Thursday, April 02, 2015

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.


At 2:01 PM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

Supercar and Fireball XL5 were definitely on my Saturday morning watch list as a kid. In the 70s Invasion: UFO and Space 1999 filled some of the SF void left by Star Trek's cancellation. Who knew that the sort of hair colors in Invasion: UFO would catch on one day? More of a 90s thing, but you still see them here and there.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger El Vox said...

No kidding about the hairstyles, Rich. I think some of that purple hair may have also been influenced by anime. But yeah, Space: 1999 and UFO were great little series for the fans of the genre although I didn't learn about them until much later.


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