Director Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: First Contact, Clockstoppers, Star Trek: Insurrection) introduces Thunderbirds, the live-action feature film based on the hit classic British television series of the 1960's, which followed the perilous exploits of the Tracy family. Universal Pictures & Working Title Films presents Thunderbirds, opening July 30 in theaters everywhere (est. 2,000 screens). The Decca soundtrack will be released on July 27 & features original music composed by Academy Awardr winner Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, King Arthur), plus "Thunderbirds Are Go" - a new song by hit U.K. group Busted - played over the end credits.
From the 60's onward, UK producer Gerry Anderson built a unique sci-fi TV mini-empire based on "Supermarionation," his unique blend of futuristic production design and marionette "actors" that have since inspired successful ad campaigns, a loving spoof
from the creators of South Park
and this big-screen, CGI 'n' live actor adaptation. Contemporary film score workhorse Hans Zimmer pays loving tribute to original Anderson musical collaborator Barry Gray, anchoring his update with a faithful cover of the late British composer's original series theme, then concocting a whole slate of new cues that build on the original show's brightly energetic, future-industrial soundtrack ethos. Indeed, the electro-orchestral fusion that Zimmer helped pioneer smartly reinforces that sensibility on muscular new cues like "International Rescue," "TB-3 Takeoff" and "F.A.B." Busted's marketing-oriented modern rock work-up of "Thunderbirds Are GO!" maintains the score's energy, even if it has precious little to do with the original's music -- or charm. --Jerry McCulley