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UK broadcaster ITV is gearing up for a brand new Thunderbirds TV series, but the Tracy brothers seem a little creepy for a kids TV show!

The 26-episode season - called Thunderbirds Are Go! - will debut exactly 50 years after Thunderbirds first aired back in 1965, but it won't retain the classic puppetry style of the original. Instead, it will use a blend of CGI effects and live action model sets. Unfortunately, the characters have come out looking a little uncanny, sporting some rather unsettling dead-eyed stares.

Take a look and see what you think...

Thunderbirds are G-Nooooooo!

Is it just me, or do they remind you of some creepy waxwork figures from Madame Tussauds... If Madame Tussauds kind of sucked and aimed to scare children.

Part of the problem, I think, is that they're trying to retain the look of the original puppets, but it just doesn't translate all that well when rendered in CG.

How do you think the original series' characters compare?

Thunderbirds (1965)

Perhaps it's just because I'm more used to the old style, but I think I prefer them like this. They look less intent on murdering me.

In any case, I'm still hopeful for the remake, and remain excited to see what they do with it. They've certainly got a talented cast to work with.

Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike will voice Lady Penelope, while Game of Thrones actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster will take on the role of John Tracy. Special effects studio Weta Workshop, which worked on The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, is also involved.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Thunderbirds Are Go! will premiere in April on ITV.


Which Thunderbirds style do you prefer?


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