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.
Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, WilyKit and WilyKat barely escape the sudden destruction of their homeworld, 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.
Why It Sucks
- Horrendous grasp of 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" and the Robot Chicken sketches of Thundercats did the comedy better, while said show did not.
- 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 Showdown and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) were originally action shows, but had a right amount of humor.
- The characters are depicted as dumb goofs which often act happy which little to other emotions. Lion-O is the biggest offender, as he is now a complete idiot, without any kind of charm.
- 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)
- Speaking of Snarf, yet again, as usual, he 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.
- Bland voice acting, even from iconic anime voice actors such as Max Mittelman (voiced Saitama) and Patrick Seitz (voiced Dio Brando). Not even Erica Lindbeck, the voice actress of Loona from Helluva Boss, save the show.
- The character designs look very lazy, to the point where it looks like a 6-years old drew it. with some not even resembling their previous designs.
- Some of the characters feel like they were dumbed-down to try and fit the tone of this show.
- There are times where due to the mediocre animation, the characters make very odd and silly faces, similar to Ben 10 (2016), The Powerpuff Girls (2016), and even Teen Titans Go.
- 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.
- In the Teen Titans Go! crossover episode it had with ThunderCats Roar called "Teen Titans Roar", it shows that the creators of the latter series 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.
- Jelenic and Horvath 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.
- Just like three other terrible TV shows that are sitcoms, the series has pretty bad morals like:
- Hurting others' feelings
- Starting drama
- Not learning their lessons
- Being an idiot
- Disobeying instructions
- Panthro's new design looks way too similar to Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Lion-O looks way too young for a leader.
- 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.
- The color palettes looks ugly, and horrendous for the most part.
- Disappointing ending: In Mandora Saves Christmas, The ThunderCats gang got arrested and went on the naughty list for doing bad stuff in that episode.
- Then again, it was not intended to be the final episode since Grune was the last episode produced.
- The characters don't even like to fight villains 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 villains already in the show, so that brings a question, How would they get tired of it if they barely ever do it!?
- The background designs 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 Tygra, and Cheetara.
- The theme song despite being bad, can still be catchy (but not all the time).
- 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).
- Some funny moments here and there.
- While maybe dumbed-down from the original show, the vocals for the music in the show are decent at best.
The show was met with polarizing, majority negative reviews, but was critically panned by fans of the 2 prequels. It currently holds a 2.2/10 on IMDb, making one of, if not the lowest Cartoon Network series on the site currently, but making the WORST Warner Bros. Animation series.
Google users scored the show a 25%, with a 2.0/5 user rating. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a 18% rating.
As a result of the negative reviews and low ratings, the show was cancelled after only one season.
- The executive producers were fans of the ThunderCats series.
- Larry Kenney, who provides the voice of Jaga here, had previously voiced Lion-O in the 1985 ThunderCats cartoon, and Lion-O's father Claudus in the 2011 reboot.
- No upcoming seasons or merchandise of this show have been confirmed because of the show's negative reception from critics.