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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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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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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 superstars 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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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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Gumby’s Going to College!
Gumby Fest has a new home – Citrus College in Glendora, California. The second annual Gumby Fest is expanding to fill an entire weekend (Sept. 18-20, 2015) and a larger venue. With so much to see and do, you won’t want to miss it.
Gumby turns 60 this year and Citrus is celebrating its centennial, so it’s a great time to bring the two together to present the festival that will feature all the fun from the inaugural festival and much more.
“This is such a fortuitous opportunity for our programs,” says Robert Slack, Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Citrus College. “We are 18 months away from finishing a new 30,000 square- foot Fine Arts Complex that will have more than 100 Mac stations to teach design, animation and various other digital media classes.”
Gumby Fest will be staged at the college’s existing Performing Arts complex that includes the 1,440-seat Haugh Performing Arts Center, a 150-seat “black box” theater, rehearsal halls, computer labs, classrooms, a large technical theater sound stage, dance studio, and a state-of-the-art audio recording complex.
“There are so many related disciplines in the arts that are part of a stop-motion production, so having Citrus present Gumby Fest 2015 will be perfect,” said Joe Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey. “I’m sure Gumby Fest 2015 will put smiles on a whole new group of families and animation enthusiasts.”
New this year will be the first U.S. Stop-Motion Animation Festival spotlighting the work of students from kindergarten to college, as well as post-collegiate entries.
Festival activities will include more children’s art workshops in classrooms, discussion panels with stop-motion animation professionals, screenings of Gumby cartoons and stop-motion animation submissions, as well as an expanded Gumby Through the Years presented by Joe Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey, and more.
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.
Gumby debuted on NBC’s Howdy Doody Show and became an instant success to get his own series on the network. Gumby and his friends starred in more than 209 TV episodes and a movie.
Many of the animators, puppet makers and set designers who worked with the Clokeys in Glendora went on to work for Star Wars, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and more stop-motion animation and other film classics.
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.
A new generation of Gumby fans are enjoying re-mastered Gumby episodes broadcast on Teletoon in Canada and on Kabillion and Ameba TV here in the United States.
For more information about Gumby Fest, email Matt Jackson, professor of Animation at the Citrus College Fine and Performing Arts Department, email@example.com.
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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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