In June 2010, Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on ThunderCats, an all-new re-engineering of the iconic 1980s action classic, for Cartoon Network. ThunderCats is the newest series from WBA, joining Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which was recently renewed for a third season.
“In addition to being Warner Bros. Animation’s first anime series, ThunderCats marks our most ambitious foray yet into fantasy,” said a Warner executive. “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 re-imagining 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 and Gotham Knights. WBA is working closely with Studio4°C, hoping to use their expertise to give the ThunderCats characters a new cutting-edge look while remaining true to the compelling storylines and mythology of the original series.
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 have realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.
It is hoped that the new ThunderCats will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. ThunderCats is executive produced by Sam Register (of Teen Titans, Ben 10 and Batman: The Brave and the Bold).