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Thunderbirds Are Go

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Campy '60s live animation adventure has some smoking.

Movie G 2004 93 minutes
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Filmed in "supermarionation," this movie is a campy live animated marionette mid-'60s take on the James Bond and space travel movies of that era. The special effects certainly haven't aged well, but on its own terms, there's a timeless creativity to this movie that shows that imaginative stories with limited resources can be as enjoyable as modern sci-fi. Fans of the Austin Powers movies will notice strong similarities.

However, in spite of the action, Thunderbirds are Go is slow-paced at times. An extended dream sequence and a musical interlude with Cliff Richard and The Shadows go on longer than necessary, and, while humorous in a kitschy kind of way, feel like unnecessary padding to the central story. Still, for fans of live-action animation, this is an entertaining way to see how far we've come in almost 50 years.

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