Gumby, The World’s Original Clayboy Turns 60.
Re-mastered episodes from the ’50s and ’60s make global debut on TELETOON Retro Sunday, January 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
(TORONTO, ON) The timeless adventures of Gumby return to television this January as TELETOON Retro brings the world’s original clayboy back with newly re-mastered episodes from the ’50s and ’60s. Set to make its global television premiere on TELETOON Retro Sunday, January 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the network will also commemorate Gumby on his 60th birthday, Thursday, January 29 with a special marathon airing at 6 p.m. ET/PT.
“We are thrilled that TELETOON Retro will be the first network to broadcast the re-mastered episodes of this classic series,” says Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Original Productions, Corus Kids. “Gumby is a pop culture icon that resonates with fans of all ages and we couldn’t think of a better time to re-introduce the series as we celebrate Gumby’s 60th birthday.”
The series follows the fun-filled adventures of the everyday hero Gumby, who is full of wonder and awe, and is always leaving a place better than when he found it. With his best pony pal and voice of reason, Pokey, they magically transport to locales near and far, overcoming any obstacle that they meet including the mischievous troublemakers, The Blockheads.
Created by stop motion pioneer Art Clokey, Gumby captured the imagination and hearts of children around the world as the first stop motion clay animated television series. Initially appearing on the Howdy Doody Show in 1956, the little green slab of clay transcended as a stand-alone television series across major network in 146 countries, commissioned over 200 episodes and continues to be a relevant pop culture icon today.
“Gumby has inspired the hearts of millions around the world with adventures steeped in imagination, action, surrealism, heart and humor,” says Joe Clokey, Head of Gumby Studios. “There is a special fondness for Gumby in Canada, so I’m thrilled that TELETOON Retro will be the first to air the newly re-mastered episodes from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. You’ve never seen Gumby like this before!”
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TELETOON Retro presents classic cartoons all day, every day. A nostalgic throwback to favourites of the past, TELETOON Retro delivers new laughs with familiar friends that the whole family can watch, revisit and enjoy. TELETOON Retro gives viewers an opportunity to relive their favourite animated moments while introducing a whole new generation to beloved cartoon classics. TELETOON Retro is owned by Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment Inc. For more information, please visit teletoonretro.com and corusent.com.