Saturday, January 09, 2010

Gumby creator, Art Clokey has died.

Photo Source: LA Times Blog
from Wikipedia: Arthur C. (Art) Clokey
(born Arthur Farrington, October 12, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan; died January 8, 2010) was 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.

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 Art had finished film school at USC. Since 1955, Gumby has 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.

LA Times story

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