We all have that conversation with our cats: "I'm not letting you outside. You just went outside! What now? You want to fight against an evil mummified wizard and unlock the secrets of your home world?" ... Okay, maybe we don't have that exchange with our feline companions, but fighting magic mummies and unearthing ancient mysteries is the modus operandi of the Thundercats, a leotard-wearing race of humanoid cat people who had their own animated TV show from 1985 to 1988.
A mix of American and Japanese efforts and art styles, the original Thundercats animated series was created by American inventor Tobin “Ted” Wolf. The show focused on a group of the titular characters (Lion-O, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit, WilyKat, Cheetara, and Snarf) who are forced to leave their planet of Thundera after it is destroyed by the Mutants of Plun-Darr. They settle on Third Earth, where they fight against the Mutants and the mummified sorcerer Mumm-Ra, The Ever-Living.
After four seasons, a feature film, a short-lived revival, and endless amounts of licensed swag, Thundercats has become one of those bits of '80s nostalgia that you thought you might have dreamt up. It wasn't part of your imagination, and now that the -- erm -- cat's out of the bag, you can revisit the series as an adult and enjoy just how awesomely bizzare it was.
Want to learn more about these claw-some aliens with cat-itude? Click below to see our purrrrrrfect retrospective on the original Thundercats.