Animatrix's Studio 4Â°C to Animate New ThunderCats
posted on 2010-06-02 14:54 EDT
New series based on '80s fantasy action series to run on Cartoon Network
Warner Bros. Animation is announcing on Thursday that Studio 4Â°C, the anime studio behind Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party, and parts of The Animatrix, is animating a new version of the 1980s fantasy action television series Thundercats for the Cartoon Network. Sam Register, Cartoon Network's Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs, described the new series as "Warner Bros. Animation's first anime series." (Several Japanese studios subcontracted on the original Thundercats series as well.)
Studio 4Â°C had previously worked with Warner Brothers on The Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight, and Halo Legends - three earlier Japanese-animated Warner Brothers projects based on American entertainment franchises. Register is serving as the new project's executive producer after working on Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Transformers: Animated, Teen Titans, Ben 10, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender) are producing.
This seems like one of those things were it is either going to be really awesome, or completely suck. I'm hoping for awesome, because it would make my inner child jump with glee. As much as the original suffered from being an 80's cartoon, what with the anvilicious moral plot lines, hamtastic line delivery, and animation loop action sequences, it was still a fairly awesome concept, and definitely holds a place of happy nostalgia in my memories.