A Look at the Delayed Thundercats Movie

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thundercats logo A Look at the Delayed Thundercats Movie

Another inevitable film that will arise from the classic 80s cartoons genre following the successes of Transformers (and undoubtedly next week’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) is Thundercats.

A proposed Thundercats feature film had been proposed years ago and later said to be entirely CGI. Now it seems that the project has been delayed as it sits in kitty litter development hell.

Not to worry though as it’s a near guarantee that this film will get made sooner or later and to help prepare you for what that movie will look like, we have some concept art for you.


Movieline released four images for the CGI-based animated Thundercats movie that, according to ThundercatsLair, has been “shelved” for the time being by Warner Brothers. The following images represent the direction that they were going for with the project and they look very cool.

thundercats movie lion o A Look at the Delayed Thundercats Movie
Lion-O, leader of the Thundercats

thundercats movie third earth A Look at the Delayed Thundercats Movie
Third Earth, new home of the “Cat’s Lair”

Head on over to Movieline to see the other two images featuring The Pyramid and an image of the Mutant Attack as well as higher-resolution shots of these.

With the built-in fanbase of Thundercats and the success of the Transformers movies, I’m surprised that this project, or a live-action film based on the property, hasn’t been fast-tracked for a quick release.

If you’re a Thundercats fan dying for this film to come out, check out the fan-made trailer from the end of last year which features the star-studded cast of Brad Pitt as Lion-O, Hugh Jackman as Tigra and Vin Diesel as Panthro.

Warner Brothers currently has Jerry O’Flaherty, an art director on video games such as Gears of War and Command & Conquer: Renegade set to direct the film based on a screenplay by Paul Sopocy (It’s Alive). There’s no official date of release as of yet but it’s been long said to be a 2010 debut which I doubt now as we enter further into the latter half of 2009.

With the project being put on hold, it could be several years before we see more movement on this, but Screen Rant will let you know as soon as anything happens.

What do you think of the artwork?

Source: Movieline, ThundercatsLair

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  1. I have to admit,Lion-O looks like a badass.Gives me a glimmer of hope that this might actually be ok.

  2. I always wanted to see a live action Thundercats movie. If they can give it a serious tone I would be interested.

  3. Looks great. They have done a nice job so far of interpreting the look.

  4. I’m impressed. I mean… Hell, I’d see a “Thundercats” movie with visuals like that — NON-ironically.

  5. Probably my favorite cartoon/toy line from the 80′s. Even more so than GI Joe or Transformers. MOTU is a close second.

    I’d love to see Thundercats happen.

  6. When I heard it was going to be CG, my first thought was, great, a watered-down kid’s movie. But this concept art gives me hope. From the looks of it they’re actually targeting an older demographic, which you just don’t see happen with animated films.

  7. I’m a big fan of the Thundercats so to me this art is a huge let down. That doesn’t look anything like Lion-o. To be honest he looks a lot more girly and the suit doesn’t even look close to his suit. I understand making some changes from the source, but couldn’t it have more similarities other than it being Cat people.

  8. @DanielF
    Leotards. That’s what the source material for Thundercats was. Panthero wore underwear, boots, and suspenders. G.I. Joe changed the attire too much, but for a show like thundercats the change is for the better.

  9. I disagree. The style is different the color is different hell even the Belt buckles has been changed. Ignore the outfit though and look at the character model him self. That doesn’t look anything like Lion-o not even a little bit. This is the exact opposite of respect the source. This is a complete and radical change.

  10. Awful! Isn’t there anyone out there who wants to see the integrity of the old show upheld? I want Lion-O to look JUST LIKE HE DID IN THE CARTOON! The show originated as a cartoon….leave it as a cartoon. This is terrible. Where are the blue boots???? This guy looks like a reject from “CATS” on Broadway.

  11. Thats not Lion-O, end of.

    Shocking.

    If he looks anything like that in the movie (if it ever happens) i wont be wasting my time and cash on it.

    Childhood ruined, cheers.

  12. @PeteyK

    If that was in the play CATS, it would have been the Rated R version of the play. True, it’s not the cartoon, but then again if it’s a movie it’s not going to be a cartoon. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to complain that they’re not going to make a 2 hour Saturday morning cartoon… yeah, no sympathy from me. When Transformers was in production I was as skeptical as anyone. There was a lot in the movie that wasn’t from the cartoon, but then I went back and watched the original series and read the original comics. The ideas were all there in the original works. They just all got undercut and ignored by various writers and changing studio staffs and marketing. No, it’s not the cartoon version I grew up. Nor do I want it to be. I’ve got the series on DVD, why do I want them to spend 100mil making what I already have?

  13. the characters should be for the thundercats are

    liono.should be Mel Gibson for he,s fabolous movie Brave Heart

    cheetara. should be ali larter or angelina Julie

    the others they,re both great hugh Jackman and Vin Diesel are the best is just

    Liono for mel Gibson and Cheetara for Ali Larter or Angelina Julie that,s all thankx

  14. I can’t wait for the special effect. Just like Transformers..they can go all out :)

  15. It’s August 2012, and no sign of a Thundercats series or movie! Whats up with that?????

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