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ThunderCats is an American media franchise, featuring a fictional group of cat-like humanoid aliens. The characters were created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf and originally featured in an animated television series named ThunderCats, running from 1985 to 1989, which was animated by Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, and co-produced by Rankin-Bass Animated Entertainment. [1]

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History

The original ThunderCats show was animated in Japan while being produced, written and voice acted in the United States. [2]

The series was originally distributed by Rankin-Bass Productions' then parent company Telepictures Corporation, which would later merge with Lorimar Productions in February 1986. [3] In January 1989, Lorimar-Telepictures was purchased by and folded into Warner Bros., whose television syndication arm would eventually assume distribution of the show; Warner Bros. has owned the rights to the series (and all Lorimar Telepictures programming) from that point on.

Later adaptations

Comics

There were also several comic book series produced. A ThunderCats comic book series based on the animated series was originally published by Marvel Comics through its Star Comics imprint in 1985, lasting for three years and twenty four issues. [4] During this time, a new series was published by Marvel UK consisting of 129 issues and was also published for three years. [5]

Beginning in 2002, ThunderCats titles were published by Wildstorm Productions, an imprint of DC Comics (Warner Bros. corporate sibling), and included five non canon miniseries and several one shots. [6] In 2012, Panini Comics began publishing a new series in the United Kingdom to tie in with the television series of 2011, titled ThunderCats Magazine. The first issue featured a strip called Safe Haven which was written by Ferg Handley and drawn by Cosmo White.

Video game

A side scrolling video game based on the series, ThunderCats: The Lost Eye of Thundera , was published in 1987.

Other merchandise

Items of clothing featuring the ThunderCats logo were available in the '80s, and DVD boxsets releases of the original series helped new clothing products enjoy a resurgence in the mid to end of the 2000s, as nostalgia for the former children's favourite grew.[ citation needed ]

Film

A film adaptation of the series was announced on June 2007; Aurelio Jaro was to produce a CGI animated feature film of ThunderCats, based on a script written by Paul Sopocy. Jerry O'Flaherty, veteran video game art director, had signed on to direct. The film was being produced by Spring Creek Productions.

It was originally set for release in the summer of 2010, [7] but the movie was never greenlit, [8] and as of 2020, has yet to be produced. Concept art for the film has also been leaked online. [8] In 2011, test footage in CGI was leaked onto YouTube. In 2017, during the promotion of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter , Milla Jovovich expressed interest to portray Cheetara. [9]

Television series

ThunderCats (2011 TV series)

A second television series of the same name premiered in 2011. It was initially planned to have a fifty-two episode long first season, but it was shortened down to 26, and cancelled shortly after season one finished airing. It later had reruns on Adult Swim's Toonami block, alongside Sym-Bionic Titan .

ThunderCats Roar

A third ThunderCats cartoon, ThunderCats Roar, premiered on Cartoon Network in 2020. The show's developers are Victor Courtright and Marly Halpern-Graser. Courtright previously worked on Pickle and Peanut as a writer/storyboard artist and created the Cartoon Network Studios digital series Get 'Em Tommy!. Halpern-Graser previously worked as a writer for various DC Nation Shorts , and was co-creator of the show on Disney XD, Right Now Kapow .

ThunderCats Roar features an explicitly cartoonish art style with a more lighthearted, comedic tone than previous ThunderCats installments. The show's premise is similar to the original; the ThunderCats escape their dying homeworld Thundera, only to crash land on Third Earth, facing off against various villains and their evil overlord, Mumm-Ra. [10]

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