I immediately watched this after reading an early draft of James Millner’s article for Fonts In Use about the Andersons’ use of the Eurostile / Microgramma typeface family. I have been a fan of Thunderbirds and Joe 90 for a long time, partly because the Andersons did such a great job with the futuristic-modernist styling of their Supermarionation™. The UFO franchise replaces all the marionettes with overtly sexy humans, but all the retro-futurism and cool vehicles remain very much in line with what made all the earlier Anderson productions so cool.
This movie gets better with every viewing. It’s easy to appreciate the practical effects (still one of the best werewolf transformation scenes ever filmed, in my opinion), but I also love the weird dream sequences, absurdist zombie conversations, movies within the movie, and especially the wry editing. The hard jump to “Blue Moon” at the end is 😙👌.
My dad, Marcus Sherman, appears throughout this short documentary from his time at the New Alchemy Institute in the 1970s on Cape Cod. The group worked on various projects that fall under what would now be considered “hippie modernism”, with a focus on sustainable living.
One of the things my dad worked on, and is shown in the film, was developing low-tech windmills to pump water and generate electricity. This work would lead him to other related projects all over…
I’m pretty sure the people who made this movie were intentionally trolling people like me who would notice the anachronism of Calibri being selected in a font menu in 1994 – more than a decade before Calibri was even released. The thing that makes me believe it was an intentional troll is that the font that’s actually rendered in the text box isn’t even Calibri.