Is nothing sacred? Why do so many icons fall to the need to reuse old ideas?
Thundercats, the favorite cartoon of 1980s latchkey kids eating Twinkies in the den after school, is coming back. Only it's not, exactly. The new cartoon is calling itself Thundercats. But this? This is not the show we know.
Okay, there's not actually anything that wrong with reboots. Some are good—the rebooted Star Trek has often been pretty entertaining. And we'll even confess that the image of the new Thundercats in the tweet above is kind of, well, cute. Still, it's hard to not see that and kick some rocks and say, "Come on, man," in a sad and frustrated way.
But admittedly, an attempted 2011 reboot in exactly the spirit of the original went nowhere.
Per Brobible, here's the synopsis for the new show:
Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.
Nice to know they're sticking with the story. It might be the art style that grates on some fans, then. It's like Steven Universe meets Thundercats. There's nothing wrong with Steven Universe, but it doesn't seem right for this series.
Social media reactions have been mixed.
Let's look at the intro to the new show, to really see what the fuss is about.
That looks like fun. The worst thing about the video above is that dude's man bun.
Never mind, this show is probably great.
Whether it is or isn't a hilarious, worthwhile new take on a beloved old show, the new Thundercats is coming to Cartoon Network in 2019. If you really hate that, you might change your mind if you watch it with a kid.