ThunderCats Roar

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ThunderCats Roar
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How to NOT make a reboot spin-off of a classic show.
Genre: Action comedy
Running Time: 11 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: February 22 - December 5, 2020
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Marly Halpern-Graser (Based on 1985 series by Ted Wolf)
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Max Mittelman
Chris Jai Alex
Erica Lindbeck
Danielle Pinnock
Patrick Seitz
Dana Snyder
Trevor Devall
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 52 (48 + 2 specials)
Previous show: ThunderCats (2011)BTSW


ThunderCats Roar is a short-lived animated television series based on the 1985 cartoon, ThunderCats. It premiered on February 22, 2020 on Cartoon Network and ended on December 5, 2020 after its first and only season.

Summary

The series centers around Lion-O and his wacky misadventures, as he tries to defeat the evil Mumm-Ra.

Why It Sucks

  1. Horrendous grasp on the original source material: the real issue is that it's far from being an actual ThunderCats show. It instead feels more like a YouTube parody that was somewhat picked up by Cartoon Network due to its massive popularity (keep in mind that this actually happened with Annoying Orange). It doesn't have any charm, heart, or basically anything that made both the original and the short-lived 2011 revival great at all.
    • The generic thin-line animation style (or rather, bean mouth style) is used for the characters, which ended up failing miserably but yet typically with altering the body proportions drastically. This style usually never works for cartoons with anime-esque looking designs or better yet, action cartoons in general. Not only that, but the designs even try so hard to look "cute" (the announcement trailer depicted Lion-O making the ":3" face), but as said before, it just fails.
    • The tone also is very off-place, being way too light-hearted and comedic. And the thing is, the originals had a really dark tone (possibly more than Teen Titans (2003), The Powerpuff Girls (1998), and Ben 10 (2005) combined, though to be fair, it had lighthearted moments), so any chance of making an action comedy of ThunderCats would be a very rancid idea to begin with.
      • Even the MAD parody, "ThunderLOLCats" did comedy better.
      • Speaking of which, some cartoons that were serious had comedic spin-offs that worked such as RWBY Chibi, Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman: The Brave and The Bold, but this show failed at that, since it uses poor toilet/crude humor and generic comedy scenes that were bad or boring. Even certain shows like Xiaolin ShowdownBTSW and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)BTSW were originally action shows, but had a right amount of humor.
  2. The characters are depicted as lazy goofs which often act happy which little to other emotions. Lion-OLCW is the biggest offender, as he is now a complete idiot, without any kind of charm.
  3. Mediocre digital-ink-and-paint animation, and lazy character designs.
  4. In the first episode, it's revealed that Snarf is now a robot. A good example of a continuity error (though this show might be in another iteration that doesn't connect to the original except in name and a similar plot)
  5. Speaking of Snarf, yet again, as usual, is still an unlikable character, even more than in the original and 2011 series where he started off acting out of character. While he was annoying in the first Thundercats series, he at least had character and showed concern to others. Same for the 2011 series, but being retooled while staying true to the source material, but in this show, he barely has a personality due to being a robot that is mainly used as a plot device in several episodes.
  6. Bland voice acting, even from iconic anime voice actors such as Max Mittelman (voiced Saitama) and Patrick Seitz (voiced Dio Brando).
  7. The character designs, while not terrible look lazy, with some not even resembling their previous designs.
  8. Some of the characters feel like they were dumbed-down to try and fit the tone of this show.
  9. There are times where due to the mediocre animation, the characters make very odd and silly faces.
  10. The theme song is now a generic, high-pitched song. Instead of the classic theme, all the show has is a 20-second short tune with obnoxious singing and terrible composing.
  11. In the Teen Titans Go! crossover episode it had with ThunderCats Roar called "Teen Titans Roar", it shows that the creators cannot handle criticism proven by this video posted on Twitter.
    • One can even tell when the classic Lion-O says the line "And anyone who says otherwise has a poop mouth, with poop opinions."
    • Even worse when the episode actually mocked the fans of the original ThunderCats as well as fans of the 2011 reboot.
    • The creators even have the guts to throw in Panthro's skeleton corpse. In which it only describes the death of Earle Hyman who is the voice of him in the original, which is pretty disrespectful.
    • Tygra is often treated as a punching bag character though not much.
  12. The series has pretty bad morals like:
    • Lying
    • Hurting others' feelings
    • Starting drama
    • Violence
    • Not learning their lessons
    • Being an idiot
    • Disobeying instructions
    • Fighting
    • Theft
    • Stealing
  13. False advertising: The ThunderCats were riding on giant Snarf while he's trying to eat the mummy on the poster attached to the Warner Bros Studios mural whereas in the show, none of them are riding on it because Snarf is too small.
  14. The show's art style looks ugly, and horrendous for the most part.
  15. Disappointing ending: In the final episode, The ThunderCats gang got arrested and went on the naughty list for doing bad stuff in that episode.
  16. The characters don't even like to fight villians anymore, when in the episode "Summer Fun Day" they get tired of fighting villains which rarely happened in the original two shows.
    • Adding insult to injury, they barely fight villians already in the show, so that brings a question, How would they get tired of it if they barely ever do it!?.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The color palettes used in the show, while they may be subpar at times, are pretty cool in some aspects.
    • Some of the characters are at least tolerable at times such as Tgyra, and Cheetara.
    • The theme song despite being bad, can still be catchy (but not all the time).
  2. The action scenes can be entertaining, even with the animation not being good.
    • In fact, unlike Teen Titans Go!, the show actually has some effort put into each episode plot and doesn't stray too much (with exceptions).
  3. Some funny moments here and there.
  4. There are still some tolerable episodes here and there.
  5. While maybe dumbed-down from the original show, the vocals for the music in the show are decent at best.

Reception

The show was met with polarizing, majority negative reviews, but was critically panned by fans of the 2 prequels It currently holds a 1.9/10 on IMDb, making one of, if not the lowest Cartoon Network series on the site currently

Google scored the show a 25%, with a 2.0/5 user rating, on rotten tomatoes the show holds an 18%.

As a result of the negative reviews and low ratings, the show was cancelled after only one season.

Trivia

  • The executive producers were fans of the ThunderCats series.

Videos

Comments


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Botbuster

12 months ago
Score 6
This show is the reason why Grust gave up on Western Entertainment.
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Trevor807

12 months ago
Score 2
At this point, western animation has nowhere else to go but up.
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Xavior 0.10

12 months ago
Score -19

Wow, not just western video games, but movies and TV shows too?

He REALLY needs to move to Japan....and NEVER return.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 12
Um, that's kinda rude of you ngl
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Paprika

12 months ago
Score 2
Yeeeeaah...He never said he was moving to Japan nor did he ever say that he knows Japanese.
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Grust

11 months ago
Score 5
It was a final nail in the coffin, the others being TTG, Ben 10, PPG, and how creators just can't handle criticism anymore and instead mock and insult. I just mainly use watchcartoononline now and mainly watch older shows.
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 2
I plan on creating an animated series one day, Grust. Any criticism my series may have, I'll listen to. Not dedicate entire episodes to mocking and insulting them.
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

10 months ago
Score 2
Xavior 0.10 Grust isn't a fucking Weeaboo
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 0
@Trevor807 I agree, since it's actually today's parents' fault cause they're addicted to FaceBook and treat it like it's the creation of Christ.
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score -2
Why did I bother reading this?
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 3
When you were about to make a page but then someone steals the show.
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Paprika

12 months ago
Score 0
W E L P
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Inkster

12 months ago
Score 1
I know that feeling. Happened to me once on TF&HW, with the Mega Man X3 Ironic Hatedom.
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Paprika

12 months ago
Score 1
Many shows can have a mixed reaction at launch but still turn out good when they follow an odd formula. But when that formula was already aired and panned making another show about it is ridiculous.
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Paprika

11 months ago
Score 1
On second thought, the Kesner above is a snobby idiot! Shut up!
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Gene0129

12 months ago
Score 2
They canceled the 2011 version for this...
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 0
I won't lie, as much as I'm against the whole TTG bullshit hatred, I'm on board with this one.
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LeroyManTheFirst

5 months ago
Score 0
I'm not sure if they did...
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SquidwardTentacles

11 months ago
Score 3
I like this show. It's TTG 2.0 in being overhated.
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Grust

11 months ago
Score 3
I'm already hearing rumors that this is gonna get canceled soon. Keep in mind it's just rumors.
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 0
If it's true, then I'll be happy.
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Paprika

11 months ago
Score 0
This show has been airing for only about a month. If it's true I'm gonna...just be extremely confused.
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Stomps

11 months ago
Score 0
Why does Lion-O look like Cricket from Big City Greens?
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DNIguy64

11 months ago
Score 2
Ok i seen the teen titans roar crossover and....well for once the ttg writers weren't whiny about complains to the show....albeit that this show's writers did got whiny with complaints like, I have a poo mouth who says poo opinions on a rebooted show? Seriously, teen titans go never says that to haters! And they often troll haters!
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Deepthroat Ghoul

10 months ago
Score 0
Fun Fact: The ThunderCats Roar version of Jaga was voiced by Larry Kenney a.k.a the original voice of Lion-O in the original 1985 cartoon AND the voice of Lion-O's dad Claudus in the 2011 revival.
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AkihitoZero5454

10 months ago
Score 6
"poop mouth with poop opinions" Well that's pretty immature.
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Eric Cartman 2001

10 months ago
Score 0

Which one is worse: TTG PPG 2016

or ThunderCats Roar
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Ivan97Miraheze

10 months ago
Score 5
PPG 2016, because of little girls twerking and it panders to SJWs.
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Trevor807

10 months ago
Score 3
I agree with Ivan.
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Eric Cartman 2001

10 months ago
Score 1
Just when I thought Cartoon Network is improving by airing good shows like infinity Train, Victor and Valentino, Craig of The Creek and O.K. K.O., they air this atrocity.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

10 months ago
Score 0
I have some good news the haters were calm.
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

10 months ago
Score 0
This show is a big fuck you to the fans of the original
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Crappy Media Reviewer

6 months ago
Score -4
No, the 2011 one is. It turned an action-comedy into Batman The Animated Series.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 0
One big bruh
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PerryPikaplush

10 months ago
Score 2

Wow That ThunderCats Roar Cartoon looks so Hidious

i Prefer the original ThunderCats Better
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LeroyManTheFirst

8 months ago
Score -8
Ok Boomer
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LeroyManTheFirst

5 months ago
Score 0
I regret making this comment, also, Stop Typing like This
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Nihirichan

9 months ago
Score 2
I do not remember much of the 2011 ThunderCats, but I have to say that it was WAY better than this one.
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RaymesisEvil

8 months ago
Score 0
Thundercats Roar?? More like BullshitCats Roar
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Botbuster

8 months ago
Score 0
Blundercats Meow.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

8 months ago
Score 3
Say hello to the TTG of 2020.
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MaIware

8 months ago
Score 0
i knew this was gonna be bad after seeing the trailer.
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Mr. Dready

7 months ago
Score 1
ThunderCats Roar more like ThunderCats No!
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 0
lol
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 3
If you want to see a comedic spin-off of a serious show, go watch RWBY Chibi
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Blader07

7 months ago
Score 2
Ladies and Gentlemen, this show defeated all bad reboots includes The Powerpuff Girls 2016 and Ben 10 2016, but appeared a duo of show who would be considered one of the worst cartoons of all time! Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon With a two fighters: Evil Ren Hoek of Ren Seeks Help and Shampoo Master! Who could be win: a the Cartoon Network show or a Nicktoon reboot from Spike TV?
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Crappy Media Reviewer

6 months ago
Score -1
The 2011 show was just a cliché storm. This is close to the original, as in both shows Lion-O was acting childish, and the original had comedic elements too.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score -2
Nope.
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DoubleD346

5 months ago
Score -3
Thundercunts roar...
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 0

Thundercats 2011: *exists*


Crappy Game Reviewer: you know the rules and so do i
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Snesboy12

5 months ago
Score 0
ThunderCats Roar more like ThunderCats Bore, cause that's what this show is, a bore.
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DoubleD346

3 months ago
Score 0
Good one Johnny lol.
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ItMeansNothing

4 months ago
Score 0
Well that didn't last long.
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Blader07

4 months ago
Score 0
Thanks to the information, Snesboy12
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Blader07

4 months ago
Score 5

ThunderCats fans (both the original and 2011) see this show get cancelled:


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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

3 months ago
Score 4
It will be cancelled this year
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RaichuBoy1

3 months ago
Score 1
Good news, the show was cancelled
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DoubleD346

3 months ago
Score 0
How you know?
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KalloFox34

3 months ago
Score 3
@DoubleD346 Twitter.
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DoubleD346

3 months ago
Score 0
I hate this F###ing show so much!
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DarkMatterMan4500

2 months ago
Score 2
It's not really a big deal. I mean, it is a spin-off so the reception is decided if something's good or bad.
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TheOddKid2568

2 months ago
Score 1
The final episode airs tomorrow.
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Snesboy12

2 months ago
Score -1
Thank goodness.
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Snesboy12

2 months ago
Score 0
Well this just came and went, CN made the right choice to cancel this, hopefully TTG is next.
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Trevor807

2 months ago
Score 3
The difference is that TTG is a huge money-maker for the network. It’s not going away.
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Snesboy12

2 months ago
Score -1
Doesn't seem to be a big money maker anymore.
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Trevor807

2 months ago
Score 2
Can this be proved?
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Snesboy12

2 months ago
Score -1
I mean ratings have going down and it does not air as much as it did back in 2014-2017, as ever since 2018, it rarely airs marathons and only has four hours of airtime on weekdays and five on weekends.
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 0
Wonder who downvoted you, anyway? I think there should be a way to have comments without downvoting.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

one month ago
Score 0
This show sucks Muscle Man’s big butt.
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SkullcrawlerBuddyOfficial

one month ago
Score 0
Am I the only one here who had no idea what ThunderCats was until I saw this thing?
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HarvettFox96

24 days ago
Score -1

Thankfully, I never watched the show, but its art style that the use of CalArts style looks overwhelmingly unpleasant to my eyes.

Also, CalArts style should be an article into this wiki or RWW either.
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Trevor807

24 days ago
Score 0

If it goes there, do not call it that. It's offensive to those who never went to CalArts, and that term was originally used by John K. to diss The Iron Giant.

Also, it can be done right, and has been done right in several shows, so I would forget about making a page:

  • Steven Universe
  • Gravity Falls
  • DuckTales (2017)
  • Harvey Street Kids
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HarvettFox96

24 days ago
Score 0
That explains it. I won't offend with the term again.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

15 days ago
Score 0
The characters are very unlikeable. The acting is pathetic. The jokes are garbage. The plot is infuriating. And the humor is insulting. This show fails miserably in each and every level. This show deserves a 0 out of 10. It is 100% trash. DO NOT WATCH THIS MONSTROSITY OF A CARTOON!!!!!!!!!
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Slaughterman

3 days ago
Score 0
Thundercats NOOOOOPE
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ILoveYuuRaichiXCanon

3 days ago
Score 0
THANK GOD THIS SHOW GOT CANCELLED!

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