Thundercats Roar! Is the new ThunderCats reboot that hopes to take the beloved 1980s cartoon series in a comical direction in the vein of Teen Titans Go!, complete with the exclamation point at the end of the new title. Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network have unveiled the first footage from the new ThunderCats reboot along with a behind-the-scenes look at how the show came to be. Producer Victor Courtright says that the comedic aspect is the focal point of the series, but stresses that you can't make a Thundercats reboot without the action from the original series.
ThunderCats Roar! Is taking a lighthearted approach at the original ThunderCats cartoon series while also paying homage to it. Victor Courtright's enthusiasm for the project is evident right from the start during the behind-the-scenes featurette, especially when talking about the epic, sprawling title sequence that the original ThunderCats had. The featurette ends with Courtright's version of the opening of ThunderCats Roar! and it contains all of the elements that old fans will recognize, but in a new style. Victor Courtright had this to say.
"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. But at the same time, 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."
The new ThunderCats show isn't going to be for everybody, but much like Teen Titans Go!, it looks like something that the whole family will be able to enjoy. The animation is purposefully crude and has its own charm while the voice of main character Lion-O is spot on. The voice is a perfect homage while poking a little bit of fun at the same time, which many old school fans of the show should appreciate. Max Mittelman voices Lion-O and WilyKat, Erica Lindbeck is Cheetara and WilyKit, Patrick Seitz is Tygra and Mumm-Ra, and Chris Jai Alex is Panthro.
The original ThunderCats series was created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf and aired from 1985 and 1989. The animated show followed the adventures of Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, Snarf, and WilyKit and WilyKat, up against the villainous Mumm-Ra. ThunderCats Roar! Will follow the same characters and storylines from the original series with a new comedic edge to the super serious show.
No official release date has been announced by Cartoon Network for ThunderCats Roar!, but it will debut sometime in 2019. As with anything that gets a reboot, fans of the original ThunderCats are not pleased with the news. The usual cries of ruining childhoods and such are all over social media, but the new show isn't really made for those fans, it's made for a new generation of kids to get into the adventures of the ThunderCats. You can check out the behind-the-scenes featurette over at Entertainment Weekly.