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Post by SuperOmegaPrime on Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:05 pm

Some sad news, the creator of Thunderbirds and other children's shows from the 60s has died:

[quote=BBCnews]Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies





























A look back at the life of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. Footage courtesy Thunderbirds/ITC and Century 21 Television










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Gerry
Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV
shows, has died at the age of 83, his son has announced.

Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since
early 2010, and his condition had worsened in the past six months, Jamie
Anderson said.

Gerry Anderson also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

Thunderbirds was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965.

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.

"Having already decided with his family on a care home for
himself earlier this year, he moved in there in October," Jamie Anderson
said.

Gerry Anderson spoke publicly about his disease in June 2012.

Speaking on BBC Berkshire he said: "I don't think I realised
at all. It was my wife Mary who began to notice that I would do
something quite daft like putting the kettle in the sink and waiting for
it to boil."

He was a celebrity ambassador for The Alzheimer's Society.

His other creations included UFO, Space: 1999, Supercar and Fireball XL5.

Anderson, who lived in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, began
his career studying fibrous plastering, but had to give it up when it
gave him dermatitis.





















Speaking in January 2011, Gerry Anderson said he felt "humbled" by his success








After a spell in photographic portrait work, a job in
Gainsborough films and time spent in air traffic control, he set up AP
Films with some friends.

Commissions were few however, so he responded eagerly to the
opportunity to make a puppet series called The Adventures of Twizzle in
1956. It was eight years before Thunderbirds came into being on ITV.

Thunderbirds marked the career apex for Gerry and his wife
Sylvia, who had honed their supermarionation technique on Fireball XL5
and Stingray.

The story revolves around International Rescue, a futuristic
emergency service manned by the Tracy family, often assisted by Lady
Penelope - voiced by Mrs Anderson - and her butler, Parker.

It inspired the catchphrase of "Thunderbirds are go!"[/quote]


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-20845407

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Re: Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies

Post by Sixshot on Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:19 am

Can't recall ever watching "Thunderbirds" but the man has my respects. r.i.p.

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Post by SuperOmegaPrime on Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:33 am

Sixshot wrote:Can't recall ever watching "Thunderbirds" but the man has my respects. r.i.p.

You should see the show, forget that live action movie from a couple of years ago, the TV show is a lot better because the stories aren't drawn out and weak as the movie, besides, the show in some respects, a head of its time in terms of the technology they had featured and adventures, such as the first film they made, had men going to MARS! The main idea behind the series is, that the Thunderbirds (the main machines) are apart of a secret organisation who are out to save people's lives without reward, of course, there is those who want to get their hands on the technology that lets the organisation do their work!

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Post by Dirge on Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:18 pm

He also created Captain Scarlet, stingray, Fireball XL5, Joe 90.

RIP Gerry Anderson

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:08 am

I didn't even know that. Anderson was truly a visionary, and he was the first person to ever use motors in his puppets. I sure wish that someone would release all of Kate Kestrel's music from the Terrahawks show like they did for Space 1999. I love the song "We're Livin' in the 21st Century". The end credits for Terrahawks in Britain consisted of the "Naughts and Crosses" game, but here in the states the aforementioned song was played during the end credits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jztpkd-SMQE

Anyway, everyone thinks of Jim Henson when they think of puppets, and yes he was great, but Anderson doesn't get the due he deserves, because he was a genius in his own right.

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Post by SuperOmegaPrime on Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:48 am

And to think, he wanted to work with live action actors, but instead it was the puppets that gave him his fame, I just finished watching Thunderbirds over on DVD the other day and it still stands out today, better than some of the CGI shows!

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