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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.”