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.

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

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