July 2, 2011

Tamra and I went to a screening of the new Thundercats show, a one hour “movie” that will launch the new series for Cartoon Network. Why? Because years ago, when I lived in New York, my day job was designing cartoon characters for Rankin/Bass and their new series, Thundercats.
I designed hundreds of characters (apart from the leads, which were already created by the time I was hired) as well as weapons, vehicles, plants and animals of “Third Earth.”

And not too long ago I was delighted to get the call that I would be voicing several of the guest characters for the new series. So, I got to revisit my old show!

The really great news is that having now seen the all-new Thundercats show, I can heartily, HEARTILY endorse it. It is visually exciting, beautifully produced, well-performed, and actually a very interesting story that keeps one guessing. Far better than what I anticipated, and really quite entertaining and exciting.

I saw it in a screening room at Warner Brothers last week, and the quality of the show, even when bumped up to a big screen, was comparable to a movie. So, on a standard TV screen, it’s going to be very rich and impressive.

The voice acting is all top notch, including Will Friedle as Lion-O, Clancy Brown as General Gruene, Larry Kenney (the original Lion-O) as Claudus, and the amazing Corey Burton as Jaga.

My own performances will appear in later episodes.  This hour-long premiere introduces the main characters and provides the backstory.

Andrea Romano directed the actors very ably, and the result is pure gold.

I think the fans will LOVE the new Thundercats, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

The series begins with the hour-long special premiere event on Friday, July 29th at 8 p.m. (Tivo it, and come watch JIMPRESSIONS at The Acting Center, happening at the same time!)

Thundercats will then air regularly on Cartoon Network on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. beginning August 5.

Me and Dan Norton, the man behind the new, anime look of the show and the champion behind the rebirth of the series.