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R.I.P. Satiric Genius Stan Freberg

Stan Freberg, master of comedy parodies and commercials, dies at 88

Freberg later said the cancellation led him to concentrate on advertising work. He formed his own company, Freberg Ltd. (but not very), whose motto was Ars gratia pecuniae (Art for money’s sake.)

One of his most memorable early spots was a 1956 radio commercial for Contadina Foods, a small San Jose-based tomato-paste maker that was taking on the giant Hunt’s company.

Freberg came up with a jingle — “Who puts eight great tomatoes in that little bitty can?” — and sales of Contadina tomato paste increased dramatically within weeks.

Later dubbed “the father of the funny commercial” by Advertising Age, he won more than 20 Clio Awards for his television and radio spots.

Freberg later promoted such varied products as Sunsweet pitted prunes (“Today the pits, tomorrow the wrinkles; Sunsweet marches on!”) and Heinz’s Great American Soups, for which he created a lavish Busby Berkeley-style production number with a tap-dancing Ann Miller atop a giant can of chicken gumbo soup.

After the break, some samples of his magnificent precendent-setting work.

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Thunderbirds Are Go Have Gone

This will do until my post:

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Thunderbirds Are Go: ONE!

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That special aired last night in England.

It showed lots of footage never seen before.

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Thunderbirds Are Go: TWO!

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Another screensnap from my two minutes of spy footage.

The countdown actually stopped for me today.

But first …

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Thunderbirds Are Go: THREE!

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Another screensnap from my two minutes of spy footage.

Thunderbirds Are Go! review: you’ll get over the CGI

I keep swinging back and forth. Will I put this in the category of the crappy anime Thunderbirds 2086, consider it a reboot (like Battlestar Galactica), or — and yes, there’s a third option — think of it as what Gerry himself would have done if he was again young and had this as his idea now.

I don’t think I’ll know until I see it on Saturday (thank you, Internet!) — or maybe even after the entire season(!). Meanwhile, tomorrow is the behind-the-scenes special. I expect that will only confuse me more until Saturday.

The thing about the original series is that it was amazing to see puppets and miniatures do all of what they did. CGI just lacks that jaw-drop factor. Eh, but I am older now. Kids will probably love it anyway.

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Thunderbirds Are Go: FOUR!

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That’s an actual screensnap from the first two minutes a spy sent to me.

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Thunderbirds Are Go: FIVE!

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Terrahawks: New Audio Series

Registration at the Big Finish website is not mandatory. The free download can be had at their SoundCloud page.

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Terrahawks: A Christmas Miracle
Terrahawks: Behind The Scenes
Terrahawks Theme As It Was Meant To Be

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Goosebumps

And thanks to my own secret agent, I have been able to see nearly the first two minutes of the first episode.

And, dahhhhhyum, like my secret agent, I also got goosebumps listening to Ben Foster’s adaptation of the classic Barry Gray theme. He does a seamless transition from Gray to his own addition. And like the classic opening, there’s a brief montage of clips from the episode about to be watched.

From just the little bit I saw, it’s clear they’re doing a hell of a lot more with CGI than Gerry himself did with New Captain Scarlet. It’s difficult to explain the contrast, but anyone will be able to see it immediately, especially with the theme titles.

I have the tiniest bit of hope that they might actually pull this off.

At the very least, I look forward to seeing the debut episodes.

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Embargo Not Go?

A curious tweet:

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