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The Complete Clangers [DVD] [1969]


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  • Actors: Oliver Postgate
  • Directors: Oliver Postgate, Peter Firmin
  • Producers: Oliver Postgate
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MP5L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,406 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A complete collection comprising all 26 stories from a small blue planet. The Clangers have more encounters with the Froglets and the Soup Dragon in the following episodes: 'Tablecloth'; 'Rock Collector'; 'Glow Honey'; 'The Teapot'; 'The Cloud'; 'The Egg (2)'; 'Noise Machine'; 'The Seed'; 'Pride'; 'The Bags'; 'The Blow Fruit'; 'The Pipe Organ'; 'The Music of the Sphere'; 'Flying'; 'The Visitor'; 'Chicken'; 'Music'; 'The Intruder'; 'Visiting Friends'; 'Fishing'; 'The Top-Hat'; 'The Egg'; 'The Hoot'; 'The Meeting'; 'Treasure'; and 'Goods'.

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The Complete Clangers is an unmissable double-DVD set containing all 26 episodes of this classic television series. Devised by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, whose other credits include such masterpieces as Ivor the Engine and Bagpuss, the programmes detail life on the small blue planet, somewhere out in space, that is home to these long-nosed, gentle, pink creatures with their distinctive whistling language. Life is simple when you're a Clanger; with plentiful green soup and blue-string pudding to eat, the main worry is being hit by objects from space. Fortunately, Clangers have armour to protect their little knitted bodies and live in caves within the planet enclosed by metal lids--the slamming of which gives them their name. A peaceful race, the Clangers live in harmony with the other inhabitants of their world--the Soup Dragon, the Froglets, several Glow Buzzers and the Iron chicken--as well as any other visitors who may drop by.

When you're sitting comfortably, prepare to wallow in nostalgia with these timeless tales or introduce them to a new generation--neither of you will be disappointed. --Helen Baker

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
The Clangers is a classic yet timeless animated series that appeals to all the family. Put this DVD on and you are guaranteed to have all the family whistling the familiar sound of the Clangers for the rest of the day.
Although I was never around in the late 60s when the Clangers were first introduced to our screens (and indeed when man first landed on the moon) I can still enjoy their enduring charm and their lovable qualities.
It seems to be the simplicity of their lives that captivates us as an audience, and although we do not speak their language somehow we know excatly what they are saying.
Tiny Clanger and Small Clanger have to be my personal favourites, and they seem to have the best adventures. They are always making new friends(like the Iron Chicken, The Froglets and The Cloud)and being mischevious.
I recommend this DVD to everyone. It's a timeless classic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By NumberSix on 10 Oct. 2004
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Oliver Postgate. He was to childrens' television as, say, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was to bridges. The Clangers are perhaps his most timeless creation, perhaps even more so than Bagpuss (the saggy old cloth cat), thanks to their other-worldly existence. Of course, everyone's heard of the Clangers (haven't they?) - their whistling dialogue (which, of course, everyone understands perfectly), their eco-friendly save-and-recycle lifestyle, their friendly, welcoming nature (even when the strangest visitors pop in for a drop of blue string pudding), but the amount of creative imagination in evidence on this DVD is overwhelming. Iron chickens, dragons that dispense soup, spaceships powered by music, sentient clouds, and countless other bizarre creations reveal a genius years ahead of its time. Of course, the lovable woolly aliens take it all in their stride.
There isn't much in the way of pointless 'extras' on this DVD, but it doesn't need any. The Clangers are a British cultural icon, equal to the Mini or a Turner seascape. Five stars, no question.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "jrgwb" on 12 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
Children's television from an age when producers and commissioners didn't feel that the only way to attract the attention of small people is to fill your programmes with bright colours, lots of noise and moronic baby-talking presenters.
The Clangers deals with fairly complex and advanced concepts totally ignored by modern shows but does it in a way that is still worth watching over 30 years later.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2005
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The Clangers were created by SmallFilms (Oliver Postgate - words, and Peter Firmin - illustrations), who were also responsible for the Children's TV classics Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss and Ivor the Steam Engine. Although The Clangers are little more than stop-motion jerky pink socks, there is something about their simple life that still attracts. It was 'different' way back then and it's still 'different' today. My son sat glued to all the episodes in one sitting - although my Daughter much prefers The Herbs. Living on their small moon, these Clangers space stories have enough humour to keep adults engaged (but probably at the traditional rate of a few episodes a day). I particularly like the episodes when the humans appear in their spacecraft, and are even more gormless than baby Clanger.

For a few pounds this DVD set is certainly worth buying as everyone should own at least one Oliver Postgate classic - although my childhood SmallFilms favourite was the older 'Noggin the Nog', now also available via the Dragons Friendly Society. In fact The Clangers were derived from a Noggin the Nog book, 'Noggin and the Moon Mouse'. But there is no denying The Clangers have become a childhood TV icon. So rent or buy The [complete] Clangers now! Be warned though, it's a slippery slope with the Clangers today, and Rhoobarb & Custard, and Bagpuss the next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Simply hilarious. If your ever stuck for a gift for some one this should be your first stop. The way the clangers communicate with sorts of high pitched whuur woomp sounds to the other inhabitants of their blue moon will keep you coming back for more as normal life objects like string can be seen to guzzle soup down and hold conversations! A Definite must buy for mums or grandmothers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colin Brown on 4 Mar. 2005
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I loved this when I saw them as a child and now as a 41 year old I can still watch them with interest that is more than just nostalgia. The wonderful measured narration and fantastic music add to the unwordly stop motion animation and lead to something that is more than the sum of its parts. At this bargain price you should grab a copy, and maybe one to try and convert a new generation to the charm of the little aliens! Don't blame me if you start to communicate by whistling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BryBo on 3 Sept. 2005
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For those who have never seen the Clangers during the 1970's then you should be in for a treat. It is great fun that the kids will love watching. They speak with whistles and they have an interpreter who lets you know what is happening.
You will meet all the Clangers, The Soup Dragon and the Metal Chicken along the way.
The DVD is put into two series or you can watch the whole lot at once.
Basicly things fall to the Clangers planet or orbit it for every one to talk about with the excepting of the man from Earth whom they hide from. You get an introduction to all the characters and see how they interact and after a while you get used to their emotions.
Great DVD that the kids will love for ever.
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