1979 to 1982 - Super Space Theatre
8 x edited series episode combination films
ITC produced a number of features under this general heading made up from different TV episodes with similar storylines.
They were transmitted by U.S. syndicated stations and cable TV companies, eventually being released on video in the mid-eighties by Channel 5 Video.
Three Thunderbird features of approximately 93 minutes were made:
Thunderbirds To The Rescue ( Trapped In The Sky / Operation Crash Dive )
Thunderbirds In Outer Space ( Sun Probe / Ricochet ) Countdown To Disaster ( Terror In New York City / Atlantic Inferno )
Similarly, three Space 1999 features were made under the same heading:
Alien Attack (Breakaway / War Games) 1979 - 105 minutes Journey Through the Black Sun (Collision Course / Black Sun) 1982 - 89 minutes
Cosmic Princess (The Metamorph / Space Warp)
Previous to this 'series', two other Space 1999 compilation movies had been produced:
Spazio: 1999 (made for Italian release from Breakaway / Ring Around the Moon / Another Time, Another Place) 1976 - 88 minutes
Destination Moonbase Alpha (The Bringers of Wonder, parts 1 and 2) 1978 - 96 minutes
Produced by Anderson Burr pictures in association with London Weekend Television
First transmitted: Sunday 9th October 1983
The series also featured another futuristic Rolls-Royce. Called H.U.D.S.O.N., it was chameleon in character.
Terrahawks at SFXB
A larger, re-vamped version of Thunderbirds which was being planned by Gerry Anderson in association with Steven Begg. It included a change of base with larger,
more versatile rescue vehicles and Lady Penelope was to be given a pink Porsche instead of the Rolls Royce. Finance for the project proved to be unobtainable.
Anderson Burr Pictures
An Anderson Burr production in association with Channel 4
Starring Shane Rimmer as Dick Spanner
The Case Of The Human Cannon Ball and The Case Of The Maltese Parrot
This was Gerry Anderson's first completely stop-motion animation production which was later re-edited into four 25 minute shows. The Anderson-Burr partnership had, in fact, been dissolved before the production of this show. It was screened on Sunday lunchtimes as part of a programme called Network 7, aimed at teenage viewers and was eventually sold to BSkyB.
1989 - Space Police (Star Laws)
1990 - Parker's Day Off (Swinton Insurance)
Produced and Directed by Gerry Anderson
This was made as an advert for Swinton Insurance. It starred the original puppet model of Parker ( piloting Thunderbird 2! ) and featured some innovative driving by Lady Penelope in FAB1, both of which were rebuilt specially for the story. YOU TUBE
Gerry Anderson directed the 'Thunderbirds' segment which took twelve weeks to make.
Original Thunderbirds sequences were accompanied by the new footage and live action shots of the band,
and featured the M.C. Parker single 'Thunderbirds Are Go' on MTV in a remix of the original series theme tune.
1991 - F.A.B. Featuring M.C. Parker - Thunderbirds Are Go!
Originally a single-sided 7" 33rpm flexi-disc released on Telstar – K01 by Euro House. The theme reached number 5 in the British music charts. To accompany this, a music video compilation similarly titled Power Themes 90 was released, and "Thunderbirds Are Go! (The Pressure Mix)" was listed, featuring footage from episodes of various Gerry Anderson series episodes interspersed with newly-filmed shots of the original Parker puppet dressed in "era" clothing and acting as a DJ.
1993 - Thunderbirds Kit Kat Advert
A Thunderbirds-themed advertisement for the Kit Kat chocolate bar features the original 5–4–3–2–1 countdown (re-recorded by a new voice actor) and all the ships
taking off, except Thunderbird 1. Scott, who pilots the ship, is seen relaxing and "having a break". Meanwhile, a frantic Jeff Tracy tries to order Scott to launch the ship.
Gosh! / Inimitable
The series was cancelled due to the Russian animation being of comparatively poor quality and reshoot costs proved to be prohibitive.
Gerry Anderson productions / Mentorn Films / Grove Television (GTV)
Line Producer: Tom Sachs
Officer Jackson Haldane (Rob Youngblood) always seem to find the most trouble.
1994 - Thunderbirds U.S.A.
13 x 23 minute edited episodes
ITC announced a live action Thunderbirds movie to be in development, planned for release around Christmas 1995. To pave the way for this, 13 of the original TV episodes were cut down to 23 minutes running time ( 30 minutes including adverts ) and broadcast on the American Fox Kids network as 'Thunderbirds U.S.A.' with new voice-overs and 'up to date' dialogue.
The movie failed to materialise as ITC were sold to Polygram in 1995.
CPI / Gerry Anderson Productions / Cosgrove Hall
Executive producers: Craig Hemmings and Brian Cosgrove
Gerry Anderson's official biography, "Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Biography" written by Simon Archer and Stan Nicholls, was published by Legend Books (a division of Random House) in 1996, and a paperback edition was published the following year.
"What Made Thunderbirds Go!", a new updated and expanded edition of the biography,
written by Marcus Hearn and Simon Archer, was published by BBC Books in 2002.
2001 - Recognition
In June 2001 Gerry Anderson was awarded the MBE
(Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to animation.
2001 - Playstation
A game release was planned for Playstation 2 in 2001 in which Gerry Anderson and other 'real' people would feature as part of the International Rescue team alongside the regular puppet characters. He has recently been developing a live-action SF series, Eternity, and an anime series, FireStorm, with a leading Japanese animation production company
2003/05 - New Captain Scarlet
Anderson Entertainment/Gerry Anderson Productions/The Indestructible Production Company
26 episodes of 25 minutes
Executive Producer: Toby Ricketts Producer: Gerry Anderson
Line Producer: Mark Sherwood
Associate Producer: Gary Donohoe CGI Producer: Ron Thornton
Supervising Director: David Lane
Directors: David Lane, Mark Woollard & Dominic Lavery
Writers: Phil Ford, John Brown & Brian Finch Music by Crispin Merrell
Editor: Andy Walter Production Designer: Mark Harris
Conceptual Artist: Dominic Lavery
Indestructible Spectrum agent Captain Scarlet is Earth's best defence in a war of nerves against the Mysterons from Mars and their instrument of destruction, former Spectrum agent Captain Black. The first two episodes are a “two-parter” where it is explained how Captain Scarlet becomes indestructible and how Captain Black is taken over by the Mysterons after a mission to Mars. Women are now positioned in their rightful, equal place in society doing jobs that men used to do so Lieutenant Green is now a woman, working with Colonel White, in control of all the operational activities on Spectrum 'Skybase'. Captain Ochre is now a woman too, although most other favourite characters remain the same.
Created in Hypermarionation - a sophisticated form of CGI animation - currently in production at Pinewood Studios and due for completion in 2005 - employs the absolute latest computer graphics imaging (CGI) animation techniques. At the conclusion of production on the first 26 episodes, it will be the most expensive family entertainment series ever created, with a budget of over $30 million.
Gerry Anderson Productions (GAP) Plc is the production company set up in the UK by Margetts Fund Management in 2003 to raise funds for and to produce 'New Captain Scarlet'. It is, in itself, the single most successful fund-raising of its type for film or television production in UK history.
2003 - Regor The Rescue Dog
Childrens Book series, published by Reynolds & Hearn
Published in December 2003 ( possibly originally created c.1996)
'Regor To The Rescue' 'Buried Alive'
Stories about a dog with sophisticated rescue equipment.
2005 - CGI Thunderbirds
This is a trailer for a proposed CGI Thunderbirds series that was meant to have aired in 2005 but never saw the light of day.
Anderson Entertainment had two other shows in pre-production: ' Regor the Rescue Dog' and 'A Christmas Miracle' and was exploring the possibility of exploiting
the back catalogue. Granada Ventures are the licensees for all of Gerry Anderson's original shows. Another live-action show - 'Eternity' - was also under discussion
2008 - The Making of the Thunderbirds 'Specsavers' Advert
Machine Shop worked on the
Specsavers 'Free reactions' commercial with Tandem Films based upon
the Thunderbirds TV series in early 2008. In preparation for the shoot,
Machine Shop drew on already extensive knowledge of building and operating
Thunderbirds puppets to create new marionettes as well as their clothes
- Gerry Anderson - R.I.P.
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