Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thundercats Surface in Test Footage for a CG Reboot That Never Was

Test footage for a CG Thundercats movie recently surfaced online courtesy of Flixist. The footage shows a brief scrap between Lion-O and Slithe. The events depicted are strikingly close to those in a series of development shots posted by artist Dave Bullock over at Deviant Art. Bullock said he worked on them in conjunction with Digital Domain for a proposed CG Thundercats film, but the project was indefinitely put on hold. According to a 2007 story from Variety, it was set to be directed by video game art director Jerry O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty worked on such popular titles as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 3.

Lion-O is characterized as having a prepubescent cockiness coupled with a clumsy aloofness. He also exhibits a juvenile sense of humor. Slithe is way creepier than he ever appeared in the original series. The overall tone is reminiscent of the CG animated features regularly put out by Dreamworks (Kung-Fu Panda comes to mind). I don’t have a problem with anything except for how careless Lion-O is with The Sword of Omens. Whatever his flaws, Lion-O always guarded that thing zealously. He lapsed from time to time, but never as the result of an ambush from behind. Anyway, the backgrounds environment is nicely rendered and the characterization of Slithe is satisfyingly menacing.

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