Monday, September 21, 2009

UFO & Supermarionation

Just bought the DVD set of Gerry Anderson's UFO series (1970-71). He made a lot of television shows for kids in the United British Kingdom of England. But I've always wanted to see this one based solely on the show's intro. Groovy!

Gerry Anderson is mainly known for the dubious innovation of Supermarionation - science-adventure puppet action!

1960s theme songs and titles are go! There was:
Supercar (1961-62)
Fireball XL5 (1962-63)
Stingray (1964-65)

The most famous - Thunderbirds (1965-66):

And then the comedowns:
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68)
Joe 90 (1968-69)

After the switch to live action, and failure of UFO, Anderson struck gold again with Space: 1999 (1975-78). Which I remember watching at my dad's house on those '70s weekends... [alternate opening]

Finally if you watched any of those videos at all, you must check out Peter Cook & Dudley Moore (Not Only... But Also, 1965-66).
Insanely hilarious!

Extending the non-music streak to 2 posts! Ex-cel-lent.

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