Five…Four…Three…Two…One…Thunderbirds Are Go! Well, nearly. ITV’s reboot of Gerry Anderson’s classic Supermarionation series is coming soon and from the look of the trailer, they’ve perfectly captured the tone of the series. The models of the Thunderbirds themselves and Tracy Island look absolutely spectacular and incredibly faithful to the originals, and with Jeff Tracy’s classic countdown in the trailer, it’s clear that there’s a real affection for the original.
The one area that has come in for some criticism is the character design. Although these CGI creations bear some resemblance to the original marionettes, they lack the charm, and aren’t really detailed enough to match the best character design in film. When seen in motion, they look far more stylised and stylish and hopefully good storytelling and character will count more than the form of animation.
Original Parker voice artist David Graham returns alongside newcomers Kayvan Novak as Brains, Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Gordon Tracy.