Wednesday, December 26, 2012

RIP Gerry Anderson

Well, perhaps there's our third. Gerry Anderson, creator of the "Supermarionation" film-making technique using marionettes and other puppeteering skills, died today at the age of 89. Many might remember such shows as the Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Supercar, and Firebird XL5. But he was also known for his live action work with shows such as Space: 1999, UFO, and films such as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. While I wouldn't go so far as to say he revolutionized science fiction, but his shows were a staple of my television watching while I was growing up. He certainly left his mark with memorable contributions, and one could always tell a Gerry Anderson production by the style and look that marked his work. He will definitely be missed.

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