What's one of the the things we're most excited for next year? That the continuing battle between Lion-O's ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — and Mumm-Ra will be making its way to Cartoon Network in 2020 (though originally slated for 2019, more on that below), with Warner Bros. Animation rebooting the feline-like alien heroes for the new animated series ThunderCats Roar.
Now we're getting a fresh look at the series in the following "20 Things in 2020: Sneak Preview" clip from the network (starting around the 1:09 mark and after) – which you can check out below:
Going with an animation style and new approach to the characters, show producer Victor Courtright spoke with Entertainment Weekly about what fans can expect:
"I think the world that they built lends itself really well to comedy because of how silly and crazy and outlandish those ideas are and some of those settings are. But at the same time, it wouldn't be ThunderCats if it didn't have super cool action elements because that's what people came back to. It's very much something that we want to lean on. So with the new show, we're not walking away from the action in any bit. Every step we take towards comedy, we take two more towards really cool action scenes and explosions and lasers and actions effects."
Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth's wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.
ThunderCats Roar stars Max Mittelman (Justice League Action) as Lion-O and Wilykat; Erica Lindbeck (DC Super Hero Girls) as Cheetara and Wilykit; Patrick Seitz(Justice League Action) as Tygra and Mumm-Ra; and Chris Jai Alex (Star Wars: Battlefront II) as Panthro.
While we're excited to see what looks to be a Teen Titans GO!-like take on the popular cartoon series, we'll feel a whole lot better when we have an exact date – especially considering it was originally pitched for 2019: