Warner Bros. // 2011 // 182 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 21st, 2012
Leap into action with the Thundercats!
Lion-O and crew leap back into action with this modern reboot of the beloved '80s classic. Joining the Lion-O, Master of the Sword of Omens, King of the Thundercats, and all-round feline stud are his trusted comrades:
Panthro, the brutish tank with biceps the size of Mazdas who finds himself enjoying the full Jax treatment later on in the series (SPOILER: Love Lion-O assuring Panthro that "everything will be okay," as the poor bastard sits there with no arms).
Cheetara, the lithe hyper-speed female warrior who supplies the requisite sexual tension, as well as a tendency to parade around in cleavage-revealing uniforms.
Tygra, a total prick who resents Lion-O for his station in life and seeks to undermine his decision-making at every turn.
WilyKit and WilyKat, the precocious neophytes always with something cute and pithy to say.
Snarf, a fat little cat.
Together, our heroes face off against Mumm-Ra (a malicious mummy-demon thing who turns out to be a solid entry in the Pantheon of Dickhead Villains), an army of lizards led by someone named Slythe, and Vultaire a (you guessed it) vulture.
Nifty show! Eight episodes on this two-disc set, and they're pretty entertaining. Back in the day, I was more of a Transformers and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe disciple, but Thundercats was always on my radar. Like every young boy outside of the Eastern Bloc, I had my own spring-action Lion-O action figure. This reboot is a worthy treatment of the material; nicely-animated, smartly-written, and different enough from its predecessor to distinguish itself.
Lion-O is, unsurprisingly, the main focus and he's a hero worthy of the attention. As written, he's a young king feeling the pressure to lead and measure up to Jaga, the elder Thundercat. It's very much a coming-of-age arc (not unlike that movie about the other lion king) and it works. Lion-O is young and full of piss and vinegar, but he's not a douchebag.
Thundercats: Season One, Book 2 culminates in an epic throwdown between Lion-O and Mumm-Ra, as it should. It's a cool episode and the one-on-one setup represents a rewarding pay-off to Lion-O's tale of becoming. Along the way, there are plenty of side quests, plot devices, and colorful antagonists to manage. Good stuff!
No-nonsense DVDs: standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 5.1 Surround, no extras.
Not Guilty. I'm a dog person, but these guys rule.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 182 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated