ThunderCats are on the loose once more! The popular 80’s cartoon heroes are coming back to Cartoon Network in 2019 for ThunderCats Roar, a brand new animated series! Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, producer Victor Courtright spoke about how this series will lean more into the comedic side of ThunderCats.
“I think the world that they built lends itself really well to comedy because of how silly and crazy and outlandish those ideas are and some of those settings are.”
This may worry some fans as the original ThunderCats series was more of an action adventure. Courtright makes sure to reassure that the new ThunderCats will at least have that action.
“It wouldn’t be ThunderCats if it didn’t have super cool action elements because that’s what people came back to. It’s very much something that we want to lean on. So with the new show, we’re not walking away from the action in any bit. Every step we take towards comedy, we take two more towards really cool action scenes and explosions and lasers and actions effects.”
A behind the scenes video for the series showed off the new animated opening, which doesn’t include the original theme song but a brand new (vocaless) piece of music. The series’ animation is a much more cartoony style than the original series, looking closer to Cartoon Network’s OK K.O or Gumball.
Below we’ve got the synopsis for ThunderCats Roar.
Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.
ThunderCats Roar stars Max Mittelman (Justice League Action) as Lion-O and Wilykat, Erica Lindbeck (DC Super Hero Girls) as Cheetara and Wilykit, Patrick Seitz (Justice League Action) as Tygra and Mumm-Ra, and Chris Jai Alex (Star Wars: Battlefront II) as Panthro.
This isn’t the first time ThunderCats has been seen on Cartoon Network. A remake of the original series, keeping close to the action adventure style of the original, was released in 2011 and lasted for one season.
More on ThunderCats Roar as we hear it!
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