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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gumbasia (1955) by Art Clokey

Arthur "Art" Clokey
(born Arthur C. Farrington)
October 12, 1921 - January 8, 2010

Arthur "Art" Clokey was born in Detroit, Michigan and became a pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, beginning in 1955 with a film experiment called Gumbasia, influenced by his professor Slavko Vorkapich at the University of Southern California.[citation needed] He is best known for his animated television character Gumby. Clokey and his wife Ruth invented Gumby in the early 1950s at their Covina home shortly after he had finished film school at USC. Since 1955, Gumby and his horse Pokey have been a familiar presence on television, appearing in several series—and even in a 1995 feature film, Gumby: The Movie. Clokey's second most famous production is the duo of Davey and Goliath, funded by the Lutheran Church in America.His student film Gumbasia (1955), consisting of animated clay shapes contorting to a jazz score, so intrigued Samuel G. Engel, then president of the Motion Pictures Producers Association, that he financed the pilot film for what became Art Clokey's The Gumby Show (1957). The title Gumbasia is an homage to Walt Disney's Fantasia.

For more information on Art Clokey:

GUMBASIA, an amazing surrealist film by the late, great Art Clokey
(October 12, 1921-
January 8, 2010)
A video clip from an interview where Clokey describes his experiences with LSD

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