Teletubbies and Thunderbirds are go!

NICK GALVIN
Last updated 07:00 18/06/2014
Teletubbies

EY-OH: The Teletubbies are returning in a new, updated incarnation.

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While adult TV is striking out in myriad new creative directions with several series redefining how television is made, children's shows are racing back to the future with remakes of retro favourites.

Award winners such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, True Detective and more will still take the kudos, but it is reborn versions of shows including The Powerpuff Girls, Thunderbirds and even Teletubbies that will catch younger eyes.

Rounding out the list of the latest retro roster additions is eye-patch wearing superhero rodent Danger Mouse, who returns to CBBC next year.

Thunderbirds Are Go! is slated to appear next yea, about 50 years after the original Gerry Anderson classic first jerked onto TV screens.   

One of the UK's biggest production companies, ITV Studios, is pairing with Wellington's Weta Workshop and New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures to make Thunderbirds are Go!.

There will be 26 half-hour episodes using a mixture of CGI and live-action animation to bring the Tracy brothers back to life. 

Among the actors named for the series are Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), who will voice Lady Penelope, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones), who will play John Tracy. 

Meanwhile, the googly-eyed Powerpuff trio will ride to the rescue of the beleaguered folk of Townville again in a reboot of the 1990s animated series. Cartoon Network Studio will produce the series, due to air in 2016.

The original series collected two Emmys during its 78-episode run as well as inspiring a forgettable film spin-off called The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed, bizarrely featuring the voice of Ringo Starr.

And in news that should strike fear into the hearts of the parents of toddlers everywhere, the oddly unsettling Teletubbies are warbling back to life, courtesy of the BBC.

The original series was produced between 1997 and 2001, becoming a worldwide smash hit.

Now the portly quartet of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will star in 60 new shows to be produced by Canadian company DHX media. With a mixture of live acting and CGI, the producers intend to update the show for the iPad generation.

Similarly, Danger Mouse, originally voiced by David Jason, will be given a 21st-century makeover with new gadgets and vehicles when he returns next year.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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