Happy Birth CLAY to Art Clokey! Thank you for Gumby, Pokey, Davey AND Goliath!

I feel grateful that I grew up in a time when I could see stop motion clay animation on TV. I was absolutely mesmerized in my childhood by these wonderful, moving clay figures. Who knew that something as Earthy and simple as clay could come to life? Art Clokey and his wife Ruth, that's who! They were the creators of Gumby in the 1950's. 

I was a 1970's and 1980's kid, so I didn't really know about Gumby until the 80's. I loved him so much that I bought a gigantic, lifesize inflatable Gumby to display in my bedroom. That huge green character with the slanted head made me feel at home in my room. 

I actually used to watch Davey and Goliath long before I even knew there was such thing as a "Gumby". Davey and Goliath taught me life lessons about being kind to one another, helping one another, and doing the right thing. When I see them now, they still feel like childhood friends to me. Here's Davey and Goliath on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxNCgqpwiSI

I didn't know until I was an adult that Art Clokey was involved in the creation of ALL of these great characters! Today Google posted a much deserved tribute to Art Clokey. After Art Clokey shaped his clay, his creations played a role in shaping our childhood. 

Thank you to Art and Ruth Clokey! Happy Birthday to Art! He would have been 90 today. 

Thank you to  for posting a 1956 Gumby video on YouTube!