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procinema29
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Joined: Jul 31, 2003
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2007-01-18 02:03 am   Permalink

Okay, well, I might as well bring it up. Gerry Anderson's puppet TV series THUNDERBIRDS is something that really fascinates and pleases me. It's got nothing to do with tikis, but International Rescue makes its home on a remote island paradise, and they've got some tribal carvings in their art collection. The music occasionally wandered over to the exotica side of the tracks. Definitely a flight of fancy, and one of the more optimistic TV dreams to come out of the 60's. Thunderbirds and tiki, for some reason, go together like peas in a pod for me.
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TikiTikiTavi
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Joined: Jul 12, 2004
Posts: 121
From: Exotica
Posted: 2007-01-18 05:05 am   Permalink

Thunderbirds was one of my favorite shows as a kid! There was another similar show called Captain Scarlet or something like that.

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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
Posts: 795
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-01-18 08:51 am   Permalink

Captain Scarlet was exactly what it was called. He was Indestuctable! Brilliant stuff!

"This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know you can hear us, Earthmen."

Scared the crap out of me as a young kiddie. I still have an old Captain Scarlet Badge I had when I was young.





These are from the closing title sequence where they used illustrations rather than photos of the 'real' puppets.

Don't forget Stingray, Fireball XL5, Supercar, Joe 90, and his live action U.F.O. Amazing hardware designs in all those 'kids shows'.


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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1952
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-01-18 6:19 pm   Permalink

"Joe 90" has one of the coolest plots in TV history; a scientist dad invents a machine that can implant the talents of the world's greatest experts in any subject (including air fighter pilots and special services agents, not to mention nuclear experts and poets) into his son's brain.

The series also reached a level of Supermarionation that was totally believable and realistic, it was pretty dang frightening.

You folks catch "Team America - World Police"?

Anyway, here's my Cappy Scarlet action set, this was made a few years ago by 'Vivid Imaginations Co.'


The set with a Tiki mug for scale -


Open it up! -



And inside -







 
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spy-tiki
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Joined: May 11, 2003
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From: glendale, ca
Posted: 2007-01-18 6:36 pm   Permalink

I think the theme to "Stingray" is EXTREMELY tiki with the war drum rythm section, etc. I've only ever found the original, but I'll bet there are some killer surf band covers out there.

 
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procinema29
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2007-01-18 8:47 pm   Permalink

I noticed that often, in "Thunderbirds," whenever Gordon was doing his submarine rescue stuff, they would go very exotica with the music, because I guess it is very glamorous rescuing people under the sea and stuff. And establishing shots of the island paradise were generally treated the same way, musically.

During action scenes, bongos were often prominent.


 
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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1800
From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2007-01-19 10:31 pm   Permalink

Am I the only one who noticed that the Tracy boys are all named after the Mercury astronauts?




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procinema29
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2007-01-20 10:27 am   Permalink

I never noticed it on my own; but in reading up on the show and watching documentaries, I found out about it. The family was also modeled (somewhat) after the Cartrights on "Bonanza" and Jeff Tracy is supposed to look and sound like Lorne Greene!

 
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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-01-20 4:17 pm   Permalink

I've had this in my YouTube Favorites for a while.
Pretty cool stuff....



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dPD_CO8rvQ&feature=PlayList&p=64D37042660DD712&index=11
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