Amazon Debuts Original Animated Kids Series "Thunderbirds Are Go" on April 22 on Prime Video
Special one-hour sneak preview will premiere on April 15 with Ring of Fire Parts 1 and 2
The five Tracy brothers catapult back onto television screens following the 50-year-old classic Thunderbirds series; Rosamund Pike stars as Lady Penelope
SEATTLE -- Mar. 24, 2016 -- (NASDAQ: AMZN) -- Amazon today announced its brand-new Amazon 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 April 15 with the one-hour special Ring of Fire Parts 1 and 2. Thunderbirds Are Go is a reinvention of 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'll 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," said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. "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."
"We're delighted that Thunderbirds Are Go will be blasting off in the US on Amazon next month," said Dan Gopal, EVP EMEA Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. "This will give children and families across the country the opportunity to enjoy the full, action-packed series whenever and wherever they want."
Thunderbirds Are Go is executive produced by Estelle Hughes (Driver Dan's Story Train), Giles Ridge (Pocoyo), Richard Taylor (The Lord of the Rings), and Andrew Smith (District 9), written by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans), and directed by David Scott (LEGO Star Wars) and Theo Baynton (The Wotwots). It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
The first season of Thunderbirds Are Go 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. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. 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.
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