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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
29 July 2011 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The Cats are coming out to play. See more »
Plot:
After his home kingdom is destroyed by the ancient devil priest Mumm-Ra, the young Thundercat Lord Lion-O leads a team of survivors as they fight evil on Third Earth.
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Decent reboot/remake of the original series. See more (15 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 18)

Will Friedle ... Lion-O / ... (24 episodes, 2011-2012)

Matthew Mercer ... Tygra / ... (22 episodes, 2011-2012)

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Panthro / ... (22 episodes, 2011-2012)

Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Cheetara (21 episodes, 2011-2012)
Satomi Koorogi ... Snarf (21 episodes, 2011-2012)
Madeleine Hall ... WilyKit (19 episodes, 2011-2012)
Eamon Pirruccello ... WilyKat (19 episodes, 2011-2012)

Robin Atkin Downes ... Mumm-Ra / ... (14 episodes, 2011-2012)

Dee Bradley Baker ... Slythe / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
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Series Directed by
Shin'ichi Matsumi (9 episodes, 2011-2012)
Sean Song (9 episodes, 2011)
Yoshiharu Ashino (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Takahiro Tanaka (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Yasuhiro Geshi (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Writing credits
Ted Wolf (18 episodes, 2011-2012)
Todd Casey (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Tab Murphy (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Paul Giacoppo (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
J.M. DeMatteis (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Brandon Easton (1 episode, 2011-2012)

Series Produced by
Jules Bass .... consulting producer (18 episodes, 2011-2012)
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... consulting producer (18 episodes, 2011-2012)
Michael Jelenic .... executive producer / producer (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ethan Spaulding .... executive producer / producer (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Toshiyuki Hiruma .... line producer (16 episodes, 2011-2012)
Eiko Tanaka .... animation producer (15 episodes, 2011-2012)
Sam Register .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ayako Sekine .... animation line producer / assistant producer (9 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kunitoshi Yamada .... animation producer (7 episodes, 2011)
Hiroto Yonemori .... animation producer / animation line producer (5 episodes, 2012)
Tomoko Ogiwara .... animation line producer (3 episodes, 2012)
Hiroyasu Hirano .... animation line producer (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Original Music by
Kevin Kliesch (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Film Editing by
Damon P. Yoches (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Casting by
Andrea Romano (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dan Norton (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Yusuke Yanagisawa (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Production Management
Brian E.S. Jones .... executive in charge of production (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Scott Shinick .... post-production manager (15 episodes, 2011-2012)
Will Feng .... production manager (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jeff Prezenkowski .... executive in charge of production (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Bobbie Page .... production supervisor (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Tramm Wigzell .... executive in charge of production (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Art Department
Yu Sato .... color designer / color stylist / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kôji Watanabe .... mechanical designer (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
Seung Eun Kim .... storyboard supervisor (7 episodes, 2012)
Brian Uchida .... prop designer / background designer (7 episodes, 2012)
Takashi Nakamura .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Karl Östlund .... prop designer (2 episodes, 2011)
Seiji Okuda .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2012)
Tsukasa Tominaga .... color coordinator / color stylist (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Sound Department
Roger Pallan .... foley artist (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
Carlos Sanches .... re-recording mixer (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
Bill Devine .... original dialogue recording engineer (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Gerardo Gonzalez .... sound editor (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Sarah Baluch .... recording machine operator (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jeff O. Collins .... recording machine operator (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kelly Ann Foley .... adr editor / dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Patrick J. Foley .... adr editor / dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Mike Garcia .... adr editor / dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Mark Keatts .... supervising adr editor / supervising dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Wilson Martinez .... sound reader (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Fred Salinas .... sound reader (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jeff Shiffman .... supervising sound editor (8 episodes, 2011)
Pomann Sound .... adr recordist / dialogue recordist (5 episodes, 2011)
Max Conklin .... adr recordist / dialogue recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Justin Kaupp .... adr recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform (3 episodes, 2011)
Robert Shellhorn .... dialogue coder (2 episodes, 2011)
Matthew Thomas Hall .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Special Effects by
Koji Watanabe .... mechanical designer (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Masaya Inaba .... director: CGI (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Yoichi Kousaka .... compositor (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kosuke Kawamura .... director: CGI (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ami Nakai .... director: CGI (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Tomoko Washida .... director: CGI (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Toshikazy Hisano .... compositor (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Animation Department
Matthew Girardi .... effects animator / main title animator / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Takahiro Tanaka .... character designer / animation director / ... (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Damon P. Yoches .... animatic editor (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Sean Yoo .... background designer (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kim Bowen .... color designer (7 episodes, 2012)
Youa Vang .... background color designer (7 episodes, 2012)
Todd Uyeminami .... background designer / background color designer / ... (4 episodes, 2011)
Kazuya Fukuda .... background designer (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kyle Stafford .... animatic editor (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Masahiko Sasaki .... animation director / key animator (3 episodes, 2012)
Masayuki Katou .... animation director (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Takuo Tominaga .... animation director / key animator (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jirô Kanai .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2011)
Takeshi Yamazaki .... inbetween artist / inbetween supervisor / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Casting Department
Liz Carroll .... casting administrator (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Susan Chieco .... casting administrator (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Editorial Department
Steven White .... on-line editor (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
Christopher D. Lozinski .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Music Department
Peter Rotter .... music contractor (25 episodes, 2011-2012)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kevin Kliesch .... soundtrack producer / theme music: main theme adaptation by (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Niki Sherrod .... executive in charge of music (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jules Bass .... theme music: main theme written by (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Bernard Hoffer .... theme music: main theme written by (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Patrick Murray .... musician (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Clinton Rusich .... musician (6 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Other crew
Andrea Romano .... voice director (26 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ed Adams .... production management (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
John Michael Beach .... business and legal affairs (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Lori Blackstone .... business and legal affairs (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Luisa Guzman .... production accountant (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Vivian Hernandez .... production support (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Audrey Kim .... production support (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Sharmalee Lall .... business and legal affairs (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Debbie Lindquist .... production accountant (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Nicole Martin .... production administrator (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Tamara Miles .... production support (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Bonnie Negrete .... business and legal affairs (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Maral Simonian .... production accountant (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Joulene St. Catherine .... business and legal affairs (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kira Tirimacco .... production support (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Renee Toporzysek .... production support (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Athena Wingate .... production accountant (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Janet Yi .... production support (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Brian Uchida .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2011)
 

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Larry Kenney the original voice of Lion-O in the 1980s series is now the voice of King Claudus, the father of Tygra and Lion-O. Jim Meskimen, character designer of the 1980s series will be voicing character(s) in this series.See more »
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Claudus:The Book told that it was the ThunderCats, our ancestors, who first defeated Mumm-Ra! It was the ThunderCats who brought law and order to a world of waring animals! And it is now the ThunderCats who are strong enough to maintain this fragile peace!See more »

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14 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Decent reboot/remake of the original series., 13 September 2011
Author: Matt Kracht (krachtm@yahoo.com) from New York

When I was a kid, I was pretty big into Japanese animation, though it was mostly the butchered American cuts that were imported in the late 70s through mid 80s for TV syndication (Voltron, Battle of the Planets, etc). Along with that, I was also a big fan of Thundarr the Barbarian, Thundercats, Dungeons & Dragons, and Galaxy Rangers, which took most of their inspiration from Western comic books. All of them were flawed -- some worse than others -- but, overall, I think they were able to generally overcome their flaws and establish very strong tropes in their respective genres. In particular, the plots were generally pretty throw-away. For example, in Voltron, Thundarr, and Thundercats, most episodes ended with the exact same Deus Ex Machina, a magic sword. It's easy to overlook such things as a kid, especially when what's really drawing you are the characters, the art, the themes explored, and the creative ideas.

This reboot of Thundercats avoids some of the pitfalls of the classic 1980s cartoons -- especially, the horrible Deus Ex Machina endings, though it plays the whole MacGuffin angle pretty straight. The original series was very didactic, with an important lesson that Lion-O learned every episode. It wasn't very subtle, either. That carries over into this new series, with the same lack of subtlety. Arguably, it's even more overt, though the lessons are weaved into somewhat interesting stories. The lessons learned in this new version are a jumbled, eclectic mix, ranging from the authoritarian "family values" of the 80s D&D cartoon ("never go against the group", "never complain, whine, or express doubt in leaders", "know your place in the social hierarchy", "optimists/idealists are always right; pessimists/cynics are always wrong"), while also incorporating some degree of liberal/libertarian principles, such as individualism, non-conformity, and anti-imperialism. Of course, none of the characters are non-conformist enough to be outside societal norms, such as being gay or rejecting traditional gender roles. In particular, the men are heroic, over-the-top beefcake, and the women, while competent and confident, exist mainly as sexy love interests (and fan service). Certainly, it could have been much, much worse -- Cheetara never once needs to be rescued by the men -- but it's still a slight bit disappointing, for all their talk of individuality and non-conformism.

The writing is a bit uneven, while the art is quite good. In both areas, however, they take time out to hit every single cliché imaginable. At one point, Lion-O and Mum-Ra both form exoskeletons and rush at each other, like some cheap anime from the 90s. Lion-O also has the most stereotypical spiky anime hair ever, as if he were designed by some weeaboo fanboy who'd never seen any anime except cheap Dragonball Z ripoffs. Obviously, I'm not really a big fan of the art style, though it's quite good for what it is. Despite how clichéd and derivative it is, it looks as though it had quite a lot of money put into it. It's too bad that more time and effort wasn't put into the writing, though the series is capable of some surprisingly good episodes (with the Petalars as a particular stand-out, probably better than any of the original episodes). Besides the Petalars, the writing often struck me as ham-fisted, stereotypical and clichéd, though much of that is certainly due to the fact that it's a kids' cartoon. These aren't really known for subtlety or being particularly deep. However, there's an admirable amount of grey morality present, and the show never actually patronizes its audience by dumbing things down for them. The Thundarian empire, for example, is portrayed as being a bit fascist, having degenerated into an authoritarian, brutal state that sees mercy as weakness. It's not Shakespeare, but few things truly are. For a kids' cartoon, that's pretty good.

Despite what some people may say, this series really isn't aimed at adults. It's pretty obvious that it's squarely aimed at kids, much like the original series, though I wouldn't say that young adults are all that far outside of its demographic. I enjoyed the original series as a teenager, and I'm sure that there's a lot here that a teen or college kid could like, as well. I'm a bit perplexed as to what 35 and 40 year old fans of this show are seeing, but they apparently do exist. The power of nostalgia is undeniably strong, and I'd probably be willing to overlook many cheesy, campy aspects of the original series if I were to watch it again now, but I have no such emotional ties to this new series. Judged entirely on its own merits, I'd say that it's an above-average kids' cartoon, but that's about it.

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