I went with non-talking. I never liked him talking as kid. It ALWAYS bugged me. And it bugs me even more as an adult. I think having him just growl and roar is a better way to go. Stick with the more primal bond between a man and his steed. I think it keeps the relationship between He-Man and Battlecat a little more personal and mysterious if He-Man is the only one who knows what Battlecat is thinking. It also makes Battlecat a little more dangerous because he seems more unpredictable. I always thought that having Battlecat talk was just one more way they softned He-man needlessly. Just my two cents.