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“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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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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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.
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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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Family Fun and Exciting Presentations by Animation Industry All Stars at Gumby Fest, September 18-20
Gumby Fest 2015 is Sure to Make You Smile.
There’s going to be something for everyone, young and old, from Gumby fans to animation aficionados at the Citrus College Gumby Fest Stop Motion Festival, Sept. 18-20, at the college, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, California.
Gumby turns 60 this year, so it’s a great time to celebrate the pop culture icon. Not only is Gumby Fest 2015 full of free family activities, it also provides an inside look into the animation industry from leading film and television professionals. Fans, animation hobbyists and the next generation of animators will enjoy the many fascinating presentations and discussion panels.
Among the free fun will be the Gumby Museum with original stop-motion puppets, sets, props and amazing photos from the rich 60-year history of Clokey Productions/Premavision which also created Davey and Goliath. This is a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Gumby came to life through stop-motion animation. The museum display will be at the college’s Hayden Memorial Library Art Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 16.
Join us at Gumby’s 60th Birthday Bash on Saturday at 4 p.m. and the awards ceremony for the stop-motion animation contest hosted by Gumby Fest 2015. The Grand Prize is The Clokey Award, named after Gumby creator Art Clokey. Come see the creative animated shorts produced by children, college students and stop motion artists.
Other activities include screenings of Gumby and Davey and Goliath episodes along with a community fair, Gumby collectibles, food trucks, bounce-houses for kids, live rock bands and children’s art projects. Kids can try their hand at animation, make a clay Gumby, paint a set, create puppets, make a flip book, and more.
- Check out this ABC special report on Gumby Fest.
- KTLA broadcast celebrates Gumby’s Birthday and recommends Gumby Fest.
- Take a sneak peek of what to expect at Gumby Fest.
- Here’s a great a great article about Gumby Fest in the Pasadena Independent.
Saturday, Sept. 19, Main Stage Presentations at Haugh Performing Arts Center
- 11:00 a.m. – Gumby Through the Years by Joan and Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey
- 1:00 p.m. – The World of Visual Effects with visual effects guru Harry Walton (Indiana Jones, The Abyss, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Star Trek, Terminator and more)
- 3:00 p.m. – Maleficent Director Robert Stromberg. He won Art Direction Academy Awards for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.
Sunday, Sept. 20, Main Stage Presentations at Haugh Performing Arts Center
- 11:00 a.m. – Putting It All Together – The Components To Produce A Stop-Motion Animation featuring Dalton Grant, owner Red Giant Studios; Bryan Garver, supervising gaffer and stage manager, LAIKA Studios; Tim Hittle, creator of The Jay Clay Trilogy and animator (The New Adventures of Gumby, The NightmareBefore Christmas, James and the Giant Peach); and Sarah Serata, feature film and television producer who has worked with stop-motion legend Henry Selick (Coraline).™
- 1:00 p.m. Film Focus: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (And The Gumby Connection) with animators Tim Hittle, Anthony Scott and Harry Walton. Scott, Hittle and Walton worked in the Gumby studios in the ’80s, and on Nightmare. They will share clips and behind-the-scenes moments and important scenes from the film.
- 3:00 p.m. – Creature Feature: Puppets from Jim Hensons’s Creature Shop™ with Senior Puppet Builder Julie Zobel (Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Muppets Tonight, Where the Wild Things Are, George of the Jungle, Dr. Doolittle)
Film and animation industry professionals will speak at free panels:
- “How I Got Into The Industry/ What It Takes To Be An Artist”
- “3-D Printing for Stop Motion”
- “In the Art Studio”
- “Women in Animation”
- “Running an Animation Studio”
- “Cultivating a Creative Community”
- “Stop Motion University: Colleges Offering Stop-Motion Animation” and more.
The fun begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in the Haugh Performing Arts Center with Cinema Vivant, presented by The Hot Club of San Francisco who plays gypsy jazz swing against a backdrop of three early stop-motion animated films. Tickets are available at www.haughpac.com.
Tickets for all Haugh presentations are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Limited Edition All-Access Passes are available for $25 (one day) and $40 (two day). Tickets and All-Access Passes are available by calling the Haugh Box Office, (626) 963-9411, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
For information, visit www.haughpac.com.
Tickets are $5 for Art studio workshops exploring several facets of stop-motion animation:
- Drawing Workshop: “Flippin’ Out” – create a simple animation flip book.
- Ceramics Workshop: “Clayin’ Around With Gumby & Pokey” – hand paint and glaze a bisque ware Gumby or Pokey.
- Painting Workshop: “Set the Scene” – paint your own stop-motion animation background.
- Screen Printing Workshop: “Screen Printing A Character” – Create a multi-colored screen print and learn about limited editions.
- Photography Workshop: “Photograph Your Character” – Learn about lighting, backdrops, selfie techniques to create amazing photos.
- Sculpture Workshop: “Creating a Bendable Armature” – Use wire to create an armature for a stop-motion clay figure.
- Stop-Motion Workshop: “Make Your Own Stop-Motion Animation” – stop-motion workshop using DragonFrame and iPad stop-motion apps ($10 fee includes flash drive with your animation).
Tickets for the art studio workshops are also available at www.haughpac.com.
The Festival will be staged at the college’s Performing Arts complex that includes the 1,400-seat Haugh Performing Arts Center, the Little Theater, rehearsal halls, computer labs, classrooms, a large technical theater sound stage, dance studio, and a state-of-the-art audio recording complex, as well as other campus locations.
Proceeds from Gumby Fest 2015 will benefit the Citrus College Foundation to benefit Visual Arts Department students.
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The Gumby Team Presents ‘Sixty Years of Gumby’
Panel at Comic Con on Sunday, July 12.
Get a glimpse into Gumby’s world during a panel presentation at Comic Con in San Diego on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Room 29AB.
A panel from Gumby’s studio (Premavision/Clokey Productions) and industry experts will discuss the creation of Gumby, stop motion animation and the art and stories of Gumby’s Eisner Award-winning comic books.
The family that created the beloved clay boy will share the inside scoop on how Gumby became such a pop culture icon. Art and Ruth Clokey brought Gumby to life six decades ago in 1955. As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of Gumby being molded from clay, Joe (Art and Ruth’s son) and his wife Joan carry on the family tradition as they head up Gumby’s studio.
Art Clokey, a pioneer in the field of stop motion animation has inspired generations of artists, animators, photographers, puppet makers, directors and producers. He received the Inkpot Award in 2006 for lifetime achievement.
With new productions in the works, and a newly re-mastered library of episodes being released on DVD, Gumby is poised for a major Renaissance.
The Comic Con panel will feature:
- Joe (President and Producer) and Joan Clokey (Creative Director), who will share some personal anecdotes about Gumby, show behind-the-scene clips and touch on the history of the character
- Gumby Animation Director Anthony Scott (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Corpse Bride, The Little Prince…)
- Harry Walton (Indiana Jones, Nightmare Before Christmas…), longtime Gumby animator and FX guru
- Rick Geary (National Cartoonist award winner…), Gumby comic book illustrator
- Mary Flynn (NCircle Entertainment)
We’ll see you there!
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Moving Mountains for Gumby.
Your favorite clay stop-motion animation star Gumby now has a reality show episode under his belt. In April 2015, Gumby and the Clokeys (the family that created Gumby) appeared on A&E’s Shipping Wars show.
In celebration of Gumby’s 60th Birthday, Arizona State University hosted a special Gumby exhibit in a gallery on its Tempe campus. Shipping Wars engaged professional shippers to bid on the opportunity to ship the Gumby exhibit to Arizona. The winning team packed up priceless memorabilia, photos and delicate clay puppets, sets and very tiny fragile props and delivered them to the gallery, 850 miles away across the desert. One set included snowy mountains made of wood and plaster 18’ long and 8’ high, a ski patrol house, Gumby’s winter cabin and snow banks. Packing, loading and this precious cargo was a challenge to say the least.
One of the shippers was so enamored with Gumby, her childhood hero, that she insisted on helping set up the exhibit and she even stuck around afterwards to kick off the exhibit in true Gumby style. You’ll have to watch the show to see how the journey and event unfolded.
If you missed the show when it first aired, check the A&E website, YouTube and your local cable listings to see where you can watch it now. You can catch a short clip of it here:
Read more about the Gumby exhibit at ASU.
From left to right: Peter Bugg (Gallery Director), Todd and Tamera (Shipping Wars stars), Joan Clokey, Joe Clokey, Chris May (Director)
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