The live-action Thundercats film may still be in Hollywood turnaround purgatory but the recently announced animated reboot is Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats Ho!
Fans who thought they might never see the ThunderCats gracing a television screen again will be glad to know that not only is the 80s remake on schedule for its 2011 premiere on Cartoon Network, but Warner Bros. Consumer Products has already started marketing toys for the series – and the re-imagined Thunder Tank gives us our first look at fan-favorite character, Snarf.
One week ago, we reported on concept art that offered fans a first look at Studio 4°C’s Eastern-inspired animation style – as well as the principle characters Lion-O, Panthro, Tygra, and Cheetara. However, noticeably absent was the team’s pet/side kick/comic relief Snarf.
Now, SuperHeroHype has a first look at some of the new ThunderCats action figures including Lion-O, Cheetara, a deluxe play Sword of Omens, as well as the Thunder Tank – which comes packaged with Snarf.
Check out the images of the Thunder Tank box art as well as a close-up of Snarf further below:
The box art still don’t offer any hints as to who exactly Lion-O and his team will be facing off against but it’s definitely interesting to get a peak at the redesigned Snarf. The updated character design certainly fits with the new art style as well as, judging by this single image, gives Snarf a younger-looking/sleeker (by comparison) body shape.
The Thunder Tank is equally reverent to the source material while adding the necessary edge to compete with other modern cartoon series.
In case you’re feeling nostalgic, and let’s face it, that’s why these series are making a comeback. Check out the images of the original Thunder Tank box art and Snarf below:
While Cartoon Network is keeping certain details (enemies, new characters, etc.) under wraps, the network has released a basic plot synopsis to give fans a brief taste of what’s to come:
The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.
The new ThunderCats animated series will debut in 2011 on Cartoon Network.