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Gerry & Sylvia Anderson Puppets - British puppeteers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson produced a number of puppet series, often using a technique called Super-marionation.

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
Gerry & Sylvia Anderson

Super-marionation is a combination of old fashioned marionettes and modern technology. The process used a plastic marionette equipped with an electronic brain which operated the characters eyes and lips. Movements were coordinated by a prerecorded soundtrack. Control lines the thickness of .005 inches were sprayed with anti-glare paint, making them invisible to the TV cameras.

Programs featuring super-marionation included:

  • SUPERCAR (1962) about Mike Mercury, the driver of Super Car owned by an international anti-crime organization
  • FIREBALL XL5 (1963), based in the 21st century at Space City, (the headquarters of the Galaxy Police) with Colonel Steve Zodiac, pilot of the XL5 and Robert the Robot, the electronic brain/navigator
  • STINGRAY (1965) set in the year A.D. 2000 about the World Aquanaut Security Patrol that operated on the ocean floor in the submarine Stingray
  • THUNDERBIRDS (1966), about the Tracy family who operated International Rescue, a global search and rescue organization headquartered on a remote island in the Pacific
  • CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS (1967) set in the 21st century about the members of Spectrum, an international peacekeeping force that battled the Mysterons, invading inhabitants from the planet Mars
  • JOE 90 (1968), a sci-fi story about a nine-year-old secret agent.

The Anderson's also produced the live-action sci-fi adventures U.F.O/1970-71 starring Ed Bishop as USAF Commander Ed Straker, the head of SHADO (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation); and SPACE: 1999/SYN/1975-77 starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain as scientists stranded on a runaway moon. 


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