Thundercats Blasphemy

ThundercatsThis is just… just… wrong. For all you good folks who seem to think The Transformers has strayed too far from the source material (I don’t think so personally), I say to you… look at the Thundercats… and then get on your knees and thank whatever gods you worship for how close Transformers is keeping things.

They are re-doing the Thundercats. I love the Thundercats… but this… this is just wrong:

WB animation is remaking the Thundercats as an animated TV series. The animation style is whimsical, Americanized-anime, along the lines of Teen Titans.

The setting is modern-day Earth, in a major city (possibly LA)
The Thundercats are all teenagers. Their leader is Snarf (!) who is now a mystic with a “third” eye. Each of the Thundercats has a weapon with an “Eye of Thunderra” and transformative powers (not just Lion-O)

When they aren’t fighting evil, the Thundercats play together as a rock band. That’s not a typo, or a joke. They are rockin’ cats in their present form.
Mum-Ra now has wings.

Did they just say the Thundercats are teenagers in LA playing in a rock band with Snarf as their leader?!?!?!  I’m stunned… I just… I just don’t know what to say. (via AICN). Thanks to Brian for the heads up.

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56 thoughts on “Thundercats Blasphemy

  1. Transformers after Generation One 1980’s wa ruin by the japanese…

    Transformer Energon, Cybertron and all that crap… Its it crap…

    Beast Wars made sense… as it continued the Transformers story line from after the 1980s Transformers…

    Same can be said about Ghostbusters Extreme… Good continuing the story, good

    BUT Great cartoons are being ruined now I agree… and here they are…

    Yup New ThunderCats YEEEch…
    New G I Joe
    New He-Man…. NOT ONCE but twice, The New Adventures of He-Man(1991) and The New Crap with the boy…
    New TMNT… WTF!!! and the movie makes them look like frogs…

    Any more please be so kind to add… Kids these days are use to ew crap and when they see the older version, they think it shit WHAT-T-F…

    Japanese ruined western made cartoons, anime is fine with their own cartoons but leave good old wholesome cartoons alone…

    NOTE: since when did Prime ever need a massive gun to fight megatron and oh oh oh he is a power ranger now, Super Prime and Omega Prime WTF!!!

    Thanks You for your time =)

  2. This idea of “new thundercats” may be the dumbest idea I have ever heard.

    I cannot fathom why this idea is even being entertained by the WB.

    This idea will fail before the first season is complete. The real question is, what are the advantages of making a series which will intentional fail?

    There must be some looser who’s sole job it is to create series which will fail, and sell it to the WB.

    If the series is a success, the writers take over and that guy is out of a job.

    That is the only rational I can come up with to understand this sad sad reincarnation.


    The setting is modern-day Earth, in a major city (possibly LA) – WTF?

    The Thundercats are all teenagers. – WHY? The mixture of ages was one of the best things about the original show!

    Their leader is Snarf (!) who is now a mystic with a “third” eye. – What the hell happened to Jaga? And what about Lion-O?

    Each of the Thundercats has a weapon with an “Eye of Thunderra” and transformative powers (not just Lion-O) – Way to spoil the entire concept of the Eye of Thundera. Once again, their different talents were what made the original series good.

    When they aren’t fighting evil, the Thundercats play together as a rock band. That’s not a typo, or a joke. They are rockin’ cats in their present form. – *presses hands over ears a la Gollum* I’m not listening, I’m not listening…

    Mumm-Ra now has wings. РWHERE IS THE *ӣ$ WHO THOUGHT THIS UP?!

    I don’t mind if you want to remake the series. Go ahead. I actually quite *liked* the He-Man remake. It didn’t mess around too much with the storyline, it just expanded upon things. I liked that. I would be eager to see how you animate the characters and what new effects you would give the Sword of Omens and Mum-Ra’s transformation.


  4. Well Honestly, Any reimagination of ANYTHING can be either successful or a failure. Granted nowadays most remakes are Horrible, given the dismal results of not only the Dukes of Hazzard, Charlie’s Angels but Starsky and Hutch too (What crack was the director smoking to cast Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson!?) Remakes that stay true to the source material and with the right people working on it that believe in the story and characters (not trying to Lampoon it) can be successful. I.E. LotR, superman returns, X-men, ect.
    Theres tons of Source Material for Thunderctas, one need only look. And if you want to talk about hoaky T.V. cartoons, THEY ALL ARE! But in every story (no matter how hoaky) Theres always a good story to be found. One only needs to Write one out from the materials available. Like taking yarn and making a Sweater, you dont keep all the parts of the yarn, but you make the sweater with the best bits and staying true to the Pattern. Yes the story of the T.C.’s is a realativly simple one, but simple story’s give you the ability to fill in the gaps, and GET RID of the Hoakyness. If it was done right with the right cast, the right director, and the right Script Writer, anything is possible. Not everything is completely transferable to the screen. (Would you have really wanted to see Hugh Jackman in Yellow Spandex?! Ummm… well, i know some ladies that might, but nevermind them) My point is As long as the people involved give their all and not be campy about it, i think it could be good. YES i still remember the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE NIGHTMARE!!! That movie could have been so much better had they never involved our reality into it. How Stupid to bring the Eternians to earth! Barring that Dismal hollywood Fiasco you would think that idiot script writers would remember that that kind of crap doesnt fly. You dont do “Fred and Barney Meet the Schmoo” on the big screen! Hollywood IDIOTS!

    You may have some nods, or Qualms about my picks for casting but this is a rough estimate of a feasable cast that might give a T.C. film some justice and honor.

    Mathew McConaughey as Lion-o (Reign of Fire)
    David Carradine as Tigra (Kung Fu)
    Tea Leoni as Cheetara (Bad Boys, JP3)
    Vin Diesel as Panthro (Riddick)
    Tony Amendola as Jaga (Stargate Sg-1)
    Dakota Fanning as WileyKit (Taken)
    Haley Joel Osment as WileyKat (6th Sense)
    and Andy Serkis as the Snarf (LotR, Kong)
    Directed by David Twohy (Pitch Black, Riddick)
    Music by Dio and/or Iron Maiden (Instrumental ONLY!)

  5. WB people don’t know what the hell they are doing. I hate these new saturday morning cartoons, the characters use big words and do shit little kids don’t even understand. They need to keep it to where the good guy saves the world and shit. FUCKING morons!

  6. It’s great they are redoing the show.Most of you wasn’t born or you were in pampers when it was on.Stop hating Most of you still watch pokemon and W.i.t.c.h.e.s Besides its better than most of these new cartoons out now Snarf Snarf

  7. This can’t be possible! Its like taking the X-Men and having them work at McDonalds and replacing professor Xavior with a Fry Guy!
    Reintroducing ThunderCats was A great opportunity to Create a Great and Powerfull Franchise in the lines of X-Men and Fantastic 4 last I chcked X-Men made over $400 Million at the box office, not to mention merchandising and the DVD is not even out yet, and this licence is still going better than ever in its 3rd film! But they made it Edgy Thundercats has all the makings for a Lord of the Rings which Rocked because it was kept serious and dramatic! If they introduce ThunderCats properly like they did with He-mans new series but Market it Properly they could build A powerfull franchise that would be a staple in the WB universe, on par with Superman “WBs SpiderMan” “BatMan WBs Hulk” and ThunderCats “WBs Xmen or Fantastic Four” Then there would finally be a segway to a Big Budget Live action Movie and Video Games etc There must Be something we can do Please Help!

  8. the wb will forever be scorned for this; they obviously have something against lion-o for giving whatever the fuck his name is leadership, and against the thundercats in general for making them a bunch of teenage, rock band faggots. fuck you wb, i hope someone has enough sense to put all of this shit into a large shredder before it airs on television and the world bears witness to the largest mass suicide in the history of this planet’s existence.
    i’m done now.

  9. What. The. FUCK.

    now thundercats was simplistic and made no sense. but it was for younger kids and they loved it.

    this is conformative stereotypical saturday cartoon bullshit. no imagination here at all.

    and it makes LESS sense.

  10. Does anyone remembers Knights Of The Zodiac? Or Saint Seiya as they where originally called? Well after The Transformers and Thundercats they where my favorite tv show when I was a kid. Will they ruin this too with a poor tv reinvention? John do you remember this animated TV series?

  11. Blasphemy is a good word for describing the bad. I like the Thundercats but this is horrible! Why not make Bush their leader? Geez!!!! ;-/ Damn fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. LOL! Thundercars + The OC tv show = The Bullshit above.

    Talk about adding the “wussy” factor to a kick ass cartoon. The problem is that they are running out of ideas and are going back into the 80s or early 90s and “raping” the solid tv shows. Indeed…very sad.

  13. Why not just say, look our cartoons are shit now compared to the 80’s, so rather than get better writers we’re gonna redo the stuff from the 80’s add in the anime to it cause that’s what in now, and pawn it off as new. Wouldn’t it just be cheaper to just remaster the old thundercats film and rebroadcast? And if you’re gonna rebroadcast thundercats, you may as well do the same with voltron and G1 Transformers (kids will finally know Optimus Prime is not a gorilla)

  14. off of one a one line opinion as to what i think of a cartoon you get that i am a member of some cult that insults 80’s cartoons you must be pretty fucking intellegent. oh wait you watch a cartoon that not only has shitty action BUT HAS TO STATE THE OBIVIOUS EVERY 2 SECONDS…LITERALLY OH MY GOD THEY ARE ATTACKING US, SWORD OF OMENS, WE ARE ATTACKING, SNARF IS A DOUCHE…

    thundercats is a show for the seeing impared and LIKE Zarius those of you who have severe issues with being RETARDED…

    seriously dude don’t bring a knife to a gun fight and don’t call me tasteless or how you typed it tasetless because A: taste is subjective and B: your mother tasets pretty good…wink

    OTHERWISE look at me not an animation fan…look look i said otherwise…you probably like spongebob and tom goes to the mayor

  15. >Guess what…original Thundercats, yeah, they sucked ass so severely that it was painful…so i guess this will be closer to the source material>Guess what…original Thundercats, yeah, they sucked ass so severely that it was painful…so i guess this will be closer to the source material< Guess what? You're an unapprective, tasetless moron. You're part of a dated bandwagon that thinks bashing 1980's cartoons makes you look "cool", instead you're as queer as Toon Zone's reviewers I watched Thundercats recently and it still holds up, anyone who says otherwise is'nt a real animation fan

  16. Preach Goomack! That show was one of my favorites as a kid, then i grew up and watched it again and realized I was gay when I was 8…. I got bettah!

  17. Guess what…original Thundercats, yeah, they sucked ass so severely that it was painful…so i guess this will be closer to the source material

  18. this is a term i thought i’d never use when describing a piece of entertainment. But this has actually RAPED my childhood. Now I know how those poor bastards who were there for opening day of the first star wars felt when they went to go see phantom menace. Ugh. They could have easily anime-ized the series and remade it, and it would have still been way cool. WHY DO THIS!? WARNER BROTHERS, ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME? IM CALLING YOU OUT OVER THIS. FISTS! IN MY BACK YARD. TOMORROW!

  19. Why? … Just … why?

    What are they doing to Thundercats? Hell, while they’re at it, why don’t they just have them live in space?

  20. We should all reunite and do something about this… It’s just fucking wrong! Why would anyone agree to this idea? Why didn’t they just made up a new tv series with that same concept, but without using the thundercats name? Why the fuck would any fan of the Thundercats be interested in this shity new version? Why didn’t they waited for the transformers movie to come out and after it makes a gazillion dollars they would make a cool movie adaptation of the Thundercats too. Why, why, why????????????????

  21. Hey John,
    Alfie just wanted to let you know how disappointed he is with the direction the live-action Transformers movie is taking. In case you were not aware.

    Just kiddin’ alfie. Dont get mad.

  22. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NOOOOOOOOO! Don’t ruin another one with the new cartoon style. These people are forcing me to grow up and get a life. ARHHHH

  23. I never got into Thundercats.

    But there is a brainless trend that happens every few years: in order to make characters “more accessible” to young children or pre-teens, instead of just making an updated cartoon series with classic, loved characters, the think tank will come up one of the following:

    1) Turn the beloved characters into babies (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd for Warners, Baby Kermit and Baby Gonzo for Muppets)

    2) Turn ALL the beloved characters into teens who all speak “surfer, dude”. (X Men Evolution)

    3) Kill off all previous characters to introduce new ones (I wonder what that was….) to sell NEW TOYS.

    4) All the above.

    Generally, I don’t get worked up over it; but when I am forced to watch such goop when my young pre teen nieces come to visit, my only salvation is Spongebob Squarepants. I can tolerate Spongebob.

  24. how close transformers are keeping things? except for pretty much completely changing what the characters look like you mean?

    like copmpletely changing megatron so he looks nothing like megatron at all?and giving optimus prime a fucking hick paint job…does he have a musical horn i wonder?

  25. I thank you, God, for taking Transformers and putting the franchise in the hands of your loyal subjects, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.

    As the release of this film isn’t big enough, IT’S ON FRIGGIN’ INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!! A Massive PARTY IN THE HOUSE!!!


  26. oh well…

    Not everything form the 80’s can be reborn…

    At least the Transformers movie is gonna kick ass!

    Am I right? AM I RIGHT?!?!?!?!?

    You’re damn skippy I’m right!

    “How many brothers out ther know just what I’m gettin’ at
    Who think it’s wrong ‘cos I was splittin’ and co-hittin’ that
    Well if you do, thats OPP and you’re not down with it
    But if you don’t, hers your membership”

  27. “Funny, wise ass people always say things like that until it’s something *they* like or are passionate about gets the same treatment.”

    I suppose a lot of people do, but my attitude has always been that the original is there, and no amount of crap that comes after is going to diminish it. It’s there; the new iteration doesn’t retroactively do anything to it. I’ve checked – Bryan Singer’s movie, for instance, didn’t cause the contents of years of Superman comics to spontaneously change.

    Besides, the last time I heard something like this derided as “blasphemy”, it was a loon who used the word to describe the current “Battlestar Galactica” a year before it came out. That turned out pretty well, I think, and if he still doesn’t like it, he’s got his DVD set of the old series to watch.

    If the new iteration succeeds, it will probably be on merit, and it may even deserve to supplant the original. If it fails, it will also probably be on merit, and it will become a footnote.

  28. Sam,

    It’s hardly a nightmare. I notice typos quite often, but this one actually looks okay to me. He gets his stunned, speechless emotion off very clearly I think. And typos are not a nightmare. Don’t like it? Read another blog; preferably one about petunias.


  29. Nice joke John, very funny, Thundercats in a rock band….wait a second, it’s not April AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

  30. Bad. Bad. Bad. When I first got wind of this I thought it was just a bad joke. Guess not. I doubt this will last too long. I just don’t think kids will be interested. I’m sure the adults sure won’t.

  31. Hey Jer,

    I totally appreciate what you’re saying… but don’t think for a second that “suits” didn’t have control of the original series too. Just food for thought.


  32. haha, what ridiculousness. Especially that garbage about Snarf being the new leader! My memories of Thundercats are mostly of episodes where Snarf got lost or did something stupid that made him get captured by Mumra and the thundercats had to go rescue him. Oh, and that “Snarf is a retard” music that would play whenever he was alone.

  33. Damn, somebody beat me to that Josie and the pussycats gag. It’s like you say though John, a remake doesn’t take anything away from the original, even if the remake is an abomination to what the source material is about.

    I can understand why somebody would get really pissed off about this. From the sound of things, what this boils down to is a company stealing the NAME and that alone of a succesful show in order to try and get some recognition for another series that has nothing to do with what the source material is about. They’re stealing the brand. It’s like when Tim Burton tried to turn Superman into transparent organ teleporting man.

    The only thing to worry about is that when somebody makes a live action Thundercats movie, politics might stop it from being the one we want to see (like if this stupid show is still running and WB doesn’t want people to be confused or come to the realisation that the real Thundercats is better).

  34. Oh my goodness, blasphemy! I can get by with the new animation, I rather like it, but the rest??? Holy crap, it’s simply wrong.

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