I love cartoons. I also love desperately clinging to my youth through nostalgia for the things I enjoyed as a child, so it should come as absolutely no surprise that news of new "Voltron" and "ThunderCats" cartoons would be of interest to me. According to Variety, "The reintroduction of 'Voltron: Defender of the Universe' will begin with an animated series on Nicktoons and a new toy line from Mattel rather than leap straight onto the bigscreen." The article also notes that "Warner Bros.' animation aims to produce an anime-influenced version of 'ThunderCats' for Cartoon Network to revive the '80s property, which has had a feature treatment stuck in development." I'm going to ignore the fact that the new "Voltron" cartoon is being timed to coincide with the property's 25th anniversary, because it is in direct conflict with the aforementioned "clinging to my youth."
I think this is great news. I've tried to re-watch the original cartoons, and they did not hold up. I could not figure out what the hell was going on in "Voltron," and "ThunderCats" painfully dull. I swear half an episode was dedicated to Mumm-Ra flying over the same stretch of barren land over and over and over again. I wanted to die. The concepts are timeless though. Voltron is a giant space robot with a sword! ThunderCats is a lion man...with a sword! (Swords were, understandably, all the rage in the 1980s, because children loved to imagine that there was at least the potential for dismemberment.)
Personally, I'd like to see even more 1980s cartoons get revivals. Not to sound like a broken record, but the fact that there has not been any new She-Ra stuff over the years is criminal. I really want to see new cartoons for the less well remembered stuff. Maybe it's time to give "SilverHawks" another go around, and with constant rumors of film projects for Flash Gordon and The Phantom, it just makes sense to bring back "Defenders of the Earth."