The Block Clangers


The Block

Animation about a family of small creatures who live on, and inside, a planet. A strange robot block lands on the Clangers' planet, doing scientific investigations.


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Planet Earth -

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a perfect place in many ways.

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But that doesn't stop us fiddling with it.

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Building, for instance.

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We are always building stuff all over the place.

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Houses, office blocks, even sand castles.

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I wonder, if we were to take a trip into space,

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would we find other beings who, like ourselves, just love to build?

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Ah. There we are, the Clangers' planet.

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Let's go and see what's going on, shall we?

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Well, it all seems very quiet.

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The Clangers must be down below.

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Hang on.

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What's that? What a strange-looking thing.

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I've not seen one of those before.

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Oh, it's just Small Clanger carrying a box.

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Silly old me!

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It's full of little blocks.

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I wonder what Small is going to do with them?

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Oh, he's building a tower.

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A tower of blocks.

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And here's a Froglet to cheer him on.

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Oh, dear.

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What's Small going to do now? He's too short to reach any higher.

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HE CALLS

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Ah! Here's Tiny.

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Perhaps she can help.

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Tiny's right.

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She can't reach the top of the tower either.

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She's shorter than Small.

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Very good teamwork.

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But shouldn't Tiny be standing on Small's shoulders?

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What's that?

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RUMBLING

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A great big block in the sky.

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Something is happening.

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POP!

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Oh-oh! The Froglet's not hanging around.

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RUMBLING

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Oh! Is it going to land?

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Maybe Tiny and Small should get out of the way

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until they see what happens.

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It's another block, a smaller block, and this one has landed.

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Goodness me! This isn't any old block.

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It's like a robot block.

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A robo-block?

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Hmm. Didn't think much of that.

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Yes, Tiny.

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It's very strange.

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I wonder what it's doing here?

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WHIRRING

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BEEPING

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It seems to like that bit of Clanger planet.

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Oh, no!

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DRILLING

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TINY AND SMALL SHOUT IN ALARM

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Small wants to know why the robo-block is

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digging into their planet.

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CHIRPING

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Oh, something is coming down from the big block.

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It looks like a scroll of some sort.

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It's a picture of the Clangers' planet

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with lots of blocks all over it.

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I think Tiny's right.

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The robo-block wants to make the Clangers' planet

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looks just like the picture,

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with great big blocks all over it.

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No, no, that will never do.

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Small is telling that it can't build stuff on this planet.

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It's their planet.

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Oh, how rude!

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WHIRRING

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WHIRRING SLOWS DOWN

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Oh, no.

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Yes, it can't dig up the music trees.

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They're precious.

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Tiny is going to show it why they are so precious.

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MUSIC TREES PLAY A LILTING TUNE

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Oh, yes.

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I think that robo-block rather likes the music.

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Now, hopefully,

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the robo-block will understand

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why the music trees must be left alone.

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Small thinks the robo-block wants some more music.

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But Tiny doesn't want to play it any more music.

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She thinks it's time for it to go back home.

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Oh! The robo-block seems sad.

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MUSIC TREES PLAY FIVE NOTES

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FIVE NOTES PLAY ONE BY ONE

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Small thinks the music trees are giving the robo-block a present.

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Five fine notes.

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Yes, Small's right.

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What kind music trees they are.

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Here you are - a gift from the music trees.

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What a wonderful present.

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Now it has music wherever it goes.

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THE FIVE NOTES PLAY

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Thank you, trees.

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THEY PLAY

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Nicely done!

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Now the robo-block has a present for Tiny.

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That's good advice from Small.

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He's told the robo-block to find another planet to build things on.

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Planets where no-one already lives.

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There goes robo-block, off to... who knows where? Ah...

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If music be the food of love, play on.

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Oh, how nice!

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I wonder, does it still want to make buildings?

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Perhaps, or perhaps it will simply make music instead.

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A strange robot block lands on the Clangers' planet. It takes soil samples and produces a plan. It soon becomes clear it is looking for a place to build new tower blocks.


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