The statues were created by Dave Williams, the owner of the home in which they stand in front of. Gumby and Pokey, the characters, were created in the early 1950s by Art Clokey. Clokey and his wife Ruth subsequently came up with the clay character Gumby and his horse Pokey, who first appeared in the Howdy Doody Show, and later got their own series The Adventures of Gumby, with which they became a familiar presence on American television. Gumby Actor s : Dallas McKennon occasionally in the 1950s and '60s, main voice in 1980s series and 1995 movie , Ruth Eggleston 1950s , Ginny Taylor 1950s , Dick Beals 1960s , Norma McMillan 1960s The titular star of the show, a young boy made of green clay, who can do almost anything. He graduated from his father's alma mater, , in 1948. Gumby's hayday though was the sixties. Clokey was born Arthur C.
Production started in Hollywood and in 1960 moved to a larger studio in , California, where it remained until production ended in 1969. It was released in its original 90-minute theatrical version on Blu-ray in 2017. Clokey's pilot episode was seen by executive Thomas Warren Sarnoff, who asked Clokey to make another one. It's not educational -- unless you want your children to think they can fly, get stuck in gumball machines, or eat a haunted hot dog -- but it's interestingly odd and innocent. Parents need to know that Gumby is a children's show with stop-motion-animated clay figures that's gentle enough for very young viewers, but weird enough for teens and adults.
Then, Scrooge escapes from his book and sets out to destroy all of the toys in Toyland, but luckily Gumby is there to save the day. And who can resist these Gumby and Pokey Socks? While your children may be paying attention to a plotline about Gumby's missing ice cream cone, you'll be scrutinizing the edges of each shot for strange things and finding them. I like how they incorporate live action with the animation. Clicking each of the balls revealed the Blockheads, Prickle, Goo, Gumby and Pokey. The Clokeys are credited with the clay-animation for the 1965 beach movies and. The quality of the stop-motion animation keeps at a superb level, despite these episodes originally being made across three decades, some as early as the 1950s.
It reminds me of Christmas movies such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other classics such as Santa is Coming to Town. The characters enjoyed a renewal of interest in the 1980s when American actor and comedian parodied Gumby in a skit on. In 1987, Clokey provided the voice for the figure Pokey in 's film. The character has been the subject of two television series, a feature-length film and other media. On August 4, 2006, the in Atlanta opened Art Clokey's Gumby: The First Fifty Years. Colorful, deliciously bizarre, cute, and gentle, this claymation show has an almost mystical ability to enchant people of all ages.
The house is for sale currently. His son, Joe Clokey, continued the cartoon in 2004. Larry ClaybertA talent agent who signs Gumby and his band. The magic behind the voices. Library of Congress Information Bulletin. In the 1960s she slides on her belly, like a pinniped.
The writers, for the most part, did well in keeping the episodes interesting. Clokey's career began in 1955 with a film experiment called , which was influenced by his professor, , at the. Clokey moved forward, producing a pilot episode featuring the character Gumby. The voices were re-recorded and the original music was replaced by Jerry Gerber's score from the 1987 series. And that's just what fans like. They poke fun of the fact that the characters are clay by making them melt.
In early episodes, Gumby's voice was provided by Ruth Eggleston, wife of the show's art director Al Eggleston, until assumed her role in 1957. Gumby really makes them shine by bringing humor and unique adventures to each one. In 1995, Clokey and Dallas McKennon teamed up again for , a feature film. Gumby's legs and feet were made wide for pragmatic reasons; they ensured that the character would stand up during. Then in the late 60's, Gumby had a bigger and smoother bump on his head, almost making it a straight line. The show remained part of the channel's programming until the end of the year.
Gumby's appearance was inspired by a suggestion from his wife, Ruth Parkander , that Gumby be based on. On October 12, 2011, which would have been Clokey's 90th birthday, paid homage to Clokey's life and works with an interactive in the style of his clay animations, produced by Premavision Studios. For a very brief start, he was not put together as well. You'll see both of these Clokey sides in Gumby, his creator's towering curiosity and imagination, as well as compassion and kindness. In one scene, Gumby and Pokey fall down into a pile of things and they are live action. As many more episodes were created and aired up through 1968. Join our favorite duo in this fun-filled collection of 50's, 60's and 80's episodes! He can be a little foolhardy, jumping into situations without thinking.
The illusion of movement is thus created when the series of pictures are strung together and played as a continuous sequence. His mouth had a green gap in it and had read beads for eyes. The second episode, Gumby on the Moon, became a huge hit on , leading Sarnoff to order a series in 1955 entitled The Gumby Show. In general, the episodes are great to watch, but some could have a better or different storyline to ensure uniqueness and the originality of writing. They were intended to get their own spin-off, but nothing came of it.
I have even purchased multiples of some to give as gifts. From helping the Pilgrims, George Washington, and even the Moon Boggles, to rescuing a baby mastodon in the arctic, these unique shows will spark your imagination and bring a smile to your heart. America Toons In: A History of Television Animation. He did not have hands. A tribute album, , produced by Shepard Stern, was released in 1989 through. The statues are fashioned of metal and Gumby stands 12 and a half feet tall! Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac.