Thundercats: Season One: Volume One: Discs 1 & 2 (review)

Thundercats! Are! Go! No, wait: that was Thunderbirds. Still, Thundercats are indeed go, in their first DVD collection, which is sure to draw as much cash from the pockets of retro-hungry Generation Xers as the cartoon originally drew from the pockets of our parents, to buy all those damn Thunderbird toys that were the inspiration for this series. It’s almost quaint now, that anyone was shocked by such mercenary motives, and you know what? Watching the toon now causes instant flashbacks to afternoons in front of the tube doing homework while the show ran in the background, and not to the crappy plastic toys at all. The animation is downright cheesy (this is long before anyone ever heard of CGI) and the stories are absolutely goofy, as refugees from Andrew Lloyd Webber with names like Lion-O, Cheetara, and WilyKat and WilyKit battle Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living with the mystic Sword of Omens, and encounter creatures like the Ro-Bear-Berbils, who are, yes, robot bears. It almost demands to be viewed while eating a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal, the official Xer snack.

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