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Lion-O, Cheetara, Tigera, Mum-Raa – Thundercats HO, All New Series out in July 2011

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Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, gosh the sound of that tune still rings so fondly in the hearts and minds of all those of us who are 25 and above today or were in their early childhood years back in the 80s. There is something that’s always special about our yesteryears and childhood generation. As kids when our parents spoke fondly of the 50s and the 60s we could never understand them and probably the same thing may happen to the parents of Gen Z and Gen A. Unless of course we run out of ideas or play it really safe by recreating the heroes and epic series of the past as has been done with Superman, Batman, Transformers, Justice League etc

As a kid I was a huge fan of Thundercats and had set my goal to own the entire collection of the franchise pestering my parents for a new toy every few months. I had acquired the toy versions of Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Tigera, Wiley-Kit and Wiley-Kat but wasn’t quite able to persuade my folks to buy me the more expensive Thundertank and other accessories. Given all these positive associations it came as a pleasant surprise to learn about the new Thundercats series launching on Cartoon Network in July 2011.

The new series has been more than 10 years in the making and has been made by Japanese animation studio Studio 4°C. Unlike the original which was also made by Japanese studio but had a very American feel about the characters this one has a bright anime sheen to it that makes it hard to identify with the 1985 cartoon. As per the trailer which was recently launched publicly, the story has also been changed and this one starts of with a battle on Thundera featuring Lion-O’s father Claudius (voiced by Larry Kenney who voiced the original Lion-O).

Its always hard to live up to something iconic from a previous decade and so it remains to be seen how good or bad the new Thundercats will be, but rest assured all of us will be watching the first few episodes with great enthusiasm and curiosity. Checkout a retro-cast comparing the old and new versions of Thundercats in our exclusive video below