Saturday, August 14, 2010

It's Gumby Dammit!

According to wikipedia, Gumby was featured in 233 episodes (and this is NOT counting any of the Eddie Murphy "episodes" on Saturday Night Live) over a 35 year period! I had no idea! Gumby was created by Art Clokey in the early 1950's. Two runs of Gumby episodes could be considered the golden years of Gumby - 1955-59 and 1961-68. The animation in the early episodes is fairly primitive by today's standards but I do remember enjoying this one as a child, perhaps because it was usually aired on Sunday mornings and there was nothing better to watch (?). In today's post I tried to emphasize the evolution of Gumby from the 1950's to the 1980's by presenting the first episode of each series. Enjoy!

Gumby on the Moon (1955)

The Zoops (1962)

Gold Rush Gumby (1969)

Gumby Adventures - Music Ball (1980)

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