Producer of the new TV series spills the beans on the update of the ’80s toon classic
Speaking to MTV (opens in new tab) , Michael Jelenic said, “"Everyone always wants to know about Snarf. He will be in it, and he will not talk. Don’t worry. He won’t be going, ‘Lion-O, why don’t you do this?’ We just having him say, ‘Snarf! Snarf!’ That’s a way to get him in the show without annoying every single person who hates him. It’s funny, because people are always like, ‘I hate Snarf! Wait. you’re not going to put him in? That's terrible!’”
Jelenic, who previously produced the acclaimed Batman: The Brave And The Bold , and has also worked on Superman/Shazam: The Return Of Black Adam and Legion Of Superheroes , reveals more about the updated series in the interview:
“We’re using a very famous Japanese animation studio, Studio4C, which did The Animatrix . They’re going to have their signature stuff on it. It’s going to be pretty epic.”
“One thing is that I tried to simplify the mythology a little bit. It’s a pretty complicated backstory that borrows from a lot of other sci-fi stuff, like Superman and Star Wars . In developing this, I wanted it to be a little more simple. In the other version, there’s something like three different planets involved, and they all converge onto one planet, and nobody’s really connected. I just wanted to bring that all together.”
“I think when people see the final character designs, people will think it’s a different take, but it will feel very familiar to the old series. The colours aren’t quite as bright as they were. It’s a little darker take, but you’ll recognise everybody.”
The new version of Thundercats is currently scheduled for a 2011 premiere in the US.