Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, dies

Art Clokey, who created the beloved claymation character Gumby in the 1950s, died in his sleep Friday at his Los Osos, Calif. home, the LA Times reports. Clokey’s son Joseph said his father, 88, had battled a recurring bladder infection. “At his frequent best, Clokey fashioned a canny combination of surrealist and naive art, anticipating both the David Lynch of Eraserhead and the Paul Reubens of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” EW’s Ken Tucker wrote in 1994, when the stop-motion Gumby show returned to the air in the form of Nickelodeon reruns. Clips from 1988’s Gumby Adventures can be viewed on Hulu. The character was also immortalized in a film, with toys and other merchandising, and by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live.

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  • I-Man

    Gumby was a very BAD influence on the youth. When I was a kid in the 1980s, I watched Gumby and Pokey approach his mom and politely asked for milk and crackers. After the show I went up to my mom and asked politely for milk and crackers. Bad influence. Very bad influence. ;D R.I.P. Art Clokey, I’ll always cherish Gumby.

    • nori ruoy

      Loooooooved Gumby and Pokey. I can still hear the theme song in my head.

  • the abyss gazes also into you

    I remember the first time I saw gumby: he lumbered slobberingly into sight and gropingly squeezed his gelatinous green immensity through the black doorway…green, sticky spawn of the stars!

    • Yekolctra

      You might want to ease up in the writing courses there pal.

      • Yekolctra

        *on*

    • Stevex

      This is what happens when an English major drinks a whole bottle of Nyquil in one sitting.

  • Colin

    I liked the Blockheads, personally

  • Stevex

    “I’m Gumby, dammit!” Mr. Clokey was definitely a talented man, but this article just reminded me of the time when Eddie Murphy was funny. His skits as Gumby (and Buckwheat) made me fall on the floor laughing.

  • a fan

    i remember the original gumby from my youth, and how my children watched on nick he has been a big part of our life, we went to see mr clokey 2 years ago at comic com but he has hurt his ankle, sorry we missed him rip

  • Tman

    Gumby was awesome! i even have a tattoo of him on my left arm RIP Art

  • PepeEd

    Awwww Eddie Murphy? not even CLOSE – EM is what happened when the reparation check was late and Ma and Pa were bored.

  • glen post

    i love gumby! i even have it on dvd :)

  • Miguel Blanco

    I grew up with Gumby and Pokey. I loved The Block Heads!

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