THUNDERCATS Creators On What Season 2 Would Have Explored

The much hyped 2011 ThunderCats reboot from Cartoon Network only lasted one season to the dismay of many fans. What would the show have explored if it had made it to a second season? "We were no. 1 in our time slot but like Young Justice, it didn't move toys."

ThunderCats creator Shannon Eric Denton, original Lion-O voice actor Larry Kenney and art director Dan Norton attended the recent Power Con, where they disclosed what the reboot would have explored in a second season. Season 2 would have reportedly focused on Snarf reports MTV Geek:

One character who would have gotten a surprising showcase is Snarf, Lion-O’s former babysitter. Norton pointed out a number of times that Snarf had seemingly been electrocuted and battered, indicating that it would have been revealed that Snarf was actually indestructible. “We would have learned that Snarf was in fact impervious to damage, the result of ancient experimentation by Mumm-Ra to create a genetically-superior race. This tinkering would ultimately lead to the creation of the ThunderCats.”

There would also have been a focus on Pumyra and Slithe, with the former, "motivated by her resentment at not being saved by Claudius as well as her own hunger for power. Craving more power, Pumyra would have been transformed by Mumm-Ra into an insectoid creature, given a final showdown with Lion-O where her killing blow is intercepted by Tigra who sacrifices himself to save his brother.

Slythe would have also received a surprising outcome:

“In a solo episode for Slythe, we would learn that he holds a special grudge against soldier Lynx-o, one of Claudius’ generals responsible for expanding ThunderCat territory and pushing the lizardmen further back into the marshland. One of the lizardmen festivals would be based around the hatching of the next generation, with the males going off to hunt for food and the females tending to the eggs. However, to quickly clear out the marsh, Lynx-o burns a large swath of land, killing the hatchlings of Slythe’s tribe.”

“Critically, everyone was really happy with the show, and they were number one in their time slot for the 18-34 slot, but like ‘Young Justice,’ it didn’t move toys,” Denton concluded.

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The original ThunderCats is an American animated television series that was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions (the same that created the SilverHawks, TigerSharks and The Comic Strip) debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Tobin "Ted" Wolf. The series follows the adventures of a group of cat-like humanoid aliens. The animation was provided by Pacific Animation Corporation. Season 1 of the show aired in 1985 (65 episodes), followed by a TV movie entitled ThunderCats - HO! in 1986. Seasons 2, 3 and 4 followed a new format of twenty episodes each, starting with a five-part story; these aired from 1987 to 1988, 1988 to 1989, and 1989 to 1990, respectively.

ThunderCats (2011) is an American animated television series executive produced by Sam Register, and produced by Ethan Spaulding and Michael Jelenic and is a reboot of the the original (1985–1990) series by Tobin "Ted" Wolf. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation with animation provided by the Japanese Studio 4°C.

The new series began with an hour-long premiere on Cartoon Network on July 29, 2011.
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