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Thunderbirds
(2004)
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Composed and Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Ramin Djawadi

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Bruce L. Fowler
Suzette Moriarty
Walter Fowler
Elizabeth Finch

Original TV Theme Composed by:
Barry Gray

Additional Arrangements by:
James Dooley
Mel Wesson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(July 27th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Hans Zimmer's synthetic and dramatic sensibilities modernize Barry Gray's brightly optimistic children's comedy style for the original concept on television.

Avoid it... if you detest the stock music of John Debney and Robert Rodriguez for this genre, because Thunderbirds is adequately snazzy and heroic but also largely derivative of the Spy Kids franchise sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #371
WRITTEN 7/23/04, REVISED 10/3/11
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Thunderbirds: (Hans Zimmer/Ramin Djawadi) When the original "Thunderbirds" television series aired from 1964 to 1966 in Britain, it used a technique called "supermarionation" that combined marionettes, models, and special effects to create the illusion of live-action actors and big budget action sequences. The story of the series featured the special task force of the Tracy family, residing on a remote, lush Pacific island and utilizing five glitzy and sophisticated "Thunderbird" vehicles that could be called upon by world governments in a pinch to save humanity, all the while doing so in relative obscurity. The fantasy show ran for only 32 episodes and was made into two subsequent (but not very popular) films in the 1960's. The franchise remained dormant for decades, but Universal, having witnessed the awesome success of the Spy Kids franchise in the early 2000's, decided to fund a live-action pilot film for Thunderbirds that it hoped would spawn a franchise of profitable ventures. In keeping with the formula that brought triumph to the Spy Kids films, the ages of the boys in this adaptation of Thunderbirds were a bit younger to appeal to the pre-teen crowd. Even more interestingly, the production remained loyal to the brightly colored and cartoonish nature of the vehicles, choosing not to update the technology or radically reinvent the five majors at the center of the story. That said, loyalists of the concept had a uniformly allergic reaction to the 2004 film, joining critics in blasting the alterations made to the storyline. The movie only grossed half of its production budget during its theatrical release, a stunning failure that, along with the absence of a supportive cult following, killed the franchise's future aspirations. Even if you weren't among those who objected to the revisions to the concept, anyone who found the television series intolerably silly was likely to find the 2004 version, as with the Spy Kids movies, to be too cheesy for their tastes. Director Jonathan Frakes had been reported as being an enthusiast of Hans Zimmer's music at the time, leading to wild but baseless speculation about the composer's possible participation in scoring one of the later Star Trek projects that appropriately were instead handled by Jerry Goldsmith before his death.



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Average: 2.99 Stars
***** 179 5 Stars
**** 196 4 Stars
*** 253 3 Stars
** 195 2 Stars
* 181 1 Stars
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17 TOTAL COMMENTS
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Djawadi or Zimmer?   Expand >>
Fraley - January 30, 2012, at 12:01 p.m.
2 comments  (1041 views)
Newest: March 12, 2012, at 7:42 a.m. by
angus
Trailer Music
Nathan - June 12, 2006, at 5:41 p.m.
1 comment  (1938 views)
What about Ramin Djawadi?   Expand >>
Andy Dufresne - October 31, 2004, at 2:27 p.m.
6 comments  (6727 views)
Newest: July 12, 2006, at 10:45 p.m. by
Shirley Gibson
stupidest movie ever   Expand >>
Matt - August 2, 2004, at 3:44 p.m.
3 comments  (5477 views)
Newest: August 7, 2004, at 2:18 p.m. by
Samuel
A Fun score to listen. No more no less. *NM*   Expand >>
Levente Benedek - July 24, 2004, at 4:02 p.m.
5 comments  (3302 views)
Newest: July 26, 2004, at 2:16 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:25
• 1. Thunderbirds Are Go!/Original TV Series Theme (2:06)
• 2. International Rescue (2:40)
• 3. Lady Penelope: At Your Service (1:36)
• 4. The Hood (2:42)
• 5. You Need to Grow Up (1:30)
• 6. Can't Wait to Be a Thunderbird (1:55)
• 7. Galion Electrolyte Compound (1:40)
• 8. TB 3 Takeoff (3:40)
• 9. Tracy Island (1:31)
• 10. Junior Mission (2:27)
• 11. Fafafa... No Way! (3:25)
• 12. Thunderize! (2:51)
• 13. Lady Penelope to the Rescue (4:16)
• 14. Buggy Chase (2:12)
• 15. Major Disaster (6:28)
• 16. Bank of England (4:06)
• 17. F.A.B. (1:57)
• 18. Thunderbirds Are Go! - performed by Busted (3:14)

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