Back in June we learned that Cartoon Network was bringing ThunderCats back to TV, but since then things have been pretty quiet. However, MTV’s Splash Page got some details straight from producer Michael Jelenic about what fans can expect from a “reimagining” of the franchise:
“One thing is that I tried to simplify the mythology a little bit,” he said. “It’s a pretty complicated backstory that borrows from a lot of other sci-fi stuff, like Superman and Star Wars. In developing this, I wanted it to be a little more simple. In the other version, there’s something like three different planets involved, and they all converge onto one planet, and nobody’s really connected. I just wanted to bring that all together.”
“It’s reimagined in that way, but at the same time, we’re going to see the characters that we love,” he promised.
Asked specifically about the presence of classic characters Panthro, Cheetara, and Tygra, Jelenic said “all those characters will still be in it” —even Snarf, apparently.
“Everyone always wants to know about Snarf,” he laughed. “He will be in it, and he will not talk. Don’t worry.”
On the Snarf issue, I think muting him is a pretty good compromise. He’s got to be in there I suppose, but Ill be dammed if he wasn’t super annoying.
Still no word on an official air date, but the new era of ThunderCats is set to begin sometime in 2011.