Cartoon Network has commissioned an anime-style television remake of the 1980s animated series ThunderCats.

(Hmmm…Not sure how we feel about this.)

Expected to debut on the kids-centric cable network in 2011, Warner Bros. will produce the project in collaboration with Japanese firm Studio4°C.

“In addition to being Warner Bros. Animation’s first anime series, ‘ThunderCats’ marks our most ambitious foray yet into fantasy,” said Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation, who made the announcement on Wednesday. “The realism and dynamic visual style we’ve achieved are sure to thrill viewers, and the cool weapons, vehicles and technology should help the show appeal to a diverse audience.”

The original ThunderCats series — which followed a group of humanoid cats fighting evil in their adopted home world — aired in syndication from 1985 to 1990. Cartoon Network aired reruns through the late 1990s.


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