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Amazon Prime Video debuts animated kids series ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ on 22 April

MUMBAI: Online retail major Amazon has announced that its original kids series, ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’, is scheduled to premiere on Friday, April 22 on Prime Video in the US.

Ahead of the series launch, Prime members will get a sneak preview on 15 April with the one-hour special ‘Ring of Fire’ Parts 1 and 2.

‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ is a reinvention of the classic Thunderbirds, and features the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue.

Rosamund Pike (The World’s End, Gone Girl) also stars as Lady Penelope. All 13 episodes of the first season will debut on Prime Video in the US on April 22 for streaming and download for Prime members, 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 will pilot their remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird 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 characters and locations from the original series.

“We’re excited that our customers and their families will partake in a new rendition of a classic property with the Tracy brothers at the helm. The new series will pay tribute to the legacy of the original series while adopting a new level of action-adventure and groundbreaking mix of animation and live-action,” said Amazon Studios head of kids programming Tara Sorensen.

“We’re delighted that ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ will be blasting off in the US on Amazon next month. This will give children and families across the country the opportunity to enjoy the full, action-packed series whenever and wherever they want,” said ITV Studios Global Entertainment executive VP EMEA distribution and global digital partners Dan Gopal.

The first season will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.

‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.