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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 super stars 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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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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