Have you seen the latest Google Doodle? It’s an adorable claymation interactive picture that eventually takes you to the search results for Art Clokey. Tuesday (Oct. 12) would have been Clokey’s 90th birthday.
Arthur “Art” Clokey, who died Jan. 8, 2010, is considered a trailblazer in stop-motion clay animation. It all started with the 1955 film “Gumbasia,” which let Art and his wife Ruth invent Gumby and his horse Pokey. The title was a homage to Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.”
Samuel G. Engel, the then-president of the Motion Picture Association of America, was so impressed by “Gumbasia” that he financed the pilot for what eventually became “The Gumby Show.”
Happy birthday, Art.