The feline action heroes from our childhood are returning in a new animated television series called ThunderCats Roar but not in a way that long-time fans would have hoped for.
The intended reboot will be taking a striking comedic and goofy approach, which is a massive change from how the franchise was originally created. The silver lining, if there is one to be found, lies in the fact that the premise will at least remain the same.
For the young or those who have forgotten, Lion-O and the rest of the ThunderCats will crash land on Third Earth after fleeing the sudden destruction of their home world called Thundera. They will attempt to start over and make a home for themselves on this new planet. However, they will be opposed by a host of creatures such as the Mutants and the ever-living Mumm-Ra.
In an announcement video that went behind the scenes from earlier today, producer Victor Courtright shared his love for the original cartoons and explained just how the new comedic take is justified. He assured though that there will still be plenty of action elements.
“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,” said Courtright. “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.”
ThunderCats Roar is slated to premiere on Cartoon Network sometime next year. This will be the second time for the cult-favorite franchise to grace the network in recent years, following the eponymous reboot (another one) in 2011 that combined elements from western animation and Japanese anime. It was actually quite decent but was cancelled just after the first season.