Like Rob Bricken’s persistent phobia of E.T., this is a drum I’m going to keep beating: for all the talk about “uncanny valley” and CG characters that we hear nowadays, nothing about digital cartoons is remotely as creepy as Gerry Anderson’s marionettes were. NOTHING. Thunderbirds may be a property that does not belong in live-action, but with glassy-eyed puppets it’s only good for nightmare fuel of the wrong kind, as far as I’m concerned. I have always believed this and I stand by it.
So this new CG version? It looks a million percent better to me. And if that makes me sound like George Lucas, so be it. I’ll dig out my one and only plaid shirt for solidarity.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist