REVIEW: Clangers: The Complete Scripts 1969-1974

REVIEW: Clangers: The Complete Scripts 1969-1974

Certain children’s primetime television programs from the 1960-70’s still fascinate children and children at heart 50 plus years since family favourites were first conceived and broadcast into audiences’ homes.

Hair Bear Bunch, Mr Benn, Joe 90 with their inviting graphics, eye catching colours and cherished scripts are part of the folklore of TV programming, inviting youthful day dreamers to believe in worlds away from the mundane, envisaging multicoloured exciting carefree universes, talking animals and no talk of unhappiness.

Following on from the expansive loveable Art Of Small Films composed by hoarder extraordinaire Jonny Trunk and Richard Embray, The Clangers: The Complete Scripts 1969-1974 is a welcome evaluation of the writing from Oliver Postgate, creator of The Clangers. and son Daniel, delving into a vast array of archive including the original well worn stop motion puppets, it is however the scripts that truly melts the heart.

Much deftly conceived care and magnified attention to detail has been given to this hardbook book, its interesting to note even the timing of the whistles is even give place in the notes made by Postgate. The philosophy of solving world problems would fit in well in the current heated climate of wars and rumours of wars. Quirky talking, enchanting singing and gentle dancing open avenues crazily created creature dared go. The scripts show the evolution of the characters of the show including The Soup Dragon and The Froglets, there are even some knitting patterns depicting the construction of the original Clangers models. Fascinating.

An overly enchanting book of wonderment and magic, the likes of which in todays world of fast action digital are lost on the youth of the modern world.

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Matt Mead

Matt Mead

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