Art Clokey's Gumby: The First Fifty Years Exhibition featuring the films of animator Art Clokey opens August 4, 2006, in Atlanta at The Center For Puppetry Arts

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Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts celebrates the Fiftieth Anniversary of the classic stop-motion cartoon The GUMBY SHOW, with a brand new exhibition featuring the film work of legendary animator, Art Clokey.

Opening August 4, 2006 and running through March 2007 is GUMBY the first Fifty Years, an exhibition featuring the work of legendary stop-motion animator Art Clokey.

The Exhibit, hosted by the Center for Puppetry Arts, in Atlanta, will feature many of the original production puppets and sets, as well as many rare and never before seen films.

The event, conceived by David Scheve/T.D.A. Animation and Joe Clokey/Premavision is one of several exhibits opening around the country this year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the animated series The Gumby Show, which began production in the fall of 1956, and debuted on NBC in March of 1957.    

For five decades now, Gumby and his pals Pokey, Prickle and Goo have been hard at work delighting audiences with their wild adventures, while simultaneously teaching generations of children about the wonders of history, literature and the importance of friendship.

The exhibit will follow Clokey work from his earliest use of stop-motion in the 1950s with commercials animated for Pea Soup Anderson, Coca Cola and Budweiser to his most recent work on a stop-motion animated spot for the Namco video game, Gumby vs. the Astrobots, 2005.

Included in the exhibition is Clokey’s ground breaking film GUMBASIA. Considered the precursor to Gumby, this animated short was filmed in 1953 while Clokey was a student at USC studying under Slavko Vorkapich.

In addition, the audience will be treated to many of Clokey’s early Gumby episodes, which have been lovingly restored to the original uncut versions; not seen since they were first aired back in 1957.

Clokey fans will also have the opportunity to view many of Clokey’s non-Gumby films as well; including his work on the Davy and Goliath animated series, The Clay Peacock, complied from the animated opening of The Dinah Shore show.

Straight from the Clokey vaults are two rare pilots, Who’s What and Treasure for Henry; both of which were shot for an unproduced series.

On view in the museum are a number of the original sets, clays puppets and props that appeared in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF GUMBY, 1980s television series and GUMBY THE MOVIE, a full length theatrical film released in 1995. The exhibit will also feature a display of vintage production materials that include many of the original storyboards from the 1950s, scripts and photos as well as an actual mold used to create one of the clay puppets.

Center for Puppetry Art is located 1404 Spring St NW at 18th, in Atlanta Georgia. Museum hours are Wed-Sat 9am until 5pm; Sun 11am until 5pm. The special screening of Art Clokey’s films will be held August 4, 2006 8-9:30 pm.

For questions or more information on either GUMBY or ART CLOKEY, please contact David Scheve at T.D.A. Animation (551)998-4552 or visit us on line at either or


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