ThunderCats Roar!

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Funny reboot of 1980s cartoon has some fantasy violence.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

Good versus evil is a major theme. Teamwork is another. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lion-O is clueless; Tygra and the others have stronger leadership skills. Cheetara enjoys being adored by fans. 

Violence & Scariness

Lots of of blasting, falling, crashing, and things set on fire with fire power and lightning bolts. Weapons range from laser guns to daggers and chain saws. Some alien beings don’t survive. 

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Silly insults are hurled at villains.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ThunderCats Roar! is the second reboot of the original 1980s ThunderCats animated series. It's much lighter than the 2011 version but has lots of fast-paced humor that might go over some young kids' heads. There's no swearing, but some of the characters do yell insults at their enemies. Expect frequent fantasy violence (shooting lasers, crashes, chases, etc.), all of which is cartoonish and played for comedy. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins March 19, 2020

Thought I'd hate it, but this is a great parody.

I grew up watching Thundercats, although not a huge fan or toy buyer at the time but it was alright. I never liked Teen Titans Go and was exspecting to dislike... Continue reading
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byLawrence Lagerlof June 29, 2020

A funny kids cartoon

Thundercast Roar is like Thundercats reimagined for young kids. The humor was written to please kids, but are good enought for adults that know the original Thu... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySpacething7474 March 14, 2020

While I understand the complaints, this one is probably my favorite version of ThunderCats.

Honestly, this show is hilarious! I do get some of the complaints, the art can get very jarring, and the pacing is a bit fast, this is pretty great. It’s got a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDudulino01 February 17, 2021

The disrespectful anus of bad

I'm not a Thundercats fan, but personally i find both the 80's & the 2011 pretty gorgeous in his structure, so how did they mess up this bad?... Continue reading

What's the story?

THUNDERCATS ROAR!, the second reboot of the popular 1980s ThunderCats sseries, center on a group of cat-like humanoids who are stuck on a mysterious planet after fleeing the destruction of their home world. When the planet of Thundera explodes, Lion-O (Max Mittelman), along with Tygra (Patrick Seitz), Cheetara (Erica Lindbeck), Panthro (Chris Jai Alex) and the Thunderkittens (also voiced by Mittelman and Lindbeck) are safely onboard a starship. With them is Snarf, Lion-O's strange protector. Soon they are attacked by their longtime enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr, and crash land on Third Earth. There they find a range of new creatures, including the Berbils (Dana Snyder), who are happy to befriend them. But the Mutants of Plun-Darr soon find them, and there’s a strange overlord named Mumm-Ra (Seitz), who, with the help of his Doom Staff, has the power to end them all. It’s not easy, but the gang always has each other’s backs, even when they have to save each other from their own silliness.

Is it any good?

This latest version of the franchise stays true to the original story but is much goofier and lighthearted than its darker 2011 predecessor. It’s still full of fast-paced action, but it also has lots of quirky laughs, which gives it a contemporary spin. Violence includes lots of laser beam shooting, crashes, explosions, and the characters use weapons like magic daggers, staffs, and even chain saws, all of which lead to some zany superhero moments. It’s a bit intense for younger viewers, and those preferring a more serious version of the series will be disappointed. But bigger kids who like lighthearted evil-fighting fare will enjoy what ThunderCats Roar! has to offer. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how ThunderCats Roar! compares with the original series and the 2011 reboot. What are the similarities between each version? What are the differences? Which version do you like the best?

  • How much violence does this show have compared to other animated series? Does fantasy violence in cartoons impact kids differently than life-action violence? Parents: What can you do to help kids understand what they're seeing?

  • Are the ThunderCats superheroes? Are their exclusive powers enough to make them good role models? Even if they’re not like traditional superheroes, can they still be good aliens?

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