This is so much nicer than the last time we heard about Gumby!
In an absolutely sweet and adorable move by Google, the company has celebrated late Gumby creator Art Clokey’s 90th birthday by transforming the Google Doodle into Clokey’s lovable characters.
One probably wouldn’t realize this, but the man who created Gumby, Pokey, and other cute stop-motion animated characters lived an overwhelmingly tragic life.
Clokey lost his father in a car accident at 8-years-old, and then was abandoned by his mother and her new husband. As a result, he was forced to live in a halfway house nearby Hollywood until he turned 11, and was then adopted by a renowned composer/music teacher Joseph W. Clokey.
From there on out, he pursued his passion of filmmaking at USC, and his 1953 stop-motion clay animation short film Gumbasia was discovered by 20th Century Fox Prez Sam Engel, who thought Gumby would be a good children’s TV show.
We’re glad that everything worked out for the Gumby creator in the end, and we’re so happy that his memory lives on!
Did U grow up watching Gumby?