Saturday, January 09, 2010

Gumby creator dies

Gumby animator Art Clokey died yesterday in California at age 89.

Clokey first molded Gumby for a surreal student project at the University of Southern California called "Gumbasia." That led to his making shorts for the "Howdy Doody Show" and several series through the years.

Clokey had said he modeled Gumby's funky sweeping head on his father's hairdo.

Gumby's reaction to the passing? He was... wait for it... bent out of shape.

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