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Fireball XL5 (TV Series 1962–1963) Poster

(1962–1963)

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Some scenes from Four Feather Falls (1960), Gerry Anderson' first puppet animation series, can be seen on TV screens, mostly when Commander Zero's son, Jonathan, watches on TV.
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Although Supercar (1961) had been shown in syndication, this was the first Gerry Anderson' "Supermarionation" series to appear on US network television (NBC, on Saturday mornings, between 1963 and 1965).
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In the episode "Space Pirates" at the beginning where Venus is telling the story, in the bookcase is a Supercar (1961) book, Gerry Anderson's previous show.
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Recurrent villains on the series include the "Space Spys" Boris and Griselda, and the evil Aliens from Planet 46, who sworn revenge on Steve Zodiac since the first episode.
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Throughout the series, footage is often reused, most likely done to save money and time. For instance, whenever Fireball Jr. detaches from the main XL5 unit and reattaches, it's always the same close-up shot.
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Gerry Anderson's last black and white puppet TV series.
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Robert the Robot is the only voice Gerry Anderson ever actually performed on one of his shows.
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In 2015, the works of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson continued to be recognised by the Cult TV Awards, with Steve Zodiac from Fireball XL5 added to the Hall of Fame for 'Animated Character', actress Wanda Ventham, one of the female leads in UFO, added to the Actress Hall of Fame, and the documentary "Filmed in Supermarionation" was hailed as the 'Blu-ray/DVD Presentation of the Year'.
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