The groundbreaking creator of such “Supermarionation” shows – in which marionettes could be lip-synced to pre-recorded dialogue using internal magnets – as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Terrornauts and Stingray – as well as the live-action Space: 1999, which always had a special place in my heart – has died. He was battling dementia for two years now, so this isn’t completely a shock, but it is a great loss, and I’m only glad his family could spend one last Christmas with him on Earth.
Supermarionation quite honestly freaked me out as a kid, but I’ve grown to appreciate its charms over the years, especially when Trey Parker and Matt Stone paid tribute in Team America: World Police. I guess it’s fair to say that I already miss Gerry Anderson more than Pearl Harbor missed the mark.
Did you know Anderson wrote a rejected treatment for Moonraker? I would have liked to see that version. Not that it would have gone the puppetry route, but I could certainly enjoy a movie-length version of this: