Ah, god bless the Cartoon Network. They know how to make an old 80s kid proud!
Yes, folks. A reboot of the classic 1985 kid's cartoon, Thundercats, is slated for release on the network sometime later this year. And I couldn't be happier, despite all the naysayers. I originally broke the news about this back in June last year, and above is the first released official artwork of the new show. Below is how the characters used to look back in the 80s:
As you can see, there's . . . uh, been a few changes. But no prob, I never said they had to bring back the exact same program. Updating it for today seems the best choice, and I'm digging the more anime slant to the animation. As you can imagine, there's been a lot of skepticism by old school fans of the show. People that I should really call my peers since they're in the same age range to appreciate all this as myself. But whereas those folks are already assuming that this will bomb, I myself hold out hope that it might do well.
Some of you might recall, but around this time last year I wrote out this blog entry detailing my Top 10 favorite tv cartoons of all time. Click the link if you want to refresh your memories, or perhaps read it for the first time. And just for reference, here are two more pics to show you the changes that are coming in this new iteration of the Thundercats license -- the 80s version followed by the 2011 one:
Wow, I'm actually stoked! Lion-O looks very young. Right now there's no telling whether he will stay this way beyond the initial 3-episode pilot arc. Some think this is the younger, pre 3rd Earth Lion-O . . . but I think this is the way he will look for the entire show. Which would be cool, because he's obviously younger than the way he was depicted in the old 80s version, but not so young as to not realistically take on the mantle of their leader. The fact that he wields both the Sword of Omens and Claw in the above pic demonstrates that this is Lion-O after already becoming Lord of the Tundercats.
In any event, only time will tell. For some reason there is no exact release date yet for this show. I'm guessing will see it for the Fall slate later this year. Bummer!
But, hey, in the meantime you have this brand new teaser trailer just released by the network. For those aficionados out there, see how much you can glean from the quickly-cut footage. I've been able to spot a few interesting tidbits myself. How 'bout you?
As you can see, this looks like it will take the mythos in a darker, more serious direction. If the original show had one detraction, it's that it was too kiddy and cheesy even during its time. Personally, this is the type of direction I like best: mature, gritty, and more emotionally rewarding.
If the video above doesn't work, simply click on this YouTube link to go to it directly. Then come back here and discuss the footage in the comments below, won't you kindly? Oh, and if you would like to see the original Thundercats intro sequence from the 80s version, click here.
I'm heading off to my grandma's house now to dust off my Thundertank, sword, and original figurines. Sword of Omens . . . give me sight beyond sight!