Space: 1899, RIP Gerry Anderson

A fitting tribute to Gerry Anderson, who died yesterday in his sleep at the age of 83, is this lovely little "Space 1899" mashup, uploaded to YouTube in 2007 by illconprods.

Space:1899 (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


      1.  I absolutely agree. UFO is one of those series that seems to have been bypassed by everyone. People keep mentioning Space:1999 (which I considered absolute dreck at the time) when they mention Gerry Anderson, and while I loved Thunderbirds when I was a kid, UFO was always my favorite of his efforts. Almost alone at the time, it was SF with a plot, with characters etc. It is a little laughable to look at their “High Tech” environments now mind you.
        I would love to see a remake of UFO to be honest. I think it would still fly these days, but if given a more “BattleStar Galactica” style treatment might make an excellent series.

        UFO TV Series Opening Credits:

  1. This is Space: 1899. The roleplaying game is Space: 1889. Incidentally, I don’t like the ways the new version changes the setting from the old version, although I admit there were a lot of rules problems in the old version.

  2. Man, I loved UFO! And no one seems to remember “Journey To The Far Side Of the Sun.” All the exploding spaceship miniatures at the end are fantastic…

    1. I remember “Journey To The Far Side Of the Sun.” I always ask people if they remember it. It’s a foggy memory, I watched it as a kid on the Sunday afternoon movie. I just remember the ship being very cool.

  3. This shit and its one-liner text has nothing to do with the legacy of Gerry Anderson and his globally beloved ‘Thunderbirds’ TV show nor is it any type of fitting goodbye to him here…

    When he died after Christmas, I immediately tried to email boingboing to let you guys know.  However, the boingboing masthead has wiped away all its editors contact info ( I quit Farcebook and don’t tweeter) so there was no way to get to word to you.  But if showing crap out-takes from some old movie is how you send off Anderson — the creator of 1960’s hit TV show ‘Thunderbirds’, curator of its museum in London and sweet inventor of iconic puppetry he called *marionation* among other tributes — then I’m proud you didn’t learn of his passing from me first.

    Here’s the world-famous dance track version of the show open, famous everywhere but San Francisco where it would merely be annointed the hackneyed term, ‘mash-up’:

    1. Gerry Anderson did ‘Thunderbirds’, and pioneered a technique he called *marionation*? That’s a pretty big scoop for this audience you’ve got right there.

      The Boing Boing editorial staff weren’t personally available to hear the sad news of his passing directly from you? Well fuck me, the Mayans were right after all. It’s the apocolypse.

  4. Thanks, getback, you wrote what I was thinking. Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet will be around for a long time.

    Space 1999, the raw material for this vid, will not.

  5. In addition to Thunderbirds there other shows like Stingray, Supercar, and my favorite Fireball XL5. All very heady stuff for prepubescent nerd like myself growing up in the 60’s. If today’s production techniques had been available to Anderson in his day he would have been unstoppable.

  6. The original and greatest parody, which is also a bit of love letter is by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore : Superthunderstingcar!!!!

    I grew up with the Thunderbirds, love this stuff. I think Anderson’s work got me interested in people like Svankmajer and Fellini, masters of artifice.

  7. I always had mixed feelings about Maya, because her shape shifting got a little silly.  Remember when she morphed into a kendo master?  That was more sorcery.  She was always a deus ex machina plot device, and there was nothing alien about her emotions or affect.  Still, viewers did not hate her the way they hated Wesley Crusher.

      1. At a minimum, they could have made her any of the stock alien characters (scientist / diplomat / soldier / criminal / slave) instead she was merely one more prissy Brit actor.

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