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 Art Clokey

Art Clokey

Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 8 Jan 2010 (aged 88)
Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 46474200 · View Source
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Animation Pioneer. Arthur Charles Clokey was a pioneer in the process of stop motion clay animation, beginning in 1955 with a film experiment called Gumbasia, influenced by his professor Slavko Vorkapich at the University of Southern California. He is best known for his animated television character Gumby. Since 1955, Gumby has been a familiar presence on television, appearing in several series—and even in a 1995 feature film, Gumby: The Movie. Clokey's second most famous production is the duo of Davey and Goliath, funded by the Lutheran Church. The name Gumby derives from Art Clokey's childhood experiences during summer visits to his grandfather's farm, when he enjoyed playing with the clay mud called "gumbo." He also made a few highly experimental and visually inventive short clay animation films for adults, including his first film Gumbasia, the visually rich Mandala—described by Clokey as a metaphor for evolving human consciousness—and the equally bizarre The Clay Peacock, an elaboration on the animated NBC logo of the time. His student film Gumbasia (1955), consisting of animated clay shapes contorting to a jazz score, so intrigued Samuel G. Engel, then president of the Motion Pictures Producers Association, that he financed the pilot film for what became Art Clokey's The Gumby Show (1957). The title Gumbasia is an homage to Walt Disney's Fantasia. Clokey is also credited with the bizarre clay-animation title sequence for the beach movie Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), starring Vincent Price and Frankie Avalon.

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  • Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
  • Added: 9 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46474200
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Art Clokey (12 Oct 1921–8 Jan 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46474200, ; Maintained by Mary Jane Haight-Eckert (contributor 46560908) Unknown.