Saturday, January 9, 2010

He was once a little green slab of clay.

Art Clokey died yesterday. He was 88. I am ashamed to say I thought he had passed on years before.

He created Gumby and Pokey. I have fond memories of watching their half-hour cartoon during the week or when someone picked up distributorship and the 3-4 minute shorts were included as part of another program. It was never, to the best of my knowledge, a cartoon on its own on Saturday mornings.

I tried to get Carole interested in Gumby but it never resonated with her.

If you know of "Davey and Goliath", a claymation series put out by the Lutheran church, Clokey did those and used Gumby often to satirized what he was doing on Davey and Goliath. Eventually, Gumby had 2 friends named Prickle and Goo and had to foil the nefarious Blockheads, whose heads were blocks. There were other characters introduced over the course of 35 years, but I didn't like those. I really prefer the first few shorts where it's just a green slab of clay and his talking clay horse.

Rest in piece Mr. Clokey.

Beverage: Huckleberry tea


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