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A new Gumby project just launched on Kickstarter!
Last month we announced that Dynamite Entertainment is releasing Gumby Imagined, The Story and Creations of Art Clokey later in 2017. At 300 pages and packed with hundreds of photos and fascinating stories, it’s the ultimate retrospective art book on Gumby and his creator Art Clokey. You and all Gumby fans can ensure a landslide launch of this book by participating in the Kickstarter campaign. Take a look! Not only will you be among the first to get your copy of the book, you will also be entitled to some great perks! Can you imagine being able to tell people that you helped get the incredible story of Art Clokey and Gumby published?
The book is an amazing pictorial history of the life and creations of Art Clokey, including his memorable characters: Gumby, Pokey and Davey and Goliath. Clokey’s visions for characters and stories have shaped generations of childhood memories and have touched the hearts of fans worldwide. Clokey was at the forefront as a visionary storyteller and stop-motion animation pioneer.
Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci, said “Art Clokey and Gumby are as important to the history of American animation as the creations of Walt Disney…to be able to tell the story of this man and his incredible cast of characters is a high watermark, both as a publisher, and for me as a fan. Looking through these incredible photos and reading such rich history is guaranteed to make each and every one of us feel like a kid again.”
A Riveting Tale
This comprehensive biography, written by Joe and Joan Clokey, chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of Art Clokey’s life. It’s a true “American Dream” tale. In the book you’ll see how Art’s life shaped the characters and stories he invented. Hard-hitting childhood struggles through the Great Depression. A dramatic turnaround brought about by a generous adoptive father. Adventure. World War II behind enemy lines. Partnerships made and dissolved. Spiritual seeking. Creative freedom. Art films. Happy hippies. Hard work and play. Success and loss. Talented artists and crew…. This personal and inspiring story brings it all together.
Art’s son Joe reveals more about the book in this article.
Be sure to tell your family and friends about this unique opportunity. There are big things coming in the future for Gumby, but the rich life history of Art Clokey, including stories of so many of the people instrumental in bringing Gumby to screen, through pictures and stories will be brought to life in this book.
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Leading Comics Publisher Papercutz Develops Monthly Comics & Kids’ Graphic Novels Featuring Iconic Character
Joe Clokey, President of Premavision/Clokey Productions and son of Gumby creator Art Clokey, is proud to announce that Papercutz, “the #1 Kids’ Graphic Novel Publisher” will launch a series of new comics and graphic novels featuring the legendary character Gumby–the stop-motion animated TV star and top-selling toy. The first issue debuts on July 5, 2017.
Papercutz is creating new material based on the original hit Gumby television series. The episodes have found a new generation of fans through TV broadcasts, streaming services, YouTube and DVD releases. Gumby has millions of fans worldwide, and toys, DVDs and other merchandise are sold through mass-market retailers, like Wal-Mart and Target, and specialty stores. This resurgence in popularity is driving the creation of new media. Premavision recently announced development of a new television series (in partnership with the Jim Henson Company) and a feature film. With the recent 60th anniversary of the Gumby TV show, the timing is perfect for the character to return to comics.
“I’m always delighted by how the character my father created has touched the hearts of so many people,” observed Clokey. “The proliferation of user-generated content online, the emergence of Gumby centered fan conventions and the huge reception we’ve received at places like Comic Con International show just how important Gumby is to so many people. We wanted to make sure we found a publishing partner who not only appreciated the property but also shared the approach and values that have made Gumby such an enduring character. Papercutz shares our commitment to creating great stories. And they also have some of the biggest Gumby fans I’ve ever met on staff. That made them the ideal choice for a publishing partner.”
The Papercutz Team and Gumby Love
Chief among those fans is Papercutz Associate Managing Editor Jeff Whitman who will be one of the writers on the ongoing comic book series. “I’ve been a Gumby fan for as long as I can remember,” explained Whitman, “And I think Terry [Nantier] and Jim [Salicrup] wouldn’t have known how to deal with me if we hadn’t been selected as the publisher for these characters. Did I wear a full-size Gumby costume to the office to help convince them we should go after this property? Maybe. What I can say for sure is we’re committed to capturing the magic that Art Clokey brought to his creation and that we’ll be exploring all the different settings and characters in the Gumbyverse while staying true to the essence of Gumby. He can jump into any book (with his pony pal, Pokey, too), so the story potential is virtually endless. We’ll also be finding out more about the Blockheads, Gumby’s sister Minga, his friends Prickle and Goo, and more recently introduced characters like his ‘girl friend,’ Tara. These comic will celebrate Gumby’s past, present, and future. As the theme song goes, ‘If you’ve a heart, then Gumby’s a part of you.’”
“Jeff may be the biggest Gumby fan in the office, but he’s certainly not the only comics creator with a love for the property,” observed Papercutz Editor in Chief Jim Salicrup. “We’ve had numerous people approach us about working on the series and I think a lot of people will be excited to hear the first roster of creators we announce.”
Current plans call for an ongoing monthly comic book series to launch in July with the first issue debuting at this year’s Comic Con International. The 32 page, $3.99 issues will feature a lead story and a five-page backup story, which will provide the opportunity for multiple creators to try their hand at the adventures of the “little green ball of clay.”
In addition to the new comic books, the series will be collected in graphic novel format starting in November 2017. “Gumby certainly has a lot of adult fans, but the character is also one of the great kids’ properties,” explained Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier. “The graphic novels will let us place the character in bookstores, schools and libraries and reach a whole new generation of fans. It’s a brand-new format for Gumby to explore, and I’m sure he’ll prove just as popular in this category as he has in other media and toys!”
Added Clokey, “Gumby is a timeless character with universal appeal. I’m excited that we’ll be able to share his new adventures with both Gumby enthusiasts and new fans. Working together, we’ll be able to create a new chapter in the character’s rich history.”
GUMBY #1 will be on sale at comic book stores, online retailers and bookstores everywhere on July 5th.Read More »
Gumby, the unforgettable stop motion character, has entertained generations of fans since his introduction in the early 1950s. Now, Dynamite will release the essential compendium to his 60-year history in 2017, featuring an incredible retrospective on not only the characters themselves, but a look into the life of their creator: Art Clokey.
New Deluxe Collection to Pay Tribute to The Art and History of the Creations of Art Clokey
“The most fascinating life story I’ve ever known just happens to be about my dad, mom and the world famous characters they created. Art Clokey’s journey intersects and influences major touchstones of our American life. The sixty-year, behind-the-scenes story of Gumby and Davey & Goliath, interwoven with a rich tapestry of photos and rare anecdotes, weds perfectly with Art Clokey and his amazing life,” says Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator, Art Clokey.
“This book will be a fascinating ‘page-turner’ with never-before-told stories about this clay animation pioneer. You’ll see Art’s friendship with East-West philosopher Alan Watts. His love and partnership with his wife Ruth Clokey and later with Gloria Clokey. Explore Art’s fascination with the counter-cultural creative winds of the late 60s and 70s, infused with his spiritual learning from Christianity, Zen Buddhism and Eastern Avatars,” states Joe Clokey.
Joe continues, “Discover Art’s groundbreaking stop-motion TV commercials in the early 50s (including his work with fellow stop-motion legend Ray Harryhausen), along with over 40 hours of Gumby and Davey adventures, and art films, which opened up new avenues for all of us, the texture of which will inspire. See how stop motion superstars got their start with Clokey Productions, and then went on to work on iconic films from Star Wars, Terminator and Beetlejuice to Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story and Kubo. It’s truly an honor to work with Dynamite Entertainment on this very special book.”
“Art Clokey and Gumby are as important to the history of American animation as the creations of Walt Disney,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci, “To be able to tell the story of this man and his incredible cast of characters is a high watermark, both as a publisher, and for me as a fan. Looking through these incredible photos and reading such rich history is guaranteed to make each and every one of us feel like a kid again.”
Dynamite Entertainment’s beautiful Gumby retrospective will be released in 2017. Look for details on pricing, format, and release in the coming weeks, along with news of other future Dynamite Gumby products!
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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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 60 years, and the legacy continues under the direction of Joe and Joan Clokey.
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Mark your calendars!
- Live parade, Sunday, November 27.
- TV airings throughout the season: listings available here.
Gumby will make his way down the red carpet of the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 27. A 60-foot inflatable Gumby joins the Gumby mascot and the Clokey family who will be presenting Gumby DVDs (compliments of NCircle Entertainment) and Gumby bendable toys (donated by N.J. Croce) to Toys for Tots.
The televised parade premieres on the CW channel in early December and will air throughout the holiday season on the CW, the Hallmark Channel, American Forces Network, KTLA and other affiliates. Check here for air times and channels in your area.
Television travel expert Laura McKenszie and household name Erik Estrada are slated to host the parade. Olivia Newton John is Grand Marshal. The parade kicks off with a concert in the grandstand area with favorites: Olivia Newton John, Kenny G, Scotty McCreery, War, Masters of Illusion, Band of Merrymakers, Julia Ara, Eric Benet, Empty Hearts and Cyndi Lauper performing!
Bands, TV/film/radio/book celebrities, floats, giant inflatable characters, equestrian teams, dancers and more… will march the two-mile route down Hollywood, Vine and Sunset Avenues.
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The iconic Canadian band RUSH has a new documentary, RUSH / Time Stand Still, which debuted in select theaters on November 3 and 17, 2016 in the U.S. and Canada. This fascinating documentary chronicles the final major tour of the legendary rock band.
Gumby – RUSH connection
RUSH members love Gumby! So much so, that they featured cuts to Gumby and pals jamming to their first big hit “Working Man” at their theater showings and in their promotions. Check out the Rush Facebook page to see the official jam.
The DVD/BluRay released on November 18. Best Buy has a special edition of the DVD that includes a Gumby keychain with Gumby wearing a RUSH t-shirt. Click here for a sneak peek.
About Time Stand Still
The RUSH Time Stand Still website explains:
“It is an intimate view “under the hood” of a historic moment from the perspective of the band, their fans, crew, and management. Featuring interviews with the band throughout their sold-out 2015 40th Anniversary Tour, the film also shows rarely seen backstage footage capturing the final moments of life on the road. Highlighted as well is the impact on the band’s fans and the world that has been built around the beloved Canadian trio.”
“Time Stand Still is not only a good story, but it helps to explain why this band has mattered to so many people, in so many countries, for so many decades. – Huffington Post
“It’s true that RUSH doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.” – Rolling Stone
You can read more about the documentary here.
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Gumby and Pokey are touring the U.S. Our dynamic duo (6” bendable toys from the ‘60s) are on display in the new exhibit: Toys of the ‘50s, 60s and 70s. Now appearing in its fifth U.S. city, the exhibit is drawing large crowds. This fun exhibit chronicles toys through three decades. And you guessed it… Gumby made the cut.
Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels.
The names of popular toys from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s capture the craziness, the joy, and the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory, and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them, and the people who invented them reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.
The exhibit, organized by the Minnesota History Center, has shown at the Colorado History Center and the Heinz History Center in Pittsburg, PA in association with the Smithsonian, and Museum of History and Science in Seattle.
Get a sneak peek of the exhibit in this video produced by the Heinz History Center: >>Watch now.
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Iconic Remastered Gumby Episodes–Always in Style
Here come Gumby and Pokey in a new DVD gift set of wild and inventive late 60’s episodes! The Adventures of Gumby, 1960s, Volume 2 was just released on September 13, 2016. It contains over 40 clay-animated episodes, fully re-mastered from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. A great bonus—two Blockheads bendable toys are included. Get yours here.
All of the episodes featuring Nopey, the dog who only says “no,” can be found this set. Also appearing are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and other characters with whom Gumby and Pokey have creative, fun adventures. These cleverly written stories engage both children and adults with enduring themes that captivate today’s audiences as they did when first released.
Some great special features are included: the art film “The Clay Peacock;” a behind the scenes photo gallery; the re-mastered “Have a Heart” animated theme song; and super fun clay animated bumpers. You’ll also get to see some of the animators who worked on these episodes talk about their experiences at Clokey Productions. These same animators went on to animate hundreds of iconic films from Star Wars and beyond.
The set is now available at Gumby.com, and will be on shelves at major retailers such as Target, WalMart, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble, groceries and other stores in October-December, just in time for the holiday season.
And wait, there’s more…
Don’t forget Vol. 1 of the 1960s and the ‘50’s collection DVD sets. Each set is a great value with over 200 minutes of programming and unique bendable toys. Collect them all!
More Gumby fun is on the way! NCircle Entertainment will be releasing The Gumby Movie (1990s), re-mastered in its full length in early 2017. The 80’s series will hit stores later in 2017. Stay tuned…
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Claremont Heritage Home Tour and Fall Festival Welcome Gumby
Come see the childhood home of Gumby creator Art Clokey, which will be open during the Claremont Heritage Home Tour and Fall Festival on October 9, 2016. An exhibit about Art Clokey will be on display in the home, and children will enjoy Gumby-inspired activities.
Five unique homes, including those designed by Millard Sheets and Theodore Criley, Jr. will be open for docent-led tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on October 9. The homes are located in the Via Zurita neighborhood, which is one of Claremont’s hidden treasures (Via Zurita, two blocks north of Foothill Blvd. and one Block East of Indian Hill Blvd in Claremont, California.)
The Clokey home is only open to those who have purchased a Home Tour ticket. Get your tickets in advance here or at the event.
Meet special guests Joe (Art Clokey’s son) and Joan Clokey at the Sunset Reception on Friday, October 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the former Clokey residence. As the owners of Gumby’s stop motion animation studio, Premavision/Clokey Productions, they carry on the family legacy, bringing Gumby to the next generation. Join us for refreshments and jazz at the reception. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets before September 30. See the Claremont Heritage website for more details.
The festival, a free event, held the same day and time and in the same location as the Home Tour, is a celebration of art, architecture and sustainability. The festival features arts and crafts, heritage flea market, live music, food trucks and experts in renovations, gardens and sustainability.
Purchase advance tickets for the Home Tour at participating local businesses or online at: http://claremontheritage.org/hometour.html
Read more about the Home Tour, Fall Festival and other events in Claremont in the Vil Clare online magazine.
See you there!
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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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