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« on: December 26, 2012, 05:26:00 PM »

Aww this is sad

Puppet Master Gerry Anderson has died aged 83
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-20845407
I used to watch pretty much all of his shows as they were repeated a lot in the 80s -Thunderbirds,Stingray,Captain Scarlet,Fireball XL5 and even Terrahawks(which i think WAS an 80s show)




He also did live action shows such as UFO and Space:1999 and a more recent(90s)show Space Precinct



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Jamie Anderson announced the news on his website, saying his father had died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday.

"Gerry was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and his condition worsened quite dramatically over the past six months.
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2012, 06:38:12 PM »

That reminds me I still haven't seen Team America.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012, 06:29:17 AM »

I found the acting in those shows to be a little ... wooden?


Regardless: RIP Gerry.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2012, 06:49:02 AM »

loved Stingray, probably saw those movies (they released 3-4 episodes as movies in the states) before I saw Thunderbirds.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2012, 01:39:51 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 27, 2012, 06:49:02 AM

loved Stingray, probably saw those movies (they released 3-4 episodes as movies in the states) before I saw Thunderbirds.

Yeah Stingray was the main one i always watched and it was the rest i saw after that

Quote from: Teggy on December 26, 2012, 06:38:12 PM

That reminds me I still haven't seen Team America.


I read this recently:
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At the same time, thanks to repeats in international syndication, a Thunderbirds revival was gaining momentum. An initiative to film a live-action feature began in 1996 but did not see fruition until 2004, and immediately bombed upon its release. Anderson had refused to endorse the project.

He did, however, avidly support Team America: World Police, released that same year, an affectionate and outrageous homage to Andersonís old-school supermarionation techniques by South Parkís Trey Parker and Matt Stone.


I also read that he enjoyed Team America,but was not too keen about the foul language used,which i suppose is to be expected
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2012, 04:50:06 PM »

I loved his shows when I was a kid, for some reason it was Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 that my brother and I got the most wrapped up in. RIP Gerry and thanks for all the wonderful Saturday mornings.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 04:00:54 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on December 27, 2012, 04:50:06 PM

I loved his shows when I was a kid, for some reason it was Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 that my brother and I got the most wrapped up in. RIP Gerry and thanks for all the wonderful Saturday mornings.
Ditto. I was crazy about Captain Scarlet in 5th grade or so.  icon_cool

A few years ago I bought the DVD set of it. And I just found the show unwatchable. It's not the puppetry that bothered me as an adult. It's just the show's pacing was often sluggish.

Sad thing that we can only be 10 years old once.  icon_smile If I can find the DVD box I'll post a pic later.
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