The Clangers (1969–1974)

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Legendary British children's animation of the early 70s made by the 'Smallfilms' team of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, this series chronicled the melancholically funny lives of the ... See full summary »

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Legendary British children's animation of the early 70s made by the 'Smallfilms' team of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, this series chronicled the melancholically funny lives of the Clangers, a flutey-voiced family of woolen, knitted aliens living below the surface of a knobbly little planet far out in space. Their misadventures brought them into contact with such unlikely creatures as the Soup Dragon, the Froglets, the Iron Chicken and the Glow Buzzers. The series remains a marvelously still point in a hectic world! Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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To keep the puppets upright during filming they had to be tacked to the set through their conveniently black flipper-like feet. The tacks can often be seen appearing and disappearing as the Clangers move around, as can the consequent slight damage to the set. See more »

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Another show that was part of my childhood
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Words cannot describe how much I loved my childhood. Watching films like Beauty and the Beast, Bambi and the Wizard of Oz and shows like Pingu, Rosie and Jim and this, The Clangers. Since then I have gone on watching various films and TV show, animated and non-animated, and I always try to revisit my childhood favourites. The Clangers is one of those I revisit, it's just that I loved it as a kid and it still holds up for me.

Visually, The Clangers is wonderful. Maybe not the most visually sumptuous I have seen, but it does have a unique visual style with lovely sets, props and colours. The music is also memorable and pleasant. The stories are often simple, but humorous too and rather cute. A major reason why The Clangers works so wonderfully is the narration of Oliver Postgate, I agree he is like a grandfather reading to his grandchild, and the narration itself is wonderfully written, a perfect balance of humour and whimsy. I love the mellow tone to his voice and his way of telling the story that he does with humour and excitement. And I have to say the characters are endearing, of course they're simple but they are memorable and likable I think.

Overall, a childhood favourite and in my opinion a must watch for those not already familiar with it. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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