Manimal Superheroes: ThunderCats

All Art by Robert Atkins (penciler, inker) and Mark H. Roberts (colorer)

ThunderCats is one of the few things that actually bridges the gap between my two blogs, Superversity and Centaurica. The “T-Cats” manage to be both superheroes and manimals. I wish there were many more such cases but alas, for now, it isn’t so. However, the future holds some potential inspiration for movie makers, comics artists and television producers. On August 1st, Disney/Marvel release “Guardians of the Galaxy”, a sci-fi fantasy adventure based on the comic book series and featuring, among other characters, a raccoon and a walking, somewhat talking tree, “Groot” (sort of an ent).

Though those characters aren’t truly manimals they are far out of the normal ken of superhero movies. That’s a good thing. It means there is some remote chance we may eventually get a reboot of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (MOTU) and, despite the sad early demise of the 2011 reboot of ThunderCats (or TC for brevity’s sake) on Cartoon Network, a movie based on that series, too. If the rebooted TC was any indication there are far more manimals and kinds of manimals in that universe than were ever shown in the mid-eighties series. If you haven’t watched the single year of  TC 2011 and love manimals, I recommend it highly. MOTU, also, features manimals such as “Buzz-off”, “Merman”, “Beast-man” and a plethora of snakeman villains and was rebooted in the early 2000s for a short two-year run (Mattel searches in vain for a successful way to reboot its toy-selling productions).

Also in sight, is the latest adaptation of that legendary chestnut, “Hercules”. There is a minor chance Hercules’ mentor, Chiron, will show up early in the film. I can only hope. It appears mid-to-late summer is the time when manimals (and other interesting characters) wind up on the big screen, as last year at this time we had “Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters”.

I have a feeling “Guardians of the Galaxy” is going to be a huge success for Disney/Marvel and that bodes well for all of us fantasy fans. Perhaps, if it is successful,  we’ll get an “Inhumans” movie in the next 5-6 years or so. That would be in-a-word awesome!

2 Comments

July 20, 2014 · 3:38 PM

2 responses to “Manimal Superheroes: ThunderCats

  1. I saw the He-Man movie and thought it was good. Which, frankly, I didn’t expect. And I’m looking forward to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve heard that the original origin story for the raccoon is that he’s a genetic modification from regular raccoons, intended to produce one of those talking, lovable animal companions, but he turned out to have the personality of a raccoon. Anyway, it looks like it should be fun.

    • I suppose you are referring to the 80s He-Man movie with Dolph Lundgren. I’ve never seen it but maybe I will now that you surprisingly liked it.
      Thanks for the info on Rocket Raccoon who I had thought was a variation of the character in the Beatles song “Rocky Raccoon” until realizing what the “Guardians of the Galaxy” was.
      He appears in one of the most recent episodes of the animated series, “Ultimate Spider-Man”, and is a pretty gung-ho character. More like an anthropomorphized raccoon than a cuddly “plushie” that’s for sure.

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