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Friday, July 12, 2013

Thunderbirds Are Go (1966)

Starring Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson, Shane Rimmer, Jeremy Wilkin, Matt Zimmerman
Directed by David Lane
(actor & director credits courtesy

The Tracy family, who with their fantastic rocketships safeguard the world as International Rescue, are called in to protect a spaceflight to the planet Mars, which is endangered by saboteurs.

A big-screen version of the Thunderbirds TV series developed by Gerry Anderson, both feature marionettes as the main characters with impressively sculpted features and no visible wires controlling them.  The special effects are of similar quality, with flying spacecraft, tremendous explosions, and even alien creatures on Mars very effectively presented.  However, there's no depth to the film, with its characters unable to convincingly emote, despite some personal drama written into the screenplay for a few of the Tracy brothers.  Still, this is an impressive technical accomplishment, and a nice change of pace from the usual movie fare.

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