NEWS - Lion-O and Panthro Voices Revealed!!
Reported by OptimusSolo on Tue Mar 8 2011
[As reported]

We've seen "ThunderCats" character designs, "ThunderCats" toys, and even a trailer for the upcoming reboot of the "ThunderCats" animated series, but one thing we haven't heard much about so far is the voice cast specifically, the actors voicing key players like Lion-O and his grizzled mentor, Panthro.

When MTV News spoke with "The Cleveland Show" cast member Kevin Michael Richardson during a recent Fox press event, the accomplished voice actor ran through a list of some of his upcoming projects and one particular title caught our ear: "ThunderCats." Asked about the project, the actor revealed that he's voicing the nunchuk-wielding veteran, Panthro, and dropped the name of the actor voicing Lion-O, too.

"I love Panthro, so to play him, yeah I'm very very happy," Richardson told MTV News. "The state of the art animation they have today is... That's exactly what it is state of the art."

It's worth noting up front that Richardson seemed a little uncertain of some elements related to the new "ThunderCats" series, as he mentions that the show will debut "next Fall" instead of its current 2011 premiere. So none of this is officially official until we get word from Warner Bros.

While he couldn't reveal the full cast of actors voicing characters in the series, he did drop one big casting note: the actor voicing Lion-O.

"The cast is fantastic," he said. "Will Friedle as Lion-O and some other people who I want to keep anonymous at the moment. It's up to the times, it's a lot cooler, it's going to move a little faster, and the special effects and the direction and the acting are just superb."

Probably best known to cartoon fans as the voice of "Batman Beyond" hero Terry McGinnis, actor Will Friedle rose to fame in the live-action television world on "Boy Meets World," playing elder brother Eric Matthews. Friedle also provided the voice of Jaime Reyes, a.k.a. Blue Beetle, on the animated series "Batman: The Brave and the Bold."

Of course, there's been no official word on the casting, so Richardson could be referring to another actor entirely - but given Friedle's pre-existing connection with Warner Bros. projects, it makes sense that he'd be chosen for the role.

If everything goes through as indicated here, Richardson and Friedle will join original Lion-O voice actor Larry Kenney on the "ThunderCats" cast. Kenney previously revealed that he'll provide the voice for Lion-O and Tygra's father, Claudius.

In the end, Richardson admitted that even he was a little skeptical when plans were announced for a reboot of the beloved 1980s "ThunderCats" cartoon. The time he's spent on the project so far has erased those worries, though.

" must tell you, I love the original, and if it ain't broke don't fix it," he said. "But from what I've worked on already, I'm very impressed."

"My favorite part is the 'Thunder... Thunder... THUNDER!" he said, mimicking the iconic "ThunderCats" call to arms.

Calls to Warner Bros. Animation and Will Friedle's reps for comment and/or confirmation were not returned at press time.
Source: MTV


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said at 6:41 AM on Wed Mar 9 2011
I got more excited after learning of these two.
said at 1:47 AM on Sat Mar 26 2011
@SCP21 It's going to rock!!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:52 AM on Wed Mar 9 2011
Surprised the article did not mention it but it was confirmed long ago that Matthew Mercer is the voice of Tygra as well. So looks like we know 4 voices so far!
said at 12:20 AM on Wed Mar 9 2011
This show just keeps looking better and better! If KMR says he loves the original and is impressed with this show that can only mean good things.

Ah, Mr. Kenney, so nice to see you again. No one can do that Generic Eighties Hero Voice quite like you. I bet you'll find something very special to bring to an older and wiser character after all this time, yes indeed. Very much looking forward to that.
said at 7:55 PM on Wed Mar 9 2011
@Wind_Whistler.....It's wonderful that we'll see someone from the original series as part of the cast.Welcome back,Mr. Kenney ;-)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:44 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
KMR seems to be in all of the 80s cartoon reboots nowadays (not that it's a bad thing; his voice is awesome!). Transformers Prime, G.I. Joe Renegades, and now Thundercats... hmm, maybe he'll show up on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?
said at 12:42 AM on Wed Mar 9 2011
@NCZ HAHAHA! They should totally try to work him in. Well, they had a pretty good opportunity in Bridle Gossip when Fluttershy's voice changed and it sounded more or less like Barry White. Unfortunately they don't list guest roles in the credits, so we don't know who that actually was. Rumors are Blu Mankuma, but ya know how rumors are...
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 6:19 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
Very excited about this show!!
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