Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Cats!

If you were born in the late 1970’s and spent the following decade watching animated cat-like humanoids defend their turf on Third Earth, then definitely keep on reading. If not, well, then consider this yet another Bermuda connection to our great big weird world. Remember back in December when I told you about Arthur Rankin Jr.? The Bermudian who created popular animated classics Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town? After a little digging, Bermuda Shorts has learned that Rankin was also the creative force behind—wait for it, wait for it—ThunderCats! For all the fans out there, yeah, I know, I just blew your mind (check out the video for a serious blast from the past). And for the rest of you who don't have a clue what I'm talking about, ThunderCats was a wildly popular American cartoon that followed the adventures of a team of feline heroes: Lion-O the young Lord of the ThunderCats, the oh-so sexy Cheetara, nun-chuck wielding Panthro, bolo-whipping Tygra, young twins WilyKit and Wilykat plus former nursemaid turned lovable loaf Snarf. Long story short, their fleet was attacked by the Mutants of Plun-darr who joined the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra in his quest to capture the mystical Sword of Omens, which holds the Eye of Thundera and the source of the ThunderCat’s power. Whew. That’s probably way more than you needed to know but clearly one crazy universe was born out of another. As the island’s license plates proudly declare, “Bermuda Another World,” just like the ThunderCats' home planet of Thundera, which certainly qualifies as other-worldly. Let's just file this one under weird, shall we? ThunderCats Ho!

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