A+E Studios and Trioscope Studios’ distinctively animated World War II epic is ready to make its big push on Netflix November 11 (Veteran’s Day). Following last week’s teaser debut, the official trailer has landed for The Liberator — a 4 x 45′ wartime drama based on a true story from creator, writer, showrunner & executive producer Jeb Stuart (Vikings: Valhalla, The Fugitive, Die Hard).
The spot is narrated by one of the soldiers reading a letter home — a captain forcing his discharge from hospital in order to return to his men and continue the fight. The spot takes us from wide open fields to fire-shelled trenches, from quiet interpersonal moments to the chaos of battle. The trailer also includes dialog that spotlights the diversity of the soldiers (in the vocabulary of the time):
“Those men, they’re the descendents of the powerful Mexican army that defeated the French on Cinco de Mayo. They are sons of Texas Rangers who brought the rule of law. And they’re the grandsons of the greatest Indian warriors to roam the American plains. They’re my men.”
Synopsis: On September 9th, 1943, over three thousand naval vessels and 150,000 troops began Operation Avalanche, the Allied invasion of Italy… In an attempt to achieve tactical surprise, the allies forgo naval and air bombardment. But the invasion surprised no one and was met by fierce German resistance. By the second day the Allies had committed all of their reinforcements and by the end of the fourth day the operation teetered on the brink of failure.
The German Army, sensing an American defeat, rushed over 40,000 reinforcements to Salerno to drive the allies into the sea. Faced with potential annihilation the Allied high command considered the unthinkable. Evacuation. In the midst of this debate a commander of a National Guard regiment from Oklahoma made this announcement: “Now’s not the time to leave. Now’s the time for some hard fighting.” This is the story of those men. Men known as the Thunderbirds.
The series is directed by accomplished animator and VFX artist Grzegorz Jonkajtys (Sin City, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Revenant), co-produced by Alex Kershaw. Executive producers are Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne (Lord of the Rings) and Sarah Victor for Unique Features; L.C. Crowley, Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Brandon Barr and Mark Apen for Trioscope; and Barry Jossen for A+E Studios.