Some 24 years ago on September 26, 1991; BBC began re-showing the original Thunderbirds series after realising there was a nostalgia market for those that missed the iconic puppet series. And in doing so; it introduced the classic Adventures of the Tracy family to a brand new generation. At the age of 10 years young at the time I was bowled over with the amazing special effects for a show that starred marionettes that made it look like these were big budget movies. It was ahead of it's time in the 60's and it held up well into the 90's.
Now, fast forward to today in 2015 and I am as amazed and excited for this new series just as I was for the original.
Here's the trailer that got released today.
Here's what I have to comment on so far; the Thunderbirds themselves blend in brilliantly to their surrounding environments. WETA-Digital have done a masterful job of making the visual effects make the craft very photo-real.
The Tracy Brothers themselves are extremely well rendered and animated. Kinda reminds me of the attention to detail that Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet had a decade ago.
Now whether the characters are motion-captured or just very well animated, that aspect is very impressive so far.
I'm not overtly keen on FAB1 having the ability to fly once more. (I honestly thought we were going to bid farewell to that absurd concept from "that movie".
If that was John Tracy's voice when the line uttered "International Rescue; we have a situation" then so far the vocal talent based upon that little piece is promising.
I couldn't help but notice when the countdown was spoken it sounded VERY similar to Peter Dyneley's portrayal of Jeff Tracy. Either it was his recording or just a very good sound-a-like.
From what I have seen so far a lot of love seems to have been put into this. I enjoyed the feeling of a more tense, suspenseful danger factor. That said, this is 2015 and shows have gotten somewhat darker since the original Thunderbirds and I like the suspense here.
I cannot wait for April 15, 2015.
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO, AGAIN!