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