Thunderbirds (Reboot) Are Go!

By Nick Venable | 8 years ago


I think everyone reading this will agree that Saturday mornings are a far cry from what they used to be, both in terms of their enjoyment for adults, and in how lackluster the shows have become. I mean, we used to have Bill & Ted and The Real Ghostbusters on Saturday mornings. Now the terrible animation and pandering live-action shows give me a hangover even when I didn’t drink the night before. Who do I have to smack around to get a marionette team of space adventurers back on my TV?

The British network ITV is bringing back its children’s cult classic, The Thunderbirds, for 2015. The Thunderbirds‘ original adventures took place in 1965 and 1966, and remain as catchy and enjoyable today as they did then. Series creator Gerry Anderson had talked about the show’s revival before his death in December 2012, but mum was the word since then. Now, the highly inspirational puppets and their “supermarionation” will return for 26 half-hour episodes that will be presented as a mix of both CGI animation and live-action sets, while keeping Anderson’s original vision at the forefront. There’s no reason to change the look of the explosions, though.

Stand by for boring information in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. ITV will be producing the show in cooperation with Pukeko Pictures, out of New Zealand, and Weta Workshop. Executive producers are Estelle Huges for ITV Studios, Giles Ridge for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, and Richard Taylor and Andrew Smith for Pukeko Pictures. Rob Hoegee will be taking on the role of head writer. Science has taken us to the point where Hoegee had better be on his top game if he wants to make fans respect his work.

I’d love to see some marionettes, feeling that a man can’t subsist on Team America and Being John Malkovich alone. But I’ve a feeling the CGI is going to take over a lot of the actual complicated-and-talent-required parts. Whatever. At least it can’t possibly be that fucking terrible 2004 live action shitshow. Nothing should ever be that again.

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