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Forget about the “Thundercats” live-action movie. At this point, it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon, if at all. Until then, though, Warner Bros., through their Warner Bros. Animation division, will be satiating those “Thundercats” needs with a new animated TV show to run on the Cartoon Network in 2011. Also, check out the first promo image released for the show.
Studio4°C, the animators behind The Animatrix, Gotham Knights and Halo Legends, is working in conjunction with Warner Bros. Animation to ensure the Thundercats have “a new cutting-edge look while remaining true to the compelling storylines and mythology of the original series.” The press release goes on to describe the animation style, “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.”
A strong team is behind this new incarnation of Thundercats that includes executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), and producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender).
Looks like the Cartoon Network is stocking up on some exciting new shows in the coming years. They also have a “Green Lantern” animated series set for 2011, around the same time as the live-action movie starring Ryan Reynolds.
So what will a “Thundercats” animated show look like? Um, probably like this, only with better animation (though I gotta admit, after watching the opening sequence below, the old show had pretty decent animation):