13 Facts About Gumby


Gumby is an American clay animation franchise, centered on the titular green clay humanoid character created and modeled by Art Clokey.

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Gumby immediately became a famous example of stop motion clay animation and a cultural icon, spawning tributes, parodies, and merchandising.

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Gumby franchise follows Gumby's adventures through different environments and historical eras.

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Gumby's nemeses are the G and J Blockheads, a pair of antagonistic red humanoid figures with cube-shaped heads, one with the letter G on the block, the other with the letter J Their creation was inspired by the trouble-making Katzenjammer Kids.

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Gumby was created by Art Clokey in the early 1950s after he finished film school at the University of Southern California .

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Much of Gumby's look and feel was inspired by this technique of camera movements and editing.

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Name "Gumby" came from the muddy clay found at Clokey's grandparents' farm that his family called "gumbo".

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Gumby's appearance was inspired by a suggestion from his wife, Ruth, that Gumby be based on the Gingerbread Man.

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In early episodes, Gumby's voice was provided by Ruth Eggleston, wife of the show's art director Al Eggleston, until Dallas McKennon assumed the role in 1957.

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In 1959, The Gumby Show entered syndication, and more episodes were produced in the 1960s.

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Gumby Adventures includes new characters, such as Gumby's little sister Minga, a mastodon named Denali and a chicken named Tilly.

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The children's book Gumby Goes to the Sun was published that year to commemorate the anniversary.

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Premavision owned the distribution rights to the Gumby cartoons, having been reverted from previous distributor Warner Bros.

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