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OTRC: 'ThunderCats' reboot set to premiere with anime-style makeover - See video

This image of the new 'Thundercats' animated series was released by Todd Casey, a writer on the new Cartoon Network show, on his Twitter page on Jan. 26, 2011. (twitpic.com/photos/wordwarthree)

"ThunderCats" will be making its big return to television on Friday with a new sleek look fit for a reboot of the popular 1980s animated series.

The new "ThunderCats" features the voice of "Entourage" actress Emmanuelle Chriqui as Cheetara and "Boy Meets World" star Will Friedle as "ThunderCats" leader Lion-O.

Larry Kenney, who portrayed Lion-O on the 1980s series, provides the voice of the character's father Claudus on the new show.

The series is a product of Warner Bros. and Japanese animation Studio4?C, which produced "The Animatrix," and "Halo Legends."

"I know we have the weight of the old show on our shoulders with the characters but at the same time I think we're taking them and doing something just amazing with them," Friedle said in a video interview, which can be seen below, featured on the show's official YouTube page.

"You see a lot of remakes of shows and things that come out where it's like, 'Why did they take these beloved characters and do this with them,'" he added. "Whereas when I see the scripts that we're going and see the animation we're doing, I look at it like, 'Oh thank ... we're finally doing this with these characters.'"

Cartoon Network writer Todd Casey said earlier this year that the team's pet, Snarf, will also be in the show.

"ThunderCats" relaunches with a one-hour episode on Friday at 8 p.m. on Cartoon Network. Check out the commercial for the premiere and watch Friedle do the infamous roar below.

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