THUNDERCATS Creators On What Season 2 Would Have Explored

THUNDERCATS Creators On What Season 2 Would Have Explored

The much hyped 2011 ThunderCats reboot from Cartoon Network only lasted one season to the dismay of many fans. What would the show have explored if it had made it to a second season? "We were no. 1 in our time slot but like Young Justice, it didn't move toys."

ThunderCats creator Shannon Eric Denton, original Lion-O voice actor Larry Kenney and art director Dan Norton attended the recent Power Con, where they disclosed what the reboot would have explored in a second season. Season 2 would have reportedly focused on Snarf reports MTV Geek:

One character who would have gotten a surprising showcase is Snarf, Lion-O’s former babysitter. Norton pointed out a number of times that Snarf had seemingly been electrocuted and battered, indicating that it would have been revealed that Snarf was actually indestructible. “We would have learned that Snarf was in fact impervious to damage, the result of ancient experimentation by Mumm-Ra to create a genetically-superior race. This tinkering would ultimately lead to the creation of the ThunderCats.”

There would also have been a focus on Pumyra and Slithe, with the former, "motivated by her resentment at not being saved by Claudius as well as her own hunger for power. Craving more power, Pumyra would have been transformed by Mumm-Ra into an insectoid creature, given a final showdown with Lion-O where her killing blow is intercepted by Tigra who sacrifices himself to save his brother.

Slythe would have also received a surprising outcome:

“In a solo episode for Slythe, we would learn that he holds a special grudge against soldier Lynx-o, one of Claudius’ generals responsible for expanding ThunderCat territory and pushing the lizardmen further back into the marshland. One of the lizardmen festivals would be based around the hatching of the next generation, with the males going off to hunt for food and the females tending to the eggs. However, to quickly clear out the marsh, Lynx-o burns a large swath of land, killing the hatchlings of Slythe’s tribe.”

“Critically, everyone was really happy with the show, and they were number one in their time slot for the 18-34 slot, but like ‘Young Justice,’ it didn’t move toys,” Denton concluded.

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The original ThunderCats is an American animated television series that was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions (the same that created the SilverHawks, TigerSharks and The Comic Strip) debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf. The series follows the adventures of a group of cat-like humanoid aliens. The animation was provided by Pacific Animation Corporation. Season 1 of the show aired in 1985 (65 episodes), followed by a TV movie entitled ThunderCats - HO! in 1986. Seasons 2, 3 and 4 followed a new format of twenty episodes each, starting with a five-part story; these aired from 1987 to 1988, 1988 to 1989, and 1989 to 1990, respectively.

ThunderCats (2011) is an American animated television series executive produced by Sam Register, and produced by Ethan Spaulding and Michael Jelenic and is a reboot of the the original (1985–1990) series by Tobin "Ted" Wolf. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation with animation provided by the Japanese Studio 4°C.

The new series began with an hour-long premiere on Cartoon Network on July 29, 2011.
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buffcessna - 9/19/2013, 12:37 PM
really really disappointed that this show got cancelled...
buffcessna - 9/19/2013, 12:37 PM
Ineedrevelation - 9/19/2013, 12:41 PM
Really really disappointed this show was no where near as good as the original.

Where's the [frick]ing movie already?
Gamera623 - 9/19/2013, 12:46 PM
Really good show. Shame what happend.

What is this selling toys nonsense? What about cartoons like Adventure Time and Regular Show? Are they selling tons of toys? Why are they still on?

Oh and I like Adventure Time..Im just trying to understand the toy sale cancellation argument.

Did they even make Joung Justice or Green Lantern TAS toys?
And if they did was it the usual crapfest of 5 diffrent versions of the same characters painted different colors and giant spring loaded grear that never appeared on the show? Oh yeah and no female charaters?

Sorry for the rant.
sinthegreat - 9/19/2013, 12:55 PM
Maybe if they made merchandise that kids actually wanted like video games, they could make sum money. And besides, have you seen the priceof action ffigures?
EastcoastAvenger - 9/19/2013, 12:55 PM
And when toys move off shelves we get Cars 2. Gee thanks!
YoungThanos - 9/19/2013, 12:57 PM
This would explain why they insist on "dumbing" down these shows while canceling the few quality ones.

At this point they can remove CN from my cable line up. I'll be d*mned if I'll invest in another one of their shows only to have it axed mid season due to crappy returns in merchandising...
NovaCorpsFan - 9/19/2013, 12:59 PM
I preferred the original cartoon. The glories of having cousins raised in the 80's! I owe my knowledge of Thundercats to them.
thebearjew - 9/19/2013, 1:01 PM
This was really good
Ive seen the old thundercats ......and uh....... Its bad
Gamera623 - 9/19/2013, 1:02 PM
DO NOT go back and re-watch the original 80s Thundercats.

I got season 1 as a gift and I was thrilled. I couldnt wait to see them again and relive my youth.

Holy Crap they suck!
Just hold on to your faded memories of liking it as a kid.
That goes for GI Joe and He-Man as well.
ager - 9/19/2013, 1:03 PM
It didnt move toys cuz it appealed to an older crowd just like YJ
KryptonitePen - 9/19/2013, 1:08 PM
I bought the Young Justice Batman figure with stand, I did my part to keep that show alive, would have bought the kid flash figure if I could have ever found it in stores. Its a shame they judge a shows merit by how many toys it moves, don't they know we're in a recession?!
Enphlieuwince - 9/19/2013, 1:09 PM
@Gamera623 and YoungThanos, I agree that is a bullshit reason to cancel a good show. How many toys did they expect to sell to 18 - 34 age range anyway? They could have at least moved it to an Adult Swim time slot and dropped one of those lame, psychotic shows from the line up. Cartoon Network has been on a serious decline every since Samurai Jack went off the air. American cartoons suck nowadays for the most part and they have never been as good as anime IMO because the content was always so immature.
Enphlieuwince - 9/19/2013, 1:13 PM

"Just hold on to your faded memories of liking it as a kid."

Lmao! Sound advice and so true...
GLprime2814 - 9/19/2013, 1:14 PM
I love the original and I absolutely loved this one, shame it got the boot I think the HUB should pick it up they have transformes.
SoulReaver - 9/19/2013, 1:17 PM
@Gamera623, I work at Toys R Us, and while I've never seen any GL: TAS toys, they do have Young Justice toys. However, they're more for collectors. The ones we have are packs of two characters. They're not really articulated and they're meant to look nice on a shelf. They're in the collectibles aisle for a reason. Adventure Time and Regular Show also have toys as well as electronic devices like headphones, earbuds, themed clocks, etc., and yes, they do sell well.
OrsonRandall - 9/19/2013, 1:30 PM
novaprime - 9/19/2013, 1:31 PM
Tooo Bad After the First 4 Episodes!!! This Show Went Down The Drain!!!
The Story was Terrible
2gold - 9/19/2013, 1:34 PM
The toy contracts and sales more than likely go into and support the budget of the show, or offset the cost. No additional revenue, show becomes too pricey and they cannot substain the budget. It's usually the death of a lot of cartoons, Wolverine and the X-Men suffered the same fate if I remember right.
Enphlieuwince - 9/19/2013, 1:34 PM
@novaprime, it's not worse than Super Jail, Metalocalypse, Children's Hospital, NTSB SUV, or, The Tim and Eric Awesome Show. But, all those are still on the air...
Enphlieuwince - 9/19/2013, 1:37 PM
@2gold, so who's paying for Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sqid Billies? Because they likely sell little to no toys...
JoeMomma29 - 9/19/2013, 1:39 PM
I loved the show, I wish they would bring it back. Also do a live action movie already.
fortycals - 9/19/2013, 1:41 PM
I hate the fact that these shows get canceled for lack of toy sells. I understand the reasons, but I still hate it. Part of the problem is that it is quality animation, so the toys have to have some quality. These stylish but simple cartoons can put whatever they want in the shelves and sell it for bottom dollar that kids can afford. The yj toys were expensive as hell, I shuddered when I looked at the price of an artimis doll for my daughter.
fortycals - 9/19/2013, 1:45 PM
Those adult swim shows are not taking up those primetime spots though. It's not so much that those shows(yj, gl, tc) didn't make money. It's that something else could make more.
dellamorte1872 - 9/19/2013, 1:45 PM
They wanted to make PUMYRA evil AND turn her into an insectoid? Glad I never watched this, the original is awesome. LYNX-O committed WAR CRIMES though I coulda seen that being good tho, plus SNARF being indestructible is brilliant. I always thought that in the 80s cause he could always take more physical punishment than say LION-O
JorL5150 - 9/19/2013, 1:55 PM
i still have a box of the original action figures from the 80s.

i loved the thundercats. watched it religiously. it was my favorite cartoon at the time.
i was living with my aunt and uncle at the time, and got thundercats toys for christmas. it was great.

then, that summer i found my uncles box of playboy/penthouse in the attic.

and then i stopped giving a sh*t about cartoons.
TelaVizion - 9/19/2013, 2:11 PM
This was better than the original just like how the last He-Man remake was better (that one being done by the original story creator).

This is really just not the era of toys/ action figures. Kids don't play with them like we used to back in the 80s
JorL5150 - 9/19/2013, 2:28 PM
die in a fire.
ohsoserious - 9/19/2013, 2:35 PM
@iamnotyou that's your opinion and you're entitled to it but in my opinion you're a c.unt
MJPETTY7 - 9/19/2013, 2:39 PM
As a fan of the original series, I enjoyed this version more. Sad that it was cancelled...
jwmatlock - 9/19/2013, 2:39 PM
Starting to wonder if kids who buy toys even watch Cartoon Network.
CyberBishop - 9/19/2013, 2:44 PM
The toys were crap.
JorL5150 - 9/19/2013, 2:45 PM
JorL5150 - 9/19/2013, 2:46 PM
they were better than vintage dino bots thats for (there is no) g*d d*mn sure!
TheSoulEater - 9/19/2013, 3:07 PM
Such an under-rated show
BlueDemon - 9/19/2013, 3:09 PM
The new Thundercats cartoon sucked!!! Just sappy, boring ass stories. Wasted potential. The original was light years better.
BlueDemon - 9/19/2013, 3:12 PM
Make this a movie already along with HE-MAN!
armesin - 9/19/2013, 3:20 PM

And the worst part they keep on airing Teen Titans Go, Gumball, Chowder,Problem Solver, Uncle Grandpa these are one the most iritating ugly looking nonsense cartoon i've ever seen..

And the mattel toy is the reason it suck because of the sculpt and quality of the freakin toy!!!

It's not because of the cartoon series..

If DC Direct would've made the toy line for Young Justice it would been a different story..
kevberg - 9/19/2013, 3:43 PM
SHOW was SHIT. period. end of story.

The Show didnt respect the original or the characters like the He-man cartoon back in 2001-2003. It had decent writing and still honored the characters.

It took a Giant dump on what came before and I dont accept that as Thundercats.

kevberg - 9/19/2013, 3:45 PM
I was at powercon and those guys are nice guys, but to quote Christian Bale" you're a nice guy , but nice guy aint cuttin it"
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