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The Clangers

Soup Dragon, Iron Chicken, Sky Moo, Froglets, Granny, Tiny, Major, Small & Mother. Image Credit BBC

Mother, Major, Tiny, Small and Granny, known as the Clangers will be making their return to TV, in a new series to be shown on CBeebies.

We were first introduced to these lovable pink, mouse-like creatures back in 1969; their last regular series was in 1972.

Fans of the original show will be pleased to know that the remake will still use the stop motion animation techniques used by creators Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, who will act as an executive producer on the current Clanger series. Michael Palin will take over from Oliver Postgate who narrated the original; Oliver died in 2008.

 

But if you’re new to the Clangers, here are some fun facts you need to know.

Small and the Soup Dragon. Image Credit BBC

Major Clanger is the Father; Granny Clanger is Major Clanger’s Mother, Small Clanger is a young male and Tiny is the younger sister of Small. 

Other characters include Soup Dragon who lives underground in the volcanic-like Soup Wells, she provides the Clangers’ with soup. She also has a son called Baby Soup Dragon.

The Iron Chicken, who lives in a nest made from scrap metal floating high above the Clangers’ planet, Froglets are bright orange creatures - or sometimes yellow or blue! Sky Moos blue are cow-like creatures with ears that act as wings, the Cloud, Hoots and The Music Trees.

The music trees, Tiny and her family. Image Credit BBC

The Clangers communicate in whistles and eat soup from their little blue planet’s soup wells.

They live on a blue planet with holes topped with metal dustbin lids, which make a Clang sound when opened. Their home is beneath the surface of the planet which contains a series of interconnecting tunnels and caves. 

 

Trivia

Peter Firmin’s wife Joan knitted the original Clangers. The new updated characters will be hand-made by specialist knitters. Three kilometers of wool were used to knit the Clangers Family and 300 cotton wool balls were used to make the set.  

*Images Credited To BBC*

 

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