While bringing new, young fans to the table, ThunderCats 2011 also manages to please its grown up 80’s children. Purr.
New ThunderCats Review
The ThunderCats are back, revamped, and ready to roar. ThunderCats 2011: Season 1, Book 1 is a two-disc set from Warner Home Video that features the first eight episodes of the newly imagined anime styled cartoon. The new ThunderCats are based on the original 80’s ThunderCats. You’ll find them all there: Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara and more.
Younger kids respond to the anime well, because that’s what they’re used to seeing on their TV screens. I’ll admit that even I (a nostalgia connoisseur) find these new animations to be better than the originals.Warner Bros. Animation worked alongside Studio4°C of Japan to create these newer looks for the ThunderCats. Fans who want to introduce their children to this series will find it retains the same stories and mythology that hooked you in as a kid. (And even as a kid, I’m sure you had a discerning level of taste, I know I did!)
Often when you go back to a show you loved as a child, you realize that it doesn’t live up to your standards. And that’s why ThunderCats fans are lucky, because this re-imagined series gives you everything you wish the original had (and felt like it did have during your first years of watching.) Your trained adult eye will like this new installation rather than rebuke it. And that’s kinda a big deal since often remakes are insulting flops.
You’ll appreciate the great voice acting, which includes original Lion-O voice Larry Kenny as King Clowdus. I mean, does it get more perfect than that?
About ThunderCats 2011: A betrayal. A reluctant leader. A journey like no other. A roaring return for a mighty menagerie of animation icons. The Thundercats are back in an all-new animated series that purrs with sensational stories starring favorite characters. The exciting first eight episodes roar into action with the evil Mumm-Ra’s attack on the city of Thundera that destroys the cat civilization, leaving only a band of survivors – Tygra, Panthro, Snarf, Cheetara, and Wily Kat and Wily Kit – and young prince Lion-O, the surviving ruler of his people.
As the threats of Mumm-Ra ring in their ears, these determined cats know what they must do: find the Book of Omens, which holds the key to their future. Using his powerful Sword of Omens to achieve “sight beyond sight,” Lion-O guides his friends across the lands, facing vicious foes and making new allies. Prowl with the Thundercats through their all-new adventure series, to the legendary temple that conceals their ancient secrets!
Warner Home Video has announced that the new 2011 series is coming home with Thundercats – Season 1, Book 1 on October 18th. The 2-disc package will cost $19.97 SRP and contain the first 8 episodes: “Omens, Part One”, “Omens, Part Two”, “Ramlak Rising”, “Song of the Petalars”, “Old Friends”, “Journey to the Tower of Omens”, “Legacy” and “The Duelist and the Drifter”. Voice cast includes Will Friedle (Kim Possible’s “Ron Stoppable”) as Lion-O, Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Madeleine Hall, Matthew Mercer, Eamon Pirruccello, and Clancy Brown (Lost, Starship Troopers, Carnivàle, Green Lantern, Jackie Chan Adventures, SpongeBob SquarePants’ “Mr. Crabs”, and “Lex Luthor” in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited).
ThunderCats season 1, Book 1 is available on DVD now, and priced at $19.97.
Disclaimer: A copy was provided for review.