It looks like ThunderCats Roar was indeed a thing Cartoon Network wanted to make happen, even though the show missed the initial 2019 release date. You can go ahead and stream the two-part first episode right now.
I reported about CN creating ThunderCats Roar back in May of 2018. Of course, many didn’t like the animation style and thought it disrespected the original series by targeting very young kids. And you know what? I didn’t care back in 2018 and I still don’t care in 2020.
It is clear that the current reboot isn’t primarily for those who grew up with the original series. The creative team is obviously targeting a far younger audience, and that’s fine. Literal grownups need to understand this and let it be.
Also, why not watch the reboot before deciding to hate it? While I wasn’t into the idea of Teen Titans Go! existing, after watching that series I quickly ended up becoming a fan.
The world was given the Teen Titans animated series and now it has Teen Titans Go! Both can exist.
The same goes for the 1985 ThunderCats series, the unfortunately short-lived 2011 series, and ThunderCats Roar. You can go ahead and watch what you like.
— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) January 11, 2020
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.
Apparently, the animated series will debut on Cartoon Network in February of 2020. Let’s see if it’s able to keep to that date.
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