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Hollywood! Adapt This: Cartoon Craziness Edition – A Battle of the Decades

It's been a pretty crazy week for Hollywood adaptation news.  Just when I think that Hollywood! Adapt This! offers up some of the weirdest ideas for adaptations, we get words that Jon M. Chu wants to make a live-action version of the 80s cartoon, Jem and the Holograms.  I simply can't top that this week.  So here's what we're going to do instead. In honor of March Madness, I bring you Cartoon Craziness, a battle of the decades voted on by you, the readers.  We'll take a brief look at some of the iconic toons from over the years to try and determine if newer is better, or "They just don't make em like they used to."  Hit the jump to make your picks! 1950s While cartoons have been around in one version or another since the late 1800s, it wasn't until the 1950s that the television medium really began
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Gumby Voice Actor Dick Beals Dead at 85

Gumby creator Art Clokey died at the age of 88 about two years ago, and now comes word that Dick Beals, who voiced the animated character, has passed away as well. He was 85 years old. Beals was the original voice of the title character on "The Gumby Show" in the late 1950s, as well as the voice of Davey in "Davey and Goliath." He also was the unseen pitchman in more than 3,000 commercials for such products as Oscar Mayer and Campbell's Soup. He often got jobs that called for him to sound like a child because he suffered from a glandular condition. His voice hadn't changed since elementary school and neither did his body. Beals was 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighed less than 70 pounds.
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TV Voiceover Legend Dick Beals Dead At 85

The actor who gave beloved U.S. TV character Gumby a voice has died in California

Dick Beals, who also voiced the lead character in TV's Davey & Goliath, was 85.

Beals suffered from a glandular condition which left him with the body and voice of a child.

His distinctive childlike qualities helped the actor become a hit in broadcasting in the 1940s, when he was first heard on radio shows like The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet.

He moved to Hollywood in 1952 and signed on to front Alka-Seltzer ads as animated sprite Speedy.

The character was featured in more than 200 commercials that aired from 1954 to 1964, according to the Los Angeles Times.

As well as his roles in Davey & Goliath and The Gumby Show, Beals also sang with Gene Kelly in the 1967 TV special Jack and the Beanstalk and he beat out 300 child actors for the role of N.J. Normanmeyer in the early 1990s animated series The Addams Family - at the age of 65.

Away from Hollywood, Beals opened an ad agency in his adopted Escondido, California and served as a high school sports announcer.

Voice of Gumby Dick Beals Dies

Voice of Gumby Dick Beals Dies
Dick Beals, the voice-over star best known as the voice of the animated characters Gumby, Speedy Alka-Seltzer and Davey from Davey and Goliath, has died. He was 85.

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Beals died Tuesday at Vista Gardens Memory Care in Vista, according to The Los Angeles Times. The animation pioneer, whose radio and TV career spanned seven decades, stood only 4 foot 6 inches tall, weighed less than 70 pounds and had a voice that hadn't changed since grade school due to a glandular condition. But he turned his challenging situation into a golden opportunity in the late 1950s with his work in The Gumby Show, Davey and Goliath in the early '60s, and more than 200 Alka-Seltzer commercials that aired between 1954 and 1964. He also pitched for Oscar Mayer, Campbell's Soup, Bob's Big Boy and many other brands.

"He was one of the great voice actors of all time," Ron Simon, curator of TV and
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The Voice Behind Gumby Has Died

Vista, Calif. -- The radio and television voice-over star whose work included the animated characters Gumby and Speedy Alka-Seltzer has died in Southern California. Dick Beals was 85.

Beals' was the original voice of the title character on "The Gumby Show" in the late 1950s. He also was the unseen pitchman in more than 3,000 commercials for such products as Oscar Mayer and Campbell's Soup.

He often got jobs that called for him to sound like a child because he suffered from a glandular condition. His voice hadn't changed since elementary school.

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Gumby Creator Art Clokey: 1921-2010

The creator of everyone’s favorite and most flexible green man died on Friday in his home in California. Art Clokey was 88 years old when, according to his son, he died in his sleep. Gumby made his television debut in 1956 on The Howdy Doody Show. A year later he starred in his own stop-motion animation program, The Gumby Show, which followed the adventures of the bendy clay man and his trusty orange steed, Pokey. Clokey also created the animated TV series Davey and Goliath that ran in the 1960s and 1970s....
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