Stingray - The Complete Series
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STINGRAY - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Drums pound, building excitement; the music bursts into life with a cry of "Stingray! Stingray!" Who can resist? Especially when a dramatic voice announces, "Anything can happen in the next half hour!" Stingray (1964) was the show Gerry Anderson made just before he really hit the big time with Thunderbirds (1965), producing 39 episodes of the 21st-century adventures of Troy Tempest--tall, dark, and handsome (his voice was based on James Garner) captain of the titular submarine. His mission: to protect the seas on behalf of WASP (World Aquanaut Security Patrol).
With complex underwater model and puppet effects, this was groundbreaking television, especially as it was the first British series to be made in color, though for years it was seen only in black and white. Special effects director Derek Meddings later graduated to the James Bond movies, while Moneypenny herself (actress Lois Maxwell) voiced Atlanta Shore. Here, just as in the Bond movies, she played second fiddle in our hero's affections, the mute Marina becoming Stingray's sex goddess. The end credits even featured a song in her honor, "Aqua Maria," which became an international hit. As for the bad guys: half-man, half-fish Titan and his Terror Fish wage dastardly war against humanity and the peaceful underwater citizens of Pacifica. Four decades on, the model and underwater sequences still impress, and surely much of the inspiration for the underwater city in Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace came from locations in Stingray. Whether as bizarre '60s nostalgia, or winning a new generation of fans, Stingray remains eccentric cult family entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin
- 39 episodes on 5 DVDs
- "The Thing About Stingray...": brand new 20-minute making-of featurette
- French end-credits sequence
- Expanded Gerry Anderson biography
- Production stills galleries
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A step up from Supercar and Fireball XL5 (also enjoyable) this was the first British television show shot entirely in color (In Video Color, as it was emblazon across the opening screen. From the opening announcement (Stand By For Action! "BOOM") and the warning "Anything can happen in the next half hour," the stage was set for the type of adventure few live action shows ever produced. While a bit dated, it is still a worthy effort and worth introducing your children to.
Does this show still work for kids? Recently I screened the first few episodes for my cousin's 2 daughters (ages 6 and 8) and they were enthralled. They didn't care about the visible marionette wires. (They also didn't care for X2-Zero and the mechanical fish; but booing the villains in a melodrama is par for the course). Why does this show, which by all rights should appear obsolete to an audience weaned on the latest CGI from Pixar and Dreamworks, still rock? If I had to boil it down to one word that word would be: charm. Stingray is charming. There is just something about watching real flesh-and-blood puppets (so to speak) moving about a real (if miniature) set which CGI cannot match. It's the same quality which makes Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animated critters so beloved by so many. The physicality of it is seductive--it can make us believe, if only for the duration of a show, in a kind of childhood magic: that a plaything, a construction of metal, plastic and cloth can live and speak.
And buildings, cars, trucks, etc. If you remembered the Thunderbirds are Go. then you will love this series.(1960s)
Goofy, out of date, but still cool to watch.
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