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Thunderbirds Are Go Again

When it comes to vehicle-piloting marionettes traveling around the planet and thwarting evil, Thunderbirds is where it’s at. The original series created by Gerry Anderson aired in the United Kingdom for 32 episodes between 1965 and 1966, and while it didn’t last long, it became an enduring cult favorite. And now it’s heading back to television

Deadline reports ITV Studios is joining forces with Weta Workshop and Pukeko Pictures to get Thunderbirds back in the air with 26 new episodes. The series, called Thunderbirds Are Go! after the original’s iconic battle cry, will still focus on former astronaut Jeff Tracy and his five heroic sons, but will look a bit different. The producers will employ live-action sets along with CG-animated figures.

Rob Hoegee, who has been a writer and story editor on cartoons like Legion of Super-Heroes, Teen Titans Go! and Generator Rex, will act as head writer. Thunderbirds Are Go! is slated to return to U.K. television in 2015, with no word yet on how, when or where it will make its way to the United States.

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  • demoncat_4

    nice hope they learned the last time they did thunder birds  use the source material not call a movie thunder birds and cgi would be perfect this time around since using puppets again would proably be a pain this day and age

  • Orphan

    On the other hand the stop motion history behind this and other animation produced by Anderson is part of the point to bringing it back, I would hope.Part of the “original source material” you mentioned.This is like Aardman studios doing a new Wallace and Gromitt as CGI.In order to do it right they would have to do a series of specials rather than 26 episodes. Also does it have  to be 5 sons? Did Jeff Tracy convert to Mormonism.in that case maybe Mitt and his sons could do the voiceovers.Who are the 2 studios mentioned? I’d rather see Aardman on board.