Cartoons, Miscellaneous

TR Contest Special: Brilliant Cartoon Reboots, Sponsored by ThunderCats

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?You guys have heard my spiel on the newly relaunched ThunderCats cartoon before, but in case you haven’t: I love it. I think it’s fleshed out the original cartoon’s incredibly thin premise into an epic story with a rich fantasy setting; it’s taken some of the series’ original weirdness and goofiness and turned them into story points; it’s raised the stakes at every level; it’s made Panthro even more badass and made WilyKit, WilyKat and even Snarf cute and likable; and more, so much more. Frankly, I think the new ThunderCats is about a great a reboot of a classic nerd franchise as we can get.

So I’m pretty damn excited that this week’s contest is being sponsored by ThunderCats, specifically the new ThunderCats ManeFrame app for Facebook, which lets you transform into a ThunderCat yourself! It can Thundera-fy  your profile pic or any other photo (I was about to post the pic of my ThunderCatted self to sure you how it works, when I suddenly realized what you commenters would do with that picture, and immediately realized what a terrible idea that would be). If you have a Facebook account, please check out Mane Frame here!

But back to the contest! Four winners will get not only a ThunderCats t-shirt, but one of Bandai’s new ThunderCats action figures! Your task, should you choose to try and win a free shirt/toy combo: Pitch me a reboot as awesome as the new ThunderCats. IMPORTANT: In this contest,  you can only reboot cartoons, TV shows, movies, and comics — not toys or videogames. ALSO IMPORTANT: You only get one entry, and they must be less than 250 words. Partially because in this hypothetical scenario I’m a busy Hollywood cartoon executive without a lot of time, but partially because in real life I’m a lazy bastard who doesn’t want to spend 18 hours reading all your entries. ALSO ALSO IMPORTANT: It must be a reboot, not a remake. There must be changes — improvements, specifically — to the original.

Bonus points will be given for choosing more difficult properties (i.e., awful) to reboot. The contest ends at 12:01 am EST on Monday, December 12th, 2011. And that’s that, I believe. You guys have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Monday morning. Hooooooo, everybody!

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.