Come Celebrate Gumby With Us!
There are very few characters that elicit as much pure joy upon watching as Gumby. Anyone looking at the instantly recognizable green icon feels a smile form and a twinge of nostalgia for the groundbreaking kids show. Take a few minutes to enjoy the video below and we promise you will feel that same warm and fuzzy feeling about the classic character we all know and love.
What many people don't know is the incredible behind the scenes story of the man whose vision for characters like Gumby, Pokey, Davey, and Goliath would create so many lasting childhood memories for generations of children. This is the fascinating pictorial history of Art Clokey and his creations, meticulously chronicled and told by his son Joe and daughter-in-law Joan Rock-Clokey. It is a story that crosses decades and illuminates how this visionary storyteller developed some of the most enduring entertainment images of the 20th century.
During the making of this book, we stumbled upon archives worth of incredible pictures that have never been seen by Gumby fans. Shots showing the life and vision of Art Clokey through decades of discovery and development on these beloved children's programs. For the first time ever we were able to have these lost treasures scanned, cleaned, and inserted into a loving tome that is befitting of the storied history of Gumby."
Joe Clokey tells the story of his father and his wonderful creations in his own words,"These images reveal a rich and colorful history of not only the development of a pop culture icon, but the footprints of a family upon the stop motion sands of time. Through the eyes of his son, we are taken upon a journey that reveals many of the influences that would define stop motion animation for generations.
"The most fascinating life story I’ve ever known just happens to be about my dad, mom and the world famous characters they created. Art Clokey’s journey intersects and influences major touchstones of our American life. The sixty-year, behind-the-scenes story of Gumby and Davey & Goliath, interwoven with a rich tapestry of photos and rare anecdotes, weds perfectly with Art Clokey and his amazing life,” says Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator, Art Clokey.
Joe continues, “Discover Art’s groundbreaking stop motion TV commercials in the early 50s (including his work with fellow stop motion legend Ray Harryhausen), along with over 40 hours of Gumby and Davey adventures, and art films, which opened up new avenues for all of us, the texture of which will inspire. See how stop motion super stars got their start with Clokey Productions, and then went on to work on iconic films from Star Wars, Terminator and Beetlejuice to Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story and Kubo. It’s truly an honor to work with Dynamite Entertainment on this very special book.”
Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations is currently being worked on by Joe and Joan Clokey. They are pouring hours of loving care into this book to make it the best possible tribute to both Gumby and Art Clokey. We're hoping to reach all of the Gumby fans out there with this opportunity to be a part of the creation of this important book. We are dedicated to getting this book together and out to all the supporters that helped us to make it possible here on Kickstarter. To thank you for helping us, we've put together some exciting pledge levels and cool stretch goals.
Special Thank You - As a thank you to all of the Gumby fans out there who are supporting this project with a pledge or by spreading the word on social media about our program we are expanding the Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Art Book from 256 pages to 300+ pages!!! This is our way of thanking everyone involved in making this incredible project a big success!
STRETCH GOAL 1: $10,000 • Everyone at the print level pledge and above ($60) will receive a rare collectible Gumby photo print showcasing one of the many incredible behind-the-scenes shots from Art Clokey’s library. ***Print to be revealed!!!
STRETCH GOAL 2: $15,000 • Everyone at the print level pledge and above ($60) will receive a second rare collectible Gumby photo print showcasing another lost image from Art Clokey’s library. ***Print to be revealed!!!
STRETCH GOAL 3: $20,000 • Everyone at the print level pledge and above ($60) will receive both exclusive stretch goal prints signed by Joe and Joan Clokey!