Monday, May 23, 2005

Gumby Turns 50

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Gumby may have just been a little green slab of clay but he’s turning 50 this year and he’s celebrating it in style.

Starting June 18, the claymation character will be the subject of an exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York, that will feature the original clay figures and a 500- square-foot set that was used in his latest project, a videogame called Gumby Vs. The Astrobots.

Gumby was “born” in 1955 by animator Art Clokey, who based the character’s look, in part, from a high school photo of his Dad, who had a severe cowlick.

Now, Clokey’s son, Joe has “adopted” the character and is bringing back the old Gumby shorts from the 1950s, 60s and 80s on DVD.

Besides that, the Clokeys are also holding a Gumby birthday party on July 30 in San Francisco that will reunite all the original animators and artists as well as loyal fans.

But the event isn’t meant as a retirement party. Clokey says his Dad wants to “bring Gumby back to the children” and that means bringing back the original six- minute shorts in a special version for college kids that will premiere later this year on a closed circuit network.

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