Last summer, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation announced they would be rebooting the 1980's animated classic Thundercats animated series. In anticipation of its debut later this year, a 2 minute trailer was released featuring a much leaner Lion-O and his team of cat-like humanoid aliens .
As child of the 80's, fan of original show and a self-confessed grown up nerd, I'm not really feeling it.
Warner Bros. chose to go with a Japanaese animation company, STUDIO4°C, responsible for the reboot of the Transformers. Based on the clips from the trailer, the animation feels a bit too much like anime, leaving behind the grittyness that made the original a classic.
When watching the trailer below, focus no further than the shots of Mumm-Ra, the demonic, mummified sorcerer and nemesis of the Thundercats. I recently watched some of the original episodes, and his eyes are as piercing and bone chilling as I remember them when I was kid. The 2011 version? It looks like Dragon Ball Z's Goku is about to enter the screen with a Kamehameha blast.
It just doesn't feel right. Check out the trailer below, judge for yourself.