912S - A GUMBY ADVENTURE: ROBOT RUMPUS
(1956; TV episode; NR; 15m)
companion short to YARD WORK MADE EASY
Shown with Movie: 912-The Screaming Skull
Short Type: Television Series
Plot: Gumby's idea of having robots do work around the house and yard backfires.
Cr/Prod/Dir/Scr/Sto: Art Clokey*
Anim Dir: Ray Peck and/or Peter Kleinow?
Ed: Woodward Smith, Don McIntosh and/or Colin Young?
ADir: Alfonso Eggleston and/or Melvin Wood?
Score: John Seely Associates and possibly Jerry Gerber
voice of Gumby / Ginny Tyler (TV's Davey and Goliath)
voice of Pokey / Art Clokey
voice of Gumba, Gumby's mother / Ginny Tyler
voice of Gumbo, Gumby's father / Art Clokey
narrator / Art Clokey?
Classic Line: "Such clever boys deserve crackers with their milk."
Trivia: ART CLOKEY studied at the University of Southern
California. It was there that in 1953 he made his first clay animation
(which he termed "Claymation") short film entitled Gumbasia, which
featured geometric shapes moving to a jazz score. In 1956, Art Engel at
20th Century Fox was so impressed with Gumbasia that they hired
Clokey to make 59 short films starring Gumby, which were featured on
NBC's The Howdy Doody Show. Every second of air-time is comprised
of 24 separate still pictures...can you imagine spending that much time
tediously moving clay ever so slightly? (In 1959, Clokey also made the
popular religious animated series, Davey and Goliath, which had the
movement of small models instead of clay).
Gumby gained an ever-widening audience, when the show went into
syndication on its own in 1962, and again in 1966 and 1988, each time
Clokey (with his wife Gloria) making new episodes to show with the older
ones. The Gumby character was revived once more, when he starred in his
first feature film, 1995's Gumby: The Movie.
So why is Gumby's head shaped that way? According to Clokey himself,
he based Gumby's slanted head on an early photo of his father, showing a
pronounced cowlick that looked like a big bump. Says Clokey: "This
picture of my father fascinated me as a child. I thought the shape would
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