DRIVEN BY IMAGINATION
Long before the advent of CGI, Small films used detailed craftsmanship and bold ingenuity to create their unique vision. Working in a barn near Canterbury, Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate created characters such as The Clangers, who spoke in whistles, ate green gunge supplied by the Soup Dragon and were loved by millions. The mouse-like Clangers lived on a small blue planet which had a
surface peppered with holes topped with metal dustbin lids. The lids flipped open with a clang to reveal steps down to their home beneath the surface.
Other creations by the pair include Ivor the Engine, Pogles’ Wood, Bagpuss and Noggin the Nog.
Oliver Postgate died in 2008, but his son Dan, who lives in Whitstable, was involved in the new TV series of The Clangers along with Peter Firmin.