It was produced between and using a form of electronic marionette puppetry dubbed " Supermarionation " combined with scale-model special effects sequences. Two series were filmed, comprising a total of thirty-two minute episodes; production ceased following the completion of the second series' sixth episode when Lew Grade , the Andersons' financial backer, failed in his efforts to sell the programme to American network television. It follows the exploits of International Rescue IR , a life-saving organisation equipped with technologically-advanced land, sea, air and space rescue craft; these are headed by a fleet of five vehicles named the Thunderbirds and launched from IR's secret base in the Pacific Ocean. The main characters are ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy , the founder of IR, and his five adult sons, who pilot the Thunderbird machines. Thunderbirds began its first run in the United Kingdom on the ITV network in and has since been broadcast in at least 66 other countries. As well as inspiring various merchandising campaigns , the series has been followed by two feature-length film sequels Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6 , released in and , respectively , a live-action film adaptation and a mimed stage show tribute.
Article PDF. In the early years of commercial television, Mary Chase Lombard then Mary Chase was among the first to recognize the new medium as a golden opportunity for puppets. During the lean years of the Depression a young girl received a Christmas present that changed her life. The scrapbook would launch Mary Chase on a thirty-five year career in puppetry, and secure her a place in history as a television pioneer. Mary had an unshakable conviction that marionettes were a natural for television.
Please refresh the page and retry. Anderson and his wife Sylvia, who was responsible for storylines, voice casting and costume design, sought characters that would appeal to an American audience, making Thunderbirds a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Toronto-born Rimmer, a singer who established himself as an actor after moving to Britain, fitted the format perfectly, taking his place alongside other Canadian, American, Australian and British voice artists.