In addition to acknowledging that the new series will play up the anime roots of the Thundercats, Spaulding discussed updating the characters. Tygra, specifically, he singled out as having an updated backstory.
“The consensus was that he was the boring guy of the old show,” he explains, “so we wanted to make him more interesting and gave him another dimension. But don’t worry — he still has the whip.”
Other updates include making Lion-O younger and Panthro older, though Spaulding promises that all changes will be organic to the new storyline. What’s more, we will be seeing Snarf, WilyKit and WilyKat, though it may be some time before they’re unveiled.
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