The ’80s cartoon series Thundercats holds a special place in many people’s hearts. The original show followed a group of catpeople who left their home for a new planet, which was filled with mutants, robotic bears, and a mummyman. Now, the show is getting a reboot on Cartoon Network, with a comedic spin.
Set to debut in 2019, Thundercats Roar is a sci-fi action comedy series from Warner Bros. animation. Producer Victor Courtright discusses the new show, and his new take on the classic team, which you can see in the video below.
Yes, this show is a huge departure from the original series; however, it is in the same vein as Teen Titans Go! That makes sense as Sam Register–executive producer of the DC superhero comedy–will be serving as E.P. on Thundercats Roar. It is unknown at this time how many episodes have been ordered or what the format is for the show. The biggest element the video above offers is the opening credits.
There are a few familiar names in the cast: Max Mittelman (Spider-Man) voices Lion-O and Wilykat, Erica Lindbeck (Avengers Assemble) voices Cheetara and Wilykit, Patrick Seitz (Transformers: Power of the Primes) voices Tygra and Mumm-Ra, and Chris Jai Alex (Star Wars: Battlefront II) as Panthro. All of these actors have had careers in voice acting, many of whom have worked on both Marvel and DC properties in the past.
This isn’t the first time Thundercats got a reboot. In 2011, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network delivered a Thundercats series that combined Japanese anime and Western animation style. Although the show received much critical acclaim, it didn’t even get its full first season. Cartoon Network only aired 26 of the planned 52 episodes. Thundercats Roar seems to be such a departure from the original that it may not win over hardcore fans, but it will easily find a new audience with younger viewers and those who love the comedic styling of Teen Titans Go!