Who created the stop motion character Gumby?
Even if you don’t know Clokey, you’ve gotta love Gumby. Bendy, green and full of cheer, the character originally appeared on TV in the 1950s, but the name dates back to the word ‘gumbo,’ a childhood nickname for muddy clay. Clokey passed away in 2010 but his legacy lives on not just in Gumby but other characters, like the orange horse Pokey, the Blockheads and the stars of the Christian children’s show ‘Davey and Goliath.’ Sources: The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor
Arthur “Art” Clokey was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the creator of the character Gumby and the original voice of Pokey.
Born: 12 October 1921, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 8 January 2010, Los Osos, California, United States
Parents: Joseph W. Clokey
Spouse: Gloria Clokey (m. 1976–1998), Ruth Clokey (m. 1948–1966)
Children: Joe Clokey, Ann Clokey