December 26, 2012

Jerry Anderson

The creator of Fireball XL5. Thunderbirds, UFO, Stingray, Space: 1999,  and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons died today after a battle with Alzheimer's.

  His work was hugely popular worldwide and his shows were, of course, extremely popular in the UK. However, it may be that his most lasting artistic influence was in Japan, where the optimistic. high tech 'look' of shows like Thunderbirds and bits like the iconic stock footage scenes of vehicles launching were adapted to many anime and even Sentai Shows. Eventually the Gerry Anderson tropes became solidly ingrained in Japanese telefantasies to the point that many people today think of these things as Japanese altogether.

    Another of the great ones has passed.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 09:44 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 The strangest thing is that as well known as he was for the Supermarionation shows, he hated them, and wanted to do live action.

I've heard that when Derek Meddings goes, he wants to be blown up, and have it arranged so that one piece goes flying right at the viewers.

But seriously, I grew up on Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's stuff, and it's a great loss.

Posted by: Mauser at Wed Dec 26 22:43:22 2012 (cZPoz)

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