What I could never work out as a kid was – was Inspector Gadget a robot? Or some sort of cyborg? Or was he just a human with a load of, well, gadgets? Some of them – like the propeller in the hat – could feasibly just be wacky James Bond-esque contraptions, but ‘Go Go Gadget Legs’?!? There’s no way they were detachable.
OK I am now going to look on Google to find the answer. Hang on a minute…
While no official date on when the long overdue Thundercats big screen movie will be out, this week the London Toy Fair released these pictures (via Warner Bros Animation) for the brand new Thundercats cartoon, scheduled to air on the WB’s Cartoon Network (in the US) sometime this year. No word of when it will air in the UK as yet. Below is the press release for the new series, which will feature an anime-influenced style of animation courtesy of Japanese animators Studio4°C (Whose credits include The Animatrix and Gotham Knights).
THUNDERCATS PRESS RELEASE
Series Coming Soon to Cartoon Network
Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, “ThunderCats” characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.
The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.
“ThunderCats” is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers.
Obviously I prefer the old look Thundercats, but am I pleased a new generation of fans will get a chance to enjoy one of my favourite old school animation series complete with all the updated designs and gadgets we weren’t afforded (not that that was a bad thing).
However, I notice there are no visuals of the mischievous Wileykit and Wileykat or Lion-o’s trusted companion Snarf here. I hope they haven’t got rid of them for the revamped version, as it wouldn’t be the same without ‘em!
The London Toy Fair also showcased all new Bandai action figures for the brand to press and fans.
One of my favourite cartoons of the 80s, was based on a group of half human, half feline super heroes, known as the ThunderCats.
The ThunderCats were forced to flea their home planet of Thundera, when it was invaded, and on the verge of being blown to smithereens. They were the only survivors of their homeland and lead by Lion-o, who was just a kid when they originally fled. But because it took them a couple of decades to get to their destination, he was a grown man by the time they arrived… but only in body.