The Metal Bug Clangers


The Metal Bug

Stop-motion animation. Small Clanger finds a strange ball while out fishing in space. No-one knows what it is, so Major decides to put it on a shelf in his workshop.


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There we are.

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The planet Earth, our home.

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A place where everyday is a birthday.

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A day when someone is actually born

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and gets the gift of life.

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And if we were to travel off into the darkness of space

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perhaps we would find other places

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where other creatures are born.

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Ah, look, there's Small Clanger,

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out fishing in the music boat.

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And he's caught something.

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Woo-woo-woo.

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It looks like a metal ball.

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Something to show the others I think.

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Wee-eee wee-do-do-do.

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Awoo-do.

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Wa-do-do?

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Whoo-doo-doo-doo-doo.

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Doo-do-doo.

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No, no-one knows what it is.

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It's a mystery.

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Doo-doo-doo-woo-doo-doo.

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And it can go with all the other mysterious things

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the Clangers have found...

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..on a special shelf in Major's workshop.

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Mmm, what a lot of curious things he's got.

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Oo-doo-do-do-do.

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Woo-woo!

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Blue-string pudding for dinner, Major's favourite.

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Hold on, the ball's moving.

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Hello, what's this?

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It looks like...

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Like a caterpillar, except it's a

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caterpillar made of metal.

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It's eating the Clanger's copper leaves.

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Well, of course.

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What else would a metal caterpillar eat?

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Now it's eating the leaves by the soup wells.

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Abwa-wi-wi-wi-wi

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abwi-wa-wa-wa.

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Abla-bli-bli-bli-bloo-bloo!

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The Soup Dragon has seen the nibbled-copper trees.

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Abbla-bla-bla-bloo-oo.

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She must tell the Clangers.

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Bla-la-la-ga-gra-oo.

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A-bla-gra-bla-la-gra.

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A-bla-bli-bla-gri-gra.

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ALL: Awooo-oo?!

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-Woo-woo.

-Oh, the leaves are completely nibbled.

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Woo-too-too.

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Wo-too-doo-too-do-doo.

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Woo-doo-doo-too-doo-doo.

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Major is worried that the metal things in his workshop

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might be nibbled too.

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Blo-bli-bli-blo-gra.

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Bla-laa-laa-gra-ra.

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Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Doo!

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All Major's things are OK.

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But Major has the ball that Small found.

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Look, it's broken and empty.

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-It must be an egg of some sort.

-Woo-ooo-ooo.

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Doo-doo-doo.

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Yes, something has hatched from the egg

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and the Clangers have a visitor

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and a very hungry visitor at that.

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Dee-doo-doo.

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Dee-do-doo-doo-doo-doo.

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Good idea, Small.

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If they all split up they might find

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this visitor of theirs more quickly.

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Where's Granny going?

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Ah! Oh, she's gone for her after-dinner nap.

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Woo-ooo!

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There it is.

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-Ooo-woo.

-Mother has seen the thing that's been eating everything.

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She's going to try and catch it.

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Woo-ooo! Woo-doo-doo-doo.

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Doo-doo-doo whoo-doo-doo.

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Whoo-doo-doo. Whoo-doo-doo.

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Small thinks that it's not very nice to trap a living thing.

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But, oh!

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It's eaten its way through the bucket.

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Whoo-doo-doo!

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Oh, it's getting away.

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Doo-do-do

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Doo-doo doo-do?

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What's Small doing?

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Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo.

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Doo-do-do doo-do-doo.

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Ah, he's trying to get it to come to him.

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Dee-do-doo-doo-dee-oop?

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Small wants to know if they can put some leaves in the bucket

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for the caterpillar to eat.

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Whoo-doo-doo-doo.

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That's one very happy caterpillar.

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Doo-do-doo-dee-doo.

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And now Small wants to show

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Granny their visitor.

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Do-do-doo!

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Granny's not ready for visitors.

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She's still having her after-dinner nap.

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Woo-oo.

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Do-doo-doo. Woo-whoo!

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Where did it go?

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Do-do-dee-doo-doo.

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Where's it off to now?

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ALL: Woo-wooo!

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ALL: Ooo-ooo-ooo!

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Boing-boing!

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Look at that! What's it doing?

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It's making a thread and spinning

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a coat for itself, a cocoon.

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Wee-doo-woo-ooo.

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Doo-dood-do-do-doo.

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Small doesn't want Granny to miss this.

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Woo-ooo-ooo!

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Do-doop-doo-dee-do-doo.

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Yes, Granny! It's a first-class knitter.

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Wee-doo-doo-dee-dee.

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Perhaps it is sleeping.

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I expect it's tired after all

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that eating and knitting.

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Wee-eep-dee-doo-doo-doo.

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How nice.

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The Clangers are singing a lullaby

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to help the caterpillar sleep.

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Tiny's lullaby is making

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the Clangers sleepy too.

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Weee!

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ALL: Woo-oo-oo!

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Well I never!

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Doo doo-do-doo-doo-do.

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Major wants to know what's happened to the caterpillar.

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Doo-doo-doo-dee

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doop-doop-doo.

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Small is right,

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while they were all resting the

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caterpillar has become a magnificent moth,

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with its caterpillar shaped body and leaf-shaped metal wings.

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But it doesn't like it in the cave,

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there's not enough room to fly about.

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Doo-doo-doo-do.

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It seems to like the light from

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the Glow-Honey lamp though.

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Whoo-dee-do-do.

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I think Small has had an idea.

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Do-doo-doo-doo-doo.

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Small is leading it outside.

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ALL: Whoo-ooo!

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It seems very happy now.

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Look, there it goes!

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Another wonderful new thing is born

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and what a special way to be born.

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From an egg to a caterpillar,

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to a cocoon and finally a moth,

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set free to fly toward the light of the stars above.

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All: Dood-doo!

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Small Clanger finds a strange ball while out fishing in space. No-one knows what it is, so Major decides to put it on a shelf in his workshop. But a little while later he finds it in two hollow pieces on the ground - and the Soup Dragon discovers that something has been eating the copper trees. Could the two events be connected?


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