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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: "Thunderbirds" (2004)

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What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? Ebert puts it pretty succinctly when he mentions that, “This is a movie made for an audience that does not exist…fans of a British TV puppet show that ran from 1964 to 1966.” He goes on to quote David Rooney from Variety for some basic info on the show because, as Ebert himself says, “I had never heard of the series, and, let’s face it, neither have you.”

In fact, owing to my mad geek creds I *have* heard of the TV show, and even watched it a bit. It’s not a fond memory from my youth which I was greatly attached to, rather I first saw it when Sci-Fi ran repeats of it and other Gerry Anderson “Supermarionation” series in their morning block of children’s programming in the early 90s. I watched it when getting ready for work in the mornings, not because it was particularly interesting, but mainly to catch the cool miniature work done by the late great Derek Meddings. It was never my favorite, though. I much preferred “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions.” Though never a fan, there is some part of me that can’t help but have some misguided affection for marionettes who have love lives, and shoot each other.

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Thunderbirds Are Go...Again

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Well, it looks like WETA Workshops has had a hand in rebooting the old Thunderbirds television series, some 50 years after the original aired.  There have been a few abortive attempts to remake Gerry Anderson's most successful puppetshow, some creepier than others, but this one captures the meticulous look of the original, while using CGI to update the characters so they retain the spirit of the originals while having better proprtions and movements.



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Fan Film Friday: Thunderbirds 2010

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A neatly done little fan film.  The effects shots are very good (except where they try to put CGI Character into them.)  This was done by the same fellow, Chris Thompson, who did the UFO fan film from a few weeks ago.  This must have been him 4 years younger.


The acting leaves something to be desired, but otherwise, it's top notch!



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