Cartoon Network Debuting ‘ThunderCats Roar’ in 2019! Get Ready for a Very Different Look

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While it is great to know Cartoon Network hasn’t forgotten about the ThunderCats franchise, the new direction of ThunderCats Roar is not sitting well with a number of older fans. However, as far as I’m concerned, I will definitely be tuning in to watch the upcoming series when it premieres in 2019. ThunderCats Ho!

The announcement was made through EW. The franchise is being revived onscreen by Warner Bros. Animation as ThunderCats Roar, which gives the characters a very unique look.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.

Coming to the cast, Max Mittelman will voice Lion-O and Wilykat. Erica Lindbeck will voice Cheetara and Wilykat with Patrick Seitz voicing Tygra and Mumm-Ra. Chris Jai will voice Panthro.

A behind-the-scenes featurette was also released. There a freaking ‘meow’ sound in the opening sequence. I am sold!

I think the world that they built lends itself really well to comedy because of how silly and crazy and outlandish those ideas are and some of those settings are,” producer Victor Courtright told EW. “But at the same time, it wouldn’t be ThunderCats if it didn’t have super cool action elements because that’s what people came back to. It’s very much something that we want to lean on. So with the new show, we’re not walking away from the action in any bit. Every step we take towards comedy, we take two more towards really cool action scenes and explosions and lasers and actions effects.”

Similar to Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, certain fans are voicing their disapproval of the animation style being featured in ThunderCats Roar online. Some even blame the success of Teen Titans Go! behind Cartoon Network making such a decision.

I love Teen Titans Go! and if ThunderCats Roar is going to be as awesome as TTG!, then I will be a happy viewer.

Feel free to share your thoughts with us.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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