On a Clay Icon

For those wanting to sing along, the lyrics are below the video

He was once a little green slab of clay. Gumby!
You should see what Gumby can do today. Gumby!
He can walk into any book, with his pony pal Pokey, too.
If you’ve got a heart then Gumby’s a part of you.

I wasn’t a big fan of Gumby Adventures, but it is interesting that he has achieved cultural icon status (and the Gumby blow-ups make me laugh)

Gumby is #16 on TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters

Green clay character inspired by a gingerbread man, created and modeled by Art Clokey in the early 1950s

Made with rolling pins and cookie cutters

Clokey, a stop-motion clay animation pioneer, created Gumbasia, his 3 ½-minute take-off with jazz music on Disney’s Fantasia (Note: I can’t find the music’s composer)

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Google dedicated this Doodle to Clokey on October 12, 2011 honoring what would have been Clokey’s 90th birthday (he died January 8, 2010)

Originally voiced by Ruth Eggleston (art director’ wife) – voiced by Dallas McKennon in the series

Debuted on Hoody Doody Show (NBC) with “Robot Rumpus” in 1956

Own series in 1957

22 episodes created in 1956-57; 85 episodes created in 1962-1968; 233 episodes created to date

Associated with movies, video games, and toys

Main sidekick is Pokey, a talking red pony

The third episode shows Gumby and Pokey meeting when Pokey had a hoof caught in a railroad track’s switch mechanism, and Gumby saved the day just before the train.

Other Characters

  • Nopey, Gumby’s dog
  • Gumbo and Gumba, Gumby’s parents
  • Others include Professor Kapp, Prickle, Goo, and the Blockheads (nemeses)

Gumby World, a site dedicated to Gumby, provides much information, a blog, and a store

Enjoy In the Dough