October 16, 2007

HE IS TO THE TV SCREEN WHAT JOSHUA REYNOLDS WAS TO CANVAS:

The 5-minute Interview: Gerry Anderson, TV programme producer (Jane Crowley, 17 October 2007, Independent)

Responsible for the creation of the hit series 'Thunderbirds', Gerry Anderson, 78, has been in the broadcasting business since the mid-1950s. His company Century 21 Productions, originally known as A P Films, is most famous for making children's television shows using puppets and stop-motion animation. Other projects include 'Captain Scarlet', 'Stingray' and 'Joe 90'. A DVD version of 'Dick Spanner' is out this week [...]

A common misperception of me is...

That I liked making puppet films. I never wanted to work with puppets and in effort to get out of it I tried to make them better and better so that the directors would say: "Why is this man wasting his talent with puppets? We should give him some live action to do." But what they actually said was "Isn't he good at these puppet shows?" So I ended up doing more.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 16, 2007 7:46 PM
Comments

He belongs in the pop culture hall of fame only because Thunderbirds inspired Team America: World Police, which is about as funny as movies get.

Posted by: ted welter at October 16, 2007 8:26 PM
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