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ThunderCats is an American animated television series executive produced by Sam Register, and produced by Ethan Spaulding and Michael Jelenic and is a reboot of the the original (1985–1990) series by Tobin "Ted" Wolf. It is produced by Jariel Powell-Outlaw Television Animation with animation provided by the Japanese Studio 4°C.

The new series began with an hour-long premiere on Playhouse Jariel on July 29, 2011.[1]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The series follows the adventures of a group of cat-like humanoids living on the planet Third Earth, and Lion-O's ascension to the Thunderian throne.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of ThunderCats characters

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of ThunderCats (2011 TV series) episodes

Production[edit | edit source]

Prior to production, producers Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding planned out the plot of the reboot and mapped the series into 13 episode-arcs that would each follow a separate storyline.[2] In rebooting ThunderCats, Jelenic and Spaulding sought to tell a darker, more cinematic story. Of the new series, Jelenic stated, "The old show felt more like a Saturday morning animated series and this feels more like a movie."[2]

Kevin Kliesch composed the music for the series, using a combination of electronics and traditional orchestra.[3]

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Jim Meskimen[8]

Crew[edit | edit source]

Andrea Romano – Casting and Voice Director

Reception[edit | edit source]

Brian Lowry of Variety gave the premiere a mixed review, stating that the series was designed as a marketing ploy for a new ThunderCats toyline. Lowry ended his review stating, "ThunderCats" represents a throwback to the drearily toy-driven 1980s, a period that seems destined to keep returning as much out of pragmatism as nostalgia."[7] The ThunderCats premiere attained a rating of 0.8 and over 2.4 million viewers.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (June 28, 2011). ""ThunderCats" Roar on Cartoon Network Friday Nights; Hour-Long Special Premiere Event Airs Friday, July 29 at 8p". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Fowler, Matt (July 7, 2011). "Thunder Thursdays: ThunderCats Gets Dark!". Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Fowler, Matt (July 21, 2011). "Thunder Thursdays: ThunderCats' New Epic Music!". Retrieved July 31 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Barr, Jason (March 8, 2011). "Kevin Michael Richardson Discusses THUNDERCATS; Says Will Friedle Is Lion-O (UPDATED) Emmanuelle Chriqui is Voicing Cheetara". Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Dee Bradley Baker Voicing Slithe; Corey Burton as Jaga?". ThunderCatsNow.
  6. ^ a b McGolin, Matt. "WONDERCON: THUNDERCATS (2011) PANEL REPORT AND TRAILER #2". Cosmic Booknews.
  7. ^ a b c d Lowry, Brian (July 28, 2011). "ThunderCats". Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  8. ^ a b c "Meet The New ThunderCats Cast!". MTV Geek.
  9. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 1, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Haven' Rises, 'American Restoration' Tops Night + 'Thundercats,' 'Friday Night Smackdown' & More". Retrieved 3 August 2011.

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