The Little Prince and Gumby – Unique Connections

Gumby and The Little Prince have a few things in common, so it was with great anticipation that we watched The Little Prince feature film on Netflix on the opening night in the U.S. this month. >>Watch the trailer.

The Little PrinceThe film is based on the famous and timeless French novella, The Little Prince (published in 1943), which is one of the best-selling books of all time. The film is beautiful. This adaptation captures the wondrous spirit of the book with an amazing blend of stop motion animation and CG artistry.

Connections with Gumby

Gumby creator Art Clokey was acquainted with Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of the The Little Prince. Antoine was a pioneering aviator who had recounted his aviation experiences in the Sahara Desert in both his memoirs and in The Little Prince. Art Clokey was a reconnaissance photographer in World War II, stationed in North Africa. He had some similar experiences as Antoine, and even met him in the early 1940s. Art told us that the Gumby episode “Small Planets“ was loosely influenced by The Little Prince. You can see the kindred spirit of the little girl’s yearning for imagination, fun and adventure in Gumby.The Little Prince

Jumping forward to 2014-2016, our very own Gumby Animation Director Anthony Scott served as lead animator on The Little Prince. Anthony got his start as a stop motion animator in the late ’80s when Art Clokey hired him to work on the Gumby series. Anthony has gone on to work on other amazing stop motion films such as James and the Giant PeachThe Nightmare Before ChristmasCoralineCorpse Bride, Paranorman, and many more.

Animator Anthony Scott Shares his Experiences

“The Little Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime project that I was fortunate to be a part of. Since I was a child, I was familiar with the book, especially its strange and fascinating illustrations. Our core team including Jamie Caliri (Stop Motion Creative Director and founder of Dragonframe stop motion software) and Alexander Juhasz (Stop Motion Production Designer) and myself, set up a small studio in Montréal, Canada. We put together a top-notch crew of local talent to produce the stop motion sequences in Mark Osborne‘s film.

Saint-Exupery’s story was told through the use of paper puppets. Like clay, paper is a beautiful material to work with in stop motion animation. These sequences have received world-wide acclaim and I feel, have effectively connected with the spirit of The Little Prince.”

Hear from the Team that Created the Film

For more details about the stop motion production, watch these podcasts:

AnimateClay Live Stop Motion Chat Podcast
Featuring:

  • Alexander Juhasz (Character Designer/Production Designer)
  • Anthony Scott (Lead Animator)

Skwigly Podcast 
The talents behind the stop-motion in The Little Prince:

  • Anthony Scott (Lead Animator)
  • Corinne Merrell (Art Director)
  • Jamie Caliri (Creative Director)
  • Alexander Juhasz (Character Designer/Production Designer)

Read more about the Little Prince here.

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New Gumby DVD, The 60s, Hits Stores February 23

The Adventures of Gumby, 1960s, Volume 1 gift set just released on February 23, 2016. This set includes over 40 episodes from the early ‘60s, and a ’60’s style 4.5” bendable Pokey toy. It’s available at Gumby.com and major retailers such as Target WalMart, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble, groceries and many more.

Gumby 1960s DVD gift set with Pokey bendable toy

Joe Clokey, son of Art and Ruth Clokey, the creators of the Gumby, found the original camera film rolls in the archives, and he has lovingly restored them. The film held up beautifully over the decades; the episodes look as though they were just created. The episodes are shown in their original lengths with the original soundtracks.

The DVD includes some great bonus features, including the charming first pilot (with sound) that aired on NBC in which Gumby sings an entertaining song about himself. Other special features include: Space Ball, a rare episode that first introduced Professor Kapp; a tour of the 1964 Clokey Productions studio; and a special behind-the-scenes photo gallery.

Volume 2 of the 1960s will be released in the fall of 2016. Following that, NCircle Entertainment will be releasing The Gumby Movie (1990s), re-mastered in its full length. The 80’s series will launch after that.

Here’s a fan review of the new set:

“Just got my NEW Gumby set, which includes the shorts that were made in the 60s. What a great set! They went back to the original camera elements to make a transfer that is above and beyond your wildest dreams……..PLUS……..they have their original soundtracks, unlike the set that was released by RHINO years ago. Those had replaced music and voice tracks, all synthesized. This is the real deal! I loved Gumby and Pokey when I was growing up and I love them still. Hats off to Joe Clokey for a terrific job in helping to keep his clay brother alive! In case you DON’T know, Joe is the son of Gumby’s creator Art Clokey. PLUS a bonus on the DVD……the ACTUAL pilot that launched the series. Before this set, it was always thought that GUMBY ON THE MOON was the pilot……it was a little film that I had in my own collection entitled “Gumby Business, a Sample”. The Clokey company had some footage from this landmark film but I supplied them with the complete film with it’s original soundtrack. Thanks to legendary TV pioneer E Roger Muir, producer of The Howdy Doody Show, this film survived. It is the actual print they used on Howdy Doody on June 16, 1955 that Roger and his wife Barbara archived and eventually gave to me. As the wonderful song on the show goes……”if you’ve got a heart then Gumby’s a part of You…..” It STILL holds true today. Thank You Joe Clokey for another wonderful collection! Gumby and Pokey ARE a part of YOU! Now, I’m gonna watch Gumby and Pokey!” -Jack Roth

A favorite iconic character of the past six decades, Gumby brings back fond memories for fans of all ages, while their children and grandchildren are mesmerized by Gumby on YouTube, Kabillion (a free on-demand network) and many other Internet based platforms. Gumby, the world’s original clayboy is truly timeless. His limitless adventures enchant each new generation.

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Gumby and the Clokeys at Comic Fest

san-diego-comic-fest-bannerComic Fest 2016, held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, was a blast! A smaller, more intimate version of Comic Con, the festival had a great line-up of presentations, workshops, signings and exhibits.

Featured speakers, Joe and Joan Clokey, gave a fascinating presentation, “Gumby through the Years,” in which they described how Gumby was created, and they highlighted key events through Gumby’s rich 60-year history. The audience was treated to some rarely seen behind-the-scenes footage, the long lost Gumby pilot that first aired on NBC in 1956, and personal anecdotes about the creator Art Clokey. The Clokeys hinted at new productions in the works.

Gumby merchandise at Comic FestArtists, writers, publishers and even costumed characters were on hand to discuss their work and passions during the three-day festival. Fans had the opportunity to get to know the people behind the creative works. Attendees learned about: the past, present and future of comics; how the industry has changed over time; and the rising importance of digital comics and graphic novels. Students and aspiring artists got some insider tips on creating, publishing and selling comics.

Mike Towry, a comics dealer in San Diego, was part of the small group of fans who founded a festival in 1969, which became known as the Sn Diego Comic Con. Mike and other Comic Con veterans started the first Comic Fest in 2012, following the 40th anniversary of the original Comic Con. The founders sought to re-create the vibe of the very first Comic Con, which was focused on the writing and art of comics.

Comic Fest 2Comic-fest-clokey-phil-yeh016 provided inspiration and entertainment for all whom attended.

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Gumby Featured in Hollywood Christmas Parade

Here comes the parade!

hollywood-christmas-parade-logoFans gave the Clokey family, Gumby and a 60-foot jolly, green inflatable version of the world’s original clayboy a warm welcome as he made his way down Hollywood Boulevard in the annual Christmas parade on November 27, 2015. The giant helium filled Gumby was wrangled by volunteers from the Make a Wish foundation. The Gumby mascot and the Clokey family (creators of Gumby and the Gumby TV series) waved to the crowds from a red hot vintage convertible. The Clokeys, and their partners NJ Croce and NCircle Entertainment donated hundreds of bendable Gumby toys and DVDs to Toys for Tots.

Gumby in Hollywood Christmas Parade

Here comes Gumby.

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Enthusiastic fans lined the streets of Hollywood for the parade while millions more viewed it from the comfort of their homes. It was broadcast on the CW, the Hallmark Channel, American Forces Network, and thousands of local stations throughout the country during the holiday season.

Gumby was a little star struck hobnobbing with celebrities in the green room, and they were just as thrilled to meet him. Boxer Oscar de La Hoya went a round with Gumby. Grumpy Cat enjoyed being held by Gumby, but still wouldn’t crack a smile.

The parade was hosted by Erik Estrada (of CHIPs fame) and Laura McKensie (TV travel expert). Special guest hosts included Montel Williams, Dean Cain, Elizabeth Stanto and Garrett Clayton.

Gumby with Grumpy Cat

Gumby cuddles with Grumpy Cat

Gumby boxing with La Hoya

La Hoya boxes with Gumby.

While the night air was chilly, energetic performances by favorite performers warmed spirits in a crowd-pleasing concert that kicked off the parade. Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, Alexander Jean, India Arie, Daughtry, Diana DeGarmo, Candice Glover, Kat Graham, Sean Kingston, Heather Russell, Ruben Studdard, Ace Young, the Masters of Illusion from the CW, and the Band of Merry Makers entertained the cheering crowds before the parade.

Music, equestrians, balloons, star cars, costumed characters and marching bands made for a magical evening for all ages.

See you there next year!

Learn more about the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

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New Gumby 50’s Episodes DVD Releases September 23

The Gumby Show – The Complete 1950s Episodes DVD Gift Set is Here

gumby-50s-dvd with bendableIn preparation for Gumby’s anniversary years, Art Clokey’s son Joe has re-mastered all of the original 1950s episodes from the original camera rolls. They look fantastic! The brilliant colors and textures are so clear that you could almost walk right into an episode.

The episodes are put back into their original lengths with original soundtracks as they appeared when they first aired. You’ve never seen Gumby like this before! Get the details.

This two-disc gift set includes a 1950s style bendable toy–a toy modeled after the first clay Gumby puppets used in the 1950s.

Not wanting to take advantage of children, creator Art Clokey avoided merchandising Gumby items in the 1950s. After thousand of letters from parents who insisted that he make a Gumby toy for their children to hold while watching the show, Art finally relented and released the first bendable Gumby in 1964, which was modeled after the 1960s clay Gumbys that appeared in those episodes.Gumby 50s DVD set with bendable toy

We’re thrilled to be offering the 1950s style Gumby bendable toy for the first time ever.

You’re going to love Gumby’s imaginative, fun-filled adventures. The DVD set will be available at www.gumby.com and other retailers.

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Family Fun and Exciting Presentations by Animation Industry All Stars at Gumby Fest, September 18-20

Gumby Fest 2015 is Sure to Make You Smile.

There’s going to be something for everyone, young and old, from Gumby fans to animation aficionados at the Citrus College Gumby Fest Stop Motion Festival, Sept. 18-20, at the college, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, California.

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Gumby turns 60 this year, so it’s a great time to celebrate the pop culture icon. Not only is Gumby Fest 2015 full of free family activities, it also provides an inside look into the animation industry from leading film and television professionals. Fans, animation hobbyists and the next generation of animators will enjoy the many fascinating presentations and discussion panels.

Among the free fun will be the Gumby Museum with original stop-motion puppets, sets, props and amazing photos from the rich 60-year history of Clokey Productions/Premavision which also created Davey and Goliath. This is a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Gumby came to life through stop-motion animation. The museum display will be at the college’s Hayden Memorial Library Art Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 16.Gumby 60th Anniversary logo

Join us at Gumby’s 60th Birthday Bash on Saturday at 4 p.m. and the awards ceremony for the stop-motion animation contest hosted by Gumby Fest 2015. The Grand Prize is The Clokey Award, named after Gumby creator Art Clokey. Come see the creative animated shorts produced by children, college students and stop motion artists.

Other activities include screenings of Gumby and Davey and Goliath episodes along with a community fair, Gumby collectibles, food trucks, bounce-houses for kids, live rock bands and children’s art projects. Kids can try their hand at animation, make a clay Gumby, paint a set, create puppets, make a flip book, and more.

Saturday, Sept. 19, Main Stage Presentations at Haugh Performing Arts Center

  • 1:00 p.m. – The World of Visual Effects with visual effects guru Harry Walton (Indiana Jones, The Abyss, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Star Trek, Terminator and more)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Maleficent Director Robert Stromberg. He won Art Direction Academy Awards for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.

Sunday, Sept. 20, Main Stage Presentations at Haugh Performing Arts Center

  • 11:00 a.m. – Putting It All Together – The Components To Produce A Stop-Motion Animation featuring Dalton Grant, owner Red Giant Studios; Bryan Garver, supervising gaffer and stage manager, LAIKA Studios; Tim Hittle, creator of The Jay Clay Trilogy and animator (The New Adventures of Gumby, The NightmareBefore Christmas, James and the Giant Peach); and Sarah Serata, feature film and television producer who has worked with stop-motion legend Henry Selick (Coraline).™

See details about Main Stage presentations here.

Film and animation industry professionals will speak at free panels:

  • “How I Got Into The Industry/ What It Takes To Be An Artist”
  • “3-D Printing for Stop Motion”
  • “In the Art Studio”
  • “Women in Animation”
  • “Running an Animation Studio”
  • “Cultivating a Creative Community”
  • “Stop Motion University: Colleges Offering Stop-Motion Animation” and more.

See the free presentations schedule here.

The fun begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in the Haugh PerforGumby Fest Bannerming Arts Center with Cinema Vivant, presented by The Hot Club of San Francisco who plays gypsy jazz swing against a backdrop of three early stop-motion animated films. Tickets are available at www.haughpac.com.

Tickets for all Haugh presentations are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Limited Edition All-Access Passes are available for $25 (one day) and $40 (two day). Tickets and All-Access Passes are available by calling the Haugh Box Office, (626) 963-9411, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

For information, visit www.haughpac.com.

Tickets are $5 for Art studio workshops exploring several facets of stop-motion animation:

Tickets for the art studio workshops are also available at www.haughpac.com.

Boy animating Pokey at Gumby Fest

The Festival will be staged at the college’s Performing Arts complex that includes the 1,400-seat Haugh Performing Arts Center, the Little Theater, rehearsal halls, computer labs, classrooms, a large technical theater sound stage, dance studio, and a state-of-the-art audio recording complex, as well as other campus locations.

Proceeds from Gumby Fest 2015 will benefit the Citrus College Foundation to benefit Visual Arts Department students.

Visit the Gumby Fest website.  See the Gumby Fest Flyer PDF.

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Gumby Goes to Comic Con

The Gumby Team Presents ‘Sixty Years of Gumby’
Panel at Comic Con on Sunday, July 12.

Get a glimpse into Gumby’s world during a panel presentation at Comic Con in San Diego on Sunday, July 12, 2015,  at 11 a.m. in Room 29AB.

A panel from Gumby’s studio (Premavision/Clokey Productions) and industry experts will discuss the creation of Gumby, stop motion animation and the art and stories of Gumby’s Eisner Award-winning comic books.

Comic Con LogoThe family that created the beloved clay boy will share the inside scoop on how Gumby became such a pop culture icon. Art and Ruth Clokey brought Gumby to life six decades ago in 1955. As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of Gumby being molded from clay, Joe (Art and Ruth’s son) and his wife Joan carry on the family tradition as they head up Gumby’s studio.

Art Clokey, a pioneer in the field of stop motion animation has inspired generations of artists, animators, photographers, puppet makers, directors and producers. He received the Inkpot Award in 2006 for lifetime achievement.

With new productions in the works, and a newly re-mastered library of episodes being released on DVD, Gumby is poised for a major Renaissance.

The Comic Con panel will feature:

  • Joe (President and Producer) and Joan Clokey (Creative Director), who will share some personal anecdotes about Gumby, show behind-the-scene clips and touch on the history of the character
  • Gumby Animation Director Anthony Scott (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Corpse Bride, The Little Prince…)
  • Harry Walton (Indiana Jones, Nightmare Before Christmas…), longtime Gumby animator and FX guru
  • Rick Geary (National Cartoonist award winner…), Gumby comic book illustrator
  • Mary Flynn (NCircle Entertainment)

We’ll see you there!

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NCircle Entertainment to Release Gumby Episodes on DVD

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2015.

NCircle Will Launch the Brand on DVD with “The Gumby Show: The Complete 50s Series” on September 22, 2015.

NCircle Entertainment, the largest independent studio for children’s non-theatrical DVDs, has acquired North American home video and digital distribution rights for all 209 episodes of The Adventures of Gumby, the iconic stop-motion clay animated series from Premavision/Clokey Productions. NCircle will launch the brand on September 22, 2015 with the DVD release “The Gumby Show: The Complete 50s Series.”

“For the first time, we’ve re-mastered these classic episodes from their original camera rolls. The color and texture are amazing in these imaginative fun filled stories. You’ve never seen Gumby like this before! My parent’s vision of a kind-hearted everyman hero continues to touch people of all ages today,” said Joe Clokey, President of Premavision/Clokey Productions. “With Gumby now in his 60th year, I’m thrilled that NCircle will be distributing this truly evergreen icon across multiple home entertainment platforms in the years to come.”Gumby and Pokey win First Place

“We’re honored to be joining Joe and the team at Premavision/Clokey Productions to distribute the entire catalog of The Adventures of Gumby episodes to audiences across the U.S. and Canada,” said Mary Flynn, VP of Sales, Content and Acquisitions of NCircle Entertainment. “Nostalgia and loyalty to Gumby runs very deep for older audiences, and younger viewers respond with the same sense of wonder and fascination as their parents did.”

Gumby’s pure spirit and engaging antics offer timeless entertainment value for the whole family. Created by clay animation pioneers Art and Ruth Clokey in 1955, Gumby premiered on television in the U.S. in 1956 and since has aired in 146 countries. The Gumby character has attracted a huge global base of devoted fans spanning all demographics and generations, from Baby Boomers, to millennials, to kids today.

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About NCircle Entertainment

NCircle Entertainment specializes in the sales, marketing, and distribution of children and family entertainment, and is a trusted brand for high-quality, age-appropriate content. As the largest independent studio for children’s non-theatrical DVDs, NCircle’s portfolio includes many of the most loved and best-selling children’s brands. Key brands currently in NCircle’s vast library include Disney Jr.’s Octonauts, PBS’s The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and Sid the Science Kid, Nick Jr.’s Mike the Knight and Pocoyo, as well as the Academy Award nominated short films The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. NCircle is a subsidiary of Alliance Entertainment. For more, please visit http://www.NCircleEntertainment.com.

About Premavision, Inc./Clokey Productions, Inc.

Founded by Art and Ruth Clokey, Premavision/Clokey Productions stop motion animation studio is best known for creating the iconic character Gumby – the world’s original clayboy. The studio has produced over 200 Gumby TV episodes and The Gumby Movie, as well as the popular Davey and Goliath show. The company’s productions have aired worldwide for nearly 60 years, and the legacy continues under the direction of Joe and Joan Clokey. For more, please visit http://www.Gumby.com.

For more information, please contact: Krystle Bersch, kryber(at)ncircleentertainment(dot)com

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Gumby Stars on Shipping Wars Reality TV Show

Moving Mountains for Gumby.

Your favorite clay stop-motion animation star Gumby now has a reality show episode under his belt. In April 2015, Gumby and the Clokeys (the family that created Gumby) appeared on A&E’s Shipping Wars show.

Shipping Wars LogoIn celebration of Gumby’s 60th Birthday, Arizona State University hosted a special Gumby exhibit in a gallery on its Tempe campus. Shipping Wars engaged professional shippers to bid on the opportunity to ship the Gumby exhibit to Arizona. The winning team packed up priceless memorabilia, photos and delicate clay puppets, sets and very tiny fragile props and delivered them to the gallery, 850 miles away across the desert.  One set included snowy mountains made of wood and plaster 18’ long and 8’ high, a ski patrol house, Gumby’s winter cabin and snow banks. Packing, loading and this precious cargo was a challenge to say the least.

Shipping Wars moving mountainsOne of the shippers was so enamored with Gumby, her childhood hero, that she insisted on helping set up the exhibit and she even stuck around afterwards to kick off the exhibit in true Gumby style. You’ll have to watch the show to see how the journey and event unfolded.

If you missed the show when it first aired, check the A&E website, YouTube and your local cable listings to see where you can watch it now. You can catch a short clip of it here:

http://www.aetv.com/shipping-wars/video/bringing-down-the-gumby-house

Read more about the Gumby exhibit at ASU.

Shipping Wars Cast Crew and the Clokeys

 

From left to right: Peter Bugg (Gallery Director), Todd and Tamera (Shipping Wars stars), Joan Clokey, Joe Clokey, Chris May (Director)

 

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Citrus College Presents Gumby Fest 2015, Sept. 18-20

Gumby’s Going to College!

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Gumby Fest has a new home – Citrus College in Glendora, California. The second annual Gumby Fest is expanding to fill an entire weekend (Sept. 18-20, 2015) and a larger venue. With so much to see and do, you won’t want to miss it.

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Gumby turns 60 this year and Citrus is celebrating its centennial, so it’s a great time to bring the two together to present the festival that will feature all the fun from the inaugural festival and much more.

“This is such a fortuitous opportunity for our programs,” says Robert Slack, Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Citrus College. “We are 18 months away from finishing a new 30,000 square- foot Fine Arts Complex that will have more than 100 Mac stations to teach design, animation and various other digital media classes.”

Gumby Fest will be staged at the college’s existing Performing Arts complex that includes the 1,440-seat Haugh Performing Arts Center, a 150-seat “black box” theater, rehearsal halls, computer labs, classrooms, a large technical theater sound stage, dance studio, and a state-of-the-art audio recording complex.

“There are so many related disciplines in the arts that are part of a stop-motion production, so having Citrus present Gumby Fest 2015 will be perfect,” said Joe Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey. “I’m sure Gumby Fest 2015 will put smiles on a whole new group of families and animation enthusiasts.”

New this year will be the first U.S. Stop-Motion Animation Festival spotlighting the work of students from kindergarten to college, as well as post-collegiate entries.

Festival activities will include more children’s art workshops in classrooms, discussion panels with stop-motion animation professionals, screenings of Gumby cartoons and stop-motion animation submissions, as well as an expanded Gumby Through the Years presented by Joe Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey, and more.

Art and Ruth Clokey founded Clokey Films (later renamed Clokey Productions) when they launched Gumby in 1955. The studio moved from Hollywood to a larger facility in Glendora, California in 1960, when they began production on 85 Gumby episodes and 65 Davey and Goliath episodes.

Gumby debuteGumby 60th Anniversary logod on NBC’s Howdy Doody Show and became an instant success to get his own series on the network. Gumby and his friends starred in more than 209 TV episodes and a movie.

Many of the animators, puppet makers and set designers who worked with the Clokeys in Glendora went on to work for Star Wars, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and more stop-motion animation and other film classics.

Clokey’s son Joe and his wife Joan employ top animators, puppet makers and set designers in the industry (many of whom were mentored by Art himself) as they continue all things Gumby with Premavision, Inc., and Prema Toy, Inc.

A new generation of Gumby fans are enjoying re-mastered Gumby episodes broadcast on Teletoon in Canada and on Kabillion and Ameba TV here in the United States.

For more information about Gumby Fest, email Matt Jackson, professor of Animation at the Citrus College Fine and Performing Arts Department, mjackson@citruscollege.edu.

Follow developments and plans for Gumby Fest 2015 at www.gumbyfest.net.

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