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Gumbasia (1955)

 |  Animation, Short  |  1955 (USA)
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Clay objects of all sizes, shapes and colors contort and reshape themselves to a jazz music score.

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Clay objects of all sizes, shapes and colors contort and reshape themselves to a jazz music score.

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This student film, consisting of animated clay shapes contorting to a jazz score, so intrigued Samuel G. Engel, the president of the Motion Pictures Producers Association, that he financed the pilot films for what became Art Clokey's The Gumby Show (1956). See more »

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Early Pre Psychedelic Experimental Short
23 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before Davey & Golliath,and certainly before Gumby,Art Clokey produced a short stop motion animated film of various lumps of clay of different colours swirling around,changing shapes,all to a mostly jazzy music score (the film was shot silent). This film was screened to a executive at 20th Century Fox,who was so impressed,that he soon after drew up a contract for Clokey to create a series of claymation shorts for children's television. That series,of course,was Gumby,which ran for years (and spawned at least a couple of feature films featuring the little green clay boy & his orange pony,Pokey). Gumbasia is one of several non Gumby shorts that were also filmed,incorporating various realms of animation (Lawn Party,a 1956 black & white short was filmed using pixilation,a form of stop motion animation,using people as it's subject was another very funny short). Released long before the ratings system,there is absolutely nothing to offend anybody.


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