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Glendora, CA – Several film industry stop-motion animation artists will be joining the fun of the premier Gumby Fest to be held June 14 in Glendora, California.
Gumby, the world’s original clayboy and pop-culture legend who starred in more than 230 TV episodes and a movie, “grew up” in Glendora, where the iconic TV series was produced from 1960 to the late 1970s.
The celebration of all-things Gumby as well as stop-motion animation will take place on the grounds of Glendora City Hall and Public Library at the corner of Glendora Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.
Among the family fun at Gumby Fest 2014:
- “Gumby Through the Years” presented by Joe Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey,
- Gumby Museum with memorabilia provided by the Clokey family and Gumby producer Premavision, Inc.,
- Film screenings of Gumby cartoons, as well as stop-motion animation videos submitted to festival organizers,
- A Kids’ Stop-Motion Animation Studio conducted by animation artists from Stoopid Buddies Stoodios, home to the longest running stop-motion show on television, Robot Chicken. Children will learn how to produce a stop-motion video they can take home after the festival,
- Panel discussions about the past, present and future of stop-motion animation with artists from LAIKA Studios, producers of ParaNorman and next September’s BoxTrolls, along with stop-motion animators who worked with Art Clokey to produce Gumby shows.
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.
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.
Gumby Fest is produced by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce, Glendora Community Services, Glendora Library, Glendora Rotary and Glendora Kiwanis.
Sponsors include A1 Rentals, The Glendora Library Friends Foundation, Southland Properties, NJ Croce, Undercovers, Crazy Dog Ladies, Alta Pacific Bank, and TAS Advertising Specialists.
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Here Comes the Parade
Gumby and the Clokey family were honored as Grand Marshals of the Glendora Christmas parade on December 14, 2013. Gumby appeared in person to hug and high-five fans. A 20′ tall inflatable Gumby made his way down the streets, bowing to the crowd. Gumby did as Gumby always does… he brought a smile to every face. Generations of fans lined the streets to cheer for this beloved icon.
The city of Glendora considers Gumby their son, because Gumby’s studio, Clokey Productions, was located in Glendora in the 1960s and 70s. Gumby grew up in Glendora! Art and Ruth Clokey produced 85 Gumby episodes in a Glendora warehouse, which were syndicated worldwide. Clokey Productions also created 65 Davey and Goliath episodes and six specials through the mid-70s. Gumby’s studio then moved to Sausalito, California, where another 100 episodes were made in the 80s.
Introducing Gumby Fest
The city of Glendora also chose Gumby and the Clokeys for this year’s parade as a kick-off for the first annual Gumby Fest. Gumby Fest, scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 2014, is Glendora’s fun-filled celebration of all things Gumby and stop motion animation.
Joe Clokey (Gumby’s brother) will present, “Gumby Through the Years” a wonderful retrospective of Gumby’s journey. Animators and crew who worked on Gumby productions and other well known animated films will take part in discussion panels. Fans will have an opportunity to learn about the 60-year history of the character and see clay puppets and sets at the temporary Gumby Museum. There will be screenings, demonstrations, hands-on art activities, music, photo opportunities with Gumby, and a stop motion animation film competition. It will be fun for the entire family. You won’t want to miss it!
See you there on June 14th. Gumby Fest will take place downtown Glendora at the library 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn more about Gumby Fest at www.gumbyfest.net.
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Lucky Australian Gumby fans are the first to get the full library of re-mastered Gumby episodes from 1956 through the ‘80s in a new collector’s edition DVD set. 209 episodes, over 21 hours of Gumby adventures, are included in this tin, which is being sold exclusively in Australia.
The Clokey family has gone back to the original archived film rolls that Art Clokey shot to re-master them. The original film was well preserved. The color and clarity are amazing! This is the very first time that these re-mastered episodes, with their original soundtracks, are available on DVD anywhere in the world. The re-mastered footage renders Gumby bigger and brighter than you’ve ever seen him.
While this set is only available in Australia, we’re looking forward to a U.S. release. Stay tuned!Read More »
The Clokeys (stewards of the Gumby brand and Clokey Productions/ Premavision Studios), were the Saturday night headliners at the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival in October, 2013. The Clokeys, along with director Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas), were the festival jurors.
What an inspiring event! It was a stop motion marathon—over 300 short films were submitted to the competition. Producers, directors, animators, puppet makers, writers, set designers and crew from around the world attended to premier their new films.
The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, which was launched five years ago, is the first festival in the world dedicated solely to stop motion animation. Founder Erik Goulet, an animation professor at Montreal’s Concordia University, frustrated with the lack of attention that stop motion films received at regular film festivals, decided to start his own. He has been generating international attention for this unique art form. Other stop motion animation festivals are now springing up around the world: Poland, Brazil and Mexico.
Festival goers learned more about stop motion pioneer Art Clokey and the impact Gumby had on the development of animation during the “Gumby through the Years” presentation. The montage included a sampling of Gumby and Davey and Goliath episodes and excerpts, Art Clokey’s art films and his early commercial work. While a few film and commercial makers were experimenting with stop motion animation in the 1950’s, Gumby was the first stop motion character to have his own TV series. Many of today’s acclaimed animators attribute their break in industry to Art Clokey, who was known for hiring and training young art school graduates. Gumby has inspired thousands in the animation business and continues to stir imagination and creativity.
Henry Selick’s presentation included a screening of Nightmare Before Christmas (celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary) and scenes from his features: Coraline, James and Giant Peach and Monkey Bone. Animation Director Anthony Scott, who learned to animate under Art Clokey and later worked on many of Henry Selick’s films, joined in the presentation to share his anecdotes and perspective on how stop motion has evolved in the last 20 years.
You can read more about the Montreal Film Festival and the winners at http://www.stopmotionmontreal.com/index.php/en/
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The Gumby Central Gang was thrilled to be part of the special exhibition: Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation—which was on view at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California, from September 2012 through April 2013.
The exhibition explores the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States—especially in special effects, television, and film—while examining some of the key milestones in the field. Innovators include Willis O’ Brien (King Kong), Tim Burton (Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas), Art Clokey (Gumby), Ray Harryhausen (It Came From Beneath the Sea), Henry Selick (Coraline and James and the Giant Peach), Phil Tippett (Star Wars and Jurassic Park), and more. This 100-year-old art form launched Walt Disney’s career in animation.
The exhibition includes behind-the-scenes photographs, replicas of the original armatures, a Digital Input Device (DID), puppets and other interesting tools of the trade. Gumby is represented with storyboards, an original Gumby puppet mold, a description of how a clay character is made, a morphing Gumby, and photos of Art Clokey at work.
Visitors are invited to manipulate and touch armatures at a special interactive station. A video spotlights great moments in stop motion animation, and episodes and clips from various stop motion masterpieces are shown.
We especially enjoyed the kick-off party, “Animate Your Night,” in September, during which visitors made clay puppets with wire and foil armatures and created their own digital stop motion animation. There was so much wonder and creativity in the air! The entry hall featured a sculpted cake adorned with sweet likenesses of the characters in the exhibit, and the caterer even got into the spirit by dressing in a Gumby costume to deliver tasty treats. Too much fun!
The next time you are in San Francisco, stop by the Walt Disney Family Museum for an introduction into the world of animation and Walt Disney’s life. The well-designed museum will surely delight animation fans of any age. Check out their calendar of events for their list of fascinating talks and activities.
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It’s a new year, and the days are marching on. Gumby and Pokey are hamming it up to bring you some creative and heart-felt holiday greetings and visuals of their escapades. If you haven’t had a chance to visit “Gumby Central,” Gumby’s official Facebook page, then be sure to check it out now. Like the page, enjoy the postings and share them with your friends. Get the latest tweets by following “Gumby Central” on Twitter. Here are a few snippets of what you’ve been missing…
Happy Valentine’s Day! How are you showing your friends and loved ones how much they mean to you? Gumby’s into handmade things, so he’s been hard at work, cutting and pasting. Meanwhile, Pokey has other ideas… he’s found that box of chocolates that were hidden in the closet. Hey, Pokey, please save some for the rest of us!
Rewind to January: Gumby and Pokey rang in 2013 with their friends, toasting with carrot juice, Gumby’s favorite beverage. Those blustery winter days were cold, but fun. Gumby, Pokey and the Blockheads braved the weather for a sledding adventure.
Gumby and Pokey just couldn’t sit still for the Superbowl. They suited up and helped out their favorite teams. Then, it was off to join in a couple of festive parades for Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year.
Stayed tuned for more of Gumby and Pokey’s excursions, celebrations and words of wisdom. Like Gumby Central on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to be the first to see what our favorite precocious clay friends have been doing. See you there!
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GumbyCentral, the official social media source for all things Gumby, is looking for a few million fans. We know you’re out there! We’ve gotten truckloads of mail and terabytes of emails over the years from fans who want to express their appreciation, have questions or want to know what’s new. Now you can become a fan of GumbyCentral on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube station to keep up on Gumby’s newest news.
Gumby fans are everywhere. Online you can find creative videos by long-time Gumby aficionados who hop into a Gumby costume for some interesting break dance maneuvers and unbelievable crazy antics. Others photograph or film their Gumby bendable figure in exotic locations. Fans show their love for Gumby offline by sporting Gumby hairdos and donning Gumby-inspired green apparel. You may have even seen a Gumby and Pokey or two roaming the streets. Hint: they are often seen at major sporting events. During a trip to northeastern Ohio not long ago, we ended up behind a custom-painted, Gumby-green car with Gumby license plates. Gumby creator Art Clokey would have loved the ingenuity.
Art created Gumby as a gift of love for all children and the child within us. The character captures the spirit of wonder, adventure and imagination. Gumby takes us to new worlds and opens our eyes and hearts. “If you’ve got a heart, then Gumby’s a part of you.”
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In honor Art Clokey’s many creative accomplishments and impact on the film industry, we are proud to introduce Gumby Dharma. This Emmy Award winning documentary captures the fascinating life of Art Clokey and his famous creations Gumby and Pokey and Davey and Goliath. From the mud (called gumbo) on his grandparents’ farm in the Midwest to his many adventures with his adopted father out west, you’ll see the myriad of influences on Art’s life and how they translated into iconic characters, which the world has embraced.
Art’s life takes us from the seminary to the Hollywood movie business, and from traditional Episcopalian values to Buddhism and Indian Holy men. His world famous stop motion animation characters reflect the message of love that Art and his wife Ruth wanted to give the world, while at the same time, his revolutionary kinesthetic filming techniques combined with a real life clay animated world is still ahead of its time. Interviews with contemporary leaders in animation including Director Henry Selick (Coraline, Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) and special effects legend Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts, Adventures of Sinbad), along with Art himself give texture to this riveting movie. From his groundbreaking art film Gumbasia to his surrealistic masterpiece Mandala, you’ll see a life that is honest and rich with art. The tapestry of Art’s life is a classic American story of growth and transformation. With all of life’s tragedies and triumphs, Art finds the nuggets to create a rich mosaic of adventure and joy for all of us to enjoy. Also interviewed are his stars Gumby and Pokey (featuring new stop motion directed by Academy Award© Nominee Timothy Hittle) who come “offstage” to reveal the more personal facets of Clokey’s story. In this film, we uncover how Art’s animation and personal brand of love of life has influenced millions of TV and film viewers and filmmakers across the world for more than half a century.
A Clip from Gumby Dharma
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Approved Uses for the Gumby Costume
With Halloween just around the corner, we’re pulling out our Gumby and Pokey costumes. The new Gumby costume has been incredibly popular—and not just for Halloween. Gumby costumes are popping up everywhere. We’ve heard about fans who keep the costumes in the trunks of their cars for easy access when they happen to be in situation that invites a green laugh or two. Need a character for your next video? Check. Need to entertain guests at a birthday party? Check. Need to dress up for a parade? Check. Gumby’s ready to go.
Gumby’s no stranger to the sports arena. One of the most common uses for the Gumby costume is to cheer teams on at nationally televised basketball, baseball and football games.
We’ve seen Gumby a number of times cheering from the stands on ESPN coverage of college basketball games, even from the front row. The Milwaukee Bucks have an “official Gumby fan” who made his own outfit. The Bucks star player sports a Gumby haircut. There is another player, on the Green Bay Packers, whose nickname is Gumby. Gumby and sports—it makes sense. Gumby is known for his flexibility and tenacity to succeed. He stretches for excellence.
We at Gumby Central love all of these. Art Clokey, Gumby creator, would have been honored. A true pioneer in stop motion animation who always pushed the envelope of the imagination and had a great sense of humor… that’s Art Clokey. The creativity that fans show is true to Gumby’s positive, enthusiastic spirit.
We’ll be sharing some of the fun ideas we come across on GumbyCentral, Gumby’s official social media sites. So you’ll want to become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Send us your favorite Gumby-inspired costume shots, and we may feature one in the Gumby Fans Hall of Fame or in a future blog post. Email us here.
Happy Halloween from Gumbyworld.com!
P.S. Don’t forget Gumby’s pal Pokey—he has a costume, too.
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This month we are celebrating the color GREEN. Leprechauns and shamrocks, spring plants stretching towards the sun, a fresh lawn… Can you smell the green? Gumby in all his greenness was there in 1956 before most people had color TV’s. In fact, The Gumby Show first appeared on TV on March 16, in 1957—the day before St. Patrick’s Day. The green trend was on… the Jolly Green Giant, the Incredible Hulk, Kermit the Frog and Shrek followed.
According to creator Art Clokey, green represents chlorophyll, which converts light into energy, allowing things to grow and move. The color green breathed life into Gumby. Gumby was the Clokeys’ gift of love to all children. Art would say that love is light, and chlorophyll facilitates the transformation from light to life… Light – Energy – Love are the ingredients of Gumby.
Art felt that it was important to speak children of all ethnicities. He wanted his little clay boy to be accessible to children around the world, and he chose green because it is a culturally neutral color. In the fascinating documentary, Gumby Dharma, which chronicles Art’s life and his creative endeavors, Art mentions that Gumby couldn’t be red, white, yellow, brown, or black as those colors had specific connotations. Blue was the color of Krishna, so that wouldn’t work. The color green, as he saw it, was universal and available.
In later years Gumby’s greenness also related to various story lines in which Gumby fought factory chicken farms and pesticide use and promoted organic farming. “Green” took on a whole new meaning.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!
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