If you’re a fan of ThunderCats and have been curious who might voice Lion-O on the new Cartoon Network show arriving in 2011, you’ll be happy to learn Larry Kenney is returning to voice Lion-O again. The news comes from Rosemary Ward’s Facebook page (via toynewsi). Ward works in costuming and she posted:
“Interesting Thundercat News! Talking to the a talent agency just now in regards to Larry Kenney, I found out He’ll be voicing Lion-O again!
Hit the jump for what we know about the new ThunderCats show:
UPDATE: I’ve been told by someone at the studio that we may have jumped the gun. According to the studio, Larry Kenney will be voicing King Claudus who is Lion-O’s father.
Last month we posted a press release for the show and we were also provided high resolution artwork which is to the right.
According to the press release:
The 21st century reimagining of the series marks a creative collaboration between WBA and Studio4°C, one of the most vibrant animation studios in Japan, with credits including “The Animatrix,” “Gotham Knights” and “Halo Legends.” WBA is working closely with Studio4°C, utilizing the latter’s expertise to give the “ThunderCats” characters a new cutting-edge look while remaining true to the compelling storylines and mythology of the original series.
Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, “ThunderCats” characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.
The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.
“ThunderCats” is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers.
While it’s too early to tell what kind of show ThunderCats will be, I’m really hoping it’s cool. And I’m really happy the original Lion-O is returning. Hopefully we’ll learn more at Comic-Con next week.