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Art from Studio 4°C’s Thundercats Surfaces

Meet the new cast - similar to the old cast.
Meet the new cast - similar to the old cast.

Yesterday, Ain’t it Cool revealed some new art from Studio 4°C’s adaptation of Thundercats. The fact that the series is being creative isn’t exactly new – a few outlets reported on it in mid-2010. However, this appears to be the first time that actual art for the show has surfaced. MTV’s 2010 story on the series reveals that the show will be produced by some of the more accomplished industry figures from the past decade. If MTV’s story is correct, Sam Register (Teen Titans, Transformers: Animated) will fill the show’s executive producer, while Michael Jelenic (The Simpsons (1988-1989), Wonder Woman) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will share the role of Producer. In addition, this isn’t the first co-production that 4°C performed for Warner – they also did work on segments for  Batman: Gotham Knight and Halo Legends.

So, we have an accomplished studio that knows how to work with a western audience, and three exceptionally talented western figures working on the show. While it’s still a bit early to call, I’m absolutely looking forward to the series. After all, as a child of the ’80s, Thundercats was a staple of my Saturday Morning CartoonTM diet.

I’ll admit, though… there is a lingering skepticism on this series. After all: in retrospect, Thundercats is a campy series (mostly thanks to Snarf, WilyKat, and WilyKit but that’s another story). If they go full-on ’80s with this, the show will just be a campy pretender that will be quickly bitched about on the internet, and forgotten. However, I could see it doing very well if the crew works around the campier elements, outside of the token nod, and focusing on the larger framework that many fans remember.

Now that I think of it, a story about Thundercats wouldn’t be complete without Liono’s cry, or the cheesy-yet-fun ’80s intro would it?

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