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    Default Gumby is dead, damnit...

    LOS OSOS, California Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby became a pop culture phenomenon through decades of toys, revivals and satires, died Friday. He was 88.

    Clokey, who suffered from repeated bladder infections, died in his sleep at his home in Los Osos on California's Central Coast, son Joseph told the Los Angeles Times.

    Gumby grew out of a student project Clokey produced at the University of Southern California in the early 1950s called "Gumbasia."

    That led to his making shorts featuring Gumby and his horse friend Pokey for the "Howdy Doody Show" and several series through the years.

    He said he based Gumby's swooping head on the cowlick hairdo of his father, who died in a car accident when Clokey was a boy. And Clokey's wife suggested he give Gumby the body of a gingerbread man.

    Clokey said that though Gumby eventually became one of the most familiar toys of all time, he was at first resistant to roll out the bendable doll.

    "I didn't allow merchandising for seven years after it was on the air," Clokey told San Luis Obispo Tribune in 2002, "because I was very idealistic, and I didn't want parents to think we were trying to exploit their children."

    Clokey also created the moralizing and often satirized claymation duo "Davey and Goliath."

    The Lutheran Church hired Clokey to make the "Davey and Goliath" shorts, and Clokey used the money to help bring a Gumby series back to television in the 1960s.

    Eddie Murphy brought a surge in Gumby's popularity in the 1980s with his send-up of the character on "Saturday Night Live" as a cigar-smoking show business primadonna.

    Clokey said he enjoyed Murphy's profane Gumby.

    "Gumby can laugh at himself," Clokey told the Tribune.

    Murphy's Gumby brought new toy sales and eventually led to a new syndicated series starting in 1988.

    It was only then that Clokey started seeing serious financial returns on his creation.

    "It took 40 years," he said.
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    R.I.P., Mr. Clokey. Thanks for the memories.

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    I never realised Davey and Goliath were created by the same guy.


    I loved Davey and Goliath.

    RIP Mr. Clokey

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    Yeah, "Davey And Goliath" was "must see TV" back in the day!

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Clokey

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Yeah, "Davey And Goliath" was "must see TV" back in the day!

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Clokey
    Ditto... Each and every Sunday on Channel 5 in Boston...
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    I am very happy to see others make reference to Davey and Goliath. Whenever a conversation comes up regarding old cartoons, or stuff we grew up on, I mention D and G and absolutely no one remembers it. It always came on very early on Sunday mornings when I was growing up. Those eyes, man, those big, sad eyes.

    But that's okay, I had never heard of Gumby until Eddie Murphy came along, dammit.

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    Having gone to Lutheran school for a number of years, I saw D & G on a fairly regular basis growing up.

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    This type of event really brings out the 40+ crowd (I'm 46). I used to watch Davey & Goliath on tv as well, and I'm sure I still have those Gumby and Pokey flexible rubber toys in a toy closet in the rec room at my parent's house. Simpler times for sure...

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