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ThunderCats is a TV show, aired between 1985 and 1989 by Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment and Leisure Concepts. The show consists of 4 seasons, having 130 episodes on 20 minutes, and ‘ThunderCats – Ho!’ movie. The show is authored by Ted Wolf, Leonard Starr, Stephen Perry, and directed by Katsuhito Akiyama, Arthur Rankin, Jr., and Jules Bass. It also had several comic books, written in certain times by Marvel (1985) and DC (1988), a line of merchandise, and a try for film adaptation, announced in 2007, which then entered the development hell.

Meaning and history

Being an animated sci-fi series, TC describes the adventures of an eponymous superhero team composed of cat-like humanoids, Lord of the ThunderCats, Lion-O, as well as Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and WilyKat, and Snarf. They have to leave their native Thundera planet, being attacked by Mutants of Plun-Darr. Most of the planet’s fleet is destroyed, but their ship is spared as they have the legendary artifact named Sword of Omens, which keeps the Eye of Thundera, the source of ThunderCats’ power.

But their ship is damaged: they cannot reach their original destination, instead they can head only to Third Earth planet. The eldest team member, Jaga, is set as the pilot, while other ones decide to sleep in cryocapsules until they reach the planet.

After 10 ‘galacto-years’, arriving to Third Earth, the team leader Lion-O finds himself a child in the maturated body: the capsule has slowed, but not stopped his aging. Partnering with locals, ThunderCats build their new home. But it lasts not too long: Mutants of Plun-Darr have got the scent of the Cats. Now, they’re commanded by a mysterious evil creature named Mumm-Ra. His target is to capture Sword of Omens, destroy ThunderCats, and dominate Third Earth.

What is ThunderCats?
ThunderCats is an animated sci-fi TV show, carried at certain times by Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment and Leisure Concepts. It was aired between 1985 and 1989. The series had 130 episodes, split in four seasons. ThunderCats’ main concept was thought by Ted Wolf and Leonard Starr. Its plot describes a story about a superhero team of cat-like humanoids, which fight against their enemies, Mutants of Plun-Darr, led by an evil demonic creature named Mumm-Ra.

1985 – 1989

ThunderCats Logo

The ThunderCats logotype is a signature with an emblem and a wordmark. The sign is a cat’s head laid over a circle. It is adjoined to the nameplate, which is placed to the right. On some logos, they put a sword behind the name.

Font

ThunderCats Symbol

The text caption has an abrupt typeface with sharp, clawy letters. They have small spaces among one another. Every character is designed as a unique symbol with its own lines. The ‘t’, ‘d’,’r’, ‘c’, and ‘s’ characters have elongated and rounded lower tails. However, they have some similar features. For example, the letters have small yet significant (and drastic, if you forgot) serifs. Also, they’re all uppercase, but the ‘t’ and ‘c’ are enlarged.

Color

The coloring code was surged to be attractive and eye-catching. It’s reflected in the name, which is split in two horizontal parts by the shades. At the top it’s blue, and then it slightly becomes white, but after this it abruptly turns to golden beige and then again to white at the lower tips of the letters. The cat’s head is located on a red circle.

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