There are many older cartoons getting revamped these day, ThunderCats were no exception. Some may say “newer is always better”, while others say “you can’t trump the original”. The real question is does the new ThunderCats live up to the hype, is it better then the Old ThunderCats.
Old Lion-o: Was and adult with the mentality of a 12 year old child. Although the clothes maybe a little outdated, the Sword of Omens is always a cool aspect.
New Lion-o: Is a teenager, already living on Third Earth, with his father and adopted brother Tygra. Although his clothes have more of an armor feel to them. He often uses the catchphrase “Whiskers!” whenever he’s in a bad situation. As always the Sword of Omens looks cool.
Old Panthero: Although he had a look that screamed “Village People” he had the brains to back it up. Creating all the tools and gadgets the Cats used in battle, as well as being a pilot. although he does lose his patience with the other ThunderCats at times, he has a great sense of humor and a very infectious laugh.
New Panthero: Still rocking the spikes and the cool nun-chucks. They seem to make him bigger and he has more of a temper. Also he has a scar over his eye, which the old Panthero doesn’t have.He also has a fear of heights and water, while the old Panthero only feared bats.
Old Cheetara: The fastest and prettiest cat in the group, and was the only adult until Pumyra joined. She wore a simple outfit, which was basically a one-piece bathing suit a shade darker then she was. Not only was she fast but she also kicked butt with her Bo staff.
New Cheetara: Seems a little younger then the original, she does keeps the Bo staff, and she’s still the fastest and prettiest cat. However, her outfit and overall appearance has changes.
Old Tygra: Was both a scientist and a warrior, he was also the only ThunderCat with super powers. which was an added bonus to his skill with a bola whip. He was also the only ThunderCat to be covered up.
New Tygra: Has gotten the biggest upgrade, starting with his outfit. Which goes from a blue skin suit to a green armor-like battle suit. the next being he carries a gun in the beginning, he eventually get the bola whip. Then is his attitude, he’s portrait to be a flirt and ladies man. he is also a rather jealous person in general, but mostly towards his adopted brother Lion-o.
Old Snarf: Was a nursemaid and protector of a young Lion-o,Even though Lion-o gets older he’s still there. This Snarf maybe older, he Talked, although it gets highly annoying at times.
New Snarf: Doesn’t talk, and seems more pet like, he is often seen getting into trouble with WilyKit and WilyKat or by Lion-o’s side
Old WilyKit and WilyKat: Are twins, Kat being the boy and the oldest, and Kit being the girl and the youngest. Technically they are both older then Lion-o, but commonly refer to themselves as the ThunderKittens. Kit is more adventurous, while her older bother Kat is usually more cautious.
New WilyKit and WilyKat: They are a lot younger in this show, and lived as street urchins, pickpocketing, and stealing form people to survive. unlike their older counterparts this version has tails and visible ears.
Other things that have changed include Third Earth although it’s still a planet Thundrea which was the original planet of the ThunderCats is now a kingdom.
There are also new characters that only appear in the new ThunderCats. Such as Leo, who is Lion-o’s ancestor. Javan, who is the biological father of Tygra, and the Elephant tribe, which includes Anet and Aburn.
However, some of the other original characters Such as Snowman, Ma-Mutt, Willa, Nayda and many others don’t appear in the new show. These are characters some people will surely miss.
Hopefully when they remake another popular they will stick closer to the original story. We’ll just have to wait and see.