Why was ThunderCats Roar cancelled? An animation writer and producer has addressed the Cartoon Network show’s fate.

It’s safe to say that remakes and reboots aren’t exactly anything new.

While some audiences may consider them dirty words, there have been a wealth of successful screen reimaginings in the past, with recent examples including the Planet of the Apes trilogy and A Star is Born.

Retreading the past provides the opportunity to benefit from nostalgia, and for many viewers, few shows transport them back to their childhood like ThunderCats.

The cat-like humanoid aliens originally appeared in a series between 1985 and 1989, but were recently resurrected for Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats Roar.

It premiered in February 2020 and although the premise closely resembles the original series, the approach towards humour and animation style exhibits a rather significant deviation.

It has now been cancelled, so let’s consider the situation…

still from ThunderCats Roar, Warner Bros. Animation, IMDb

Why was ThunderCats Roar cancelled?

  • The reason for the cancellation of ThunderCats Roar hasn’t officially been acknowledged. However, the show’s reception has been largely negative from the start. When audiences were initially given insight into the show’s design and tone, the #thundercatsno hashtag emerged on Twitter.

On Saturday, November 21st 2020, animation writer and producer Marly Halpern-Graser confirmed on Twitter:

“Today CN aired the ThunderCats Roar episode, “Grune”. There’s a Thanksgiving episode airing tomorrow and a Christmas special on the way but this was the final episode we produced. That means @Thundercat guest stars in and wrote a song for our last episode, so that’s cool!”

He added: “I’d be pretty surprised if we got to make anymore (you never know) so I’d like to say that I had a great time working on this show and I’m really proud to have been part of such an amazingly talented team.”

So, there will still be a Christmas special to look forward to; for those who enjoyed ThunderCats Roar, it’s a bonus.

Nevertheless, audiences were generally unimpressed before the show even premiered and it currently holds an audience rating of 2.1 on IMDb, which is unusually low.

Viewers react to the news

Characters like Lion-O and Mumm-ra were revised significantly in terms of their look, which was arguably never going to sit right with long-term fans.

Now that news of the show’s cancellation has reached viewers, many have offered their thoughts on Twitter, and they don’t exactly seem upset.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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