Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at the Thunderian heroes of Third Earth, the ThunderCats! Produced by Rankin/Bass, a company best known for their popular stop-motion Christmas specials, ThunderCats would go on to be a smash success, and one of the most beloved cartoons of the 1980s. This video takes a look at the history of the series, from its conception and creation, to its various connections to cereal, to the copycat series that were actually made by the same people.

Show notes:

  • You can get part one of season one of the original ThunderCats here, or the complete seasons one and two here. Alternatively, you can watch it on Amazon Prime here.
  • You can get the entirety of the 2011 reboot series on Blu-Ray here.
  • You can pre-order a collection of the ThunderCats' team-up with He-Man here, or you can read it digitally now here.

Check out some installments of our other video series below, and let us know which cartoon series you think we should cover next in You Think You Know Cartoons?


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