The New Thundercats Cartoon…..Mmmmeeeehhhhhh!!!


I grew with the original Thundercats when I was small. Coming home from school and sitting in front of the telly in the evening while my mum was screaming at the top of her voice to go finish my homework, but I don’t even flinch a muscle till I finished watching the episode. Now when I come to think of it, the cartoon was pretty kinky; what with Lion-O, Jaga, Pantharo and Tygra all wearing skin tight stuff that looks like it was made of latex. Still, me being young and all, I never even missed one episode of Lion-O kicking Mumm-Ra’s ass!!

Recently I came across the news that cartoon is gonna be reincarnated by Cartoon Network. I was really excited at first, but then I ended up seeing the promotional videos, trailers and the pictures and all I could say was NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! They destroyed it by making it into an anime style animation. The animation integrity was also really poor. The whole thing looked like an epic fail.

People who grew up with the original Thundercats are going to be disappointed in the lack of the essence of Thundercats, from what I can see of the promotional videos, it looks like the story takes place when the Thundercats were younger, hence will Snarf be there?? And I really don’t think Thundercats is a animation that should be done in the anime style. Really disappointed. Cheetara looks like a skank who was pulled out of a whore house with liver spots on her head!!

Kids who are going to be introduced to Thundercats now, will be just equating the cartoon to all the other anime that is out there and hence, this new version of Thundercats might to garner the momentum the original series did.

All I can say that, this was a bad revival of a cartoon which was an epitome of my childhood era and for many more out there. The new series looks like its going to place itself into the generic era of anime cartoons that is currently running around in the animation business and just another money making scheme by the co-operate backbone to get kids these days to buy plastic Swords of Omens and Panthro’s special nunchakus. When I was small and Pokemon came out, I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have needed to buy trading cards to make the cartoon experience more entertaining, or I don’t think I would have needed to buy Beyblades to feel the story. No in my era of cartoons, the story had the power enough to capture the hearts and minds of kids instead of trying to make us buy material empathize with the story, the power of the story and animation was such that, without all these extra accessories kids these days buy, we still felt part of the story.



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Shankar Tucker And The Iyer Sisters…..An Amazing Cauldron Of Artists!!

I was pondering at the death of music, what with Bieber, lil miss Black, Lady Gaga, etc. I thought a stake was driven through the heart of music and laid to eternal rest. Then out of no where, two amazing artists gave me hope. One of them being Adele of course, her powerful and magnificent voice and talent just drew me to her like flies to unwashed gym socks (in a good way). I shall talk about Adele later, she deserves a whole post to herself ūüôā . Now the other artist who really brought back my spirit and lifted my optimism on music was the artist Shankar Tucker.

Shankar Tucker is a remarkable clarinet player and a music composer. His infusion of Indian music with Western is like pouring honey into one’s ears. It’s just pure magic. He¬†meddles¬†with the concepts of music which other¬†musicians¬†rarely tickle or consider taboo, and weaves it into a hypnotic trance he sets his¬†listeners¬†into, a music induced coma (again in a good way). There is a reason why many musicians avoid his track of music, as it’s quite difficult and not every musician can pull it off, but Tucker seems to be thriving in it. I have listened to musicians like A. R. Rahman and Harris Jayaraj, who have also, like Tucker, meddled with the common ordinaries and turned them into something extra-ordinary and I would have to say that Tucker is soon becoming, if he already has not, in the ranks and caliber of these¬†maestros¬†for the fusion of Western and Indian music.

His cover of A. R. Rahman’s song Munbe Vaa, was so amazingly beautiful to listen to that it put to rest my conception that the song could not get any better when I heard the original composition by A. R. Rahman. Tucker’s cover of the song just absorbs you into the song and stirs emotions within one’s self that you thought was never possible. The other side of the song is the vocal talents of the Iyer sisters, Vidya and Vandana, who provide¬†their¬†formidable vocal skills for the song. Their¬†voices¬†amalgamate ever so perfectly with Tucker’s musical skills to produce a rare gem of pure, raw talent. The sisters have an amazing voice that they have put to very good use in the song and with time to season and mature,¬†their¬†voices will become a valuable asset to the musical community in the near future. I wish them both the very best for their¬†amazing futures ahead.


The cover of Munbe Vaa is not the only song that Tucker had used the Iyer sisters in. In another remarkable composition called Nee Nenaindal, Tucker has again harnessed the vocal skills of the Iyer sisters to the pinnacle of music. While listening to it, you feel like Tucker casts a spell on you and Vidya and Vandana mesmerize you with their voices and you got no choice but to fall into the abyss of pure musical bliss just spell-bound. The song is available to download from Tuckers iTunes here. He has also composed another song called Ashai Mugam with only Viya Iyer, but which is still just as amazing. Sadly the cover song of Munbe Vaa can only be listened and viewed at youtube and is not available for purchase.


I wish the very best for all three of these artists and I really do hope that they continue to work hard and also continue to work with each other as a combination with sync of this magnitude is quite rare to come across. All the very best for Tucker and I wish he lets his imagination run wild and deliver more of his master pieces and both the Iyer sisters to garner their voices to the their best and more.

Long Live Music!! (until Gaga kills it)


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And here is an article The Hindu paper in India wrote about him, thought you guys might like to read it: