I’m a big fan of the old Thunderbirds television series where a bunch of puppets make up the team known as International Rescue and go around doing heroic things. Needless to say I was excited about the just released Thunderbirds Movie despite it being a live-action adaptation. Unfortunately, it seems the new movie pretty much sucks according to the ratings racked up over at Rotten Tomatoes. It seems the movie is more akin to Spy Kids than the TV show it’s supposed to recreate. As Roger Ebert explains it: “Thunderbirds” is to “Spy Kids” as Austin Powers is to James Bond. Which, for a fan like me, is a big disappointment.
So you can imagine my surprise when I found out that there will be a major motion picture coming out this fall that appears to pay homage to the cheesy-but-fun ideals of the original Thunderbirds including a cast consisting entirely of “Supermarionates” complete with visible wires. Surprisingly enough it’s come from the folks who created South Park and it’s called TEAM AMERICA! It looks silly as hell and the intent seems to be parody of the highest order, but then a movie with a bunch of puppets running around like James Bond is probably ripe for parody. After watching the trailer my spirits were lifted a bit. With any luck it’ll turn out to be everything the Thunderbirds Movie should have been.