CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • U
  • Family, Sci-Fi
  • 1968
  • 89 mins

Thunderbird 6

Thunderbird 6

Synopsis

More supermarianated fun from the mind of Gerry Anderson

About

The second Thunderbirds movie is not that different from the original 1966 offering - bald bad guy the Hood's up to no good, lots of stuff gets blown up, the Tracey brothers scramble to save the world and, yet again, we don't get to see anywhere near enough of the very cool Thunderbird 2.

Entertaining if antiquated, what's interesting about Thunderbird 6 is that it could have been a very different movie. Between making the FAB films, creator Gerry Anderson conceived a new TV series 'Captain Scarlett And The Mysterons'. Every bit as enjoyable as Anderson's previous offerings, 'Captain Scarlett' scored over the likes of 'Stingray' and 'Supercar' courtesy of its more sophisticated, more realistic puppets (the captain himself being a dead ringer for Liverpool and Scotland defender and BBC panelist Alan Hansen).

Delighted with the new marionettes, Anderson seriously considered replacing his old Thunderbirds puppets with state-of-the-art dummies. Perhaps fearful of what the fans might think, the brains behind 'UFO' and, ahem, 'Space Precinct' decided to stick with his beloved original models.

Not that the clunky old school creations can spoil Thunderbird 6. On the contrary, they rather enhance the enjoyment of this, a slice of kid-friendly cinema made for a far more innocent age. And while its deficiencies are all to readily apparent (the string count is incredibly high), Thunderbird 6, like Thunderbirds Are Go before it, is a far better film than Jonathan Frakes's live action bomb, a film so bad it even managed to stuff up Barry Gray's incredible theme tune. And how was this seemingly impossible feat achieved? By letting Busted re-record it, that's how.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Peter Dyneley, David Graham, Gary Files, Matt Zimmerman, Geoffrey Keen, Jeremy Wilkin, Sylvia Anderson, Keith Alexander, Shane Rimmer
  • Director: David Lane
  • Screen Writer: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson
  • Producer: Sylvia Anderson
  • Photographer: Harry Oakes
  • Composer: Barry Gray

In a nutshell

Great fun for marianation fans yet to have been exposed to Team America.

by Richard Luck

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Night Passage

    Night Passage

    James Stewart stars as a railroad man hired to secretly carry a payroll despite his suspected connections to outlaws

  • Film4 A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year

    New York, 1981. An ambitious immigrant businessman tries to stay legit, despite stiff competition and violent threats from his ruthless, corrupt and often criminal rivals

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Gearing up for the Glasgow Film Festival 2015

    The Glasgow Film Festival programme is announced and features Film4-backed films Second Coming and Catch Me Daddy plus much, much more, from 18th February to 1st March It¿s almost time once more for

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

    As Louise Osmond's inspirational documentary about an unlikely group of friends who breed themselves a racehorse is about to premiere at Sundance 2015, Catherine Bray catches up with the director for

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share