Atlanta—It appears that on July 29, “ThunderCats” will once again be on the move, “ThunderCats” will be loose. Someone who clearly didn’t grow up in the 1980s when the original “ThunderCats” first aired and delighted children during its three-year run has decided to reboot the franchise for Cartoon Network. Prepare to have your childhood memories destroyed.
Cartoon Network said this series will be darker in tone than the original, and that Lion-O will play a serial killer who works for the Miami Police Department as a forensic blood spatter analyst and kills other murderers who have escaped the justice system. The kids will love it!
But it’s not only fans of the original series who are upset about this reincarnation. The original cast still has a bad taste in their mouths over money and not being asked to be involved in the new series.
No one in the original cast would agree to speak to TDQ on the record. But a source close to the cast confirmed there is still bad blood. “No, nobody I know is happy about it at all, snarf, snarf,” said the source, on condition of anonymity.
The source said the residual checks the cast received stopped after just 13 airings, and they never saw any money from merchandise. The source said the cast is contemplating filing a lawsuit against the production company for merchandise back-pay, but the contracts are exceptionally complex.
“They’re half in Japanese,” the source said. “Pain in the ass, snarf, to make heads or tails out of them.”
The source said that the cast has made several attempts in the past to get on panels at Comic-Con in San Diego to get back into the public eye, but with little luck. The source said one of the lamest excuses they received from Comic-Con representatives was that there was insufficient security to handle an appearance by the series’ main villain.
“Actually, believe it or not, snarf, Mumm-Ra is actually a pretty good guy,” the source said. “He did an eight-week run of ‘The Odd Couple,’ snarf, with Tigra in Port St. Lucie, (FL) a couple years ago. Got great reviews, snarf. You get him going, and Mumm-Ra does an awesome Tony Randall impression, snarf.”
Ron Vanasdale and Nick Dardano contributed to this article