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Good innocent fun
on 12 November 2012
As a die-hard Thunderbird/Stingray/Scarlet fan, I bought this boxset to expand my Anderson collection, and it entirely met expectations by being well-made, good fun and entertaining.
It sits in a sort of middle-ground between the whimsical world of childhood escapism and more exciting adventure of fancy uniforms and big machinery.
The characters are caricatures, but somehow don't quite have the charm of the old Wild West caricatures in Anderson's earlier puppet show, Four Feather Falls. But they are still strong and very likeable. With the exception of Mitch, the chimp. Even in the 1960s, when having a token 'cute-sy' character seemed to be fashionable, Mitch is rather unnecessary. The whole show has great kid-appeal, so Mitch can come across as rather like the extra layer of icing on a cake that doesn't need it. The rest of the characters are engaging and have some well-scripted tongue-in-cheek lines.
This is great, innocent entertainment, with a healthy dash of adventure and intrigue. Adults can enjoy as well, though not perhaps as easily as with Anderson's later supermarionnation shows. You get the feeling that Anderson and his team are really getting into the swing of making and handling puppets and their excellent sets and special effects. This means he can focus a bit more on character and plot.
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to give their kids something good to watch. The only reason it doesn't get the full five stars is because, for me, Anderson's later shows scream out that Anderson, his entire team - and even the musicians - are having a WHALE of a time, and that good feeling is infectious. 'Supercar' doesn't quite have that big-grin feeling.