Oct 11, 2011

Google Doodle for Art Clokey's 90th Birthday

Google celebrates Art Clokey's 90th Birthday:






Press balls to have fun on Google or click to see the YouTube video ()







Top 5 facts about Art Clokey:


1. Arthur "Art" Clokey  was born on October 12, 1921


2. He was a pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, beginning in 1955 with a film experiment called Gumbasia, influenced by his professor, Slavko Vorkapich, at the University of Southern California.


3. Art Clokey and his wife Ruth invented Gumby. 






Since then Gumby and his horse Pokey have been a familiar presence on television, appearing in several series beginning with the Howdy Doody Show and later The Adventures of Gumby








The characters enjoyed a renewal of interest in the 1980s when American actor and comedian Eddie Murphy parodied Gumby in a skit on Saturday Night Live. In the 1990s Gumby: The Movie was released, sparking even more interest.


4. Clokey's second most famous production is the duo of Davey and Goliath, funded by the Lutheran Church in America.


5. He died on January 8, 2010. (via Wikipedia)

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