First Image of the New ‘Thundercats’

Here’s one tailor-made for those susceptible to nostalgia. While plans for a Thundercats feature haven’t gone anywhere in a while, Warner Bros animation is putting together an anime-influenced take on the old show for broadcast on TV. A lousy image leaked out yesterday, but now there’s an official look at the characters straight from the studio.

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When word got out that Cartoon Network would be reimagining the classic 1980s cartoon Thundercats in 2011, fans were simultaneously excited and nervous. The excitement centered on the reality of seeing new adventures with characters like Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara and Tygra. But the word “reimagining” raises huge red flags. What exactly does it mean? Well one of the show’s producers, Michael Jelenic, released a few small details that should ease fan trepidations. Read all about it after the break. Read More »

Return of the Thundercats

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Warner Bros. Animation has announced they have begun production on a new ThunderCats animated series for Cartoon Network. Strangely, this comes only a few days after we learned that 56-year-old Stephen Perry, who wrote for the 1980s cartoon series, was found murdered. I remember loving the Thundercats as a kid, and there was constant talks and rumors of a live-action big screen adaptation in recent years. Check out the first concept image and press release, after the jump.
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The Autumn Society is holding The 80s POP! art show which will feature a collection of artwork inspired by movies, cartoons, and video games from the amazing and imaginary era of the 1980s. From Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, Mario Bros, and many others, this show is bound to delight and spark great memories from this magical time, filled with memorabilia, long haired superheroes, and candy colored good times.

80s Pop! will premiere on Friday, June 5th, starting at 6pm. The show will feature 65 original pieces of artwork and a visit from The Philadelphia Ghostbusters in full suit  and with unlicensed nuclear accelerators! I’ve included some of the art (some of which has been featured in past Cool Stuff and Page 2 columns on the site) after the jump.

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Michael Bay arms crossed

The Onion has published a funny fake news article announcing Michael Bay‘s “landmark $50 million agreement” to “monumentally fuck up” a big screen live-action adaptation of ThunderCats. The article quotes Bay as saying “I couldn’t be more excited to completely fuck this up.”

“I’ll use every directorial tool I have to suck the very life and charm out of this beloved cartoon,” added Bay, claiming that the film could turn out to be the most colossal piece of shit he’s ever worked on. “I won’t rest until I get every last scene exactly wrong.”

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VOTD: Live-Action Thundercats Movie

WormyTV spent a year and a half creating this fan made movie trailer for a live-action Thundercats movie using clips from various movies. Starring Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman and Vin Diesel. The San Francisco-based graphic artist added all the effects frame by frame in Photoshop. The footage was edited in Adobe Premiere. Pretty incredible and also really funny.

ThunderCats Movie Model?


UPDATE: A number of readers have pointed out that the above model is 1) FAKE, 2) LAME, 3) “Probably left over from Small Soldiers” and 4) Not worth talking about

Like a good number of 20somethings, a ThunderCats movie makes me want to run far far away and hide from the Langolier that is booming ’80s nostalgia. Furthering my phobia, Snarfs were probably a distant ancestor of LOLCats. Above is an alleged head model rendering of one the film’s combative furballs (probably Panthro) from Warner Bros‘ 2010 all-CG adaptation of the cult cartoon series/ironic mall T-shirts. No lie: it looks like a surfing steakhead vampire from Lost Boys: The Tribe.

The film will mark the directorial debut of Jerry O’Flaherty, a video game art director on Gears of War (he also got a shout out on Daikatana, nice) from a script by Paul Sopocy (Bijou Phillips’s upcoming It’s Alive). Some sites are linking to an old Vanity Fair piece that lists Hugh Jackman and Jessica Simpson in the cast, but that article’s a total hoax.

Discuss: Does George Lucas look like a grumpy, retired ThunderCat?