The first trailer for Cartoon Network's revival of ThunderCats has hit and a verdict has been reached: It's epic. The labor of Japan's Studio4°C on this reinvention of the classic 80's property reveals a storyline with a pretty ambitious scope and some compelling animation. After originally being sold last year on a concept art image that was gritty and dark, the first actual image of the series hit last month, revealing a lighter, more big-eyed, anime style. Fans weren't quite sure what to make of the show, thinking that their precious ThunderCats had gone the way of Ben 10. However, while you'll never need to look hard to find a nay-saying contrarian, the general consensus is positive.
You can see more of a focus on the ThunderCats' home planet of Thundera, which, as anyone who's watched the old show knows, is destined for doom. However, the old show began with the planet's destruction and immediately jumped into the story of Lion-O and the group as refugees in space. This time, it looks like we're going to see what Thundera is all about and take in what appears to be a culture ruled by a grand empire full of majesty and pride, centered around the mystical Sword of Omens. This makes it all the more poignant when young Lion-O's time will come to wield it. The series will definitely explore the mythos to much farther depths, which is actually quite exciting.
While no date has been announced, the show should be hitting sometime this year.
Has this trailer whetted your appetites?