Thundercats Ho! An Interview with Mike Jelenic
Dr. T: The original series had a very large cast by the time it wrapped up. So, what heroes and villains might we see returning in the future?
MJ: We look at the message boards and we see whom the original fans want to see, so as much as we can – without throwing characters in for some random reason – we want to make sure we have at least a cameo or a one-off for each of these loved characters. You'll see Pumyra, with several episodes devoted to her, even if our take on her is not the same as in the original series. That's our attitude for all these characters. We're thinking, like, "How can we work Safari Joe into this episode?" That's one reason that in episode five, the Driller showed up, just because he was one of the more popular villains from the old series. It's a bit of a balancing act figuring out where and how we're going to use these characters.
Dr. T: If you could handle another reboot, what would your choice be?
MJ: I would love to tackle a Robotech reboot. I think that's such a great concept, and I remember it very fondly from my childhood. I think that's going to have to wait until there's a Robotech movie, but hopefully that will be around sooner than later.
Dr. T: Is there any truth to the rumor that Wilykat and Wilykit are the secret love children of Cheetara and Garfield?
MJ: Ah…no comment on that one!
Dr. Toon wishes to thank Mike Jelenic for his time and insights. Thanks also to Warner publicist Winson Seto for arranging this interview for AWN.