Monthly Archives: April 2013
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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Now that spring is here, we are seeing more bikes on the road. Many communities throughout the world promote biking with local or national cycling days, weeks or even a full month. May is National Bike month in the U.S., and National Bike to Work Day is May 17, 2013. Gumby’s getting into the action.
Cycling is a great way to be green inside and out. You reduce harmful emissions from auto exhaust, conserve fossil fuels, slow the wear and tear on the car, reduce air and noise pollution, and save money! You’ll find it easier to get a good parking space and you may be able to pass by gridlocked cars in congested areas.
Cycling provides important health benefits. It can be a low-impact way for you to keep fit and get a good workout. In addition to burning calories and helping to shed pounds, you reap the rewards of higher metabolism after a rigorous ride. Studies have shown that cycling can increase your longevity. It’s keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of heart disease and boosts the immune system. While it improves muscle strength and tone, you’ll also find that your coordination improves. Cycling is a great mood booster, too. Cruising through a beautiful landscape or an action-pack urban environment awakens the senses. The combination of exercise, fresh air and inspiring scenery will clear your mind and make you smile.
Haven’t been on a bike in a while? Just take one small step at a time: bike to the store, to work or to school once a week. So, dust off your bike, pump up the tires and make a date with your kids or a good friend for a pleasure ride. Rediscover the fun of cycling. Oh, and Gumby says, “Don’t forget your helmet and sunscreen.”Read More »