The Clangers - Series 1 [DVD]
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The entire first series of adventures for Oliver Postgate's whistling creatures on the small blue planet, along with their chums the Soup Dragon and the Iron Chicken. The thirteen stories included are: '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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If you remember the Clangers from your youth, buy their DVD, if you know any children, buy them the DVD. If you have never heard of or seen the Clangers (poor you) buy this DVD.
Wonderful music also; (a CD is available and I have it of course) as well as perfect narration to go with the lovely well drawn out stories and characters.
There's just a chance that if you didn't grow up following the antics of these animated characters then you might still be captured by the innocent delight of knitted pink mousey things which live on a blue moon and hide under saucepan lids. However, I suspect that it's one of those cultural moments which might pass later generations by, so if you haven't seen The Clangers before then you should rent rather than buy, just to see if your sense of humour stretches to blue string pudding and the Soup Dragon.
But if you remember The Clangers with fondness then I have no idea why you're even bothering to read this review. just hit the 'buy' button and be done with it. Within a week you'll be hooting and squeaking and making soupy noises around the house -- and if you have young kids then you can even indoctrinate them into creative uses for a left-behind American flag. In fact, at the heart of every Clangers episode is a gentle morality tale about family life and the value of society when times are hard. They don't lecture or impose that viewpoint; it's just there if you want to hear it.
The Clangers were a much-loved part of my generation's childhood and I'm delighted to be able to see them again in all their wobbly, budget-restricted knitted glory. If your kids enjoy them, then fine. But that's a bonus. This dvd should be on any 40-somethings Christmas list.
Long long ago, in a far off land known as 1969, there was a company called smallfilms. Run by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, they produced shows for children using stop motion animation.
One of their shows was called the Clangers. And it was all about a group of creatures with long pink noses who live on a moon somewhere in space, far far away. They communicate by making strange whistling noises. They like to eat soup, which they get from a dragon who lives in a well.
And they have fun adventures, usually involving beings or objects that come to visit their home.
Some television can charm all the ages. And the Clangers has always done that. With superb stop motion animation, gentle narration from Oliver Postgate, and the infectious noises that the characters make, the Clangers is a timeless classic that can enthrall all ages just as well now as it did back then.
This dvd contains all thirteen episodes of the first series of the show. Each runs for nine minutes. You can select to watch them all in a row, or individually. The main menu screen can be a bit awkward at first as it seemingly won't let you progres, but just press the enter or the play button on the dvd remote and it will take you to the screen from where you can select the episodes.
For such an old programme, the picture quality is still pretty good. And the sound is excellent.
There are no extras. No subtitles. And the only language option is English.
But you do get thirteen bits of classic tv that can still charm and entertain both children and grown ups alike.
I agree with the previous poster. I too am an expatriot living in the US, and I'd rather buy the programmes I grew up with than today's over-moralizing, calculated and PC childrens' shows. Why these are Region 2 is beyond me. (Why we have Regions is beyond me; I thought our corporations are continually pushing for a global marketplace, why the need for walls and moats and other obstacles created by DVD Regions?)
Highly recommended to help relax. Each story is about 10 mins long.
As an expatriot Briton living in the US I am constantly baffled by DVD manufacturers' insistence on producing children's titles in region 2 format (so that they can only be viewed on region 2 DVD players). Sadly this is the case with such classic children's TV shows as The Clangers, Mr. Benn, Ivor the Engine and The Wombles, and it makes it hard or virtually impossible to see these TV shows outside Europe. Region 2 format was intended to prevent people from buying videos abroad before their domestic theatre release - this is hardly going to be an issue with children's TV shows - especially ones that have been shown on TV for up to 40 years! Why, why why are these shows issued in region 2 format when it's surely just as easy to release them in open region 0 format so that everyone everywhere can view them???
Bagpuss, Paddington Bear and Trumpton are all issued in region 0 format, so thankfully these are viewable everywhere. Please, video producers, use the format that allows the most people to use the product. This is a no-brainer - you'll sell more DVDs if you open up the formatting so that everyone can enjoy the product, and you lose nothing by doing so.
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The Clangers was one of my favourite children's shows growing up, I loved its quirky surreality and originality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by H. L. Radcliffe