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The Trouble with ThunderKittens
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Episode 1.62
Original Airdate 17 December, 1985
Writer(s) Kimberly B. Morris
Previous Episode Lion-O's Anointment Final Day: The Trial of Evil
Next Episode Mumm-Rana
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The Trouble with ThunderKittens is an episode from the original series of ThunderCats. Written by Kimberly B. Morris, it originally aired on December 17, 1985.

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In an effort to prove them worthy of being ThunderCats, the ThunderKittens borrow the other ThunderCats' weapons and practice with them. The Mutants, who gain possession of the weapons, ambush them. The ThunderKittens keep the theft a secret from Lion-O and go to Castle Plun-Darr to get the weapons back. They surprise Monkian as he vainly poses in front of a mirror with Panthro's Nunchucks. The Mutants attack and the ThunderKittens escape back to the Lair using their magic pellets. The ThunderKittens return later with Lion-O to engage the Mutants. Lion-O calls the other ThunderCats using the Sword - then a Mutant Heat Ball causes him to drop it. The ThunderKittens are able to subdue the Mutants first with a magic pellet, which causes a tidal wave, then with another, which engulfs the Mutants in laughing gas. The ThunderCats reclaim their weapons.

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WilyKat and WilyKit, attempting to prove they are grownup, secretly take the weapons of the adult ThunderCats in order to learn how to use them. However, when the Mutants discover them, they lose the weapons in a skirmish. They return to the Cats' Lair, ashamed of what they have done and fearful of punishment. In their fear, they decide to take the dangerous risk of breaking into Castle Plun-Darr alone to try and regain the weapons. But they are repelled by the Mutants and again return to the Lair. Finally, they own up to what they have done by admitting their deeds to Lion-0. After a brief expression of anger, Lion-O does not seek to punish them, but plans a way they together can retrieve the weapons. They are successful in this and, in an act of forgiveness, Lion-O protects them by not letting on to the other ThunderCats what happened.7

Sometimes we get caught up in the same sequence of events WilyKat and WilyKit experienced. Trying to be grown-up, we impulsively attempt something foolish that is beyond our abilities. Often this leads to some accident. And, frightened of discovery and punishment, we either avoid owning up to what we've done or we do something else to try and undo the original act. There is another sequence of events possible, which we can learn from WilyKat and WilyKit. It begins by not starting with the assumption that our parents or authorities will treat our misfortune by showing us disapproval and punishment. Often, like Lion-0, they will not react with anger, but with understanding and forgiveness. Then, when that happens, we won't feel we individually have to deny the act or secretly attempt to rectify it. Instead, our parents or authorities will help us take responsibility and work with us to make things better. We should not assume adults would act negatively. Acknowledging this can be a smart lesson, which will save us from further foolish accidents and will make it easier to be responsible for our actions.

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  • In this shot of Panthro, Tygra and Cheetara in the Feliner, there are a number of errors:
    • Cheetara's staff is on her forearm when it is supposed to be back on Third Earth.
    • The lines defining the inside of Panthro's arms disappear for a frame.
    • The black panther head is missing from Tygra's ThunderCats insignia.
  • After Slithe opens fire on Lion-O in Castle Plun-Darr, Lion-O yells "Ho!" which lengthens his sword. We see that the Eye of Thundera is open. But when it goes to a close-up shot of him, the Eye is closed.
  • A noticeable animation mistake is seen during the final battle inside Castle Plun-Darr when a shot of Lion-O erroneously shows a forest backdrop instead of the castle interior.

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ThunderCats 1980s - Episode Guide - Season 1
Exodus | The Unholy Alliance | Berbils | The Slaves of Castle Plun-Darr | Pumm-Ra | The Terror of Hammerhand | Trouble with Time | The Tower of Traps | The Garden of Delights | Mandora - The Evil Chaser | The Ghost Warrior | The Doomgaze | Lord of the Snows | The Spaceship Beneath the Sands | The Time Capsule | The Fireballs of Plun-Darr | All That Glitters | Spitting Image | Mongor | Return to Thundera | Dr. Dometone | The Astral Prison | The Crystal Queen | Safari Joe | Snarf Takes Up The Challenge | Sixth Sense | The Thunder-Cutter | The Wolfrat | Feliner - Part I | Feliner - Part II | Mandora and the Pirates | Return of the Driller | Dimension Doom | Queen of 8 Legs | Sword in a Hole | The Evil Harp of Charr-Nin | Trial of Strength | The Demolisher | Monkian's Bargain | Tight Squeeze | The Micrits | Trial of Speed | The Rock Giant | Jackalman's Rebellion | Turmagar the Tuska | The Trial of Cunning | The Mumm-Ra Berbil | Mechanical Plague | Trapped | Trial of Mind Power | Excalibur | Secret of the Ice King | Good and Ugly | The Transfer | Divide and Conquer | Dream Master | Out of Sight | The Mountain | The Superpower Potion | Eye of the Beholder | Trial of Evil | The Trouble with ThunderKittens | Mumm-Rana | The Shifter | Fond Memories Wilykat Nav2.png
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