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ThunderCats Opening Remade with CGI

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Earlier this year, I thought I'd have a go at learning how to use 3D animation software, really just so I could do some simple effects in my films... but I got a little bit carried away.

The ThunderCats have been a love of mine since I can remember and the intro is something I thought would be a fun challenge to recreate and keep my interest while I was learning the software. I've got no plans to make anything else like this... for a few years, at least. I will at some point make a ThunderCats short film, making use of some of the years of notes I've kept for a feature trilogy, but I'll wait until the software reaches a point where I can film a performance on my camera and just drag and drop it onto my 3D characters.

All 3D animation was done in Blender, an awesome (and completely free) animation software. Shoutout to those behind the MB-Labs plugin for Blender which I used to create the base models for Lion-o, Cheetara, Tygra, Panthro, WilyKit and WilyKat. Lightning and smoke effects were done in Adobe After Effects. Edited in Premiere Pro. Thanks also to the many YouTubers who upload Blender tutorials - I must have watched hundreds of them. Ian Hubert's lazy tutorials are particularly awesome and inspiring.

ThunderCats is of course the property of Warner Bros. and its affiliates, and this video should be in no way used for financial gain or commercial use. This video is not associated or connected to Warner Bros. and is simply a fan film made by and for fellow ThunderCats fans.

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