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Firestorm Wants to Bring Thunderbirds Style Supermarionaton Into the 21st Century

By Tom Pritchard on at

You must remember the likes of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, those classic TV programmes that did everything with marionettes rather than using animation. If they did a programme like that now they'd use CGI right? Maybe not, because Firestorm is trying to bring supermarionation into the 21st century.

The show is being produced by Gerry Anderson's son Jamie, based on one of his father's old concepts, and the project aims to modernise the supermarionation that was used in days gone by into 'ultramarionation'. Combine that with physical sets and practical effects (like real explosions) and you've got the recipe for some interesting television.

Firestorm is set in the 22nd century, in a time when environmental disasters and war are no longer a danger to life on Earth. That is until a threat known only as Black Orchid turns up to cause havoc, and Storm Force is formed to combat the problem.

The series is currently looking for £49,000 on Kickstarter so that they can create props and set pieces for a five minute minisode. If enough money is raised they will expand that into a full 22-45 minute pilot episode.

As is always the case with Kickstarter there are plenty of rewards if you choose to pledge your money. Heck, if you have £5,000 lying around you can even have your face appear on one of the main characters. [Kickstarter via CNET]