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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.
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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.
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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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