So, my wife and I were on a little, private tour of the Warner Bros. animation studio last July and I saw this poster:
At first, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at – then I saw the black/red Thundercats symbol and I nearly shat my pants.
I was a huge Thundercats fan when I was a kid. My dad even made me 2 wooden swords in his shop – 1 small and 1 large. I then magic-markered the red/black logo and pretended to be Lionel in my basement. Yup, I was very popular in school… wait.
Anyway, I stared at the poster for quite some time and our guide told us the team wasn’t there so I couldn’t pester them (we did get to meet some Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc peeps and other great individuals working on all things WB Animation). But that poster haunted me for quite some time.
Then, we moved and changed our TV service to UVerse – which included the Boomerang network. Score! My wife recorded some older Thundercats episodes and I watched one with my kids. Um, yeah… like Knight Rider, Thundercats didn’t stand up too well to the test of time. It’s a tad painful to watch as an adult. The kids liked it, though.
Well, the new series debuted a few days ago and I have only 1 word: wow.
Wow wow wow!
Mummra, mecha, some adult themes, *gorgeous* animation, refreshed storyline — WB Animation continues their renaissance (have you caught the new Looney Toons yet? If you like cartoons, you should… like, NOW!).
I eyed my kids carefully during the more violent scenes (of which there were many) and I’m not sure about continuing to let them watch this 2011 version. I dunno – the violence is a hair above GI Joe and a step below Japanese Anime samurai gore (no blood, just people dying/getting kicked in the face a lot). Definitely more thought required.
In any case, if you are a geek who’s grown into his/her adult body – and you still like cartoons – catch this series! I doubt it’s a mere coincidence all the things I loved as a kid are coming back. The animation studios know many of us have bred and our kids are now “of age.” Yup, I’m watching Thundercats, Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. and Looney Tunes with my kids – loving every second of it!