Talk:Clangers

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'Recent research into this searing critique of socio-political values and structures of the period has also unearthed a score, purporting to be a nascent opera. This daring work sought to combine the dark vision of class struggle the film held with the emotional impact and cultural historical element classical opera conventions would bring to the work. Turning the dystopian vision into a Wagnerian gesamtkunstwerk, plumbing the depths of sentient emotion, satirising historical and contemporary mores, especially using such a complex structure of metaphor and leitmotif rapidly emerged to be too difficult for the assigned composer and only fragments of this ambitious project survive, hauled from the depths, ripped from their original tapes and committed to CD by a grasping recording studio, hoping to eke one last profit from the cash cow, thus serving only to underline the subject matter of the Clangers in one final black self-satire.' Something along those lines to cover the release on CD several years back by Trunk of the incidental music and nascent first act of a Clangers opera by William Postgate? It's not really important to the overall structure of the article and I think it may be a little obscure, even considering this is the Clangers we're talking about, but it might make a nice addition for the sake of completeness. 86.132.216.227 23:17, 27 May 2007 (UTC) "--86.132.216.227 23:17, 27 May 2007 (UTC)"</nowiki> -->

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I'm sorry but I couldn't resist- this is just really silly. A bit anglo-centric (unless The Clangers has made it overseas, which I doubt), but that's inevitable for this kind of subject matter, I think. I will add some more, but if anyone has suggestions I'd appreciate them. --Jamtrousers 17:50, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Oh, that's fabulous - David Gerard 12:39, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
The Clangers I have never seen. But -- kudos to you, Jamtrousers -- I enjoyed the ardickle anyway. I might suggest, tenatively, that you break some of the one-paragraph sections up a bit. For example, Plot could be:

Though superficially it seems to be focused on the travails of the Clanger family as they struggle to survive against the odds presented by their harsh environment, the film is actually more concerned with the oligarchical regime of the Soup Dragon, and the over-arching story is, in the main, an account of the political dynamics on the moon at the time.
Nonetheless, the quaint tales of the Clangers' often fruitless attempts to gather enough blue string to feed their young, coupled with the tragic squalor of their surroundings, are in themselves a savage critique of the system of government. For many, the sight of Tiny Clanger nestling in Mother Clanger's arms with nothing but a dustbin lid to protect them from meteor strikes is a powerful and iconic image; a reminder that there is still this kind of poverty in the world.
Or at least, in its orbiting bodies.

But that is a tenative suggestion...the piece as it stands is not merely competent but indeed sparkling. Thank you for a very nice time! ----OEJ 16:55, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, I suppose most of the humour is obvious even without the context (with the possible exception of the bits about dialogue- to clarify, that's because all the characters on the programme were "voiced" purely by a swannee whistle (with a narrator explaining what was going on, although apparently when it was originally presented to the BBC there was no such explanation, with the creators thinking that everyone would be able to work out what was going on solely on the basis of the way in which the clangers whisteled (and the soup dragon gurgled))) --Jamtrousers 17:49, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
I'm sure there's a dinner lady somewhere nicknamed 'The Soup Dragon'. -- Hindleyite 20:00, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
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