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Great kids program (for adults, too) and nostalgia,
This review is from: Supercar - The Complete Series (DVD)
This is the first fully developed supermarionation series from Gerry Anderson and its shortcomings are what make it so endearing to me. While his later series became very sophisticated and the marionettes act less and less like puppets, in "Supercar" you have puppets acting and looking like puppets. Sometimes the eyes are simply painted on the heads of the puppets so that they never move. The anatomical proportions are way off so that you have large, goofy looking heads on slim, small bodies. The arms tend to wave wildly about when speaking. I like all of this: The Nelson Eddy like vocal singing/shouting the opening theme song, "Supercar!!!", the very visible strings pulling supercar up out of the water, the back screen projection of clouds and water (which actually works out well here), the "not quite right" miniature furniture (later series would scale down perfectly with obsessive attention to detail), the very simple and absurdly low budget lab equipment (although the Supercar model still looks great today). This is the Anderson series to get if you really like the 1959 look of kiddie shows. It is the earliest link in the evolutionary ladder of the Gerry Anderson series. Perfectly charming and fun.
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2013 10:19:46 PM PDT
I'm agree on all points. My friends and I would play it together just to sing the very catchy theme song. We didn't have any illusions that Supercar was real but we also felt no concerns that our pretend version wasn't just as good for our purpose which was to have fun. I think the best homage is grownup kids remembering a show fondly not because it was cool, popular with puppets you could buy but things you could do on your own with whatever was available. Thus broomstick horses, finger pistols, sock puppets and the yard swing as Supercar! It was just enough to rev up our imaginations to fill in as we saw it.
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