Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats..Ho!

THUNDERCATS  - HO!!!

Children and cat-like humanoids of the 80s/90s, rejoice, as we bring you an update on the new Thundercats series!

MTV Splashpage caught up with Thundercats producer Michael Jelenic who divulged a few extra details on his upcoming Thundercats reimagining:

“It’s funny because I’ve been working on a lot of Batman cartoons the last couple years, and I tell people I have a new Batman cartoon coming out and they’re like, ‘Cool…’” mused Jelenic. “But when I say ‘Thundercats,’ they’re like, ‘Thundercats?!?! Oh My God!’”

And no wonder – it’s Thundercats - Ho!

“I’m a little surprised by the visceral reaction to the property,” he told MTV News. “It might be because it’s the last great ’80s property that hasn’t been reinvented for this new generation. We’re trying to be respectful to the old material, but bring it into a new era. I think it will be really cool.”

But what does this reimagining entail? Jelenic explained that while the series will remain true to the original, some of the mythology will be scaled back (potential boo!).

“One thing is that I tried to simplify the mythology a little bit. It’s a pretty complicated backstory that borrows from a lot of other sci-fi stuff, like Superman and Star Wars. In developing this, I wanted it to be a little more simple. In the other version, there’s something like three different planets involved, and they all converge onto one planet, and nobody’s really connected. I just wanted to bring that all together.”

Fair play. As long as we get the classic Thundercats elements – and HOPEFULLY the awesome Thundertank, then this series can be my guilty pleasure. But what of the characters – will the likes of Panthro, Cheetara, and Tygra be present? According to Jelenic, “all those characters will still be in it” – including Snarf.

“Everyone always wants to know about Snarf, he will be in it, and he will not talk. Don’t worry. He won’t be going, ‘Lion-O, why don’t you do this?’ We just having him say, ‘Snarf! Snarf!’ That’s a way to get him in the show without annoying every single person who hates him. It’s funny, because people are always like, ‘I hate Snarf! Wait. you’re not going to put him in? That’s terrible!’”

Well, thank goodness Snarf will be on a muzzle as I’m not sure I could put up with his nonsense. :)

Jelenic also offered more context on the look of the series, explaining that “the colors aren’t quite as bright as they were. It’s a little darker take, but you’ll recognize everybody.”

A darker, more adult, Thundercats that pays homage to the original – and no talking Snarf? It’s looking good as far as I’m concerned. We cover a range of live-action series here on Seriable, so it will be a nice change of pace to experience  mythology of the animated kind.

Are you ready for Thundercats?

Has there ever been a more epic sequence than this? Hopefully they can incorporate it into the updated version.

Thundercats debuts on Cartoon Network in 2011

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  1. mlj102 says

    Goodness, this brings back many fond memories. I feel that cartoons these days are quite lame in comparison to what I remember having as a kid. I don’t think I ever watched all of Thundercats, but I do remember having a tape of several episodes that I watched all the time. I’m a bit hesitant about the idea of a remake, though. It will be interesting to see what they put together. And it’s fun to see you branching out to cover this on your site, as well.

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    • Avatar of Roco says

      “I feel that cartoons these days are quite lame in comparison to what I remember having as a kid.”

      Tell me about it! Cartoons these days just don’t have the same magic. Ah, it’s good to have a bit of nostalgia every now and then.

      Never took you for a Thundercats fan though mlj. Good to know I’m not the only one looking forward to the series. :)

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          • mlj102 says

            Well actually, now that you mention it…

            Just kidding. But I am a Fringe fan… I bet you never would have guessed that! :)

            Kind of off topic, but now I’m curious… I know you cover a whole bunch of different shows, some of which I never would have expected. What do you consider to be your top five favorite shows of all time?

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            • Avatar of Roco says

              Nope, would never have guessed – apart from your love of reflections and intriguing character debates. :)

              “What do you consider to be your top five favorite shows of all time?”

              That’s a tough one! I’m not sure that I do have a top five as such (well, I probably do, but it would take a while for me to accurately narrow it down), but I would say that the likes of, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, LOST, Quantum Leap, The Simpsons, The Office (both versions), The Outer Limits, The Wire – would be contenders for different reasons. I’m not as on point with ‘X-Files’ as I used to be, but it’s definitely one of my all time faves. Fringe, depending how things go, would also be a contender, as well as a few others.

              And of course, there’s a few guilty pleasures that I haven’t mentioned! ;)

              What about you?

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              • mlj102 says

                “Fringe, depending how things go, would also be a contender”

                I have to say, I was surprised that you included Fringe as almost an afterthought, with such an indifferent, undecided type of attitude. I had expected it would be a given in your list of favorites. So, are you saying if it got canceled today, you wouldn’t necessarily consider it among your top shows? You’ve made lots of lists of things that you think would help Fringe reach its full potential, but I thought those were just things that would be icing on the cake. Why are you reluctant to include it on your list of favorites at this point?

                Other than that, your list was pretty much what I would have expected… essentially all the same genre (However, I can’t figure out how you neglected to mention Glee in that list…). Sadly, from the ones you mentioned, the only ones I’ve seen are LOST and X-Files, so I can’t really comment on the majority of them.

                As for me, I’m not a huge TV person, but I have my fair share of shows that I am quite fond of. Fringe, of course, is obviously on my list. I grew up with various versions of Star Trek, so that’s sort of a favorite by default. While I acknowledge it has shortcomings, I still find I really enjoy watching it. I really liked the original CSI for awhile (though it just hasn’t been the same since the seventh season). I like Bones, though that’s another one where the last couple of seasons seem to have gone downhill and I’m not nearly as invested in it as I was at one point. Another favorite is The Pretender. That was just a really neat concept and a lot of fun to watch. Great acting, intriguing stories, awesome humor, and quite addicting. In a lot of ways, I see it as an early mythology type show and a bit ahead of its time. I often wonder how it would have done if it was airing now as opposed to the late 1990s. I’m still annoyed that it got canceled before it could properly end the story, and I suppose that’s part of why I worry about Fringe being canceled prematurely.

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                • Avatar of Roco says

                  “I have to say, I was surprised that you included Fringe as almost an afterthought, with such an indifferent, undecided type of attitude. I had expected it would be a given in your list of favorites.”

                  It’s not so much that it’s an afterthought, although I can see why it might seem that way. It’s just that I’m still waiting to see where Fringe goes before solidifying it in my all-time list. As you probably know, I had some issues with the standalone format of the show. Had the series embraced its mythology and overarching story elements from the first season, I probably would be far more able to rank it right up there with the LOSTs of this world.

                  That being said, if Fringe got canceled today, I think I would certainly rank it very high on my all-time list. For all its standalone ills, the story, the world within it and around it has been fantastic. While the characters, for the most part, have been a treat. The evolution of Olivia, for example, contains so much power. It’s basically my kind of show.

                  I was of no doubt about Lost even before the end (an ending that was good, yet not completely satisfying for me on the whole). But again, I feel that a lot of that is down to the overarching nature of the story – I could be confident that when an episode ended, it would invariably pick up pretty much where it left off – or it would swing to another pressing arc, waiting for me like an unwrapped present on Christmas day. :)

                  Dammit! Not sure how I forgot Glee either! And don’t worry, GleeBloggers is still in development. ..and you think I’m joking? ;)

                  Thanks for sharing your shows. I knew you were a Trek fan from our discussions on FB, but it’s interesting to know that you were also a big fan of The Pretender. I also wonder how such shows would do in today’s industry.

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                  • mlj102 says

                    I didn’t think you were going to come back and respond to this comment… nice to be proven wrong!

                    “As you probably know, I had some issues with the standalone format of the show.”

                    Since when? I had no idea! Have you ever mentioned this before? You really should speak up more about such things… :)

                    But in all seriousness, I’m glad you stuck with Fringe through the “growing pains” of season 1 — I hate to think what things would be like without FringeBloggers! Fringe is a delight to watch and it’s a show that has been rewarding in so many ways. And reading your reviews and thoughts and having a place to discuss the show only makes it better!

                    “And don’t worry, GleeBloggers is still in development. ..and you think I’m joking?”

                    You better not be joking — not after getting my hopes up! I think I’ve been pretty patient while waiting, but I can’t wait forever!

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                    • Avatar of Roco says

                      “Since when? I had no idea! Have you ever mentioned this before? You really should speak up more about such things…”

                      I know, I know, I’m far to quiet. I should speak up more. :P

                      “But in all seriousness, I’m glad you stuck with Fringe through the “growing pains” of season 1 — I hate to think what things would be like without FringeBloggers! Fringe is a delight to watch and it’s a show that has been rewarding in so many ways. And reading your reviews and thoughts and having a place to discuss the show only makes it better!”

                      That’s very kind, mlj. You and the other regular commenters are big part of the FB community, so the credit is definitely shared.

                      “You better not be joking — not after getting my hopes up! I think I’ve been pretty patient while waiting, but I can’t wait forever!”

                      Crazy as it sounds I have something in mind. One day when you’re least expecting it I’ll surprise you. ;) (actually, it might not be all that surprising, but it might raise a smile).

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  2. BklynBetty says

    Oh my God!! I couldn’t believe the name of this post when i saw it!? I’m definitely old enough to remember this show – though not quite old enough to have a clear memory of specific various episodes – i still remember all the words to the theme song (even Before i just re-watched it, tyvm). :)
    Mostly, i grew up with my brother force feeding me classic Bugs Bunny though – no complaints – that stuff holds up amazingly well (although less so for some of the later stuff), and of course, it wasn’t written for children . One of my favorite original cartoons was Orson the pigs’, US acres. The adventure cartoons like this one, The Transformers, He-Man, She-ra – they are a little blurrier back in the mists of time – but, maybe i will check this out! So, thanks!

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  3. Avatar of Roco says

    Good stuff, BklynBetty – good to have another TC fan among us! I’m impressed that you could remember all the words to the theme – it took me a while, but I got there in the end. :)

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