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Monday, January 11, 2010

Art Clokey, Creator of "Gumby", Dies


Gumby Creator Art Clokey Dies

Monday, January 11, 2010By: Thomas J. Mclean
Art Clokey, who turned a small clay figurine named Gumby into a worldwide sensation, died Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif., at the age of 88.
Clokey and his first wife, Ruth, created Gumby and his orange horse pal Pokey in the 1950s shortly after Clokey had finished film school at USC. The idea began with an abstract claymation short called Gumbasia — a sort of parody of Disney’s Fantasia —that movie producer Sam Engel encouraged Clokey to develop by adding figures.


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1 comment:

Lori said...

I Loved Gumby, read this article and was hit once again by how many great greats of our cultural icons we are losing left and right. Here's to the Green Guy. Long live Gumby.

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