ThunderCats Roar is an American animated television series. The series premiered in the United States on the Cartoon Network app on January 10, 2020 as a sneak peek. The series officially debuted in the United States on Cartoon Network on February 22, 2020.
Staying true to the premise of the original series: Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.
After the series was first revealed in a trailer on May 2018, it was met with immediate backlash. The trailer has been hated by many fans of both the original series and the 2011 reboot (which it also has drew comparisons).
The series has been criticized for its art style, characters' utter stupidity, villains' extremely-creepy designs and comedic tone, the reveal had also sparked debate on the comedic tone and animation style of many reboots and shows airing during the time, such as Teen Titans Go! and OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.
In spite of the general dislike of the show, some of the episodes during its run were seen as "okay or average" by some viewers after its premiere.
Main article: ThunderCats Roar/Episodes
The first season of the series premiered with the two-part special "Exodus" on January 10, 2020 on the CN app, it made its television debut on February 22, 2020.
The season concluded its airing on December 5, 2020 with the special "Mandora Saves Christmas". The show's writer and producer Marly Halpern-Graser confirmed on November 20, 2020 that said episode would be the last episode. It's currently unknown why the series got cancelled in less than a year, though its negative reception possibly played a role in it.
On March 13, 2020, an episode of Teen Titans Go! was released online, it featured a crossover between the Titans and ThunderCats Roar. In it, the Titans are outraged when their favorite cartoon is rebooted so they come up with a plan to get this new show off the air. The episode is a commentary on the outrage that ThunderCats Roar received when the show was first announced in 2018. It received a negative reaction from critics online. The episode made its television debut on April 4, 2020. The episode while a crossover, is not written by or endorsed by crew of ThunderCats Roar.
- The producer of the series, Victor Courtright, was the creator of the "Get'em Tommy" Digital Series on Cartoon Network's YouTube Channel.
- Creator Victor Courtright later worked on the HBO Max 3-part miniseries "Aquaman: King of Atlantis".
- Marly Halpern-Graser on Twitter: "Hi everyone! I didn’t write that Teen Titans GO episode about ThunderCats Roar (no one from the TCR crew worked on it) but I DID write this parody for MAD back in 2011"