Gerry Anderson Special
Jerry Anderson was a UK Television producer and writer, animator, along with his wife, Sylvia Anderson. They'll mostly be remembered probably for their 1960's children's puppet adventure shows that occasionally dealt with SF themes. He started out with two series, The Adventures of Twizzle (1958) and Torchy the Battery Boy (1959), that were more conventional puppet shows whose gimmicks included extensible arms and electrical powers, but were scientific. His "SuperMarionation" however were the ones that got him noticed starting with Supercar in 1961.
Thunderbirds didn't come until later on in his career, concerning the Tracey family that aided people in trouble. It spun off two feature films, Thunderbirds Are Go, and Thunderbirds Six, along with a later live action film. I enjoy some of the marionation, but I prefer his UFO and Space: 1999 series best. He later on in the 90's created Space Precinct, which was a cross between SF and a cops procedural. I also like his SF film, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. Below is a Thunderbirds special that I found on Youtube.