Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! Whenever writing about the ThunderCats, we have to start the article with shouting. We’ve got good news for those of you who’ve been following the development of the new TV series. The first official character design has been released, and it debuts a new look for all of your favorites including Lion-O. Check it out…

They gave Lion-O a hair cut. That kind of bothers us. Isn’t part of his appeal his long and luscious mane? They’ve given him Dragonball anime hair. Cheetara also looks different. On the original series, her character looked more like a human, but here they’ve really amped up her “cat-face.” The new ThunderCats seem overly militarized but we’ll still give them a chance.

Via the Press Release:

Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, “ThunderCats” characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.

The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.

“ThunderCats” is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers.

What do you think of the new ThunderCats character design? Is it a win or a lose?

Source: Coming Soon