Monthly Archives: December 2017
“Get Animated!” Explores the History of Animation from Pencils to Pixels
The new “Get Animated!” exhibit, created by Stage Nine Entertainment, includes a number of elements focused on the iconic Gumby and his creator Art Clokey. The exhibit, which opened at the Arizona Science Center in summer 2017, moved on to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu from September 2017 through January 2018.
“Get Animated!” is a journey through the history of animation, and it allows visitors to experience every step in the animation process. It brings to life the evolution of animation from traditional hand-drawn cels to exciting breakthroughs in stop motion and CGI. Gumby is highlighted along with other famous characters from well know animated cartoons and films, including the Simpsons, Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo, Porky Pig, Tom and Jerry, Tweety Bird and many others. This traveling show is an exciting interactive, hands-on exhibit.
Gumby – The Symbol of Stop Motion Animation
The Clokeys worked closely with Troy Carlson and his team at Stage Nine Entertainment to create and develop the Gumby portion of the exhibit. A brand new Gumby stop-motion short, animated by Anthony Scott, Premavision/Clokey Productions’ Animation Director, introduces the exhibit. Get a sneak peek here. Anthony got his start in stop motion with Gumby on the 1980’s series and went on to work on Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and a long list of other highly acclaimed feature films.
The Gumby portion of this large exhibit includes:
- A reconstruction of Gumby’s stop-motion studio with animation area, puppet making area, prop area complete with vintage toys like those in the episodes of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘80s.
- Videos showing various aspects of Gumby and the stop-motion process. They include snippets such as, “Meet the Animator,” “Making a Clay Puppet, and an interview with Art Clokey.
- Real clay Gumby puppets, including “Gumby through the Years,” showing how he’s changed with each new TV series. Vignettes of your favorite characters: Pokey, the Blockheads, Prickle, Goo, Professor Kapp and Minga are also on display.
- The set of 1963 episode “Hidden Valley” has been reconstructed.
- Another display (the Web of Influence) shows how Art Clokey taught, mentored and inspired many of today’s world-famous animators, artists, and crew.
- A giant Gumby sculpture is on hand for photo ops.
- Kids can create their own stop-motion video using Gumby, Pokey and pals bendable toys.
This Fantastic Educational Experience May be Heading to Your Area
Kids and adults alike have been enjoying this exhibit tremendously and finding it fun and informative.
Our teacher fans who love Gumby (and the animation) are encouraged to use this exhibit as a learning tool. Field trips to the exhibit are encouraged and there is a Teachers’ Guide available to use before, during and after the visit. The Guide explains that “Get Animated!” takes students on a journey through the history of animation, from pre-film animation devices to the computer-generated animated films of today. Discover the men and women who have contributed to animation through the ages and learn what films, tools, or characters they introduced to the world. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of your favorite animated shows and movies, and view old drawings, sets, and notes used in these productions. You can even try your own hand at animating!
The exhibit will travel throughout the county and be in each location for about 3-6 months. The exhibit name may change at each museum, so we will keep you informed of where you can experience the Gumby fun firsthand.
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Watch Gumby on Amazon Prime
You can now enjoy all of the great, remastered Gumby episodes from the 1950s and 1960s as well as The Gumby Movie streaming on Amazon Prime. For the first time ever, the complete Gumby Show has been remastered from its original camera rolls and soundtracks, with the brilliant and full-length formats as first aired. These imaginative surrealistic, stop-motion animated masterpieces will mesmerize children and adults of all ages.
Gumby Fun for the Entire Family
One reviewer wrote: “What fun!!! I love watching these stories told with clay alongside my 4-year-old son! He is in hysterics seeing Gumby get into trouble and have adventures. My mom loves the cartoons too, as does one of my toddler twins. If you are tired of the soulless didactic computer-generated animation that little kids are supposed to consume these days, do yourself a favor and put on a Gumby cartoon.” – Maryl S.
Joe Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey, painstakingly, and lovingly, remastered all of the episodes from the original film rolls, so the episodes look as though they were just shot. The bold colors and incredible texture of real light hitting real sets draws us in and makes us part of these miniature worlds. Joe is thrilled that Gumby is available on Amazon Prime: “It has been my dream that a new generation of kids will get to see the wonderful world of Gumby. Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, can watch the shows together with the kids. With the remastering, the episodes will be ‘new’ for all. Kids will be delighted and brought to a land of wonder while watching the episodes.”
A fan reviewed the ‘50s series, “This show is a classic, and it’s amazing how the quality holds up to this day! I keep forgetting this series is over 60 years old because of how well this was remastered. This is one of my favorite shows, so I bought the box sets in a heartbeat. Now that the series is on Prime, I can watch it anywhere and that makes me so happy!” – Shannon G.
About the ’60 series, a fan wrote, “Excellent series! They don’t make them like they use to, and that so terrible for the younger generation.” – Mike R.
If you don’t have Prime, you can purchase the DVDs produced by NCircle Entertainment here. The ‘50’s series and two volumes of ‘60’s episodes are currently available in DVD gift sets, which include fun bendable toys! The Gumby Movie is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. It’s re-mastered, and all of its original scenes are intact in the fall 2017 DVD release.
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We are thrilled to announce that Gumby has an all-new series of comics by Papercutz, the #1 publisher of kids’ graphic novels. Three brand new issues launched beginning in July 2017, and Gumby’s first graphic novel, Fifty Shades of Clay, debuted in November. In the true spirit of Gumby, these comics are for all ages. Each issue features three unique stories that harken back to the spirit of the original Gumby shows. The books were created by talented comic all-stars, who infused their own unique perspectives on Gumby. Printed in very limited runs, these comics are bound to become collector’s items. >Get yours here before they are gone.
“Gumby is such a singular entity in the pop culture landscape that his re-introduction back into the popular consciousness here packs a strong, nostalgic punch while retaining the vintage, innocent sheen of the early morning cartoons.” – Comics Beat
“Why do I have a feeling that Gumby will be a dark-horse contender for an Eisner next year? Because weirder things have happened. The premiere issue has a Kyle Baker story and that’s an incredible start.” – 13th Dimension Hot Picks for the Week
“Funny, well-rendered, and the right kind of weird and sure to call back memories of a simpler Saturday morning kind of fun.” – Newsarama
The first story is Issue #1, “An Alien Abundance,” is written by Papercutz Assistant Managing Editor (and resident Gumby fanatic) and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jolyon Yates. Gumby once again meets the triangle people from the very first Gumby episode, “Moon Trip.” Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist Kyle Baker has written and illustrated (in his unique art style) a story entitled, “Model-y Crew” in which Pokey brings home a model he meets at the supermarket. Acclaimed writer Ray Fawkes and Jolyon Yates worked together to create a fun adventure about Gumby and Pokey in the land of ice cream for the third story. Veteran Gumby comics illustrator Rick Geary (who contributed to Gumby Comics in 2005) created the whimsical cover illustration.
Issue #2 follows with “Goos’ Gone,” in which our hero and his friends take a whirlwind tour of Paris in search of the Goo, who’s missing. Jeff Whitman (writer) and Jolyon Yates (artist) teamed up for this opening story. Mike Kazaleh’s story, “The Sour Note,” refers to a character from the ‘60’s Gumby series, who is a throwback to Paul McCartney. Next, Gumby and Pokey become Ninja in “All That Nin-Jazz” in this third story by Sholly Fisch and Jolyon Yates. The cover features a well-known painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir with some comical updates by Ryan Jampole.
In Issue #3, Gumby turns “Green with Envy” when a fellow musician woos Tara. Yes, even Gumby can lose his cool once in a while. Eric Esquivel, a true-green Gumby fan, put pen to paper in this opening story, while Jolyon Yates whipped up these dramatic illustrations. Andy and Veronica Fish wrote and illustrated, “The Treasure of the Obellos” in which Gumby goes for a deep sea dive. In “Gumby’s Gran Adventure,” written by Jeff Whitman and illustrated by Jolyon Yates, Granny takes Gumby on a trip to Hawaii orchestrated by the Blockheads. You won’t believe what those troublemakers are up to now. Art Baltazar created the whimsical cover art.
Gumby in 50 Shades of Clay
The stories from Issues 1-3 were compiled into a graphic novel format to create, 50 Shades of Clay. Gumby’s first graphic novel!
Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier explained, “Whether you fell in love with Gumby’s classic TV show years ago or if you’ve always been curious about Gumby and Pokey, but never explored their world, Gumby, 50 Shades of Clay is for you. While some comic book characters have changed drastically with the times, Gumby has remained consistent, colorful, creative fun. His core of goodness, his heart, his innocence will never change. The world may have become a much darker place, but Gumby can deal with it. He’s Gumby, dammit!”
Writer Jeff Whitman shared his Gumby wisdom with an interviewer with Freaksugar.
You can read more about these incredible artists and writers on the Papercutz’ website.
More Great Reviews from Publications and Fans
“The art is fantastic and illustrates Gumby and Pokey beautifully. They are just how you originally remember them.” – First Comics News
“Captures the feeling of old cartoons. There is a strong emphasis on friendship, energy, and a touch (or several) of the charmingly weird.” – Adventures in Poor Taste!
“Papercutz is putting some major talent on the book.” – The AV Club
“As someone who grew up with original old-school Gumby adventures, and then raised a second generation Gumby fan through the new adventures, we have collected all the Gumby comic books over the years, the 3D issues and Gumby Gang stories, but we are happiest with this new series from Papercutz that really gets back to the heart of Gumby! All the old characters we know and love are back, along with the new generation favorites, the Clayboys, Lowbelly, Tara and Ginger.
Each story is uniquely handled by fun contemporary artists like Kyle Baker, Eric Esquivel, Andy and Veronica Fish, and Jeff Whitman’s stories are spot on classic Gumby! The right blend of old and new is there as we catch up on what Gumby, Pokey, Prickle and Goo are up to nowadays, imaginative and clever, this collection is a great way to introduce your kids to Gumby.” – Brenda R.
“Great stuff! The creative teams behind these stories really show off their passion for all things Gumby. As a newcomer to the Gumby-Verse, this was a great jumping-on point for a new generation of fans to fall in love with Gumby. I’m sure older fans will also enjoy all of the callbacks to more obscure characters and how these teams have captured the essence of the series. Can’t recommend it enough!” – Megan N.
You can get yours at gumby.com.
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Gumby Imagined, Story of Art Clokey and His Creations is in Bookstores Now
Gumby, the world’s original clayboy and legendary pop icon is the subject of a new retrospective art book. Gumby creator Art Clokey was an animation pioneer, and his characters Gumby and pony pal Pokey, along with Davey and Goliath, have shaped generations of childhood memories and have touched the hearts of fans worldwide. In celebration of Gumby’s 60th anniversary, Art’s son Joe and his wife Joan have written Gumby Imagined, a comprehensive biography of Art and his characters. At 300 pages and packed with hundreds of photos and fascinating stories, this is the ultimate compendium. It’s an amazing pictorial history with never-before-seen photos. Get yours here.
“This is the Gumby-lover’s dream come true! The writing is so honest and compelling, and what a life story your family has had, Joe! Hats off to you, Joan for the very loving and deeply honest vibe to the writing,” writes Martin Olsen, Lead Writer for Phineas and Ferb. Olson continues, “You two collaborated so beautifully on this project. Reading the book feels like going into the heart and soul of your family and hearing how Gumby emerged from it, in all Gumby’s incarnations. The photos are absolutely amazing, and what a journey your family had through life. The fun and the love and the creativity are apparent on every page, but especially apparent is the honesty. That’s the unique beauty of this book; everything is told in such a kind, heartfelt way, no holds barred.”
An anonymous fan wrote: “Wow. A big and beautiful retrospective of everyone’s favorite flexible friend! I’m really enjoying the deep dive into the history of this classic character and the people who brought Gumby (and other great characters) to life! Outstanding!”
A Riveting Tale
Gumby Imagined is a complete biography that 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 resulting in placement in a home for abandoned boys during the Great Depression. A dramatic turnaround. Adventure. World War II photo reconnaissance behind enemy lines. A lucky break. Partnerships made and dissolved. Spiritual seeking. Creative freedom. Art films. Hard work and play. Success and loss. Talented artists and crew…. This personal and inspiring story brings it all together.
“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 and Goliath, interwoven with a rich tapestry of photos and rare anecdotes, weds perfectly with Art Clokey and his amazing life,” says Joe Clokey.
“Gumby Imagined is a fascinating ‘page-turner’ with never-before-told stories about this clay animation pioneer beginning with his childhood tragedies. Learn about how Art got his start in the biz, his groundbreaking stop-motion TV commercials, trippy art films, and the most comprehensive look ever presented of the beloved shows. 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. All of which provided the foundation for Art’s creative works,” continues Joe.
Having entertained generations of fans since his introduction in the early 1950s, Gumby–unforgettable, kind-hearted, flexible–is firmly rooted in American culture. Art Clokey made an indelible mark in the world of animation and influenced thousands of artists. A teacher at heart, he mentored many creatives who went on to be stop-motion superstars known for their work on iconic films such as Star Wars, Terminator, Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story, Kubo, and many other blockbusters.
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.”
“Gumby Through the Years” Presentation and Book Signings
Joan and Joe are available for presentations and book signing events. Their “Gumby Through the Years” video/live presentation has sold out at Comic Con, Gumby Fest and other venues. Please contact us here for more information.
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