Computer Animated ThunderCats Opening

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a computer animated remake of the opening of the ThunderCats animated series. Plus, take a look at the science of superpowers inspired by Netflix’s new movie Project Power. And finally, listen as a virtual orchestra provides a medley of 25 different James Bond theme songs from over the years. Read More »

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Update: Writer Rhett Reese has shot down this rumor on Twitter. Our original article continues with an update at the bottom of the post.

Director Michael Bay has spent more than a decade working on Transformers movies with only a few scattered non-Transformers projects in between. But now a new rumor says Bay is working on a live-action adaptation of a different 1980s cartoon.

IGN claims Bay is at the helm of a secret Thundercats movie for Netflix with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds in a lead role – and the film is in production right now. Read more about today’s wackiest film-related rumor below.
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Savage World Thundercats Figures

Last week, you might have been weirded out by Funko’s release of a certain set of action figures in their Savage World line-up that turned iconic slashers like Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees into post-apocalyptic, pulp fiction style action figures with some of the biggest muscles you’ve ever seen. The line is inspired by the classic Masters of the Universe figures from decades ago, and thankfully, a more appropriate brand name is getting the Savage World treatment for fans to collect.

Thundercats is one of the most beloved animated shows of the 1980s, and since the character designs weren’t far off in style from the super ripped characters of Masters of the Universe, they’re the perfect intellectual property to get their own Savage World action figures. Check them out below. Read More »

thundercats roar

Some things are very sacred to certain people. Like the 1985 animated children’s series ThunderCats for instance. In some people’s minds, ThunderCats, a cartoon about catlike humanoid aliens with swords, is as sacrosanct as Michelangelo’s painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Now, a new ThunderCats series, ThunderCats Roar, is on the way and some people are very, very Mad Online™.

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voltron next power rangers

While Power Rangers is go-going to the top of the box office and into a six-year franchise, we’re left wondering what other beloved shows could be morphing their way to the big screen. And could the success of Power Rangers signal the adaptation of similarly kitschy team-centric shows — often from our Saturday morning lineup?

Here are a few properties ripe for adaptation that have been floundering in development hell, but may get the kickstart they need after Power Rangers’ box office success.

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Where Are They Now short film
Steve Cuts has created Where Are They Now?, a six minute animated short film which shows the sad lives of our favorite cartoon characters who are “facing reality long after their heyday prime.” The short starts off showing what has become of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica, but it also features many other cartoon characters from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, including characters from He-man, Donald Duck, The Smurfs, Super Mario, Thundercats, Carebears and many more. The short is funny but also very sad — I’ve always wished we would see a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel which would show us what became of all of our beloved childhood cartoon characters (but I never imagined it could have gotten this bad). Watch the Where Are They Now short film embedded after the jump.

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Much like the old school VH1 TV show, Gallery 1988 is having the best week ever. Their Melrose location currently has the amazing Return of the Great Showdowns exhibit on the walls and this coming Friday, September 28, their Venice location opens an insanely clever and cool exhibit by popular pop artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo.

The show is called Around the World In An ’80s Daze and is comprised of travel posters for locations from famous ’80s films and TV shows. Stuff like The Terminator, Caddyshack, Vacation, A Nightmare on Elm Street or Thundercats. Opening 7 p.m. September 28 at Gallery 1988 Venice, Around the World In An ’80s Daze remains on display through October 20.

While each artist has already revealed a few posters to tease the fans, /Film is proud to debut three new posters each for this super exciting show. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

Watch the WonderCon ‘Thundercats’ Footage

Over the past couple months we’ve started to hear bits and pieces about the new Thundercats series that will soon run on the Cartoon Network. The basic designs look pretty good — changed a bit, updated a bit, but still the same characters. And while I’ve never had nostalgia for the show, some of the details that are starting to trickle out suggest that the show isn’t just a nostalgia grab, but an attempt to really build a new story out of the goofy old characters and concept. If anyone is going to revive an ’80s cartoon, this might be the way to do it. Footage of the new version was shown at WonderCon this weekend, and you can watch the two-minute clip below. Read More »

New ‘Thundercats’ Animated Series Trailer

The Thundercats are coming back to the small screen later this year courtesy of Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network. And though the big screen adaptation of Thundercats is currently dead, its brand new cartoon series is sure to breath life into the franchise. Up until now, we’ve only seen one choice image of the group, but a trailer recently aired during the network’s Hall of Games Awards that gives a much better idea of what fans can expect. Check it out below. Read More »

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Five years ago, Warner Brothers was thinking of taking the cult 1980s cartoon series Thundercats and developing it for the big screen. They had a director, a script and everything. But now it’s 2011 and while there’s a brand new Thundercats television series coming soon, the movie never saw the light of day. There’s evidence a lot of work was done on the project though. Movieline released some concept art from the abandoned film in 2009 and now Flixist has now found some footage that looks just like those images. Connecting the dots, it seems like this is test footage from the Thundercats movie that will never be. Thundercats fans are going to want to check this out. And you can, after the jump. Read More »