Year of the Rabbit? More Like Year of the Reboot!

Review by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

2011 is shaping up to be a year full of reboots, reimaginings, relaunches, remakes, resurrections, or whatever label you want to put on it.  Between the renumbering of all 52 DC Universe titles from DC Comics (Justice League #1 will be the first to be released on August 31st) to the X-Men: First Class origins movie, very few properties have been spared the reboot axe.  Tomorrow marks the continuation of Cartoon Network‘s reimagined ThunderCats after having premiered at the end of July.

Any good child of the 80’s should be able to recite the famous catchphrases from the original series, remembering the days of playing toy swords and shouting “Thunder…Thunder…THUNDERCATS, HO!” (and holding onto that last note for about ten to fifteen seconds).  Both fans and skeptics were out in droves worrying about their precious childhood memories with the new series teasers but so far, it has been a bit of a surprise, a pleasant surprise.  The new ThunderCats reimagines the world of New Earth and that of the role the Thundercats play.  Young Lion-O (voiced by Will Freidle) is being groomed by his father Claudus (voiced by the original voice actor of Lion-O, Larry Kenney) to inherit the mantle of King instead of the boy being thrust into the position as in the original.  It’s a very different beat in that the Thundercats are the “dominate” species who look down upon the lizard men, and other animals and people of the planet, creating a very interesting dichotomy between New Earth’s inhabitants.  Most of the familiar faces showed up in the first episode with the exception of Panthro (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) as a disguised Mumm-Ra.  Although the story veers away from the original, it is done so in a very fresh way.  The animation is both crisp and modern with a blend of CGI and great action sequences.  The voice acting is top notch boasting names like Clancy Brown, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Matthew Mercer to name just a few. It’s time to go into your attic, garage or basement to break out your G.I. Joes, Lazer Tag and Transformers, and enjoy the THUNDERCATS, HO!!!!!!!!!!

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