Back in June, Warner Brothers announced that it was resurrecting the classic ’80s animated series "ThunderCats" with Japanese animation house Studio4°C ("The Animatrix," "Halo Legends") on board to re-imagine the characters.
Earlier today, Bleeding Cool posted a photo from the London Toy Fair which features a first look at the redesigns for Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara, and Tygra.
The original "ThunderCats" animated series followed a small handful of cat-like humanoids who escaped their dying world of Thundera and crashed on a planet called Third Earth where they encountered and fought the Mutants of Plun-Darr and an evil, seemingly Egyptian villain known as Mumm-Ra The Ever-living.
However, incoming "ThunderCats" producer Michael Jelenic ("Batman: The Brave & The Bold") has promised that the new series will have an easier to understand storyline.
"One thing is that I tried to simplify the mythology a little bit," explained Jelenic to MTV News. "It’s a pretty complicated backstory that borrows from a lot of other sci-fi stuff, like ‘Superman’ and ‘Star Wars.’ In developing this, I wanted it to be a little more simple. In the other version, there’s something like three different planets involved, and they all converge onto one planet, and nobody’s really connected. I just wanted to bring that all together.".
"I think when people see the final character designs, people will think it’s a different take, but it will feel very familiar to the old series," added Jelenic at the time. "The colors aren’t quite as bright as they were. It’s a little darker take, but you’ll recognize everybody."
The new "ThunderCats" is expected to debut later this year.