Archive for August 30, 2008

Gerry Anderson: Thunderbirds, Next Generation?

August 30, 2008

The Sun’s headline — though slapped with Exclusive! — is rather premature:

Thunderbirds are back!

Creator Gerry Anderson told TV Biz he was in talks to buy back the show rights from ITV, 32 years after it was axed.

But he is considering ditching the iconic marionettes for computer-generated imagery (CGI). Gerry, 79, said: “I’d do a series of tests.

“One would be in keeping the same characters but making the series in CGI, making everything photo-real.”

But the Tracy family and pals like Brains and Lady Penelope may stay as puppets, modified by computer wizardry for hi-tech action scenes with the Thunderbirds fleet.

Gerry said: “Another way would be to make the puppets in CGI in a way that they looked exactly as they did in the original show.

“They would be able to do everything a human being can do so the action would be much more exciting.”

I think everyone who is in love with the series would chant, “Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!”

However, in that BBC 4 radio interview, Gerry termed them “goddamn puppets.”

He was never fond of them due to their movement limitations and other problems they caused during production (imagine having to wait for a string to be redone or strings to be unsnagged!).

I’ve addressed the issue of a remake earlier, here: BBC Four: All About Thunderbirds.

There have already been three CGI Thunderbirds attempts:

The Original Thunderbirds Atrocity — allegedly all-CGI, it’s just All Wrong.

Someone At Carlton Must Pay For This Atrocity — Brains is used in an ad. This is a mixture of puppetry (string and rod) and CGI. It just makes me queasy every time I watch it.

Thunderbirds Used In New UK TV Ad — this is difficult to analyze. There is CGI in it, but still frames would lead one to believe there are actual marionettes. However, the strings could be fake, added digitally in post!

There is much more I want to write about this, but it’s a very big thing.

If Gerry Anderson or someone who knows him should come across this post, the one thing I absolutely must say right now is this:

Thundertweets?!

August 30, 2008

I am not making this up. Look who is on Twitter:

And look what he’s tweeted:


Click = big

Die And Burn In Hell AGAIN, Microsoft

August 30, 2008

Going through past posts, I came across one from February 4, 2008: Marvel Comics: Some Great Vids

These are hi-res videos that at the time I was able to play full screen with absolutely breathtaking fluid motion.

Today, I can barely get slideshow-like performance out of the player-sized version.

All thanks to those smug bastards at Microsoft.

Die and burn in Hell, you bastards!

Some Gerry Anderson Items

August 30, 2008

Here is a set of 133 Flickr photos showing the astounding miniature work of the Century 21 Studio modelmakers. Run it as a slideshow for the full jaw-dropping effect. That is what the future should look like!

On ebay, the head of Mike Mercury:

I’m not providing a link because at posting time the auction ends imminently (and no, dammit, I’m not bidding — but would if I could!). And it’s a replica, not the original head.

Next, hear Gerry Anderson speak!

Here is the link to that page.

And finally, some amazing CGI animation of Skydiver from UFO. The vid is a bit of an ad for some DVDs the guy has done, but that’s at the end. In the meantime, marvel at this great work:

Sky Diver attack by UFOs and INVADER

Sky Diver was always such a cool vehicle. But did you ever wonder how Sky One docked with the sub? Well … this sequence depicts that operation and what happens when the Sky Diver encounters UFOs under the water. But the saucers are not alone. They’re accompanied by a UFO from our 1991 film INVADER. INVADER is available on DVD through Lions Gate Entertainment. We animated and built all of the objects except for the beautiful Sky One which was built by Don Showalter.

Previously here:

Supermarionation Is Not Easy
Gerry Anderson’s Doppelganger
Video: IBM 75
R.I.P.: David Mitton
Enhanced Gerry Anderson
A Must For Gerry Anderson Fans
Gerry Anderson’s UFO
Rare 1960s TV: Space Patrol
The Original Thunderbirds Atrocity
Someone At Carlton Must Pay For This Atrocity
Jane Merrow Is On YouTube!
Dubya:1999
Joe 90 TV Theme: Magical Re-Creation
Thunderbirds: Terror In New York City
Gerry Anderson’s Eternity
Better Than Space:1999!
Via WordPress Search, #3
Reference: Anime Tropes
Thunderbirds: Simulated Tanker Rescue
Sylvia Anderson Interview
Digital Water
Fireball XL5: Directing By Alan Pattillo
Some Barry Gray To Boost Brain Cells
Stage6: Star Fleet AKA X-Bomber
Stage6: New Captain Scarlet
Stage6: Rare Space:1999 Footage
Stage6: Into Infinity
Turn Up Your Speakers For Barry Gray
Star Wars Spin-Off Goes CGI
Tell Them, Wil!
Marvel Comics: Some Great Vids
Gerry Anderson Supermarionation TV Ad
Joost: Stand By For Action!
Interster Still M.I.A.
BBC Four: All About Thunderbirds