200px-Gumby_and_Pokey_-_Bendable_Figures.jpgMarin County resident Art Clokey passed away Jan. 8, 2010, at the age of 88.

Art was famous as the creator of the little green claymation icon named Gumby, and his horse Pokey. Gumbys is a classic TV series from 1960s that is still popular today.

The original TV episodes from the '50s and '60s have been digitally remastered by Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey.

After the series ended Clokey fell on hard times. But in the 80's a "Saturday Night Live" skit brought Gumby back. Eddie Murphy was dressed in a Gumby costume but he was a crude and angry cigar smoking version of Gumby. This became a recurring character on the TV show.

So Gumby made a comeback and "Gumby the Movie" came out and did pretty well. Today Gumby is still popular around the world.  The successful 1980s New Adventures TV series was filmed in Marin County

During his later years Art was an active environmentalist. Green was definitely his favorite color. In lieu of flowers, Art's family wanted contributions made in Gumby's name to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Clokey was a member of the NRDC for many years.

Today, Gumby has over 140,000 Facebook fans and the fanbase steadily growing each year. Ever since I was a kid I always loved Gumby and I hope you and your kids will too!

David Schene, friend and animator said about Art, "The fact is that most people don't know his name, but everybody knows Gumby. To have your life work touch so many people around the world is an amazing thing."

Art himself once said in an interview that "Gumby represents all of humanity's best self, its Divine Self. I think that's what people love so much about him. In a strange way, Gumby is love."

 


Clokey's Premavision Studios,
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