The Wolfrat
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Episode 1.28
Original Airdate October 30, 1985
Writer(s) Chris Trengove
Previous Episode The Thunder-Cutter
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The Wolfrat is an episode from the original series of ThunderCats. Written by C.H. Trengove, it originally aired on October 30, 1985.

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Mumm-Ra has a phial of miniaturization gas. Vultureman builds a mechanical Wolfrat to infiltrate the gas into the Cats' Lair. The ThunderCats are immediately reduced to nine inches high. Knowing how vulnerable the ThunderCats are in this state, Mumm-Ra orchestrates a Mutant attack on the Cats' Lair. The ThunderCats' only hope is Snarf; they armor Snarf and use him as a battle charger while Tygra works on an antidote. The ThunderCats finally take the antidote, and Snarf, getting an accidental whiff of it, grows to huge proportions. In his gigantic state, Snarf terrifies the Mutants and puts them to flight.

ThunderCats Bullet Point.png Official Moral[edit | edit source]

Sometimes in our minds we may overemphasize the importance of certain physical characteristics. We may feel bad or worry that we are at a disadvantage if we don't possess a quality. For some, physical size and strength is a desirable trait. But often it is given too much importance. In reality, the lack of a physical quality does not have to be a deficit and it may be counterbalanced by other characteristics.

In this episode, the ThunderCats find themselves physically mismatched in fighting the Wolfrat, when they are cut down in size. However, they use speed, improvisation, teamwork, and determination to persevere against the robot and the Mutants. The lesson for us is that we must never place too much importance on any one characteristic, but should strive to grow in and use all of our personal qualities. It is our whole personality that counts, not any one trait.

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The Mutant genius, Vultureman, proudly displays his latest invention to Mumm-Ra inside his Black Pyramid. The invention happens to be small cat-sized infiltration robot called the Wolfrat. Impressed with Vultureman's invention, Mumm-Ra arms the robot with a special Miniaturization Gas and it heads straight for the Cats Lair.

Using its ability to transform into various shapes, the Wolfrat remains undetected by the lair's scan vision and even manages to fool the Sword of Omens' "Sight Beyond Sight". Once it sneaks into the ThunderCats' fortress, the Wolfrat releases the Miniaturization Gas into the lair's ventilation shafts.

The gas gets to work immediately, shrinking the ThunderCats down to just a fraction of their original size. While the confused heroes try to figure out what just happened to them, the Wolfrat appears and blitzes them with laser beams. The pint-sized Cats split up, with Tygra trying to manufacture an antidote for the Miniaturization Gas while Lion-O heads to the Sword Chamber. Looking through the hilt of what seems like a gigantic Sword of Omens in comparison to himself, Lion-O sees that the Mutants are already outside the lair in their vehicles, and will launch an ambush at any time.

Shortly, Snarf, who was out gathering Candy Fruit, returns to the lair, blissfully unaware of what was going on. As soon as he enters the lair, he comes under attack of the Wolfrat's lasers. He succeeds to avoid them and locates the other ThunderCats. Panthro uses pieces of metal to construct a tough suit of armor for Snarf, to protect him from the Wolfrat's lasers. Then the ThunderCats and Snarf launch an attack on the robot and destroy it.

The Mutants breach the lair, hoping to make short work of the diminutive ThunderCats. Fortunately, Tygra manages to concoct the antidote, and uses it to make himself and his friends grow back to their normal size. Snarf accidentally gets a dose of the antidote and grows to a massive size. The giant Snarf single-handedly dispatches the Mutants before Tygra assures him that the effects of the antidote on him are temporary and should wear off shortly.

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ThunderCats Bullet Point.png Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode marks the second time that the Mutants have sent one of their robots to Cats Lair to destroy the ThunderCats. The first time was in Return to Thundera when the Mutants dispatched the Plun-Darrian Warbot.
  • Mumm-Ra's Miniaturization Gas is claimed to have been made by "Tutantiny". This is clearly a play on the ancient Egyptian pharoah "Tutankhamun".
  • This episode features a gigantic Snarf near the end fighting the Mutants. A comparable situation occurs in the later episode Hair of the Dog, which also features a colossal Snarf. While in this episode it was the antidote which caused Snarf to grow to gigantic proportions, in "Hair of the Dog" he invokes the Ancient Spirits of Evil to change him into "Snarf-Ra, the everliving". Coincidentally, both episodes were written by C.H. Trengove

ThunderCats Bullet Point.png Goofs[edit | edit source]

  • When Vultureman is shown inside the Cats Lair, the color of his eyes is white instead of yellow, which is his usual eye color.
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  • Tygra's feet are completely covered by his boots in the sequence where he is growing in size. His usual footwear has openings in the front and back.
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  • In the same sequence as above, the orange color from Tygra's nose disappears for a few seconds.
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  • Even though only the outer metal shell from the destroyed Wolfrat is worn by Snarf, the ears of the Wolfrat are still strangely able to shoot lasers.

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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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