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May 18, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Cartoon Network is bringing back Thundercats, but they have a tendency to drastically alter the classics

Cartoon Network Thndercats Roar
From Teen Titans to Scooby Doo, The Cartoon Network likes to put their own mark on the creation of iconic characters.
Cartoon Network is bringing back Thundercats as... Thundercats Roar in 2019. Similar to the storyline of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats - Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat and Wilykit - narrowly escape the destruction of their home planet of Thundera. They crash land on the mysterious planet of Third Earth, setting out to make it their new home. Sounds good, but how will it... look?

When you're at a carnival and pay someone to draw your caricature, you expect it to be a humorous exaggerated likeness of you. That's why it's called a caricature, not a sketch, and it won't resemble a photograph. When it comes to iconic established cartoon characters, changing their visual look isn't as welcome as those funny caricatures you love to waste money on.

Cartoon Network has a long history of rebooting well--known shows and changing the appearance of all the characters. The teen Titans seemingly turned into the Teen Toddlers when the "Go" version of the show launched. The same thing happened to the Mystery Gang when Scooby Doo made a new appearance on the Cartoon Network. Oddly, their original series like Uncle Grandpa or Clarence didn't follow this same style. The whole notion baffles me as to how they render original characters versus iconic ones.

Upon comparing the original Thundercats to the promo for CN's Thundercats Roar, it seems evident that Cartoon Network is up to it old tricks. I always seem to adjust to the radical changes they make, but it always catches me off guard and makes me wonder what happened to my beloved characters.

Original Thndercats on Blu-ray DVD

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