Saturday, January 9, 2010

R.I.P. Art Clokey

Detroit native Art Clokey, the creator of the venerable stop-motion animated character Gumby, has exited the planet.

Clokey originally created Gumby as a feature of the 1950’s Howdy Doody Show and eventually spun him off into a TV dynasty.

However, it wasn’t until Eddie Murphy created his version of Gumby on Saturday Night Live that Art Clokey actually started making money off of his creation... that was 40 years later!

Later, Clokey was hired by the Lutheran Church to create a show with a moral message.  The Davey and Goliath show was born.

Clokey was 88.  You can read more about this great animator in The Hollywood Reporter.  He will be missed... but his legacy will live on!

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