Supermarionation

Mentioned is a Facebook posting that went by me a while ago, this name is a combination of super, marionette, and animation.

The official trailer for a Supermarionation documentary can be viewed on YouTube here.

From Wikipedia:

Supermarionation (a portmanteau of “super”, “marionette” and “animation”) is a puppetry technique devised in the 1960s by British production company AP Films. It was used extensively in the company’s numerous Gerry and Sylvia Anderson-produced action-adventure series [animated cartoons for television], the most famous of which was Thunderbirds. The term was coined by Gerry Anderson, possibly in imitation of “Dynamation”, Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion technique

Now I know that you’re thinking about Super Mario Bros., the video game. From Wikipedia:

Super Mario Bros. … is a 1985 platform video game internally developed by Nintendo R&D4 and published by Nintendo as a pseudo-sequel to the 1983 game Mario Bros. It was originally released in Japan for the Family Computer on September 13, 1985, and later that year for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America and Europe on May 15, 1987, and Australia later in 1987. It is the first of the Super Mario series of games. In Super Mario Bros., the player controls Mario and in a two-player game, a second player controls Mario’s brother Luigi as he travels through the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the antagonist Bowser.

No connection with Supermarionation.

One Response to “Supermarionation”

  1. Stan Carey Says:

    It’s a pretty opaque portmanteau. When I saw the title I didn’t think of marionette or animation, but figured it could have something to do with Super Mario.

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