Hanna-Barbera Cartoons produced the original 'SWAT Kats' animated series, which ran for two seasons from 1993 to 1994.
Toonz Media Group has teamed up with Tremblay Bros. to produce a new show inspired by the brothers’ classic animated series SWAT-KATS.
Co-produced by show creators Christian and Yvon Tremblay and Toonz, this new series is hitting the market 28 years after the original series premiered.
The reboot, entitled SWAT-KATS Revolution, will be targeted at five to 11-year-olds and will include a slew of new characters alongside the classic protagonists and villains. The new series will also feature a range of futuristic arsenals including a new jet fighter plane for the heroes, along with other cutting edge vehicles and gadgets. The action-adventure series is slated to bring together top talents from across the world, led by the creative vision of the Tremblay brothers.
Christian Tremblay said: “While SWAT-KATS Revolution is a new series, the DNA of what made it successful will remain. The character relationships, the smart and witty writing, the action, the imaginative stories, and the bigger than life villains will evermore be present. The new series will be contemporary and explore themes that the new audience will identify with.”
P Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Media Group, added: “SWAT-KATS is easily one of the all-time classics in animation. It is a privilege for Toonz to revive this iconic show after all these years. We see tremendous potential for the property in the new context and among new audiences. We cannot wait to bring life to the new series under the supervision of Christian and Yvon.”
SWAT-KATS Revolution is also set in the fictional mega-metropolis of Megakat City, where the two vigilante heroes fight off evil powers to keep their city from becoming a dystopian world. The series will be distributed worldwide by Toonz.
Bruno Zarka, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Toonz, stated: “We are thrilled to enter in a strategic collaboration with Tremblay Bros for SWAT-KATS Revolution new franchise to bring the two iconic heroes into new contemporary stories and conflicts toward their nemesis. The new series will aim to revive the SWAT-KATS core values to the fans and engage a new audience.”
SWAT-KATS first aired in September 1993. The original series SWAT-KATS: The Radical Squadron produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons became the number one syndicated animated show of 1994, according to Toonz.