Jan 26, 2011

if you don't know, now you know-ThunderCats Ho!!

12:01 AM

UPDATE!  Thanks to Bleeding Cool for passing on the deets of ThunderCats scribe, Todd Casey dropping us a real-deal, official image of those fab, four felines that trended and RT'd more than I coulda imagined om Twitter yesterday...looks like more of the same today.

Guess 80's chic is still the shit, huh?! Prince should so do the opening soundtrack.  Utter sickness.

10:40 AM                                                                                                                                                                1/25/2011
 2011 will go down as the year that Japan fully takes over the animation game (for many, this took place in the 90's) with Studio4°C (The Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight) anime house bringing ThunderCats to the Cartoon Network later in the year.  Thanks to the sneaky ninjas at Thundercats Lair we get to see the first image of the re-visioned anime from The London Toy Fare:

Similar to how Madhouse rocked a fab take on Iron Man (jury is still out on Wolverine)-- we get a more youthful, stylized refresh of Lion-O, Tygra, Cheetara and Panthro.  You gotta love those handlebars on Panthro!!  According to various forums the mood and theme will be much darker and mature in tones like that of most anime out there. 

ThunderCats is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers. The series marks a creative collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and Studio4°C, one of the most vibrant animation studios in Japan.
Debuting in 1985, the ThunderCats roared onto the broadcast air waves and created feline frenzy with their band of cat-like heroes from the planet Thundera. Behind their fearless leader Lion-O, the ThunderCats strove to protect their new home on Third Earth and their headquarters, Cat’s Lair, from the Mutants of Plunn-Darr. The ThunderCats pop culture phenomenon had its paws sunk deeply not only in television, but also toylines, apparel and comic books. Twenty-five years later, through the Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Bandai America collaboration, the beloved brand is poised to make a new audience of kids feel the magic and hear the roar once again.

Well, of course being at an ahem...toy convention..how about the figs, weapons and is that the ThunderTank?! from the craftsmen of Bandai based on the new animation!

Though I will be passing on most of the figs (I am maxed out on shelf space for a new toy-line) the Sword of Omens-- that extends from knife to sword!-- will be swinging around my man-cave fo sho.  Until we get some actual footage of the new ThunderCats, here are the Madhouse (easily, my top Anime studio) teasers on the frontmen of Marvel-- Iron-Man and Wolverine:

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