Warner Brothers have announced that popular eighties cartoon ThunderCats is to be revived, and Japanese animation studio Studio 4°C has been tapped to animate the series.
Cartoon Network is set to air the series, and they are quick to cash in on the anime connection.
Sam Register, Cartoon Network’s Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs, was quoted as saying the series will be “Warner Bros. Animation’s first anime series,” conveniently forgetting that the original was also animated in Japan by Pacific Animation Corporation, which would go on to became Studio Ghibli.
Indeed, they lay it on quite thickly in their press releases:
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.
Studio 4°C already has strong ties with Warner Bros., as they are also working together on the anime adaptation of Halo.