ThunderCats Premiere (2011)
Verdict: Try it.
I know what you are thinking, “I waited extra days for a Fast Food Review of a cartoon?” Yes, you did. I grew up watching cartoons, so they hold a special place in my heart. More importantly, ThunderCats was one of my favorite cartoons. Originally airing in the 80s, ThunderCats follows Lion-O and his team of similarly cat-like humanoid aliens that recently fled their dying planet. With the Eye of Thundera and the Sword of Omens on their side, the ThunderCats must fight off the evil mummified sorcerer Mum-Ra and his minions in order to reclaim peace on their new home planet, Third Earth.
As of yesterday, a newly realized ThunderCats premiered for a whole new generation. It was a great one hour ride. If you are a fan of the original, the premiere doesn’t disappoint. While both the mythology and animation have been partially re-imagined for a new audience, the basics are left intact.
Longtime fans can look forward to all of their favorite characters, themes, and that one still so satisfying chant. Several of the re-imaginings are for the better, especially a non-speaking Snarf. If you like cartoons, you are in for a treat. If you want to share memories with your pre-teen boys (and maybe girls), you will have a blast. If you’ve never liked young-adult action-adventure cartoons, then no matter how much I’d like to say otherwise, I doubt ThunderCats will change your mind. It’s got cheese, so you’ll probably bring some wine. It’s got laughs, one or two unintentional. But overall, it seems clear that the new ThunderCats has a promising future ahead of itself. Try it.