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A betrayal. A reluctant leader. A journey like no other. A roaring return for a mighty menagerie of animation icons. The Thundercats are back in an all-new animated series that purrs with sensational stories starring favorite characters. The exciting first eight episodes roar into action with the evil Mumm-Ra’s attack on the city of Thundera that destroys the cat civilization, leaving only a band of survivors – Tygra, Panthro, Snarf, Cheetara, Wily Kit and Wily Kat – and young prince Lion-O, the surviving ruler of his people. As the threats of Mumm-Ra ring in their ears, these determined cats know what they must do: find the Book of Omens, which holds the key to their future. Using his powerful Sword of Omens to achieve “sight beyond sight,” Lion-O guides his friends across the lands, facing vicious foes and making new allies. Prowl with the Thundercats through their all-new adventure series to the legendary temple that conceals their ancient secrets!

Produced by Rankin-Bass, the original ThunderCats (1985) was one of the toy-based sword-and-sorcery programs created for syndication in the mid to late '80s: the era of He-Man and She-Ra. For the new version, the characters have been redesigned--to match a new line of toys. Once again, the story takes place on the "Third Earth," a planet inhabited by creatures who resemble human-animal chimeras. The feline ThunderCats rule the Kingdom of Thunderra at the expense of other species until their old enemy, the living mummy Mumm-Ra, attacks with an army of lizard-men and a lot of high-tech weaponry. King Claudus is killed, leaving Prince Lion-O the enchanted Sword of Omens. Lion-O must find the Book of Omens and reclaim his kingdom, with the help of his brother Tygra, loyal general Panthro, the obnoxious kids Wilykit and Wilykat, and Cheetara (whose eye-spots make her look something like Annie Lennox). Despite the addition of the poorly integrated CG effects and mecha, ThunderCats feels hopelessly dated. The character development is minimal, and the voice actors deliver all the dialogue in hammy tones. When Lion-O draws his sword and intones, "ThunderCats, Ho!" the impression is more camp than heroic. Despite the many battle scenes and duels, there's not much sense of a narrative thrust. Lion-O and company wander around Third Earth, learning occasional Life Lessons, but there's no sense of much being at stake, let alone a kingdom. The tanks, robots, and arms Mumm-Ra's minions deploy are too obviously available at local toy stores. At a time when Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bleach, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Gurren Lagann have offered new visions of what a fantasy-adventure can be, ThunderCats feels as passé as an Archies 45. (Not rated; suitable for ages 8 and older: minor violence) --Charles Solomon

(1. Omens Part One, 2. Omens Part Two, 3. Ramlak Rising, 4. Song of the Petalars, 5. Old Friends, 6. Journey to the Tower of the Omens, 7. Legacy, 8. The Duelist and the Drifter)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cartoon Network
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G7WGLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By P.J. Grodim on September 17, 2011
Format: DVD
This show is extremely well done.Lets pretend there was no original series for a moment.On its own this is an awesome fantasy.The world is very detailed and the animation is fluid.The voice acting is spot on and each character maintains their own personality.Unavoidable cliches aside; this is how modern cartoons should be made.The color scheme is vibrant and pays homage to the 80s(neon pinks,blues,greens,etc). It borrows just enough from anime without ripping anything off directly and adds a nice fresh feel to it.In a slew of mediocre cartoons this is a welcomed surprise.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Blount on October 20, 2011
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Thunder---Thunder---Thunder----THUNDERCATS HOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I bought this DVD a few days ago and I have to say I love the reboot to an old classic TV show. In this reboot Lion-O is a prince to a colony of cat-like people when one day an act of good will back fires and the city of Thundara get's destoryed by an army of Lizardmen. Now Lion-O, Tigra, Cheetara, Wily-Kit & Kat and Panthro must travel Third Earth to find the Book of Omens. The art work is top notch and all the episodes (which I saw on Cartoon Network) have great stories and action in them. This DVD comes with the first 8 episodes on two disk.
Disk one has:
Omens 1.
Omens 2.
Ramlak Rising.
Song of the Petalars (This one is really a nice and touching episode).

Disk 2:
Old Friends.
Journey to the Tower of Omens.
The Duelist and the Drifter.

This really is a great reboot to an old classic show that I grew up with. Also what's cool the voice of the original Lion-O from the old series plays as Lion-O's father in the episodes Omens 1 & 2. Honestly if you love Thundercats---give this new show a shot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 3, 2011
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Not that THUNDERCATS required a reboot, but here it is anyway, and it turns out to be the good sauce. This new version reimagines the characters some but, with the exception of Tygra, the relationship dynamics are pretty familiar. On Third Earth, the Kingdom of Thundera is regarded as the most powerful and the most fecund, this realm lorded over by the mighty Thundercats, to the envy of the other sentient beasts who must resort to fighting over scraps. "Ruling with a just heart and razor claw..." Such is the hubris of the cats that they're caught ill-prepared when the Lizard army invades, bringing to bear its salvaged hi-tech weaponry and a deep-seated coveting for what the cats have. In this battle, the Thunderan King, Claudus, falls and his unprepared heir, Lion-O, must take up the crown. Even though everyone believes that Lion-O's older, stronger, more clever brother, Tygra, is more suited to rule. The only hope now lies in unearthing the long lost mystical Book of Omens. Can the unproven new lord lead the few remaining Thundercats on a quest across perilous uncharted lands, with the frightful Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living, conjurer of foul ancient sorcery, and his bestial minions only whiskers away in pursuit?

And that is the set-up for this revamping.

First off, as someone who'd always found the original Snarf so vexing, I'm ecstatic that this new Snarf is rendered without speech. And I love the visual design on the new Wilykit and Wilykat and happy to see that they remain the same mercurial young tricksters. The early episodes take great pains to reintroduce each of the cast and how he or she fits into the new dynamics. Several of the core characters meet each other for the first time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A. Burton on October 28, 2011
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When I found out ThunderCats was being redone and rebooted, I'll admit to having some trepidation over it. I didn't know what to expect and thought, "Please do NOT let this be another lousy remake." When I heard Larry Kenney's voice in the second trailer, though, that changed the game completely. I said, "Whoa...the ORIGINAL Lion-O now doing the dad? I LIKE IT ALREADY!" Then after waiting for months on end, that first episode completely blew my mind and got me hooked in a hurry!

This version is more of a reboot than a remake, but I like the direction this show is going so far. Lion-O is now a struggling prince trying to hold the team together, and he's got to grow up naturally as he learns lessons along the way. Out of the first eight eps, the two I consider the best are "Song of the Petalars," which had me in tears because little Emrick stole my heart; and "Legacy," where not only I learned about the Cats working WITH Mumm-Ra, but also seeing Mon*Star from "SilverHawks" and Mako from "TigerSharks" make cameos! Talk about paying homage to other toons!

The colors are amazing, the stories are fantastic, and I sincerely hope this series lasts for years to come.

I guess the only drawback is what a previous poster extras. It would be better, like interviews with the voice actors (Will Friedle, the aforementioned Larry Kenney, etc.) and such. Oh, well, maybe if it gets the FULL season treatment, that could happen.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J Kingsbury on September 13, 2011
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Pre release. We can see that this disc has no extra features. But packs the first eight episodes on two discs.
Which at the current Amazon listing price of 13.99 is about 1.75 a episode. The Animation and voice work for this series is really top notch. Its a very different third Earth from the Original Series, and yet stronger because of the clear fans of the original universe tweaking it in homage.
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Blu Ray version?
I'll only buy this if it's released on Blu-ray in true season sets. None of this piecemeal volume by volume.

Hey Warner, take a look at your season sets for The Clone Wars on Blu-ray - that's how you should be releasing this new Thundercats show. It deserves that sort of treatment -... Read More
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