Talk:Supermarionation

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Super Mario[edit]

This is not to be confused as "Super Mario nation"; the article says it's short for "super marionette animation". Weird coincidence, though, as marionettes are puppets, and Mario is controlled in video games... --Geopgeop 08:16, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

The {{for}} template wasn't really appropriate for the distinction we needed to make here, so I've replaced it with {{confuse}}. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 00:35, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
The "confuse" template is not needed at all. "Supermarionation" is one word, while "Super Mario Land" is three. Nothing redirects here that makes the disambiguation necessary either. And I don't see how anyone could come to this article expecting to see information about the Game Boy game. --Jtalledo (talk) 23:55, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
Ironically, the Guardian puzzle number 25,848 of Jan 18 2013 features a Supermarionation theme, cluing the word in two separate answers - Super Mario and Nation.

1960s date needs to be pushed back?[edit]

I've found this page which includes evidence that the Supermarionation technique was used in broadcast media since at least 1957 - this page includes a video of the pilot. I'm not sure if this is verifiable (at least to Wikipedia's standards) so I'm not going to add this information to the page yet. Perhaps the WikiProject associated with this page could provide some insight? Thanks Chris (talk) 16:03, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

  • @Geobeedude: The first of the AP Films/Anderson productions to be broadcast under the "Supermarionation" banner was Supercar in 1961. Book sources that I've used to build up related articles also seem to count its precursor, Four Feather Falls, as a Supermarionation series (though it was never promoted as such) on the basis that it featured electronically-powered marionettes of a similar style. The puppets that had appeared in Gerry Anderson's first two series, The Adventures of Twizzle and Torchy the Battery Boy, were not equipped with solenoids to create lip movements (probably the key feature) and therefore are not examples of Supermarionation. It appears that development of the technique started in 1959 as Anderson's company was preparing to film Four Feather Falls, its first puppet series to be made independently of Roberta Leigh. SuperMarioMan ( talk ) 21:44, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Very informative, thank you! I will leave the article as written in that case. Chris (talk) 02:42, 5 October 2015 (UTC)