Memories of Gumby make everyone smile. What most people don’t know is that Gumby is alive and doing well, and we’re here to help promote and educate everyone on the history of Gumby as well as the magic Gumby will create for future generations.
Welcome to Gumbyfest Glendora. Many are not aware Glendora, California, is Gumby’s hometown. Gumby was created in the mind of Art Clokey after he graduated from USC in the early 1950s, and in 1953, Art produced the first Gumby stop action animation film, “Gumbasia,” a parody of Disney’s “Fantasia.”
Gumby was inspired by the Gingerbread Man based on a suggestion by Art’s wife Ruth. Clokey’s first commercial production of Gumby was an episode for the hugely popular “The Howdy Doody Show.” Gumby then earned his own spin-off in 1957 on NBC that resulted in 233 episodes.
In 1960, the couple opened Clokey Productions on Fleetwood Avenue in Glendora. For the next 18 years, Gumby and the stop-motion animated children’s Christian television series, “Davey & Goliath” were produced quietly in an unassuming industrial building in south Glendora.
As this means basically that Gumby lived in Glendora during his formative years from when he was 7 until 25, we humbly claim Glendora is Gumby’s Hometown.
In honor of Glendora’s connection to Gumby, Glendora will host the first ever Gumbyfest on June 14, 2014 with film screenings, demonstrations, memorabilia, historical displays and plenty of games, contests and activities for the kids.
Gumby and the Clokey Family were recently honored as Grand Marshalls of the Glendora Christmas Parade. (Click the image to the left to view)
Check back here often for updates and activities leading up to Gumbyfest 2014.
Have a Gumby Day!