New, Official 'Thundercats' Image Released By Studio!

We got our first peek at the new look for the "Thundercats" animated series yesterday via a photograph taken at the London Toy Fair. Now, we have an even better peek at the redesign Lion-O and the rest of his pals from Thundera will receive when the series premieres this year, thanks to an official image released by Warner Bros. Animation.

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Once again, the new image features Lion-O, Panthro, Tygra, and Cheetara in various heroic poses, with Lion-O wielding the Sword of Omens front and center. It also gives us another look at the anime-influenced style of animation we're likely to see in the series, courtesy of Japanese animators Studio4°C (“The Animatrix,” “Gotham Knights”).

Here's the official press release that accompanied the image:

THUNDERCATS

Series Coming Soon to Cartoon Network

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.

"ThunderCats" © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. "ThunderCats" and all related characters

and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros.

"Thundercats" is scheduled to premiere this year... and by the Eye of Thundera, we can't wait to see it. Keep it locked to Splash Page for more coverage of the series!

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