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.
The planet Earth, our home.
A place where everyday is a birthday.
A day when someone is actually born
and gets the gift of life.
And if we were to travel off into the darkness of space
perhaps we would find other places
where other creatures are born.
Ah, look, there's Small Clanger,
out fishing in the music boat.
And he's caught something.
It looks like a metal ball.
Something to show the others I think.
No, no-one knows what it is.
It's a mystery.
And it can go with all the other mysterious things
the Clangers have found...
..on a special shelf in Major's workshop.
Mmm, what a lot of curious things he's got.
Blue-string pudding for dinner, Major's favourite.
Hold on, the ball's moving.
Hello, what's this?
It looks like...
Like a caterpillar, except it's a
caterpillar made of metal.
It's eating the Clanger's copper leaves.
Well, of course.
What else would a metal caterpillar eat?
Now it's eating the leaves by the soup wells.
The Soup Dragon has seen the nibbled-copper trees.
She must tell the Clangers.
-Oh, the leaves are completely nibbled.
Major is worried that the metal things in his workshop
might be nibbled too.
All Major's things are OK.
But Major has the ball that Small found.
Look, it's broken and empty.
-It must be an egg of some sort.
Yes, something has hatched from the egg
and the Clangers have a visitor
and a very hungry visitor at that.
Good idea, Small.
If they all split up they might find
this visitor of theirs more quickly.
Where's Granny going?
Ah! Oh, she's gone for her after-dinner nap.
There it is.
-Mother has seen the thing that's been eating everything.
She's going to try and catch it.
Small thinks that it's not very nice to trap a living thing.
It's eaten its way through the bucket.
Oh, it's getting away.
What's Small doing?
Ah, he's trying to get it to come to him.
Small wants to know if they can put some leaves in the bucket
for the caterpillar to eat.
That's one very happy caterpillar.
And now Small wants to show
Granny their visitor.
Granny's not ready for visitors.
She's still having her after-dinner nap.
Where did it go?
Where's it off to now?
Look at that! What's it doing?
It's making a thread and spinning
a coat for itself, a cocoon.
Small doesn't want Granny to miss this.
Yes, Granny! It's a first-class knitter.
Perhaps it is sleeping.
I expect it's tired after all
that eating and knitting.
The Clangers are singing a lullaby
to help the caterpillar sleep.
Tiny's lullaby is making
the Clangers sleepy too.
Well I never!
Major wants to know what's happened to the caterpillar.
Small is right,
while they were all resting the
caterpillar has become a magnificent moth,
with its caterpillar shaped body and leaf-shaped metal wings.
But it doesn't like it in the cave,
there's not enough room to fly about.
It seems to like the light from
the Glow-Honey lamp though.
I think Small has had an idea.
Small is leading it outside.
It seems very happy now.
Look, there it goes!
Another wonderful new thing is born
and what a special way to be born.
From an egg to a caterpillar,
to a cocoon and finally a moth,
set free to fly toward the light of the stars above.
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?