I'm looking forward to checking out how these changes look. Not sure if it'll be right for my son right now, but if the quality is up there, perhaps in the distant future. In the meantime, his dad can geek out on nostalgia. My hope is that it goes beyond a similar attempt made with Masters of the Universe...
Somewhat related, I recently re-explored the Masters of the Universe setting looking at what potential it had for an entertaining, yet not too trashy, show to introduce to my son. The forums at RPG.net are a pretty good place to get geek opinion on such topics. Talking about He-Man and doing a little research revealed that there were four series related to the franchise.
The most recent version is almost universally considered the best. Everyone raved how good the newest He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was. I watched the pilot and while it was a lot better than the original, it still suffered from an unavoidable level of campiness that I fear will always be part of the franchise.
Mattel's action figure line Masters of the Universe was selling extremely well, and Filmation had animated a few early adverts to promote the figures. Looking for a way to further increase the success of Masters of the Universe they asked Filmation to go beyond animating mere toy adverts, and create sixty-five episodes of what was to become known as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The success of the Masters of the Universe toyline and show led to the spin-off series, She-Ra Princess of Power. She-Ra, He-Man's twin sister, fights to free Etheria from the Evil Horde which has enslaved most of this, and other, worlds. She helps the Great Rebellion, who also struggle each day for the freedom or their people and planet. He-Man and She-Ra had been out of the public eye for a time, but Mattel wanted to capitalize on their previous success. Filmation had closed, so the new series was created by Jetlag Productions.
This series sends He-Man into space - and the future! Skeletor ends up tagging along and causing havoc as usual, but for a new planet called Primus. Both He-Man and Skeletor meet new friends, enemies and possible love interests - as one old friend from the past makes a reappearance.
He-Man re-appears for his third time in toon-form, now in the new millenium. Mattel decided to take him back to his original roots on Eternia with all the original, more familiar characters. Mike Young Productions (MYP), took the wheel this time around and Mattel even hired Michael Halperin to write the new series' bible (who wrote the original Series Bible for the Filmation series). This is the first cartoon to show how Prince Adam came to learn of the Sword of Power!
Either way, ThunderCats are back!