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Gumby Creator Dies, Animation Was Saturday TV Staple For Children

January 9, 2010

The news this morning brought back a flood of memories.  Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby became a pop culture phenomenon through decades of toys, revivals and satires died Friday. He was 88.  For lots of folks my age the  Gumby images were there every Saturday morning during the cartoons on television.  There was a gentle quirky quality to the pliable creations along with the voices which sounded just off-beat enough to make one listen and pay attention.  It goes to show that the simplest and most basic of entertainment has a long-lasting quality when a creative mind goes to work as Clokey did when he brought Gumby to life.

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  1. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    January 12, 2010 11:56 AM

    Gumby and Pokey used to be on WGN in the morning during the “Ray Rayner” show.

    There are days I would give anything to see Gumby and Pokey skate around my TV in the morning again before I went off to school.

    Then follow it up with a good Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon.

    Thank you Mr. Clokey for bringing Gumby to life.

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