Larry Kenney the original voice of Lion-O in the 1980s series is now the voice of King Claudus, the father of Tygra and Lion-O. Jim Meskimen, character designer of the 1980s series will be voicing character(s) in this series.
Captain Tunar yells "For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee" and throws his weapon at the creature. This is a direct quote of Captain Ahab, from Moby Dick.
Tookit's magic work "Rankinbass" is a reference to Rankin/Bass Productions, the animation company that created the original 1980s ThunderCats.