Thundercats (TV)

Thundercats (TV)

Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats, ho! That's the rallying cry of the Thundercats, stars of a popular cartoon from the mid-1980's.

The show was about a race of humanoid cats who leave their doomed planet of Thundera for a new home. But the Thundercats, led by Lion-O, find themselves constantly under attack from the mutants of Plun-Darr, the evil minions of their nemesis Mumm-Ra, who seeks Lion-O's Sword of Omens, a powerful mystic artefact.

Like many shows from the 80s, Thundercats has been given a second chance to entertain the youth of a new generation; a reboot was commissioned by Warner Brothers, and began broadcasting last month on the Cartoon Network in the US. The new Thundercats has a complete new origin story and art style.

In the new series, the Thundercats live in peace and rule the land by the power of the Sword of Omens. For centuries it has been told that the king of the Thundercats battled the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra and defeated him with that mighty sword.

The story centres on the prince of Thundera, Lion-O, who is being trained to use the Sword of Omens for the day he inherits the throne from his father. But then the kingdom is attacked by the Lizard army, led by Mumm-Ra who is somehow still alive. With Thundera destroyed, Lion-O must find the Book of Omens which holds the key to defeating the enemy.

The new show looks very promising with what seems to be some very good writing coupled with excellent animation by Studio 4oC. Hopefully Thundercats will roar onto Hong Kong screens soon.

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