Zeroid tol­er­ance

SFX - - Reviews - Nick Setch­field

re­leased 25 July 1983 | u | BLU-RAY/DVD Cre­ators gerry an­der­son, Christo­pher Burr Cast denise Bryer, Wind­sor davies, Jeremy Hitchen, anne ri­dler

“Terrahawks! Stay on this chan­nel! This is an emer­gency!” With this pulse­quick­en­ing call to arms Gerry An­der­son en­tered the ’80s, aban­don­ing his live-ac­tion dreams to re­turn to the pup­pets that made his le­gend. He may have dressed it up with box-fresh buzz-words like Hud­son­color and Su­per­ma­cro­ma­tion, and made his new heroes out of flex­i­ble la­tex, not wood, but make no mis­take: this is a bid to reignite old glo­ries.

Terrahawks re­cy­cles classic An­der­son tropes for post-Star Wars kids, de­liv­er­ing yet an­other world­wide de­fence force with a hid­den base and a sleek fleet of ve­hi­cles, de­fend­ing Earth against an alien men­ace. But there’s a new, con­ta­gious glib­ness: the vil­lains, led by cack­ling space-hag Zelda, are killingly funny, far from the chill­ing threat of the Mys­terons or UFO’s name­less in­vaders. There are droids, too, the ball­bear­ing-like Zeroids, led by Wind­sor Davies’s Sergeant Ma­jor Zero, ma­jes­ti­cally Welsh for all that he’s cir­cuits and wires.

You feel the ab­sence of An­der­son’s tra­di­tional col­lab­o­ra­tors. The minia­ture work has none of the grace or pure cool of Derek Med­dings, while the char­ac­ters miss Sylvia An­der­son’s knack for be­stow­ing TV im­mor­tal­ity. But if you can shake the fact that hero Dr Tiger Ninestein sounds un­can­nily like Loyd Gross­man, there’s enough of an echo of FAB­ness here to keep you en­ter­tained.

Ex­tras “Geron­imo!”, a spe­cial ef­fects fea­turette with orig­i­nal FX guys Steve Begg and Terry Ad­lam; “The Com­poser’s Per­spec­tive” with Richard Har­vey; Big Fin­ish au­dio episode “The Price Is Right”; a sam­pler of re­cent an­i­mated web­series “Zeroids Vs Cubes”; the mu­sic video for Glass Onion’s “Don’t Be Afraid”, star­ring Sergeant Zero; ef­fects trims; PDFs of the Terrahawks an­nual and a script; image gallery; plus, your chance to watch the VHS ver­sion of “Ex­pect The Un­ex­pected” for that ul­ti­mate ’80s nos­tal­gia high!

Voice ac­tor Jeremy Hitchen based Tiger Ninestein on Jack Ni­chol­son. He got the job af­ter An­der­son heard him on the ra­dio.

“I’m su­ing Oil of Olay!”

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