New Thundercats cartoon to be animated by Studio 4°C


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(June 3, 2010 - Burbank, CA) - Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has begun production on "ThunderCats," an all-new animated series for Cartoon Network, based upon the iconic 1980s action classic. "ThunderCats" is the newest series from WBA, joining "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," which was recently renewed for a third season, and the following forthcoming programs: "The Looney Tunes Show," "MAD," "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated" and "Young Justice." The announcement was made today by Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation.

"In addition to being Warner Bros. Animation's first anime series, 'ThunderCats' marks our most ambitious foray yet into fantasy," said Register. "The realism and dynamic visual style we've achieved are sure to thrill viewers, and the cool weapons, vehicles and technology should help the show appeal to a diverse audience."

The 21st century reimagining of the series marks a creative collaboration between WBA and Studio4°C, one of the most vibrant animation studios in Japan, with credits including "The Animatrix," "Gotham Knights" and "Halo Legends." WBA is working closely with Studio4°C, utilizing the latter's expertise to give the "ThunderCats" characters a new cutting-edge look while remaining true to the compelling storylines and mythology of the original series.

"We at Studio4°C are excited to be in this creative partnership with Warner Bros. Animation to bring 'ThunderCats' to life," said Eiko Tanaka, President and CEO, Studio4°C. "This collaboration combines the strengths of our two companies - high production values and great storytelling - toward reintroducing this classic fan-favorite to a new audience."

Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C's use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, "ThunderCats" characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.

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.

"ThunderCats" is executive produced by Sam Register ("Teen Titans," "Ben 10," "Batman: The Brave and the Bold"). Michael Jelenic ("Batman: The Brave and the Bold," "Wonder Woman") and Ethan Spaulding ("Avatar: The Last Airbender") are the producers.

I love Thundercats and I love Studio 4°C, really hope this turns out to be as great as I imagine!


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Lupus said:
Not sure if I want this, Thundercats is awesome, but a Japanese animation studio? Uh...

*copy & pasted from original Thundercats wiki*
"The animation was provided by Pacific Animation Corporation, the working name for a collective of Japanese studios including Topcraft, a group who would later go on to form Studio Ghibli."

Aren't all American cartoons animated in Asia now anyway?


Baka Ranger
What, in fact, is anime? I hate that debate. Even more than the moe one.

And... it depends, we've come to a stage now that a lot of it is done on flash and in-house in LA and places. I think all of Cartoon Network's lineup is done on flash. I don't even know if stuff like The Simpsons/Family Guy is sent out to Korea anymore, since they have become HD at least more than likely but...

Genkina Hito

AUKN Staff
As long as it has the intro, I'm in!!!!

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Now all we need is Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and the finale for Dungeons and Dragons 8) !!!!!


State Alchemist
This could be crazy! Haven't actually watched Thundercats in many a year (unlike stuff like Visionaries, which I have rewatched on DVD more recently), so I don't really know whether I should watch this or not.