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G. Anderson | Gerald Anderson
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I was shattered when I learnt the programmes had to be made with puppets as I'd illusions of making great pictures like Ben Hur. But there we were with no money, and an offer on the table. We had to take it. [on his reluctance to make his first puppet program, The Adventures of Twizzle
At one stage, Anderson employed a staff of 250 people, including designers and special effects artists. His company was bought out by Lew Grade in 1962, but he managed to retain creative control and received 10% of overall profits.
Famous for his shows which employ "Supermarionation" - marionettes with control wires connected to interior mechanisms that control facial features and other functions of the puppets. However, since this kind of puppetry makes it difficult to depict them walking realistically, his shows are usually science fiction series that emphasize the characters operating futuristic vehicles.