Why the New Thundercats Flopped
The new thundercats would have worked if….
When I was a boy I was fascinated by the then new tv cartoon series called Thunder Cats. But that was back in the year 1984 – when the Thunder Cats were actually portrayed as a strong, powerful and very honest cartoon characters. Lion-o (the lord of the Thunder Cats) was a very strong young man who knew no fear and had the courage to lead his team and guide others. Indeed also the Sword of Omen was always there to guide him as needed.
But that was back in the old days. Then there was an attempt to reboot Thunder Ctas back in 2011. This new Thunder Cats was a rather foolish attempt to rewrite an already successful and very famous classic cartoon series. There is an old saying that goes – “If it ain’t broken – then don’t try to fix it”.
The old Thunder Cats had no flaws or faults in its story-line, plot or character built. So why did the new creators try to copy paste the old scripts and then rewrite it- again? Well to gain newer audiences of this generation (2010+) of course. The new script shamefully made Lion-O a rather foolish (& timid) teenager with an arrogant nature who is more interested in hitting on girls wearing mini skirts (Pumyra) so he can get laid! Whereas the original script had Lion-O focused on and thinking only of fighting evil forces. The new Lion-O created was too weak and small in size – Lions are not weak when found in the jungle, they are actually the King of the jungle. Even the toyline was so pathetic (& frail) that the new Lion-O toy is actually half the size of the classic Lion-O toy’s.
That was a description on what they did to the character of Lion-O – the rest of the so called modifications (unnecessary) is not even worth mentioning. Mum-Ra was pure evil in the classic version of the show, in the new version I don’t even remember what Mum-Ra looks like anymore.
The all- new Thunder Cats could have been very successful IF the story-line script had the following in them ;
- Lion-O is older and gets married to Pumayra and they have a son (Lion-O Jr) who is the new Lord of the Thunder Cats.
- Panthro had a distant cousin who had a son. He looks almost like Panthro but is much bigger, stronger and is more powerful.
- Cheetara had a daughter with Tygra who looks sexy like a young Cheetara and is well-built like her father Tygra.
- Snarf actually talks and jokes like he did so in the original 1984 series of the cartoon.
And so on and so forth…..Mum-Ra would still be Mum-Ra (no changes) as he is EVER living!
The funny thing is cartoon network has stopped airing the new Thunder Cats completely and in place have started broadcasting the classic bold Thunder Cats series. The reason being new fans for the classic series are growing in numbers by the day as the fans for the new series are slowly disappearing.
So what is not broken indeed needs not to be FIXED. Thunder Cats Hoooooooo!