Thunderbirds will return, but without any puppets

Illustration for article titled emThunderbirds/em will return, but without any puppets

The '60s sci fi/adventure series Thunderbirds is getting a huge reboot sans the marionettes that made the series famous. Before you throw a chair out the window, hear this — the puppets are being replaced by CG models created by Weta.

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Deadline broke the news that ITV studios is partnering with Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop (!I!) to revive these characters. The puppets will be a mix of CG animation and live-action model sets (think the trolls in The Hobbit). Apparently the style will pay homage to Gerry Anderson's original series. It's all very interesting.

The new series will air on ITV and CITV in the UK in 2015.

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I suppose I'm too young or narrow minded. I preferred the loosely-based anime from the 80s - I believe it was Thunderbirds 2086 - to the original series. I tried, I really did, but I couldn't take the creepy puppets, no matter how well produced the rest of it was.