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Magic, mystery and art are woven into a heroic Samurai tale in the new film, Kubo and the Two Strings. This action adventure story takes us on a dreamlike journey through ancient Japan. It’s visually stunning with a blend of stop motion animation and CG techniques. The film’s heartfelt messages about kindness, compassion and finding one’s own path in life add emotion and drama. Kubo’s serious quest is punctuated by some laugh-out-loud moments. Here’s the official trailer.
Produced by Laika stop motion studios, directed by Travis Knight, written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, it debuted on August 19, 2016. Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei lend their voices to the film.
Kubo’s Gumby Connection
A number of former Gumby animators and creatives worked on Kubo. The animation and sets were so lifelike. Stop motion has come a long way since the earliest days of Gumby in the 1950s. While the basic process is still the same (taking photos one frame at a time), the technology has evolved. Check out these fascinating behind-the-scenes videos to learn more about how the film was created:
Daniel Alderson. Stop Motion Animator
Kubo, a young boy, climbs down from his mountain cave home where he lives with his mother to dazzle crowds in town with his dramatic story telling each day. He conjures up origami characters that come to life as he plays his shamisen. His inventive tales center on battles that Hanzo, his missing Samurai warrior father, wages with monsters. The stories spin out of control, and Kubo goes on a classic quest to find the magical armor that will allow him to defeat vengeful spirits from the past.
The film is getting great reviews.
Rotten Tomatoes gave the film has an approval rating of 96%, based on 121 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing — and bravely melancholy — story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.”
Michael O’Sullivan of Washington Post gave the film 4/4 stars, stating that the film is “both extraordinarily original and extraordinarily complex, even for a grown-up movie masquerading as a kiddie cartoon (which it kind of is).”
Glenn Kenny of The New York Times wrote that “the movie’s blend of stop-motion animation for the main action with computer-generated backgrounds is seamless, creating what is the most visually intoxicating of all Laika’s movies.”
It’s fun for the entire family. Check it out!
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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 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.
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 Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Corpse 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
- Alexander Juhasz (Character Designer/Production Designer)
- Anthony Scott (Lead Animator)
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)
Enjoy The Little Prince!
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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.
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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Comic 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.
Artists, 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 2016 provided inspiration and entertainment for all whom attended.
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Here comes the parade!
Fans 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.
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.
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.
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The Gumby Show – The Complete 1950s Episodes DVD Gift Set is Here
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Check out this ABC special report on Gumby Fest.
- KTLA broadcast celebrates Gumby’s Birthday and recommends Gumby Fest.
- Take a sneak peek of what to expect at Gumby Fest.
- Here’s a great a great article about Gumby Fest in the Pasadena Independent.
Saturday, Sept. 19, Main Stage Presentations at Haugh Performing Arts Center
- 11:00 a.m. – Gumby Through the Years by Joan and Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey
- 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).™
- 1:00 p.m. Film Focus: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (And The Gumby Connection) with animators Tim Hittle, Anthony Scott and Harry Walton. Scott, Hittle and Walton worked in the Gumby studios in the ’80s, and on Nightmare. They will share clips and behind-the-scenes moments and important scenes from the film.
- 3:00 p.m. – Creature Feature: Puppets from Jim Hensons’s Creature Shop™ with Senior Puppet Builder Julie Zobel (Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Muppets Tonight, Where the Wild Things Are, George of the Jungle, Dr. Doolittle)
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.
The fun begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in the Haugh Performing 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:
- Drawing Workshop: “Flippin’ Out” – create a simple animation flip book.
- Ceramics Workshop: “Clayin’ Around With Gumby & Pokey” – hand paint and glaze a bisque ware Gumby or Pokey.
- Painting Workshop: “Set the Scene” – paint your own stop-motion animation background.
- Screen Printing Workshop: “Screen Printing A Character” – Create a multi-colored screen print and learn about limited editions.
- Photography Workshop: “Photograph Your Character” – Learn about lighting, backdrops, selfie techniques to create amazing photos.
- Sculpture Workshop: “Creating a Bendable Armature” – Use wire to create an armature for a stop-motion clay figure.
- Stop-Motion Workshop: “Make Your Own Stop-Motion Animation” – stop-motion workshop using DragonFrame and iPad stop-motion apps ($10 fee includes flash drive with your animation).
Tickets for the art studio workshops are also available at www.haughpac.com.
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.
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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.
The 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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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.”
“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.
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.
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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.
In 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.
One 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:
Read more about the Gumby exhibit at ASU.
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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