Gumby’s Dad passes away

Art Clokey and Gumby
Art Clokey with his creation Gumby.

Art Clokey passed away on Friday, January 8, 2010. He was 88.

If you don’t recognize Art Clokey’s name, he is the creator of Gumby!

Gumby and his buddy, Pokey were first seen as shorts on the Howdy Doody Show.

If you’ve visited my Toy Trivia page, you’d know that the shape of Gumby’s head was inspired by the hair style of Art’s father.

Art Clokey was also the creator of one of my favorite shows (probably because of the name) "Davey and Goliath", which were created for the Lutheran Church.

His creations have been satirized many times over. Most notably, Gumby has been satirized by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live and more recently, Davey and Goliath has been satirized (quite irreverently) by the TV Show Moral Orel.

It wasn’t actually until a renewed interest in Gumby, brought about by Eddie Murphy’s character, that Clokey began to see real financial benefit from his creation.

Art started his claymation career with a student film called "Gumbasia". Check it out…

And for a very strange example of Art’s work, check out the opening sequence to Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine…

Gumby at Dave’s Cool Toys.

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