrior instead of Alpha Male), it could be worth watching. Or you can just ogle Cheetara in her skimpy clothes...

Source: JoBlo.com

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4:37AM on 04/05/2011

Promising

It doesn't look all that bad, by the looks of it they haven't completely kiddyfied it all, at least its somewhat violent and serious, like the cartoons of old, and they haven't done some silly stye of animation that makes the characters look deformed.

The teen Lion-O is a bit dissapointing though, the ild series was kinda cool that he was a kid in an adults body and had to proove himself.
It doesn't look all that bad, by the looks of it they haven't completely kiddyfied it all, at least its somewhat violent and serious, like the cartoons of old, and they haven't done some silly stye of animation that makes the characters look deformed.

The teen Lion-O is a bit dissapointing though, the ild series was kinda cool that he was a kid in an adults body and had to proove himself.
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8:51PM on 04/05/2011
I agree with pretty much everything you said.

But I think you overlooked the fact that teens are kids.
I agree with pretty much everything you said.

But I think you overlooked the fact that teens are kids.
5:26PM on 04/04/2011

Argh

Inferior to the Rankin/Bass animation. Why mess with the formula?? Lion-O should be more mature, hes the Alpha Male and leader of the Thundercats. I expect the all new Teenage Silver Hawks to be announced any day now. They will undoubtedly be a free spirited spacefaring pop band led by their Uncle Bluegrass spreading music and life lessons across the universe.
Inferior to the Rankin/Bass animation. Why mess with the formula?? Lion-O should be more mature, hes the Alpha Male and leader of the Thundercats. I expect the all new Teenage Silver Hawks to be announced any day now. They will undoubtedly be a free spirited spacefaring pop band led by their Uncle Bluegrass spreading music and life lessons across the universe.
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2:19AM on 04/05/2011
In the original show he's actually still a boy, in an adult body, and that's why he can be so reckless. It doesn't come across so well there, and they do a better job of that idea here, but I do find this unecessary.
In the original show he's actually still a boy, in an adult body, and that's why he can be so reckless. It doesn't come across so well there, and they do a better job of that idea here, but I do find this unecessary.
4:36PM on 04/04/2011

Piss Poor

The animation doesn't look like much of an improvement on the original. Seeing this and The awful Governator trailer makes me glad for quality animated films like Appleseed: Ex Machina, FF Advent Children and Ghost in the Shell.
The animation doesn't look like much of an improvement on the original. Seeing this and The awful Governator trailer makes me glad for quality animated films like Appleseed: Ex Machina, FF Advent Children and Ghost in the Shell.
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3:40PM on 04/04/2011
If the enemies have laser guns I would want something better than a girl with a stick helping me.
If the enemies have laser guns I would want something better than a girl with a stick helping me.
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1:28PM on 04/04/2011
As a fan of the original animation, I'm pleasantly surprised with how good this looks. Will hopefully live up to the promise of the early footage.
As a fan of the original animation, I'm pleasantly surprised with how good this looks. Will hopefully live up to the promise of the early footage.
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12:53PM on 04/04/2011
Looks epic. I'll check this out.
Looks epic. I'll check this out.
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11:51AM on 04/04/2011
Looking even more Asian than the Rankin Bass version isn't a plus for me. Just not an anime fan. I'm liking the animation in Portal 2 better. And I know Panthro is in this from the last group pic that was posted here at JoBlo. He was taller than the rest and big & extra muscular.
Looking even more Asian than the Rankin Bass version isn't a plus for me. Just not an anime fan. I'm liking the animation in Portal 2 better. And I know Panthro is in this from the last group pic that was posted here at JoBlo. He was taller than the rest and big & extra muscular.
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10:31AM on 04/04/2011
Is that Christopher Lee's voice? Regarding the new look, Liono looks a bit naff and the animation looks poor to be honest.
Is that Christopher Lee's voice? Regarding the new look, Liono looks a bit naff and the animation looks poor to be honest.
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10:14AM on 04/04/2011

Not bad, but...

...where the hell is Panthro??
...where the hell is Panthro??
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10:13AM on 04/04/2011
Looks epic and fun. I'm glad they still keep core characters around. But where is Panthro?
Looks epic and fun. I'm glad they still keep core characters around. But where is Panthro?
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