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OBSTACLES TO THUNDERCATS RELEASE OVERCOME, BUT MOVIE POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

July 16, 1999 - After months spent battleing the Motion Picture Association of America ThunderCats: The Movie is finally ready for release. The movie's creators and the MPAA were at odds concerning the movie's rating: the MPAA was threatening to give the movie an NC-17 rating, a kiss of death at the box office. ThunderCats producer Aston Phillips and director Jay Tudor finally defused the tense standoff by removing two sexually explicit scenes from the movie. In the first and less controversial scene, Cheetara (Tea Leoni) emerges from her time-suspension capsule in heat with newly-grown Lion-O (Mathew McConnaughey) only too happy to oblige her need. The second scene, described as "deplorable" by an MPAA spokesman, details the close relationship between Tigra (David Carradine) and Panthro (Wesley Snipes) culminating with Tigra tossing Panthro's salad.

With the two scenes removed, ThunderCats received its 'R' rating and is cleared for U.S. release. Yet the Thundercats creators are not rushing to release the movie. Believing they have a potential summer blockbuster on their hands, Phillips and Tudor are holding the movie untill next Memorial Day weekend.

THUNDERCATS: THE MOVIE starring Mathew McConnaughey as Liono, Tea Leoni as Cheetara, Wesley Snipes as Panthro, and David Carradine as Tigra opens Memorial Day 2000.

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