Monday, August 1, 2011

An interesting reaction to Thundercats

I am honestly very surprised to see what some people have been saying about the reboot of the Thundercats series.  The original cartoon is very near and dear to many people, including myself.  We grew up on the show and loved every bit of it.  Screaming 'Thundercats...HOOOOOOOO' was a big part of my childhood, and I'll never forget it!  It's clear that many other people were just as into the show as me, which explains why the reboot was met with a mixed reaction.

That much I can completely understand.  A beloved series is getting a reboot for the kids of today, and things are definitely going to get changed along the way.  A lot of people hate change, and therefore were upset to see the show taking on new character designs and story elements.  Hopefully some of those people will give the show a shot instead of pushing it off just because of some new direction.  Still, I can understand where those people are coming from, but there's another group of people making a complaint that makes no sense.

I can't tell you how many people I've seen complaining about the new Thundercats' visual style.  If you haven't already guessed, many people are upset that the show is taking on an anime style.  Let's just let that complaint sink in for a little, shall we?  The new Thundercats is anime, and some fans of the original are not down with that.  If you're an educated fan of the original series, you know that this complaint is completely null and void.

The original Thundercats was animated by the studio Pacific Animation Corporation.  For those that don't know, this studio handled animation in an anime style.  I thought that was very clear just from looking at the show's design and style, but apparently many people never realized it.  Either that, or they've let their memory cloud their judgment.  It's almost like these Thundercats' fans had no idea the show they love so much was an anime.

The new Thundercats features animation done by Studio 4°C, another studio that creates content in an anime style.  Yes, the actual look of the show and characters is much different from the original Thundercats, but it's still an anime feature. sum things up, Thundercats was originally an anime, and now the reboot is also an anime.  If only the people complaining took the time to realize this!  Perhaps they're just complaining about the style in general, and for some reason have attributed it to their general misconceptions about anime.

Oh well...hopefully you guys are enjoying the reboot!  I am hopefully going to sit down with it tonight and put together some impressions.


  1. I didn't know that there's a reboot of Thundercats, Now is in my to-watch list.. bye

  2. And plus things change in 25 years visually anime or not.

  3. There's a lot of old cartoons that were actually handled by anime companies and are technically anime, but we just consider them "80's cartoon style", but it's actually just an older variation of anime.

    Or a lot of shows that were blatantly anime styled, but came out here first or something.

    This isn't surprising to me in the least, that people are going around saying THIS IS TOO ANIME when in fact, the original was also anime.