Articles Tagged 'Gerry Anderson'

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No Strings Attached: Thunderbirds Are GO!

One of the most delightful developments in the history of British TV came from the wondrous mind of Gerry Anderson, and his “Supermarionation” productions of the 1960s. Each show used string puppets and models to recreate the kind of action movies he always wanted to shoot, but never had the budget for. There was Stingray, […]

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In Memoriam: The Best Of British 2012

2012 saw a lot of glorious things happen in Britain, not the least of which was the Olympic Games, and its accompanying opening ceremony. But we also said a final goodbye to some of the country’s finest talents, some globally known, some not. Only this week we had the sad news that Gerry Anderson had […]

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Five Astonishing Gerry Anderson Puppet Realities

Gerry Anderson, who died yesterday at the age of 90, had never intended to work solely with puppets. His ambitions lay firmly in Hollywood, making Bond-style blockbusters with real actors and huge budgets. It’s all there in the confident, strident music that permeates every Anderson production: these were never intended to be merely children’s entertainments […]

Five Great British Children’s Filmmakers

Making engaging TV for children is hard work. A balance has to be struck between sweetness and seriousness, between silliness and jeopardy, so that your audience (which is probably the most fickle of any audience ever) not only keeps watching, but feels welcome to do so. To put it into a modern context, every digimated […]