ThunderCats 2011 Review

I apologize. I am unhinging my jaw to make room for a big ‘ole piece of crow. In person and slightly in the blogosphere I bitched and moaned about how horrible this remake was destined to be.

EAT ME

Friday was a busy day for me…so of course I forgot to DVR the premier. So Monday I frantically scoured the interwebs in hopes of finding a copy to view online…and luckily I was able to find one virus-free. The animation is closer to the original series which is probably due to both series being animated in Japan. For me, the anime style is either a hit or miss…and in this case I think it is a hit. The soft pastely-like hues trigger some sort of nostalgia within me. Within just a few minutes I was sucked in.

The voice acting is excellant-o. The voice of King Claudus sounded eerily familiar…kinda like the original Lion-O. Guess what. Same dude (Larry Kenney). My ear-memory is awesome. Cheetara is voiced by the gorgeous Emmanuelle Chrigui of Entourage fame. Tygra and Jaga are voiced by v/o pros Matthew Mercer and Corey Burton while Panthro is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson from The Cleveland Show. Will Friedle from Boy Meets World fame voices the Lion-O.

The story is a familiar one. A young prince (Lion-O) has his head in the clouds and neglects his princely-duties. His precious ideologies creates rifts with his King father and fuels a rivalry with his older brother (Tygra). Due to betrayal, the cats’ enemy, the Lizard clan, decimate the cat kingdom forcing Lion-O and company to flee their once beautiful home.

This reboot feels similar to Marvel Comics “Ultimate” line. Rather than just going with the flow as was the case in the original series, each character seems to have his/her own point of view. Tygra is now Lion-O’s older, adopted brother. He seems to, by all means, be the better fit for King (on paper.) Wiley Kat and Kit are now resourceful street urchins. Snarf (perhaps my fav change) is now truly just a cat-type pet. No talky-talk. I was, however, correct in my assumption that Cheetara would be turned into the “beautiful enforcer” archetype of female warrior, rather than the badass mother-figure she was in the original. Unlike her contemporaries, she seems calm and collected rather than emotional and hotheaded. She is soon revealed to be part of Jaga’s cleric clan, which may be used down the line if they wish for this version of the character to also be telepathic.) Panthro was shown little in the premier, but I believe he will be explored later in the series. Lion-O, however, is similar to every other point of view young hero. A little stale, but he is supposed to be.

As I watched the premier I kept on thinking that if I were a parent this would be a show I would allow my children to see. Lessons in compassion, empathy, teamwork and creativity are woven in an action-packed pill. Yes, I will continue watching this series. I am excited to see where it goes.

ThunderCats airs on Cartoon Network Fridays at 8:30/7:30c.

 

 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yevav-RcUfQ[/youtube]

Episode 46 : Eat Before You Come

Chirp, chirp. Here is the lowdown on Episode 46 : Diane, Jon, and Jill talk Netflixx, sleepover etiquette, Portlandia, and Paula Dean. Diane used to be a little dribbler.

 

Breaking news includes Christina Aguilera being arrested for PI and Texas Woman’s University being under lockdown due to a “shooting threat.” Other topics of discussion include “Baby Gaga” ice cream, the identity of “Mayor Rahm” being revealed (kinda a letdown), a Voodoo sex ceremony causes a fatal fire, the Cragslist Congressman’s other searches, Anonymous hacking the shit out of Westboro Baptist Church, and an anti-gay pastor caught tugging his turkey in a park while children were present.

It is Kim Kardashian Vs. Paris Hiltion on this week’s Twitter Face-Off. Which vixen ends up on top?

Today’s featured song is “Truth” by Alexander. His self-titled debut is out today!! Pick it up on iTunes and Amazon.

You may know him from his other band, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. They just released the 3rd of a 12 part video series called “Salvo!” Check it out below.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/20377059[/vimeo]

Their song “Home” was featured in this video

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzRKEv6cHuk[/youtube]

Just A Little Bit Of History Repeating Update : ThunderCats Reboot

Well 80’s children, Cartoon Network released a teaser trailer for the upcoming ThunderCats reboot. I gotta say, I am digging the anime style. I’m wondering if they will first release a prequel of sorts, given the fact that in the trailer there seems to be a whole community of Thundarians. So did our favorite feline heroes flee Thundera due to some sort of civil war? I guess we will find out later this year. Check out the trailer below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWrh1axPj0M[/youtube]

Just a Little Bit of History Repeating : ThunderCats Reboot

I don’t want to be a ‘hater.’ I really don’t. I know that history repeats. I mean, just ten years ago boot cut jeans were ‘in.’ We were supposed to wear them low on the waist. Now jeans are so tight that avoiding moose knuckle is nearly impossible. Fashion aside, there seems to be a trend blossoming. First it was He-Man, then it was live action G.I. Joe…now it is the ThunderCats….HO.

Was I the last to know? I was just minding my own business when I noticed that one of my favorite childhood memories was trending on the twitter machine. I did a little google-ing and discovered that Cartoon Network is rebooting the series. The series will debut later this year.

I feel conflicted. At first I was like “Oh cool, man….I can’t wait to hear the new intro music.” After a peek at the promotional images my excitement receded like Prince William’s hairline. Is Tygra holding a gun? Why does Lion-O look like Cloud from Final Fantasy? And oh…my sweet Cheetara…what have they done to you?

Continue reading