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New Thundercats Series Continues To Snarf

In 2011, the Thundercats will be set loose again in animated form for the first time since 1990 — and when Lion-O leads the second charge against Mumm-Ra, he’ll be joined by his old allies Panthro, Tygra, Cheetara and… yes, even Snarf.

“Everyone always wants to know about Snarf,” writer and producer Michael Jelenic told MTV News about the upcoming relaunch of the classic Thundercats franchise, promising: “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?'” he continued. “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!'”

Snarf isn’t the only character undergoing some modifications, as Jelenic explained that the new show will attempt to “simplify the mythology” of Thundercats. He said: “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.”

“It’s reimagined in that way, but at the same time, we’re going to see the characters that we love,” he added. “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.”


  • Khiaao

    I thought there was suppose to be a movie in the works too?

  • Sageshinigami

    ….Snarf, doesn’t talk? Yeah. He needs to not be in there, then.

  • Myron

    I think reducing Snarf to “snarf snarf” is a mistake. I always liked Snarf. His role in a reimagined Thundercats should be like Alfred’s role in Batman, the trusty advisor who has been around and provides advice at unexpected moments. He’s the caretaker of the Thundercats who has seen a lot in his lifetime.

    Snarf was never annoying, his nephew Snarfer on the other hand, now that was an annoying character.

  • Smith

    Well Cringer/Battlecat in the 2002 Masters of the Universe didn’t talk and that was fine with me. I can understand how Snarf should be around but his silence will be much better then that hearing his squeaky voice. (no offense to the voice talent from the old days intended)

  • JP

    I think you nailed it: Just turn Snarf into Lion-O’s version of Battlecat and be done with it. [sarcasm]Thundercats…to the EXTREME!!![/sarcasm]

  • Joseph Huber

    Damn so they’re gonna keep the annoying part “Snarf Snarf” and get rid of the good part where he guides Lion-O. Seems like they just don’t get it. Also wouldn’t mind shutting up Wiley-Kit and Wiley-Cat now they were annoying! Wait let’s shut every character up since this is a “bold new direction but taking the best of the original”. I’m getting tired of these lies that these cartoon favorites come back as cartoons or movies and are practically nothing like the original – Transformers movies being the best examples (except liked Shia, Cullen and that foxy Fox).

  • Thad

    Agreed; Snarf got pretty whiny but he was important to the group dynamic — the heart and the conscience.

    Still, I trust Jelenic; TB&TB is wonderful.

    Also, I take the bit about consolidating the planets to mean eliminating Plun-Darr and putting the Mutants, Lunatacs, and Thundercats all on the same planet, which works fine. But if they’re eliminating the “doomed planet”/”strange new world” framing of the original series, it’s going to be a very different tone indeed.