Mike / July 22nd, 2011



  • ScratchButt

    July 22, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Loved Thundercats as a kid, kinda scared what theyll do to the series but it looks good. Great job once again! I love videos like these. Its a great change of pace from the series and other stuff you do.

  • Raziel5150

    July 22, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Excellent video, as always. I loved “Thundercats” growing up. James, you should do one about “S.W.A.T. Kats” as well.

  • germanium28

    July 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

    The sword growls when danger is near, kind of like Sting in LOTR.

  • germanium28

    July 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Or eye, oops.

  • timster

    July 22, 2011 at 12:20 am

    HOOOOOOO!!!! Alright, been waiting for your look back on this classic series! Thanks James!;)

  • July 22, 2011 at 12:28 am

    The Thundercats where huge in my country, all the kids love them in the late 80s and early 90s, The transmission lasted maybe a decade, just because they where still popular. I neves had the chance to watch the ending, maybe they didn´t show it, it was common here.

    Anyway, the episode I remember the most would be when the fat lunattack breaks the sword, when they do that, send us a message that the Thundercats will now face real treaths, in the past will be the lame mutants, now we mean business.

    Even though I like the show, it wasn´t my favorite, I was always a TMNT fan and even like most Silver Hawks than Thundercats, still, it´s a great show from my childhood

  • July 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I always loved this show as a kid. I even got Lion-o’s sword back when they made it.

    And I want some of what Tigra’s on. I wanna fly too!

  • July 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Man, I was a huge fan of the ThunderCats back in my younger days. My first real group of friends online was an IRC channel full of fans, in fact.

    Looking back over it, it’s still a pretty good show. The world it took place in had a surprising amount of depth – for a toy-driven series, that’s a real feat.

    Speaking of the toys, did you notice who made those toys? LJN. Yes, THAT LJN.

  • FullMetalCoyote

    July 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

    When I was little my mom watch Thundercats with me, it is cool that the voice acter of Lion-o will be voiceing Lion-o father. it is scary to see a remake of it just like they did with He-Man. it might be possible for them to do a remake of Silver Hawks (great show) and TigerShark (I only seen clips of it but didn’t like it) Do a Review of Voltron or Silver Hawks to see what you think and if you have time do a Reveiw of MMPR lol

  • marvelis

    July 22, 2011 at 12:55 am

    So is this to blame why we get so many furries on the internets?

  • July 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

    How could you not mention Snarf?? 🙂 Great show! Not HE-MAN good, but good. Thanks James!

  • Semudara

    July 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Yeah, Thundercats! There is nothing more to say.

  • Sun-Wukong

    July 22, 2011 at 1:14 am


    Well, there’s also Disney.

    And Spacejam.

  • grimnebulin

    July 22, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I freaking loved Thundercats when I was a kid. When Cartoon Network reran it in the mid 90’s, I eagerly watched it again, but was appalled to discover that most of the episodes were uninspired and forgettable. There was no deus ex machina too ridiculous for the Sword of Omens to become. Best/worst example was this epic five-episode story where Mumm-Ra destroyed the gyroscope at the center of Thundera that was keeping the planet stable (!). At the end of the last episode, Lion-O just calls “Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats, Ho!” and hurls the sword into the center of the planet, where it creates a replacement gyroscope made of energy. WTF.

    There were some high points, though. That “Anointment Trials” storyline mentioned by James is one of the best. But my favorite moment from the whole series was from an episode where Snarf was trapped in Mumm-Ra’s pyramid, so he invoked the Spirits of Evil and became Snarf-Ra, the Ever-Living. Just hilarious.

  • angel85

    July 22, 2011 at 1:48 am

    One of the episodes I remember best is where he meets these 2 aliens, one is some big ugly scorpion thing and the other is a golden robotic guy in elegant robes, but the golden guy is evil and the hideous scorpion is good! It’s the obligatory “don’t judge a book by its cover” moral, but it stuck with me. You also didn’t mention a bunch of hilarious side characters, like the Rober-Berbals, the Warrior Maidens, Mandora the Evil Chaser, the Plundarians, the samurai guy who also had a magic sword (I think 3rd earth was supposed to be a post apocalyptic future of our world with small remnants of our civilization like that samurai and the cave people who had their precious books.)

  • tsburesh

    July 22, 2011 at 2:03 am

    This was a cool review. I hope he does more reviews of clasic 80’s and 90’s cartoons. The Real Ghostbusters, Heman, Conan, ducktails. I love his movie and tv reviews. Love to see a review of every star trek series as a whole.

  • July 22, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I have never seen the Thundercats but S.W.A.T Cats are my favorites, plc make revuew och that to, im shore you loved it as much as i do 😉

    Chers from Sweden

  • Mr. Saturn

    July 22, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Have some fond memories of this show. Insanely cheesy in that classic ’80s way but still a great time.

    Hopefully the new version will be good to.

  • Hepodix

    July 22, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Reminded me instantly the Robot Chicken Episode where that leader thundercat was like a pet in a cage or something and got teased by alot :3

  • July 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Tygra tripping was funny. The new series looks like the wildstorm comics.

  • evilfrog

    July 22, 2011 at 4:48 am

    do he-man & MOTU next 🙂

  • TheAceofSpadez

    July 22, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Can’t believe I’m anticipating a show on cartoon network. That’s been a long time coming. It’s been idk how long since I did for CN. I still watch that channel…..mainly for [adult swim] but I can’t wait for the new Thundercats show. And hey, maybe Boomerang will have a retro Thundercats marathon before the show debuts. That’d be badass!

  • kristian

    July 22, 2011 at 6:17 am

    The sword reminds me of the PKE meter 🙂

  • nawrusi

    July 22, 2011 at 7:02 am

    i am a part of the new generation and i have never herd about this show before now…….it looks amasing and fun 😀

  • July 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

    You know what the funniest thing is. LJN sponsored their closed captioning in the first season of the ThunderCats. If you have the DVDs, particularly the first season in the read box, watch the end of each episode and you will see it say: “Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired with funds provided by Telepictures Corporation and LJN Toys. LTD.” Maybe if LJN would have saved their donations for their video games they may have been a lot better, lol!

  • Riknight36

    July 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

    When I went to see Harry Potter, they showed a preview of the new cartoon, and some kids behind me said, “What the hell is the crap? Thundercats? That’s so stupid.” I wanted to tear his fucking throat out. Dumb kid.

  • doomedhuh

    July 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

    cool kids watched g.i. joe

  • July 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I remember watching the old Thundercats when I was little, god that show was epic. Now I can’t wait for the new one, I wasn’t even aware they were making a new one, thanks for the info James 😀

  • TectonicImprov

    July 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

    That toy was made by LJN….

  • BorisCarloff

    July 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    You should review Spider man cartoon from 1994, it’s also at the time was awesome, there really great stories, but also some weird moments like totally gray statue with face of Green Goblin, Alister Smight TWICE beat a shit out of spider man, twice had a chance to destroy him forever and revenge his father, but he just TWICE ran away, because Kingpin have new order… of course. Also each time when Mary Jane see guy with beard, she thinks he is her father, and each time she is wrong, and each time the situation is REALLY ridiculous (except for second time, she was under hypnosis), and also all what she remember about father is he is a real bitch. Speaking of Alister, he actually had about four fucking times to kill spider man.

  • RNorthex

    July 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    i’d love to see you review some of the newer cartoons with retro style, like regular show and adventure time
    it’d be great to see your perspective on them as new compared to old
    oh and of course the looney tunes show, it has been renewed as well, though i guess making a video about the old looney tunes would take more videos than the tmnt review:D

  • July 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    It’s incredible how we can look back at a show like this that had such influence on us as kids and feel 10 years old again. The sense of nostalgia is almost tangible, and I hate to admit it, but while watching this, when Liono said “thunder….Thunder…THUNDERCATS..HOOOOO!” I got goosebumps.
    I think there’s a part of each us that never grows up, and appreciating these old memories this way is a real pleasure. Thanks again you guys, for all you do.

  • tweej

    July 22, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Syncronicity, I just bought Season 1 part 1 on DVD. Great vid James but I was disappointed when I went back and rewatched the show. I’ve got to wonder since LJN made the toys, how come they never made a game for Nintendo? If ever there was a TV show that was begging to be made in to a Nintendo game, this is it. I know there is a video game on like commodore 64 or something but who cares? Yet another way LJN just shit the bed.

  • Maru

    July 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I remember rewatching this back when Cartoon Network ran it again. Half the reason I enjoyed it were for the crazy animated effects, flashing lights, explosions, good ol’ 80’s crazy action. The new one they’re making though, I think it looks kinda bland and I don’t have my hopes up for it being as
    “epic” as the original.

  • Hourglass

    July 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you SO much for reviewing Thundercats, James. They were always one of my favorite series when I was a kid, right alongside Voltron, Transformers, and Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors.

    I had no clue there was a new version coming out. It looks interesting.

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  • magnushaavikko

    July 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I remember the theme song so I must have watched it but I don’t remember a single episode or anything about the show. That’s the problem with so many of these 80s/early 90s cartoons (e.g. Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man, TMNT, Thundercats, etc). They’re crap and instantly forgettable. They were just made to sell toys so little if any effort was put into interesting stories and character development.

    And at least for me, I was even disappointed with them as a kid and realised that they were just 22 minute commercials. I watched but I certainly wasn’t jazzed about it. Indeed, I can remember many times my complaining to friends about how weak and uninspired they were and how I would improve them if I was in charge. And I just had a general apathy toward them.

    Legitimately good cartoons of the era were the Smurfs, Garfield and Friends (in stark contrast to the dreadful Garfield and US Acres comics), and Muppet Babies. These weren’t purely artistic endevours. They sold related merchandise, of course. But unlike Thundercats, etc they weren’t vehicles for selling toys. This gave them some leeway to write decent material. Thundercats et al were universally awful and not worthy of any remake. But I assume there’s a new toy line that some corporation is trying to make money off of.

  • July 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    NIce! I was wondering when you were going to review Thundercats. Love that show.

  • daemonncorps

    July 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I missed out on all the ’80s cartoons and looking at their remakes, I never really liked any of them enough to check out the source material. So far, Thundercats looks like the exception. For an animated show in the ’80s, it looks pretty slick.

  • July 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I never knew the back story of this cartoon. Thanks James

  • July 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Thundercat’s New Series is going to be Animated by Studio 4°C. Just wanted to mention that lol

  • July 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Another good review again, I’ve been only seeing Thundercats while browsing online for stuff about cartoons and haven’t really gotten interested but thanks from doing this, it was quite much enough to enlighten me about the series. I might give it a watch sooner or later, both new and old. Keep these reviews comin’!

  • pkfridley

    July 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Loved Thundercats as a kid, but this review reminded me of something that always bugged me: from time to time Lion-O would ask the older Thundercats about “what Thundera was like” — the idea being that he was only 12 when Thundera blew up, and he didn’t have enough experience of the planet to remember it. It bugged me, as a 9 or 10 year old, or however old I was — I thought, “if Earth blew up now, and in a few years I woke up again on another planet, how could I possibly forget what Earth, the only world I’ve ever known, was like?” I guess I was a little offended, as only a kid could be, at adults missing the mark on what kids think about.

  • sottolichio

    July 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

  • maaaahkl

    July 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Did you know the voice of Panthro was Earle Hyman, who played Russell Huxtable, Bill Cosby’s dad on the Cosby Show?

  • maaaahkl

    July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Also, you will get a kick out of this : Hilarious blooper reel from the Thundercats show….UNCENSORED of course!

  • Valis77

    July 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    1:07 1:14 1:16 thats as close as your gonna get to see cheetara breast and her waking lion-ol 80’s fanservice at it’s best. Freakign hot!

  • July 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Hi James,

    I used to watch this cartoon but I don’t remember anything. I did got a tingling feeling when I saw mumra… but that’s it.

    Do you remember the old cartoon M.A.S.K.?

    Maybe you can review that one day.


  • PorkFrydRice

    July 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Excellent review, I was a big fan of the classic cartoon and can’t wait to check out the new series premiere next week. I have to say that I don’t remember the episode with Tygra tripping out, it looks hilarious though.

  • simezg

    July 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Great review, even though I never watched Thundercats as a kid, but watching this I could recapture the spirit of the 80’s cartoons from that time presented really good. Which brings me to my question.

    What about He-Man, James? In my opinion, He-Man was the most famous 80’s cartoon that created such a craze measured only by Pokemons in the 90’s or whenever they were popular.

    I can’t believe that you almost never mention or refer to He-Man cartoons, not in one of your shows.

    World needs a James Rolfe He-Man review!

  • startrekalien

    July 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Instead of bringing reboots with lesser quality animation, why don’t they just clean up the old ones and play them again? They are actually new to a new generation of kids!

  • July 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Used to love this show as a kid. i’m surprised it’s maintain the popularity it has.i occasionally see people wearing Thundercats shirts, its kinda neat but at the same time I kinda thought i was one of the only ones who watched that as a kid haha

  • July 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    How about Swat Kats?

  • July 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Thundercats Ho…more like Thundercats pimp!

  • preying4war

    July 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Never saw the show as a kid, but had friends who had action figures. I think I would have enjoyed this, it’s not unlike He-man.
    Mum-Ra looks so bad-ass, he doesn’t appear to be a goof-ball like Skeletor, Shredder, or Cobra Commander.
    “The Garden Of Delights” was written by Barney Cohen, who also wrote Friday the 13th 4: Final Chapter…very cool.

    As always, James, great work, I love visiting Cinemassacre.

  • kriziz2k3

    July 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    xelent vid james , looking forward to watch the new thundercats with my son and enjoy the same cartoon that i whatched years ago

  • asnaes1981

    July 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Mumm-Ra was so freakin’ Satanic! One of the best 80s animated villains.

    Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHH!

  • pennjersey1983

    July 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Never watched Thundercats. It was either TMNT or Nickelodeon.

  • Viruss_R_uss

    July 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    hell yeah Thundercats man now that is epic.

    Hope the new show will be as epic as the 80’s one

    and hope this year I pick up the collection of the thundercats on DVD

    thanks for the peek James love your work man keep it up

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    July 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    If the pilot was that good for a network release, then I have to see this show.

  • Gustav

    July 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

    With 130 episodes, it would be quite amazing, if you were the only one who watched it!

  • July 23, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Thundercats were as big to me as any other 80s cartoon. I’m surprised it’s taken this long for a reboot considering what a cult following it has. Of all the 80s cartoons of my childhood,  this one always seemed a bit edgier. I don’t know if was Cheetara walking around naked in the pilot or the stellar animation or what but this toon seemed head a shoulders above stuff like He-man and even TMNT. Hopefully the reboot does the original justice.

  • Skar

    July 23, 2011 at 5:34 am

    one of the best 😉 especially the theme song

  • NesirtualGamer

    July 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Amazing video I love Thundercats, snarf, snagglepuss and Mumrar, whylie kit and kat, and the fact that liono used to think os hard you could hear his thoughts. I watched some original retrotoons here as I dont have them on VHS originally I watched them on my tv.

    you can find so miuch if you look and you ask

  • July 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

    ATTENTION ALL: If you’re interested in the ThunderCats original series there is an all day marathon on Cartoon Network today, Saturday 7/23. : )

  • July 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    the original Thundercats is on a marathon on Cartoon Network now, startrekalien

  • Valis77

    July 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    yeah more cheetara boobs

  • Farfetch

    July 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I used to watch Thundercats in the UK and got a load of the cartoons downloaded a few years back to see if they were worth buying, I must say I did have a lot of nostalgia for the series but also it didn’t work as well now I have an adult view. Far too many episodes were basically “Mumra is about to kill us all but oh look a convenient mirror/reflective device is here to ‘reset’ him to the old corpse”.

    I suppose like many cartoons I wanted the bad guys to win for a bit or at least gain the upper hand over the “too good” Thundercats but I suppose you couldn’t kill off key members of a cast that small in a TV series that you wanted to run with.

  • tweej

    July 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    @ farfetch

    Why not kill off a cast member? Transformers killed off Optimus Prime. A lot of kids back then (myself included) thought Snarf was annoying as hell. Why not kill him or one of the Wiley’s? The problem with a lot of 80’s cartoons was the absence of any real danger. Thundercats was definitely formulaic, why not shake it up a bit?

  • July 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I like to see if the nerd could sit through a single episode of the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Godzilla cartoon. Everything about it is wrong.

  • mrmischief

    July 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    ima buy the series! the old one also when does the new show come on?

  • Darthleather

    July 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Thundercats was just on Cartoon Network this morning. Probably showing it again to get ready for the new Thundercats show.

  • christburner

    July 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I FUCKING LOVE THUNDER CATS……….not looking forward to the new series…. i guess its a good thing i got the original on dvd… THUNDERCATS, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!.

    oh, thanks for the review James haha good stuff! 🙂

  • christburner

    July 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    and youre right PREYING4WAR mum-ra was, is, and always shall be the ULTIMATE in animated evil…

  • scronan

    July 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Nice review of an amazing show. I was wondering if you were going to talk about the remake and its great that you did. Some of the episodes I had forgotten about…man this show was the shit in the 80s. I know a lot of people watched it later…but watching it when it first aired was a great time to be a kid. It had its cheesy moments of course, but underneath all of that was something original and unique that no other show can quite match.

    That being said…the remake just looks like garbage to me. I was hoping you’d talk about it more…but hopefully you will once it airs in a few days. I’ve gotten burned out trying to explain why I think the new show is another Star Wars Episode I…but it seems that most people (and mostly younger people who didn’t watch it when it aired) think that the remake is the shit. I guess is they hit the right target audience and also gain new fans then that’s good…but I really hate what the new team has done with this remake. So much that for the first time in my life, I’m going to send some serious hate mail to them…there’s some things in life you just shouldn’t fuck with.

    I’ve always wanted to see a remake. Surprisingly…having new voice actors didn’t bother me much…but the character designs and overall appearance just make me want to puke for days. I’ll try and give it a go when it airs on Monday…but I wish they would just make a spin off instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

    Anyway I’ll stop ranting. I know I’m in the minority…oh well. 😉

  • Rmocx

    July 24, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Looked like a great series

  • Hajeil Sounak

    July 24, 2011 at 2:20 am

    @ James I love these classic cartoon reviews and look backs. Since your such a video game and cartoon fan I just have to ask, where is the Captain N the Game Master review? I know you watched this one and loved it, James. Let’s see this one as soon as you can. I’d love to here your thoughts on it’s cheesy perfection.

  • July 24, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What about Snarf? He was an asshole, but worth a mention.

  • Oculus

    July 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

    The opening title sequence was the best part of the show. I still remember how excited that I got as kid watching that bit. It’s available on YouTube so I would recommend that people unfamiliar with the show take a look. I would argue that it’s about the best opening title sequence of any cartoon show ever. We’ll see if the new series can come close.

  • July 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    now thats real animation, hand drawn 80s shit hoooooooooooooooo

  • z

    July 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Thundercats suck!

  • likalaruku

    July 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I wanted to watch this in Japanese a few years ago. I was surprised to find out that this WASN’T an anime, & surprised again to find out it was a Rankin-Bass cartoon. It’s never even aired in Japan, which sucks because the script might sound less cheesy in a foreign language with subtitles.

    Ironically, the NEW Thundercats will be animated in Japan, yet sport an Amerime-DCAU blend look that I always thought was distinctly South Korean. (I was wrong :p)

  • likalaruku

    July 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    He-Man (I have the Power) vs Lion-O (Thundercats Ho).
    Skeletor vs Mumra.

    I remember the EARLY days of cartoon Network. My favorite time of the day was when Thundercats, Voltron, & Robotech played back-to-back, oh yeah! No girly stuff for this nerdette.

    Lol, I love that part in the avalanche where Lion-O tries to run on all fours.

    High on Thundercatnip.

  • Conan

    July 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    What about Voltron?

  • Madman12

    July 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Hey James good Review as alway’s I remember watching ThunderCats
    man that will alway’s be a classic cartoon there so many I wonna own on DVD I miss the old day’s 80’s cartoons Hey james I also Remember when you did a review about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 seires cartoons Review there gonna release Season 9 on Aug 16 2011 I love for you to do a review on it keep up the good work james.

  • thisismyaccountname

    July 25, 2011 at 4:49 am


  • July 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I f you like the music by Bernard Hoffer from this show, visit my Youtube channel:

  • July 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I forgot to say, it is not the original music you will find at my YouTube page. I recreated it and tried to stick to the original arrangements as close I could.

    It has been much appreciated among Thundercat’s fans, and it was great when Larry Kenny wrote to me at the “Thundercat’s Lair” forum page saying he liked what I had done. Even Bernard Herman, the original composer, did hear that someone have recreated some of his music and was glad that someone did the effort. 🙂

    It was a project I started when I heard the soundtrack has not been release in any way, except for Cheetaras theme that could be heard on a cartoon collection CD. I am not sure if I will continue making songs from the show, but for now I am taking a break from it.

    Also, I’m not sure but it does sound like it is my mumm-ra version that is heard around 3:25. If so I am happy to have contributed something to your work James. 🙂

  • HomingMissiles

    July 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Uh boy, LJN seal of quality… you can’t go wrong with that.

  • Crod

    July 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Thunder, thunder, THUNDER CATS, YOU HOE!!!

  • Matthew_Of_Wales

    July 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Nice review! Very informative. I have never seen Thundercats before but have constantly heard references to it, so now I’m a bit more informed.

  • July 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    That was a really good video. Good review.

  • mrbigreddog

    July 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    So does this mean we might get to see the review of the Thundercats game on AVGN??

  • adouglass

    July 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    why cant people leave my favorite cartoons alone from the 80’s alone and get an original idea for goddamn once? i loved thundercats, he man, smurfs, and transformers! dont get me goddamn started on the new smurfs movie! why in holy motherfucking christ is the smurfs doing in the goddamn city? they should be in the fucking forrest!

  • JediRob

    July 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Do they ever say that Lion-O’s hibernation chamber malfunctioned? I recall Jaga mentioning that some aging will occur and that being it. Which always struck me as strange as Wylie-Kit and Wylie-Kat didn’t age at all. Leading me to believe they were midgets.

  • Javas

    July 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Haha, this series is one of the weirdest i know 😛
    And it´s so illogical, for instance: The Thundercat leader´s hypersleep malfunctioned and he aged…he lied inside it all the time but still managed to build huge muscles?

    Anyway, great review, looking forward to more cartoon nostalgia, hopefully from the early to mid 90´s, that was my era

  • July 26, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I loved Thundercats when I was a little kid. My love was short lived though, because once I started getting into shows like Transformers, GI Joe, and then later TMNT I never looked back.

    Great video guys!

  • smtap

    July 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

    James, you should check out this song:
    I’m Lion-O, by Relient K

  • zeldamaster52

    July 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    the new show coming looks beastly

  • Oropher

    July 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    there’s a reason the first epsiode you like is so great, it’s written by Zaney Bob Haney. He co-created the Teen Titans as well as characters such as Metamorpho, Eclipso, Cain, and the Super-Sons.
    as co creator of the titans he was the king of 60s hip talk in comics, and he was also one crazy ass motherfucker when it came to story-telling.
    another one of them has almost the exact name of calssic Flash villain Captain cold, Leonard Snart.

  • July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm


    Well, i guess it depends on what you classify as ‘Anime’. In Japan, it just means cartoon (animation), but anywhere else means a cartoon or animation piece created in or by Japanese.

    Since Thundercats was directed by a Japanese, and the entire art and animation done by Studio 4°C (a Japanese animation studio) then i guess that makes Thundercats “Anime” despite being American, and never airing in Japan.

    i have my doubts over the new one though. Characters look funny (maybe i’m just to attached to the original look?)… … At least Snarf don’t look like some weird old man.

  • July 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for that short review, James. The Thundercats were sort of like a poor man’s He-man, but very enjoyable nonetheless. I’ve been enjoying the marathons of the original series on Cartoon Network, and look forward to the new series!

    Let’s hope it stays on TV longer than the new He-man did!

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    July 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Ah… Thundercats! Thanks for the review. This is one of those shows I grew up with. Mumm-Ra is the greatest cartoon villain of all time, and the Thundercats logo has been burnt into my mind forever.

    A few weeks back I saw a guy in a store who wore a Thundercat shirt. I immediately had great respect for him; had I not been a bit shy I would definitely have said “Thundercats, hooooo!”

    I’m looking forward to the new show myself. Fans of the original, do not focus on the inevitable changes! Remember that it not being the same thing doesn’t make it a bad show. Take it for what it is: a reimagined story by other people in a different time.

  • officialjab

    July 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Looks outstanding, I really should check this out. I enjoy reboots and re-imaginings, so seeing this then comparing the new one would be fun.

    Great review.

  • War

    July 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

    They need to bring back the Zelda cartoons. Those where always funny.

  • Schloss Ritter

    July 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    How do I remember watching this, but I don’t remember Mumra at all. Guess I didn’t consider him as great as Megatron or Cobra Commander.

  • July 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Aw-shoot! The show’s on tonight! Yeah baby!

  • Squall85

    July 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    That’s a great summary. I didn’t really know the series and what I saw about it I didn’t like. It was like a glam rock band. But after this review I changed (you changed) my mind. Maybe this wasn’t so gay. I like the old style cartoon feel to it.

  • Farfetch

    July 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm


    I did mean “small cast” – when you have something like Transformers (which I don’t know that much about) I know you have a lot of characters both good and bad to experiment with and shake up (like killing a hugely important character would do, and get a replacement form the legion of others). With Thundercats, the main cast was 4 adults, 2 kids and the cat plus minor chars – you kill off any of those and it’s major, given the cartoon setup, you can’t just create a new character so killing off 1 would be too big.

  • svengoolie

    July 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I saw the description saying “the original Thundercats” and I thought as opposed to what? I had never heard of a new series. From what I see here it looks like the same kind of art style as in those comics they did a few years back.

  • cjb0913

    July 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Snarff Snarff

  • Bluesy

    August 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I saw ThunderCats episodes a few years ago on T.V. It held up I thought. The episodes were different and some were weird, the animation, the designs, the music were quite good. The episodes were almost always stand alone.

    The guy that said it was all mumm ra is so wrong. I remember the episode when they have to climb a tower because kit and kat got into trouble, and the ghost of the old Thunderian came back. The Aging episode too, the search for Thundranium ect. Even the mumm ra episodes were not about him trying to fight. Like when he got Tigra high.

    With the right mind frame, it can be an enjoyable series to re-watch.

  • Otaku4Life

    August 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    According to Wikipedia, the new “ThunderCats” show has “anime-influenced animation”. It is created by Warner Bros Animation & Studio4*C (a Japanese studio). It’s “anime-influenced” because it was produced in the US (even if it has a Japanese collaboration). In my own judgement, anime is “anime” when it’s produced in Japan only. As an American artist, the only loophole that I can work out is to hopefully move to Japan, start my own animation studio and produce my own animation there. That way it can actually become authentic anime. Anime should never be judged based on someones nationality, even in Japan.

  • Costello62787

    August 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    i think my favorite episode is The Ghost Warrior, cuz you get to see Jaga kick some ass against an old rival

  • Player-1

    August 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    *Stands heroic, and expects people to notice me*

  • mxc82

    August 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    James first thought he was watching hentai, lol.

  • September 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Nothing beats the original series and yes it was an anime made for North America only. Too bad Japan missed out on this masterpiece. Probally cause there was a lot of D&D refferences in it, culture….whatever it was. Inpector Gagject was made by Saban, smae thing techinally but this one was made in Canada or whatever the case was.

    I’d seen the new series, not bad. I rather like it. Still however I felt even though they touched the Deamwave Image comic book verison and it has a better story overall it ironically didn’t have the same feel like The original series did. Probally cause I’m older, I’d still remember the 80’s verison and i still say it was drawn better. There was more detail to even the smaller things in the original expecially the background, cat’s liar, muma’s tomb was a work of art itself even later on.

    Still love it though

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    The big 80s revival needs:

    Thundarr The Barbarian

  • movieman318

    November 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Love this show

  • DrForrester

    January 29, 2012 at 2:36 am

    It should have been called the Sword of Deus Ex Machina

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  • HorazStCruz

    March 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    What an excellent series.
    Thankfully, here in Latin America we’ve had an incredible voice acting on several of these classic cartoons, which only made them even more enjoyable.

  • SavetheBears

    March 15, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I really loved the Tundercats when I was younger and I still watch the original series now with my seven year old son. He likes the originals just as much as the new series, which is cool.I notice you didn’t mention the annoying voices of the Robear Burbles. That is the only thing I dislike about the original, they sound terrible. I really can’t stand it when they’re on the screen, although I didn’t mind them at all when I was a kid. In fact I always thought they were kinda cool. Now I think they are even more annoying than Peter’s voice in the Ghostbusters cartoon.

  • SavetheBears

    March 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I really loved the Thundercats when I was younger and I still watch the original series now with my seven year old son. He likes the originals just as much as the new series, which is cool.I notice you didn’t mention the annoying voices of the Robear Burbles. That is the only thing I dislike about the original, they sound terrible. I really can’t stand it when they’re on the screen, although I didn’t mind them at all when I was a kid. In fact I always thought they were kinda cool. Now I think they are even more annoying than Peter’s voice in the Ghostbusters cartoon.

  • March 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    The only thing regrettable with the new series and the franchise-reboot , is that they made it a series instead of a movie. Yeah, I know, the movie was scrapped due to budgetary- yadda yadda what have you-reason, but hey… if you could do such a succesful movie-franchise from Transformers, you can do it from Thundercats aswell. That’s just common sense!!!! 

  • DaddyOGITH

    June 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    i Have all of the Episodes’ DVD Copy TOO 😀

  • pixelbomb

    June 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Just signed the petition. I don’t even watch the show but I signed it for you lol

  • ZeroZhane

    June 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the help getting the word out for Thundercats, Mike and James you guys rock

  • bwall317

    July 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Actually I like to see a review of another series that this group of animators and writers did, do you remember the Silverhawks?

  • May 14, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Awesome review! Even in this day I’m still amazed by the animation quality on the series. The other Bass/Rankin shows like Silver Hawks and Tiger Sharks were awesome too. Thumbs up for the 80’s cartoons.

  • November 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    This one really took me back. I had all but forgotten about Thundercats.

  • Adrian Ortiz

    December 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I loved that show!

  • December 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Rankin and Bass did and EXCELLENT job with this cartoon. The interesting thing was that the Thundercats toys were just as awesome. It wasn’t like the Transformers, where most of their toys sucked. You know you had something with a Thundercats action figure. Great show though, reminds me of why I am a HUGE fan of Rankin and Bass. I own both this and the Silverhawks complete series on DVD.

  • klaus84

    March 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

    best outro to a cartoon ever! loved this show growing up. thanks james!

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