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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 12:51pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Can't say the animation appeals to me, but here you go:


Back in the day, I did enjoy MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER, and THUNDERCATS. I liked the mixture of sci-fi and fantasy; I liked the unique and often quirky characters; and I thought the animation was wonderful. I also enjoyed the morality we often saw.

Whilst the animation for the new series doesn't appeal to me, I'd probably give it a go.
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 1:07pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Looks like Thundercat Babies.
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 1:19pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

That style of animation does not appeal to me, but I try to remember that producers aren't making programmes solely for me. I wish it was another style, though.
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 1:37pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I'm getting a Steven Universe vibe from the animation style. No appeal to me, but it's what Cartoon Network's demographic is into.

I'm more curious about the Netflix She-Ra reboot.
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 1:40pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

A She-Ra reboot?!

Why the hell aren't I notified about these things?! ;-)
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 1:55pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

http://ew.com/tv/2018/05/18/she-ra-netflix-cast-photo-reveal /


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Another demonstration of total lack of respect for the source material.

And I don't even care about Thundercats.

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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 2:29pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

... it's what Cartoon Network's demographic is into.

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Well, seems their strategy isn't working quite good for them. Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel have similar issues with their animated shows:


Iím not letting nostalgia make me believe that the original ThunderCats was somehow next-level animation. (Tho' I LOVED the INTRO)

However, it looked WAY better than what CN is attempting now.

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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 2:35pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Here's the INTRO to the last attempt by CN.... better in my opinion.

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How does Thundercats lend itself in the least to humor? And this clown has Thundercats paraphernalia around his office... so what? He wants to show how much he can disrespect the source?

An original idea would have been better, but that takes too much effort. I dug the original Thundercats... why dilute it?
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 2:48pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

 John Byrne wrote:
Another demonstration of total lack of respect for the source material.

Whilst I am trying to be respectful of the fact that they are not making programmes for me, it does irk me.

The original THUNDERCATS was fun. Was it deep? No, but does everything need to be. There were some character-driven moments - Lion-O was very much a titular leader in some respects - but it as entertaining. And that's all I really wanted.

When I saw this, it seemed like a caricature you'd see in a newspaper.
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Well, seems their strategy isn't working quite good for them. Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel have similar issues with their animated shows:

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Did you really just link to a Parents Television Council article? It's a pearl-clutching Christian censorship advocacy group trying to claim that inappropriate content is driving kids away, but if you actually read the Bloomberg article that they link to, the issue is not content, but format. Children prefer streaming. They don't want to sit around for a particular time to watch something and sit through commercials. They want to open Netflix on an iPad and watch it when they want. The Bloomberg article is entirely about networks having to play catch up by moving their content to streaming and not about the lack of appeal of the content itself.

It's ridiculous the number of times I've babysitted my niece and nephew and had to say, "Put that iPad away and go watch some TV." But every parent of young children that I've talked to say that's completely normal.
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 3:28pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

The Bloomberg article is entirely about networks having to play catch up by moving their content to streaming and not about the lack of appeal of the content itself.

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Yeah, that's the article I should've linked... directly. I'm no fan of the Parents Television Council as a whole... but some of the points are valid.

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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 18 May 2018 at 7:12pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

So, now they've released an official behind the scenes teaser:


This guy grew up watching ThunderCats and this is the BEST he could do???

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Posted: 19 May 2018 at 11:17am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Looks rubbish but then again Iím not the target audience and Iím just being nostalgic, for want of a better word.
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Posted: 19 May 2018 at 6:01pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I did like Thundercats as a teen. This seems like a zero-effort revisit. 
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Posted: 19 May 2018 at 6:45pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I did like the original THUNDERCATS by Rankin-Bass, but mostly just the pilot movie.

I'm just glad that STAR BLAZERS is getting a decent remake via YAMATO 2199 & 2202.
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Posted: 19 May 2018 at 7:17pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Seems contemptuous of the source. If you think something is "silly" maybe you aren't the best storyteller to tell that story.
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 19 May 2018 at 7:49pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Reactions on Twitter have been pretty polarizing, to say the least... and the director has laughed off the outrage as everyone being "haters".

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Posted: 19 May 2018 at 10:16pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

I was a huge fan of the original Thundercats. This reboot
looks terrible.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 20 May 2018 at 4:46am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

I suppose Mum-Ra will lose any sense of menace when drawn in that style.
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Posted: 20 May 2018 at 6:32pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I'm not up on any current animation styles, but this looks hideous. Couldn't they , at least, be a little more like, Teen Titans Go styled?
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Considering how poorly the re-boot did that was a lot more faithful to the original show, it isn't a surprise that they are trying something completely different.  Not saying I like it but the last re-boot was a failure from what I could see.  

Even though I enjoyed it, playing it straight didn't seem to get the ratings.  Most of the re-visited stuff seems to suffer from unrealistic expectations though.  Batman '66 merchandise and comics have fallen pretty flat as has most of the '80's things that are brought back.  As popular as they seem, I think they aren't actually marketable.  

Or is it just bad marketing?  Too many choices out there?  A loud minority asking for them?

EDIT:  Wow.  It is REALLY hard to take that guy seriously with that hair.  Actually, my impulse was to want to punch him in the face.  


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Is it bad marketing? I think for the last ThunderCats reboot it was. I really liked the series but it was on a FRIDAY NIGHT from what I remember - which isn't good for any new series.

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This style of animation turns me off. They're appealing to the current generation, while alienating fans of the previous two series. Won't even give it a glance.

(I want a SILVERHAWKS reboot. Preferrably live-action with CGI, or fully CGI.)


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