Glendora, CA – Many film industry stop motion animation artists will be joining the fun of the inaugural Gumby Fest to be held June 14 in Glendora, California.
Gumby, the world’s original clayboy and pop-culture legend who starred in more than 230 TV episodes and a movie, “grew up” in Glendora, where the iconic TV series was produced from 1960 to the late 1970s.
The celebration of all-things Gumby, as well as stop motion animation including Davey & Goliath (also produced in Glendora) will take place on the grounds of Glendora City Hall and Public Library at the corner of Glendora Avenue and Foothill Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Among the free family fun at Gumby Fest 2014:
- “Gumby Through the Years” presented by Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey;
- Gumby Museum with memorabilia provided by the Clokey family and Gumby studio Premavision, Inc.;
- Film screenings of Gumby cartoons, as well as stop motion animation videos submitted to the festival;
- A Kids’ Stop motion Animation Studio conducted by animation artists from Stoopid Buddies Stoodios, home to the longest running stop motion show on television, Robot Chicken. Children will learn how to produce a stop motion video they can take home after the festival;
- Panel discussions about the past, present and future of stop motion animation with representatives from Laika Studios, producers of ParaNorman and next September’s BoxTrolls, as well as many stop motion animators who worked with Art Clokey to produce Gumby shows;
- Plenty of family activities, kids crafts, photo opportunities with Gumby, and more;
- A Gumby Store, booths of various vendors and community organizations, and many food trucks.
The Festival schedule is:
10-10:45 a.m. – Screenings of stop motion animation films from the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Gumby Museum open.
10 a.m-4 p.m. – Hands-on craft and animation activities
11 a.m. – Presentation by Laika Studios, producers of ParaNorman and BoxTrolls (opening in September).
11:30 a.m. – Presentation by Stoopid Buddies Stoodio, producers of Robot Chicken on Adult Swim.
12 p.m. – State of the Art panel: Animators from Premavision, Laika Studios, Stoopid Buddies Stoodios and the Art Institute of San Francisco.
1 p.m. – “Gumby Through the Years” presented by Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey.
2 p.m. – “Meet the Gumby Gang” featuring Clokey Productions’ crew. On the panel: Harry Walton, Doug Beswick and Norm DeCarlo, stop motion and visual effects pioneers who got their start in Glendora and went on to work on over 35 feature films and TV series, such as Star Wars and Nightmare Before Christmas; Rich Zim, master clay animator who cut his teeth on the Gumby ‘80s series before branching out; Joe Clokey and others.
3 p.m. – Screening of “Gumby Dharma,” the Emmy Award-winning documentary about Art Clokey and Gumby.
Art and Ruth Clokey founded Clokey Films (later renamed Clokey Productions) when they launched “Gumby” in 1955. The studio moved from Hollywood to a larger facility in Glendora, California in 1960 when they began production on 85 “Gumby” episodes and 65 “Davey and Goliath” episodes.
Clokey’s son Joe and his wife Joan employ top animators, puppet makers and set designers in the industry (many of whom were mentored by Art himself) as they continue all things Gumby with Premavision/Clokey Productions, Inc.
Gumby Fest is produced by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce, Glendora Community Services, Glendora Library, Glendora Rotary and Glendora Kiwanis.
Sponsors include A1 Rentals, City Ventures, The Glendora Library Friends Foundation, Southland Properties, NJ Croce, Undercovers Intimate Apparel, Crazy Dog Ladies, Alta Pacific Bank, DZED System, Art 2 Ink, Inc.; Glendora Woman’s Club, TAS Advertising Specialists, Macaroni Kid and Knot Too Shabby.