Thunder, thunder, thunder… ThunderCats hooooooooooooo!!!! ThunderCats was one of my all time favourite cartoon shows when I was growing up and with the recent re-imagining of the Thundercats franchise recently hitting our TV screens, it gets me feeling all nostalgic for the original series. Based on the characters created by Tobin “Ted” Wolf Thunder cats was first broadcast in 1985 and ran until 1990. The series follows the adventures of a group of cat-like humanoid aliens from the planet Thundera. 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.


The 1985 Original Series Story-line

The series pilot begins with the dying Thundera meeting its end, forcing the ThunderCats (a sort of Thunderan nobility) to flee their homeworld. The fleet is attacked by the Thunderans’ enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr, who destroy most of the starships in the “ThunderFleet,” but spare the flagship hoping to capture the legendary mystic Sword of Omens they believe is on board. The sword holds the Eye of Thundera, the source of the ThunderCats’ power, which is embedded in the hilt. Though the Mutants damage the flagship, the power of the Eye drives them back. The damage to the ship means the journey to their original destination is not possible, instead having to journey to “Third Earth”; which will take much longer than they had anticipated. The eldest of the ThunderCats, Jaga, volunteers to pilot the ship while the others sleep in capsules; however, he dies of old age in the process, but not before ensuring they will reach their destination safely. The flagship contains the young Lord of the ThunderCats, Lion-O, as well as the ThunderCats Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and WilyKat, and Snarf.


2011 Reboot

Produced by Sam Register, and produced by Ethan Spaulding and Michael Jelenic and is a reboot of the original series by Tobin “Ted” Wolf. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation with animation provided by the Japanese Studio 4°C.


The 2011 Story-line

For generations, the Thunderians have lived and thrived in the kingdom of Thundera. However, one night the kingdom is attacked by the Lizard army, led by the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra. After Thundera is destroyed, a small band of surviving Thunderians, led by the young heir to the throne Lion-O, who wields the powerful Sword of Omens, flees in order to seek out the Book of Omens, which is said to have the knowledge needed to defeat Mumm-Ra.

Below is a collection of Fan Art of the awesome ThunderCats inspired by the original series and the new 2011 series. Thanks to all the artists featured in this post.

Thundercats – Caiocacau


Thundercats – Montgog


Thundercats – Pe-u


Thundercats – Ratkins


Thundercats – Mr. Dream


Thundercats: Lion-o and Kitkat – Farfie-Kins


Thundercats – Rocketflash


Thundercats Stare Down – StevenSanchez


Thundercats – Zetr0c



Lion O – Helmutt

Thundercats Panthro – Ratkins


Lego Thundercats – Darinm



Lion-o Vs Mumm-Ra – Lastscionz


The Last of the Thundercats – Jeftoon01


Thundercats – Morning Session – Piku-Chan


Thundercats Slithe – Boybalasa


Cheetara – Slugbox




Lion-o – Suirobo


Thundercats – Syklonis


Thundercats – Joyboylondon


Thundercat Colors – Pacman23


Thundercats – Okarusekai



Grune – Worldsfinest

Thundercats Ho – Andy Parkart



Lion-O – TimKelly



Lion O – Gabreleiros



Thundercats Mumm Ra – Ratkins



Thundercats Logo – Sadistic Demon


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