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Thunderbirds 

In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sylvia Anderson Sylvia Anderson ...  Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Peter Dyneley ...  Jeff Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
David Graham ...  Brains / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Shane Rimmer ...  Scott Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Matt Zimmerman Matt Zimmerman ...  Alan Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Ray Barrett ...  John Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Christine Finn Christine Finn ...  Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
David Holliday David Holliday ...  Virgil Tracy / ... 26 episodes, 1965-1966
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Storyline

The year is 2065. The location is a secret island base. The Tracy family run International Rescue - a top secret organization whose ongoing mission is to aid humanity. With the support of five incredible THUNDERBIRDS craft, the London agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, her butler and ex safe-cracker Parker and genius Brains, the Tracy family battle the forces of evil. Written by Back of Digitally Remastered DVD

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1965 (UK) See more »

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Donnervögel See more »

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Runtime:

(32 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo (re-mastered version)

Color:

Color (Videcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvia Anderson created all the characters, down to the finest detail, even coming up with birth dates that astrologically corresponded to their personalities. See more »

Goofs

The large digit "3" at the rear of Thunderbird 3 always reads left-to-right, regardless of whether the spaceship is flying towards the left or towards the right. It is assumed that 2 different models were used, since when the spaceship is rising vertically with 2 of the 3 sides visible, the "3" digit may appear in either orientation. See more »

Quotes

[Opening narration]
Jeff Tracy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Thunderbirds are go!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include scenes from that week's episode. Gerry Anderson would later reuse this gimmick in "Space: 1999" (1975) and "Space Precinct" (1995). See more »

Alternate Versions

According to ITC, the early 1990s Fox Network rebroadcasts had to have new vocal and music tracks recorded due to Michael Jackson owning the rights to ITCs music libraries. Edits were also made to remove scenes of characters smoking and drinking, and to shorten the individual episodes to 30 minutes from 60 due to the short attention span of American kids! In 1994, a completely altered version of the series was syndicated under the title "Turbocharged Thunderbirds." Live-action footage of two teenagers in Thunderbird 5 (renamed Hacker Command) was shot, while events from the 1964 series were said to be taking place on "Thunder-World." It was cancelled in 1995. See more »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #8.25 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunderbirds (Main Titles)
Written by Barry Gray
Performed by The Barry Gray Orchestra
Voice: Peter Dyneley
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Classic television series with awesome marionettes and enjoyable aircrafts
29 July 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The series concerns upon a family whose objectives are guard the world of the perils and risks originated by nefarious baddies who desire dominate it and rule over and avoid natural forces that create destructive catastrophes . It's an all time work for the astronaut Jeff Tracy , a courageous dad who orders rightly to his sons , some braves and young heroes who utilize extraordinary machines called ¨Thunderbirds¨ and the world depends of them . Thus, Thunderbird 1 (pilot Scott Tracy) , Thunderbird 2 (pilot Virgil) , Thunderbird 3 (Pilot Alan) , Aquanat 4 (pilot Gordon) , space monitor control (John). Besides , they are helped by engineer Brains , a stuttering nutty wise man and an attractive London agent , lady Penelope , and of course the chauffeur of her spectacular car .

Their missions are denominated ¨international rescue¨ carried out by the Thunderbirds , for example , in the episode ¨sun probe¨ they are saving a craft crew who lead to sun or confronting nasty enemies as the chapter titled ¨the uninvited¨ . ¨ Thunderbirds¨ emerge as an exciting and stimulating marionettes/action and with extraordinary airplanes and rockets controlled by the family members , intervening anywhere being necessary . This splendid series shot in Videcolor and Supermarionaton . The puppets are magnificent although are observed the wires that create the movement . The television series obtained a lot of success and today are considered a classic cult television . The episodes will appeal to nostalgics and children.


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