by Chris MaGee
I don't think we've ever lived in a more recycled era, at least in terms of popular culture. Every song is a re-working of an older (and often better) song, every fashion trend is just a outfit dug out of the back of someone's closet and films... well, we continue to suffer through every re-boot, sequel and re-imagining of past cinematic successes. There's yet another example of the mercenary (or nostalgic) resurrection of a classic property, but this time with some very impressive help.
According to a report posted at Anime News Network Studio 4°C is currently working on a new animated re-boot of the 1980's kids TV series "Thundercats" for the Cartoon Network. Now, I grew up in the 80's and even I had to do a little refreshing to remember that the series centered around a group of alien feline humanoids who are battling their evil counterparts from the planet Plun-Darr, but beyond the usual question of "Why?" there's the added question of "Why Studio 4°C ?" The answer to that isn't that complicated. Studio 4°C is one of the most creative and bankable animation studios going at the moment, and they've already helped produce a slew of U.S. series such as "The Animatrix" and "Batman: Gotham Knight". They've also produced such groundbreaking animated films as "Genius Party" and "Mind Game", which brings me back to asking "Why waste your time on re-booting 80's cartoons when you could be bringing us more genius films like those?"
Have your say in the comments as to why you think Studio 4°C is getting "Thundercats" ready (money) and whether you think this is a valid move (money).