Gumby’s 50th & Creator’s 90th Admired With Google Doodle

One of our favorite pieces of news that we often write about, is that of search engine Google and its impressive Google Doodles. Celebrating an individual’s birthday, a yearly event such as Halloween, an anniversary, the death of a great name such as Apple’s Steve Jobs who passed away last week are just some of the examples.

Past Doodles have at times been interactive such as The Muppets and its creator Jim Henson, what would have been Freddie Mercury‘s 65th birthday, Les Paul the guitar hero and so on.

As you enter onto the massive search engine’s webpage today, you will be met with the letters GOOGLE spelt out with animated characters made out of clay. The reason behind this, is that Google are paying tribute to clay animation expert and the person behind TV show character “Gumby,” let us announce Mr. Arthur “Art” Clokey.

So what do we know about Arthur Clokey and his creations? According to, Clokey was born on October 12th, 1921 in the city of Detroit, Michigan. In his early days, Clokey enjoyed finding fossils and the world of Geology and produced his first film in 1955 titled the “Gumbasia,” the clay animation of Disney’s Fantasia. It wasn’t going to be until 1957, that the film was found and the first ever episode of The Gumby Show was shown by NBC. Another production that Clokey created was that of “Davey and Goliath,” click here to head on over to wikipedia to find out more.

Popularity grew and some years later in 1995, Gumby The Movie, with characters Gumby and horse Pokey was launched, with the GameBoy Advance console taking on game “Gumby versus the Astrobots.” From then on, viral video sharing site YouTube have now shown some 200+ episodes of Gumby to celebrate the TV character’s 50th anniversary.

Last year in January, Arthur Clokey passed away. Let us remember the pioneer of “stop motion clay animation,” and his character Gumby on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Let us know if you have a favorite Google Doodle? Have you had inspiration from the late Arthur Clokey?