Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thunderbirds Supermarionation Tuesday

"Thunderbirds" had it all: rockets, espionage, explosions, chemistry props, videcolor AND manly puppets (supermarionation)! I think it's safe to say: guy stuff. From that crazy, crazy year, 1965.

Lest we forget: "Stingray" (1964) with its themes of oceanic exploration, plus all the rockets and explosions and stuff.

"Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons" (1967-68)

"Joe 90" (1968) features a supercomputer called "BIG RAT" which programs Joe with all kinds of super information. A Joss Whedon production--kidding. It's actually all from the genius of Gerry Anderson and his former wife Sylvia.

The Andersons were also responsible for 70s-era classic "Space 1999," a sci-fi show featuring a cast of actors that somehow manages to recall the marionettes of the Anderson's past. How did they do it?

"Team America: World Police," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's marionette action extravaganza is one of the most elaborate (and brutal) satires in the history of film.

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