It might not have tiger blood, but it's still winning.
When I first heard of an announced reboot to Thundercats
, I was surprised. While certain shows
from the 80s were revived and worked well, Cartoon Network
has a sketchy history of their own revivals (remember the failed revival of He Man
in 2002? Of course you don't). After I caught the official premiere, I was pleasantly surprised.
It was actually pretty good! Better than the original, even. The animation was as crisp as Avatar The Last Airbender
's, the plot evolved from simple 80s' fare to an epic of changing moralities and character development. Voice acting was excellent, including the Mythology Gag
of Lion-O's father being voiced by the original Lion-O.
Of course, every show has its flaws. For Thundercats 2011
, it's pacing. As of today, there are only seven announced episodes of the series. As such, plots and character development that would normally take several episodes to play out in now must be resolved in a matter of minutes. One example would be Wileykit and Wileykat's introduction to the team; the two try to join, Lion-O rejects them, and they decide to join anyway. Another problem is the lack of violence in the show. Despite a rating of TV-PG, the same as Dragonball Z Kai
, there is absolutely no blood in the series.
This is okay if the show uses bludgeoning weapons and the like, but the pilot has somebody getting stabbed in the back.
It just seems unnatural.
Despite these flaws, Thundercats 2011
is still an excellent show. It's practically required viewing for anyone who watch the original Thundercats
in their youth, but it's also goood for kids who loved Avatar The Last Airbender
and want a Cartoon Network