4 thoughts on “Supermarionation!”

  1. I caught this in the cinema when it had its too-lim­ited release and thought it was a beau­ti­ful piece of work. It took me a few minutes to work out why the build­ings had no roofs to them, the char­ac­ter stand­ing inside but with rain run­ning art­fully down his face. At first I thought this was purely mis-en-scene, then real­ised it was a con­di­tion of this world — people with strings can’t live in houses with roofs. Likewise the pris­on, where the bars are on the roof rather than the walls, to restrict the move­ment of the prisoner’s strings.

    Much as I love some good CGI anim­a­tion it is nice to see people still using tra­di­tion­al crafts like pup­petry as well as clay­ma­tion and old-fash­ioned drawn art to make films.

  2. You’re right, Joe. I also remem­ber see­ing it advert­ised, but it nev­er appeared near me (in the south west of England we’re a bit left out of these things). I’m cer­tain that I would have loved it as a child — I guess it didn’t get the mar­ket­ing kick it deserved. That’s a shame.

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