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 Posted:   Jan 2, 2017 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

http://fanderson.org.uk/gerryandersonnews/2017/01/special-assignment/

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2017 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Why didn't they do this for Supercar?

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2017 - 8:34 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

This is my favorite Gerry Anderson series.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2017 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

I like Supercar, Fireball XL5, and Stingray, and I like Captain Scarlet. Don't care that much for Thunderbirds, though.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

This is my favorite Gerry Anderson series.


It was mine too. And at 8 years of age when it first aired, I was probably bang on the demographic for it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

This is being held at Maidenhead hotel again it needs a venue change its not good enough I attended there last time this year are give it a miss.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I was to young for most of these on first run in the US. I caught Captain Scarlet in repeats in the early 70's. I'm aware of the others because I had an sibling that grew up watching them.

Captain Scarlet was my favorite because it was more adult than the other series, and the puppets were more proportionally accurate to a human being.

I've seen various incarnations of the Thunderbirds. The original series movies, the live action American movie (which everyone hates) and a few episodes of the CGI reboot.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

I wonder why they bring them back with CGI? Seeing the puppets come to life was the appeal, and the models actually function.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I wonder why they bring them back with CGI? Seeing the puppets come to life was the appeal, and the models actually function.

I'm not entirely sure but I think most of the backgrounds and ships are models. The characters are CGI. I'm sure it's a cost cutting thing. CGI has kinda ruined everything. It killed 2D animation and I've even heard the younger generation called it "old fashion" and "plain looking" compared to CGI animated films.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Hopefully, it might lead to a Blu-ray release of the original series.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Hopefully, it might lead to a Blu-ray release of the original series.

That would be awesome.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Hopefully, it might lead to a Blu-ray release of the original series.

That would be awesome.


All of it on Blu-ray, every show.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2017 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

I like Supercar, Fireball XL5, and Stingray, and I like Captain Scarlet. Don't care that much for Thunderbirds, though.

I think Anderson peaked with Thunderbirds. The prev series are too drawn out, and Captain Scarlett is soooo static.
I don't understand the CGI remakes, either (though Anderson was not above making a buck wherever and however he could). The original puppeteering/model work was brilliantly conceived and quite flawlessly executed

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

One of the things I really love are the background paintings for the end credits. Some years ago I found copies of them online. The renderings, action, suspense, coloring, light and shadows, and textures are simply gorgeous. I think the individual paintings were sold, and are in the hands of private collectors.





















 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

All pretty macabre when you think about it. But beautiful paintings - I can hear Barry Gray's score just by looking at them.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

I like Supercar, Fireball XL5, and Stingray, and I like Captain Scarlet. Don't care that much for Thunderbirds, though.

I think Anderson peaked with Thunderbirds. The prev series are too drawn out, and Captain Scarlett is soooo static.
I don't understand the CGI remakes, either (though Anderson was not above making a buck wherever and however he could). The original puppeteering/model work was brilliantly conceived and quite flawlessly executed


I went through a phase back in 2003/2005 where I rented all these shows on DVD from Netflix. I hadn't seen Supercar since I was a little kid back in the early sixties. I was surprised at how dark the show often was. Very much a Cold War show for kids. There's an episode involving an A-bomb.

I had no memory of Fireball XL-5 and that was a wonderful discovery, a very cute show, as was Stingray.

All those shows were a half-hour per episode, but Thunderbirds was an hour, but not because it had more story, but was just padded-out with model action sequences. After a while it got boring.

Same thing with Captain Scarlet. I appreciate the greater realism of it, but it quickly becomes just more of the same and with little humor. Although I like it and have the entire series on disc, unlike the other shows, which I watched completely, I've yet to finish CS.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Here's what I won't miss as this is translated to computer animation - inserts of actual hands for close-in shots. Hands that have to move just about as little as the puppets's hands do. By far the creepiest solution possible.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2017 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

We know that you can hear us, Earthmen..

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2021 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Listening now to my Captain Scarlet CD.

I've had this for ages, but for some reason, I haven't spun it as much as the Thunderbirds, perhaps because I had more of a connection to them.

This album is really good, lots of jazzy stuff, plus photo-space 1999 music, and less of the heroic music that intrudes into Thunderbirds.

Remind me to spin this one more often.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2021 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Listening now to my Captain Scarlet CD.

I've had this for ages, but for some reason, I haven't spun it as much as the Thunderbirds, perhaps because I had more of a connection to them.

This album is really good, lots of jazzy stuff, plus photo-space 1999 music, and less of the heroic music that intrudes into Thunderbirds.

Remind me to spin this one more often.


Yes. Great CD and fantastic Fanderson set, beautifully produced in each case. "White as Snow" must be both the greatest AND most annoying ear worm ever. Can't get it out of my head. big grin

 
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