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Amazon orders original kids series ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’

MUMBAI: Online retail major and content creator Amazon has ordered four 13-episode seasons of the kids series ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ to debut on Prime Video in the US.

‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ is a reinvention of the 50-year-old classic ‘Thunderbirds’, and features the family of heroes, International Rescue, and Rosamund Pike (The World’s End, Gone Girl) as Lady Penelope.

The first season is scheduled to debut on Prime Video in the US later this year and will subsequently air on Prime Video in the UK, Germany and Austria, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ catapults the five brave Tracy brothers back onto television screens, where they’ll pilot their vehicles from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space, performing impossible rescues across the globe.

Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with world-famous Weta Workshop, the series is made using a unique mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets.

‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ will deliver a new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience while paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the original series.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on a world-renowned property that kids and families today will embrace. Our customers will enjoy the same action and adventure found on the classic series infused with a contemporary aesthetic and visually stunning world,” said Amazon Studios head of kids programming Tara Sorensen.

“We are delighted to be working with Amazon to launch Thunderbirds Are Go in the US; their position as an innovative content provider and their passion for the show makes them the perfect partner. Our strategy is to give audiences the flexibility to watch our content any time, any place, and the launch of Thunderbirds Are Go on Amazon Prime Video means children and families across the US, as well as in the UK, Germany and Austria, will be able to watch the entire series whenever and wherever they want,” said ITV Studios global entertainment executive VP EMEA distribution and global digital partners Dan Gopal.