In the birth scene of Juno, the titular character yells, "Thundercats are go!", which is obviously a mashup of the "Thundercats, ho!" and "Thunderbirds are go!" declarations from the Thundercats cartoon and the unrelated Thunderbirds marionette show, respectively.

Was this a deliberate mashup by the writer, a production mishap, or a misread from actress Ellen Page? Was this incorrect phase used intentionally, possibly reflecting a confused state of mind, or completely unintentionally?

Ultimately, was it supposed to be the inaccurate phrase "Thundercats are go!", or one of the two correct phrases? Did someone "get it wrong" unintentionally or deliberately?

  • Short of asking Diablo Cody or Ellen Page, I'm not sure how we could answer this. :( – Catija May 12 '15 at 21:23
  • @Catija Well, at least we don't have to ask them if others did already. – Napoleon Wilson May 12 '15 at 21:45
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    @NapoleonWilson A quick google search containing the phrase doesn't turn up any interviews including this topic. – Catija May 12 '15 at 21:54
  • From Urban Dictionary: > Thundercats was an old TV show that was amazing. The Thundercats used > to shout Thundercats go when they left any place they are at. > > Alex: Dude I'm so glad you found booze Jimmy: Shit the coppers are > coming! Thundercats Are GOOOOO! – Harry Aug 19 '16 at 7:33

Well, the script (scene 105a) shows Juno says: "Thundercats are go!", so Ellen Page read her line correctly. It was as written, so you'd need to ask Diablo Cody why it was mashed up.

  • Let's take the questions asked one at a time: did production intentionally... yes, Was it a deliberate mashup by the writer? yes. A production mishap, no, it was scripted. Was it a misread by Ms. Page? Nope.The only question, among (I count 5) all the questions asked is the last. And half of that is answered, yes, it was used intentionally. – CGCampbell May 12 '15 at 21:54
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    I don't know that you could say it's a deliberate mashup... it's perfectly possible that Cody just got it wrong in her script... people misquote stuff (even iconic stuff) from their youth simply because they remember it incorrectly. – Catija May 12 '15 at 21:56
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    So, do we know if Cody meant to use Thunderbirds? No, we don't. However, as the rest of the script uses sly witticisms like that (doodle can't be un-did), I would not presume to suggest she messed up. – CGCampbell May 12 '15 at 21:56
  • It is good to know that it was in the script that way, but I would prefer to know whether the script writer "got it wrong" intentionally. I suspect there must be an interview somewhere where someone asked Diablo Cody this question. – JoshDM May 13 '15 at 1:49

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