ThunderCats: The Complete Series coming to Blu-ray – Show still missed by fans

For every cult-favorite – and cancelled – TV series, there will always be a few fans who wish the show never caught the dreaded axe. For instance, Firefly’s cancellation only made the show more popular. For cartoon lovers, we have sorely missed shows like Young Justice, Sym-Bionic Titan and, who could forget, the 2011 ThunderCats reboot.

After a phenomenal showing in its would-be final thirteen episodes, the ThunderCats reboot went off the air in 2012. At the time, there was no official cancellation announcement. Fans lobbied for its return – as did the voice cast. However, sadly, the ThunderCats were never to yell “Ho!” again on Cartoon Network.

Well, for nostalgic fans, here’s a bit of good news. If you didn’t pick up any of the ThunderCats mini releases (Warner used to pump out quarter season DVD releases for some of its shows, like Young Justice and ThunderCats, to the chagrin of fans), you can get the entire 26-episode series on Blu-ray this November. The full series costs only a fraction of what you would have spent had you bought each mini DVD release separately.

I’ll be checking it out, while complaining once again that this is one show that should have seen, at the least, one more season to close off the story.

Pre-orders for the Blu-ray are open now. Check it out:

Mezco brings home Vintage Cheetara & Snarf Thundercats in Delightful Nether Pose

Here’s another reason to wish the newest Thundercats cartoon didn’t get cancelled by Cartoon Network.

Mezco is releasing a classic 14″ Cheetara and Snarf 2-pack this summer. It’s the G1 style, but it’s just a sad reminder of the unfortunate and untimely demise of the new series.

You have to love this stylish Cheetara pose. She’s got 10-points of articulation, but what really does it for me is how they positioned Snarf in this marketing photo. He looks so timid standing below Cheetara’s nether regions.

This will be released as a Mezco summer exclusive so potentially Mezco will make only 1500 made like the company’s Walter White exclusive from Breaking Bad.

However, the site doesn’t actually mention a number. Chances are if the demand is high enough, Mezco will re-release this one similar to its other large-scale Thundercats figures.

ThunderCats the game is a shallow substitute for a second animated season

Thundercats premiered on Cartoon Network to a mixed reception from viewers. The reboot took the series in a different direction from the 80s TV show. Panthro was either dead or a traitor. Lion-O and Tygra were brothers, while Cheetara was caught in a love triangle between the two. And as for WilyKat and WilyKit, they were street urchins, prone to tomfoolery and thievery. Halfway through the season, viewers – both new and old – fell in love with these new Thundercats. Old fans realized that the heart of the series was still very much alive in Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding’s contemporary retelling.

The new Thundercats series was great for several reasons. The story was respectful of core mythos. Still, the showrunners pushed the series in a bold direction. Instead of a procedural action series, we got a multi-layered cartoon that wasn’t afraid to push the limits of storytelling. Unfortunately, the series was left in limbo following the Season one finale.

Several months later, a Thundercats game has popped up on the scene from Namco Bandai. Whereas the cartoon took daring risks to modernize the series, the game feels like an antiquated vestige of early 90s gaming. The Nintendo DS game is a cookie cutter side-scrolling game tacked onto the story from Season one. The lizard armies and other random enemy wildlife quickly become redundant. As far as the story goes, if you watched Thundercats, you’ll be able to fill in the blanks. However, all the nuances that made the series great are missing.

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The gameplay starts off with Mumm-Ra’s first attack on cats layer. Lion-O hacks and slashes his way through lizards with the Sword of Omens. With the right power ups, he can unleash an energy blast from his sword. However, you won’t be able to direct the attack well. This game has all of the bad qualities of early 90s development in it. There are blinking enemies who can’t take damage since you already hit them and weird collision detection issues that allow Lion-O to stand in front of an enemy without getting damaged.

Lion-O can also summon his fellow Thundercats for quick support. In the beginning of the game, Tygra is available. You can tap on the touch screen to activate him. He comes on the screen and shoots his gun all over the place – most of time, without actually hitting the target. Cheetara is available soon after you defeat Mumm-ra for the first time. She can drum up a gust of wind that is good for taking down aerial opponents. Kit and Kat don’t fight, but bring you power ups instead. Panthro, the last unclockable character, deals the most devastation with his Thundertank.

It’s an ultimately bland experience from start to finish. There is no differentiation between the boss battles. This is a game of stick-and-move with hardly any strategy. Once you have Kit and Kat available, you can almost always attack your enemies relentlessly, before calling in Kit and Kat for a health boost so that you can finish off your opponent.

The one good thing about this game is that you do get Lion-O’s voice from the cartoon. Will Friedle’s (voice of Lion-O) growl is great when he says, “Thundercats Ho!” Hopefully, Friedle gets to come back to live-action with the Boy Meets World sequel.

In any case, Thundercats the game lacks the heart of the TV series. Fans will want to play through the game, just to relive some of their favorite cartoon moments. However, it won’t be long before they turn off this shallow attempt at a video game. This is one game that we could have done without. Mark it a poor substitute for a second season of Thundercats.

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ThunderCats
Genre: Action
Platform: Nintendo DS
Developer: Aspect
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

Rating:

4 / 10

Blast Off #14: Thundercats Ho! Season Finale, Dissecting the Reboot

Thundercats Season 1 has come to a close. Now, it’s time for Team Focus to Blast Off once again by looking back at the 26 episode season and dissecting the good, the bad and the awesome of the Thundercats reboot.

Whether you’re a fan of the G1 Thundercats series or a newcomer to the Thundercats mythos, you’ll want to listen to the 14th Team Focus Blast Off, where BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I examine the new series from showrunners Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding.

Beginning with Lion-O’s bitter rivalry with his brother Tygra, we go into the new style of Thundera. Team Focus checks out the love triangle between Lion-O, Tygra, and Cheetara as well as the new take on Panthro, Mumm-ra and the animal races on Third Earth.

This is a Blast Off Thundercats of all ages will definitely want to check out:
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2 New Clips from the ‘Thundercats’ Season Finale – The War of the Stones Rages in the Sky

Are Lion-O’s two power stones enough to match Mumm-ra’s single power stone?

Keep in mind that Mumm-ra’s got the ancient spirits of evil backing him up, which work well as long as he doesn’t see his reflection.

These two new clips from the Thundercats Season finale will give you a taste for the upcoming battle at Avista City.

The clip below features Tygra showing off his flying prowess with the birds:

In this clip, Lion-O goes toe-to-toe with Mumm-ra. Needless to say, Mumm-ra is a little cocky because his Sword of Plundarr, is bigger that Lion-O’s Sword of Omens.

The season finale of Thundercats airs Saturday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Check out these new stills from the Season Finale.

Thundercats Season Finale – Stills of the Final Battle

The Thundercats season finale is here and with it comes another epic showdown between Lion-O and Mumm-ra. With the cats trapped in Avista City after a failed attempt to recover the Tech Stone from the birds, it will be up to WilyKit and WilyKat to save the day.

These four stills from “What Lies Above – Part Two” show off some of the fight sequences we can look forward to.

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Will Lion-O and Pumyra get as close as Tygra and Cheetara in the finale?
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Sword of Omens vs The Sword Plundarr – Who wins?
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What’s your opinion of Panthro’s new robotic arms?
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The season finale of Thundercats airs Saturday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Thundercats Episode 21: Birth of the Blade (Video)

Nothing is ever easy, including besting the curse of the Sword of Plundarr.

The Thundercats may have thought they were home free when they rescued the sword from the depths of Mount Plundarr, but the curse was still alive and kicking when the lizards showed up. Now, they’ve got to make it through an army in order to bring the deadly sword back to the Tower of Omens.

We’ve got two new clips from “Birth of the Blade”. The first clip is another flashback to the days of rule under Mumm-Ra. It features Lion-O’s ancestor.

The second clip takes place in the present day and focuses on the battle between the Thundercats and Mumm-ra’s generals:

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As Lion-O and Pumyra try to evade Mumm-Ra and his forces in the mines of Mount Plundarr in an effort to keep the Sword of Plundarr out his hands, we flash back in time and discover its origin … and its relationship with the Sword of Omens.

Thundercats Episode 16 – The Trials of Lion-O: Part 2

Watch these two clips from Thundercats, “The Trials of Lion-O: Part 2.”

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Similar to the G1 series, Lion-O must complete a series of Trials, which involve besting his fellow Thundercats. However, in the new series, instead of simply completing trials to prove himself worth of the title “Lord of the Thundercats”, Lion-O must complete these trials to show that he is worthy to live.

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The other cats remain trapped in Mumm-Ra’s Pyramid and, believing Lion-O is dead, attempt to escape to prevent Mumm-Ra from getting the Eye of Thundera out of the sword. Lion-O has two trials left: Panthro and Tygra, but he fails to defeat the latter. Pleading for a chance to save his friends, Jaga grants him life until sunrise to try and save his friends … and stop Mumm-Ra.

In this clip, Lion-O faces off against his big brother, Tygra.

The second clip features the other Thundercats on a rescue mission to take back the Eye of Thundera.

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After checking out Part 2 of “The Trials of Lion-O”, let us know your thoughts on the episode.

Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Give Update on ‘Tron’ Sequel, Reminder of ‘Tron: Uprising’

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Executive producers of Once Upon a Time, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were asked at Wondercon to give an update on the next Tron sequel and their involvement with that sequel but instead turned the attention to the upcoming Disney XD Animated Series.

“The first thing that’s up that Adam and I created (with Sean Bailey) is the animated show, Tron Uprising, which is airing in April/May (on Disney XD),” previewed Kitsis. “Because of Once Upon a Time, we were made co-producers on the sequel.”

“Dave DiGilio is the new writer who was hired,” Horowitz followed. “He’s amazing, and we’re very, very excited to get a new draft that he’s currently revising.”

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It looks as if everyone is waiting their turn with other engagements or the suits at Disney are observing how well this animated series performs. Meanwhile, Kitsis and Horowitz have been hard at work in building Once Upon into a hit-show.

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“Joe (Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy) is shooting Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Nickolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo),” Horowitz added. “Hopefully after that we’ll get the Tron sequel going.”

The idea of the sequel would likely pick up with Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) in the real world. But the writing duo didn’t give any clues on what the story would be about, nor would they confirm if Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is truly gone.

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It was revealed earlier this year at TCAs that Disney is going to debut Tron:Uprising in a 10-part “micro-sode approach” in three-minute segments starting in April. Perhaps they will air these micro-sodes after their popular television series and the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. The ten micro-sodes should build towards the proper debut in June. Tron: Uprising was first mentioned two years ago when promotion for Tron: Legacy began at Comic-Con. Here’s Disney’s official description of the series:

“Uprising follows Beck (Elijah Wood), a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of “The Grid”. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous CLU and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by TRON – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts TRON’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.”

And here’s the footage that was previewed long ago as a reminder of what fans are hoping to be a cool expansion on the story.

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It’s quite promising, and could be more satisfying than Legacy. While the Tron sequel made over $400 million worldwide, it fell well short of Disney’s expectations, and as a Tron fan, I believe it failed to show much of the vast Grid outside the arena and Kevin Flynn’s oasis. That was a big downer. But Disney believes this can be a winning and profitable property still, and it can certainly tickle the brain as far as visuals and sensory overload. We just need that substance.

I’ll say this, Uprising will be a win if it can give me a compelling original story. Legacy played awfully similar to the original Tron in that the most memorable moments were what little happened inside the arena and a convoluted ending. The Grid is supposed to be this massive world, but we’ve only seen a small part of it. Give me more of it, as well as the people that inhabit it and give me a story that sucks me in. While I’m making requests, I think it’s essential for the series composer, Joseph Trapanese to use a similar tone and rhythm, echoing Daft Punk’s score in the recent 3D sequel. That alone will hook me. Half of the trailer footage was just conceptual art but was still so dramatic with that score placed behind it. Trapanese was the music arranger and orchestrator on Legacy, and worked with Daft Punk, so I have high hopes in that regards. You can hear Trapanese’s latest work on the martial arts thriller, The Raid: Redemption as a collaboration with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. Listen to their collaboration here.

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Uprising stars the voices of Bruce Boxleitner who will reprise his role as Tron, Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Thundercats), Mandy Moore (Tangled), Nate Corddry (Harry’s Law), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Paul Reubens (PeeWee’s Playhouse). If fans really want a Tron sequel to happen, then I think they need to find and support this animated series. Look for it on Disney XD this April.

‘Thundercats’ Star Makes Heroic ‘Mass Effect 3′ Appearance

During my first playthrough of Mass Effect 3, I was surprised to hear the voice of Thundercats‘ Lion-O make a guest appearance.

Will Friedle, who played Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond and now plays Lion-O on the new Thundercats series, appears about 10 hours into the single-player campaign.

He’s a Turian solider and son of a prominent figure. He makes his debut appearance during one of the earlier missions in the game.

Friedle is great in this role. If you’re a fan of Thundercats, you’ll notice an immediate similarity in their characters. Friedle brings a sense of unfulfilled responsibility to his characters. Whether he’s McGinnis living in Batman’s shadow or Lion-O in the shadow of King Claudus or big brother Tygra, Friedle always shows off a character who wants to honor the name of his predecessor. He plays an important role in Mass Effect 3 (truthfully, all of the roles in this game are important to the overarching story) so be sure to be on the lookout.

Check out the Mass Effect 3 launch trailer below. How excited are you for this release?

Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360

Mass Effect 3 on PS3

Mass Effect 3 Collector’s Edition on PC