Sunday, February 04, 2007


From my archives, Cliff and the Shads on "Thunderbirds":

(Puppet Cliff looks longingly at Puppeteer Mary Turner)

(The boys rock out! The Hank Marvin puppet is eerily accurate, don't you think? A couple years later the Bruce Welch puppet ran off w/ an Olivia Newton-John doll.)

Thanks again to Circle Brophy for this one (I faintly remember seeing this episode as a child back in the 60s). The accompanying article says: "In real life, Cliff, Hank, Bruce, Brian and John move about the stage with professional timing and rhythm. These movements had to be studied and learned by the puppeteers so that the puppets they held eight feet below them acted and danced, stood and played, in the same manner as the popular stars they portrayed."

By coincidence, I'm thinking about making a puppet series based on the real-life adventures of The Incredible Bongo Band.


At 8:04 am, Blogger St Anthony said...

What a classic ... have never seen this episode, and really wish I had.
After the Welch puupets adventures, did the Cliff doll run off with a Tony Blair one?

At 7:20 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Yep. And Blair also got to hang w/ some Bee Gees action figures.

But what I really wanna know is: if Blair's a puppet, then who's the puppet-master?

At 8:30 am, Blogger St Anthony said...

Bush would be too obvious ... it's the men behind them, the nameless, faceless Board.

At 9:30 am, Blogger Dominic Zero said...

I think the whole Cliff & The Shadows bit was in the second movie 'Thunderbird Six' where they serenade Alan while he cops off with Lady Penelope..

At 10:28 am, Blogger GTTRBRKZ said...

yeah, it's def in one of the movies. i have it on video, somewhere...

At 7:39 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Cliff and The Shads as puppet cop-off music: yeah, kinda makes sense.


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