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29 July 2011 @ 11:47 pm
Thundercats Hooooooo!!!  
Okay, i think the new Thundercats series may be the most awesome reboot of an 80s cartoon since, well, ever! (Although i must admit that i haven't actually seen any episodes of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic yet, which i hear is also an awesome reboot.)

It certainly helps that they're working with the series with one of the largest disparities between awesomeness of the idea and crappiness of the implementation. Even as a kid i could tell that there were problems with the plot of Thundercats, both the overall arc and the quality of the individual episodes. And even as a kid i didn't like Snarf. Obviously looking back on it after "growing up" only makes those flaws stand out even more. (Especially Snarf.)

But humanoid cats with swords and magic powers kicking ass? Basic idea = awesome!
So the new series took that basic idea, and _most_ of the character traits from the original, and redid all the crappy parts. Of course it's hard to say for sure after just the two episode intro, but the plot seems leaps and bounds beyond the old cartoon, and they even manage to skip _most_ badly done cartoon stereotypes. In fact maybe i'll change my mind after a second viewing, but even the cases where they did go with the stereotypes they handled them pretty well. Also, Snarf. He (she?) doesn't talk any more! He(?)'s just a cute little cat that makes cute little cat noises!

Oh yes, and if you still haven't watched the trailer, the animation is awesome. The only thing that's a little weird is Lion-O's new look, but i mostly got over that pretty quickly.

So yeah, i'm pretty darn happy with this. Let's just hope they can keep up the initial promise for awhile longer (and that the show will last long enough for them to demonstrate that.)
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Steuardsteuard on July 30th, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
Snarf, a flaw? <whine>But Liiiiono...</whine>

Seriously, though, is the show online somewhere? I've probably got to see this. :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 30th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Well it looks like Cartoon Network's webpage has them available if you've subscribed to the appropriate cable provider. (Apparently Time-Warner isn't appropriate. SRSLY? This is the second Time-Warner owned cable company that supports online viewing for every company except Time-Warner!)

Other than that though i think there's just the usual alternate sources.
Steuardsteuard on July 30th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Bleh. We don't have TV service of any kind, so I've generally relied on Hulu or the shows' own websites to watch anything new. I guess we'll wait until it shows up on Netflix, then. :P
Kirin: link-confidentkirinn on July 30th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm going to have to track it down somewhere too. From the trailer, it looked like the animation, sweeping plot, and detailed setting were nearly up to Last Airbender standards, so yeah, looking good.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 30th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that part is unfortunate, and she seems to be lacking a little in the spots department, but i think the costume is a slight improvement. Her old costume (all the old costumes really) seemed a bit too simple.
Steuardsteuard on July 30th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Hey, look on the bright side: at least from the trailer, it appears that they're all wearing clothes from the start. The first episode of the original series had everyone naked until they were told that they'd need clothing when they reached their new home.

(But yeah. Pop quiz: how many Olympic runners have chests that look like the new Cheetara's? I have a guess...)