Many 80s cartoons experience a revival in the pop culture map because of Live-action adaptations. Transformers and G.I Joe are great examples. The results are polarizing to old-school fans but they are box office hits. There are also epic failures like Jem and the Holograms that are not only a box office flop but got hated by the fans.
Thundercats is one of the most beloved IPs back in the 80s. It is an action cartoon about feline humanoids who escapes the destruction of their planet and decided to find refuge on Earth and be its defenders.
There had been multiple attempts to revive Thundercats. First is a 2011 anime which is a grittier and darker reboot of the show. It was well-received by fans but sadly it didn’t sell merchandise and its ratings are lackluster which leads to cancelation.
Then there is that abomination I want to forget that is called Thundercats Roar. One of the worst gifts of 2020 before the pandemic. It is a comedic reboot of the show that uses CalArts style. CalArts is a simplified drawing method that appeals to children, it is the drawing style of Steven Universe and the Netflix Reboot of She-ra. The low ratings and the negative fan stops it from having another season.
Adam Wingard is going to direct another attempt to revive this 80s IP. Wingard is the director of the hyped film Godzilla vs Kong. Now I am wondering what the Thundercats will look like? Are we going to have actors with Makeup? Or maybe are we going to have CGI just like the panned 2019 musical movie, Cats. They need to be careful with the aesthetic of the characters and make sure they won’t end up looking creepy. The sexy cat people look harmed the box office of Cats despite a star-studded cast.