new Thunderbirds teaser

Amazon brought their upcoming reboot Thunderbirds Are Go to Wondercon. The original 1965 children’s show used marionettes to animate the Tracy family’s sci-fi adventures. The new series uses a combination of computer animation and practical models. Old fans may notice that there is still a hint of the original style, as hovering spacecraft waver as if on strings, though they are entirely CGI.

“We’re not going so far as to have that sort of puppetry really on the nose aspect of it, but we definitely didn’t want to burnish away the style of the original,” said head writer Rob Hoegee. “Sometimes you’ll see when a ship comes in to land, while it’s a CG ship, every once in a while there’ll be a little bit of herky-jerkiness to it so it looks like it’s a model on a string coming down to land in the dirt. There was definitely some specific intent when the characters were being designed to give them that constructed look.”  Read More »

new Thunderbirds teaser

The Thunderbirds TV series that captured imaginations in the ’60s is about to get a new revival. The 50th Anniversary of the original show will be celebrated in part with a new series from ITV called Thunderbirds Are Go!, with effects from WETA. A new Thunderbirds Are Go trailer is now available, and though it doesn’t show off very much, it might be enough for fans who have been excited about the new show. Hit the jump to watch the Thunderbirds Are Go trailer now.

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From Jack Reacher to The World’s End and soon, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike is definitely a rising star in Hollywood. When an actor’s career begins to skyrocket like that, taking a role in an animated feature is a pretty standard step. What Pike is doing, however, is not. She’s going to TV.

Pike is the biggest name in the newly announced voice cast for Weta’s 2015 reboot of the classic TV series, Thunderbirds are Go. The marionette action show from the ’60s is getting remade with a blend of CG and live action and, besides Pike, is returning cast members, adding new ones and more. Read the full press release below. Read More »

What’s weirder than a resurgence of the supermarionette show Thunderbirds, which originally premiered in the UK in 1965? How about a version that eschews the puppetry that has long characterized the title, in favor of a blend of live-action and CGI? The weird part is that this isn’t the first live-action venture for the characters. Jonathan Frakes directed a live-action Thunderbirds feature, which was released to rather dismal reviews and box-office returns in 2004.

ITV Studios is backing a new series called Thunderbirds Are Go!, with the CG work to be done by WETA. The new show shares a title with the first Thunderbirds film, released in 1966. This one will have a new creative team; original Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson passed away in December, at age 83.

Info from the press release is below, along with some classic video. Read More »


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