First Trailer for the New THUNDERCATS Animated Reboot

     February 26, 2011

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Fans of the original Thundercats series will want to skip right to the jump to check this out!  Cartoon Network is gearing up to release the new Thundercats series later this year. We recently brought you some still images of their new anime-styled look. Now, we can show you those same characters in action, plus a slew of other heroes and villains from the original series.

Want to see what Jaga and King Claudius look like re-imagined?  How about WilyKit and WilyKat?  Or maybe villains are more your thing and you want to check out the new interpretations of Mumm-ra and the Reptilians of Plun-Darr?  Why are you still reading?  Hit the jump!

Here is the trailer, brought to our attention with our thanks to Collider-reader, Matt. The trailer originally aired at Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards after party.


thundercats-character-imageI might not have “sight beyond sight,” but here’s what my eyes picked up from the trailer. First, there appears to be a carving or glyph of a jacked-up Mumm-Ra, looking nearly as roided-out as the original. Next, we see a group of chained Reptilians, apparently being used as slave labor. This is an interesting twist as the original series portrayed the Plun-Darr mutants as invaders of Thundera, eventually bringing about the planet’s destruction.

Potential SPOILER: Also, later in the trailer, we see a saber-toothed Thunderian lording over the Reptilian slaves. Grune, commander of the Thunderian armies, once led a rebellion against Thundera’s leaders, but was defeated by Jaga.

Next, we see a procession of the Thunderian guard presenting the Sword of Omens to Jaga, King Claudius, Tygra and Lion-O. This appears to be a christening of sorts for the young Thunderian lord and the trailer gives a nice feeling of the mythos surrounding the sword.

Then we see a montage of images showing Lion-O competing in some sort of trial while Thunderian commoners cheer him on. It reminds me of the episode in the original series when Lion-O had to defeat each of the other Thundercats, without weapons, to earn his rightful place as their leader. We get nice glimpses of Tygra, Cheetarah and WilyKit and WilyKat. Oh, and there’s a cute shot of the new Snarf there too. I can see the little stuffed versions of him sitting on shelves already.

There appears to be some sort of rebellion or uprising with the common Thunderians and that could add some complexity to the series. We also get a scene of King Claudius and Lion-O in a sword duel. Claudius appears to have the Claw Shield and an even bigger sword than Lion-O’s (make of that what you will.)

Thundercats new series cartoon network image 2011 lionoPersonally, I’m more excited for the series after seeing this trailer. The studio in charge of the animation has a great resume and the people behind the production have a very successful track record. I think it will do well, but what do you think?

Check out the synopsis for the new series below and check out our continuing Thundercats coverage here.


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.


  • Nick

    underwhelming trailer is underwhelming

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  • Rockslide

    I think it looks pretty dang awesome and I say that as a person who was a child and watched the original series live back in the day. I hope they learned from the mistakes of the He-Man revisioning though. I hope this is a little more adult along the lines of Bruce Timm type work with more serious storylines. Thundercats was always a kind of more serious cartoon even back in the 80′s. I hope it was created with the adult fans in mind. I think that’s the crucial point that the new He-Man overlooked.

    I really want this to do well. The new toys and such look great. I love the character redesigns. I hope they add in Ben-Gali and crew down the line.

    • Dave Trumbore

      If it was possible to push a button and let you know I liked your response, I would do that. I grew up with this series and relived my childhood when Toonami re-aired the originals. This series looks like it’s on the right track.

      Also, Ben-Gali…personal favorite (yet underused) character.


  • TJ

    I’m glad they are rebooting the series. However the new depiction of the characters gave me pause. I dont have a problem with cheetarah’s or tygra’s look, but Lion-O’s and Panthro’s have me going ‘what the hell!’. It seems they are going to be younger in this series maybe thats why LionO looks like a post-teenage, pre-adult being. He’s too little bodywise, but maybe I can get used to it. But Panthro barely looks feline. he looks like some steriod pumping gorilla nd cat hybrid. Whats up with that?!! I’ll be watching anyways ’cause no matter my complaints i love the ThunderCats. Ohhhhhhhh LOL.
    Yeah nd the trailer was a bit whatever.

  • Lob Taylor

    Am sorry i couldn’t quite hold back the yawn.

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  • Baxter

    I like what i see, though i wish i could hear them speaking.

  • dogg

    But the old Cheetarah was sexxxxxxy. She made all the guys seem gay for not trying to hit that. But maybe they all did when she went into heat.

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  • Terry

    Piece of shit.
    I bet Lion-O has a fucking facebook account.
    I’ll stick with my 80′s TC thank you.

  • jeff

    looks like the japanese got there hands on it!!. looks like manga witch is shit and all over the palce wif to much going on at the same time , what a shame after all this time!. and the characters look like a joke compared to the origanal.

    • Dave Trumbore

      I’d be remiss if I didn’t point this out. I’m sorry to burst your bubble here, but the original series was done by Japanese animators as well.
      Pacific Animation Corporation (PAC) was a working name for a group of Japanese animation studios. The 80s style happened to be the way it was done back then and this new version seems to be the way things are going now.

      Check out some cool animation sheets with Japanese notations from the original series here:

      • Snarf-Ra

        Erm, I think most of older fans of the original show know this. I used to sit and watch the credits and saw all of the Japanese names…so it was pretty obvious. For some reason fan sites, Youtube and various other places (like here) has been full of people pointing this out lately and being snots about it (ie thanks, Capt. Obvious). Kind of a red herring if you ask me. What people are really referring to is the overtly Japanese/Anime look to the new series as I mentioned in my other post. Thundercats in the 80s had a very original look. The new series does not – it looks like most new manga and for people who really loved the old artwork, it is painful to look at.

    • Pepe

      Agreed. I can’t stand how all our old favorites from the 80′s are being turned into this Yu-Gi-Oh-looking awfulness. Same goes with TMNT and Transformers remakes.

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  • Snarf-Ra

    I’m even less inclined to watch this reboot after seeing this. Just looks too goofy with the heavy anime artwork (speaking of which – I don’t dislike anime and happen to be a big fan of the Avatar TLAB cartoon…but this is the wrong place for it!). For a show that featured more realistic looking characters – ie heavily muscled strong men and women…this is very sad. For a new show, this would’ve been fine. For a reboot of a beloved classic, it is an abomination. Looks like this is what they think the new generations want to see, and they are probably right.

    Another great classic show sent to the pits of eternal stench. Blah. :(

  • LION P

    What a wasted opportunity!
    These character designs are awful, especially Lion-o. And why does Panthro (the coolest of the originals) have sideburns like that? UGLY designs! If this was a short animatrix/gotham knights episode it may have been forgiveable,
    but as this is it, and any possible films will be based on this new look rather than the old ones, it is a crime!

  • prashant

    Hello guys as far as remember i watched few episodes of the series i loved the characters but wasnt satisfied with the script which was concentrated only near mumbra and there wasnt a varied array of villians. what i used to hate is the only concentrated environment of thundercats & the Mumbra guy. I hope they bring in some more bad guys with a nice script

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  • Deidre LaCombe

    While looking forward to the THUNDERCATS coming back to the Cartoon network….Wha………….the Hay!!! How can you have a begining that explains the history of Thundara and not have Panthro. The newly drawn characters are slick and sleek. Ok that’s cool but couldn’t you possibly have been totally carried over all the Characters???????
    I”ll watch because I have waited a long time for this.

  • amin

    Well… I´m sorry but…. the original idea was lost I think, what happened to LION-O “Lord of the Thundercats” and how did he get replaced by this Goku clone? where is the spirit of this character? now it feels like a dumb anime looking teen finding his way through not very interesting adventures… That said maybe it´s just me and my oldschool preferences