As he celebrates his 50th anniversary, green, clay-animated pop culture icon Gumby is all over the web today. Classic episodes of The Gumby Show, including the pilot “Gumby on the Moon,” are now available on Google and AOL/In2TV. In addition, the flexible one has his own dedicated Gumby area on YouTube at the DMGI channel (www.youtube.com/dmgivideo).
The original TV episodes from the ’50s and ’60s have been digitally remastered by Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey. The ’50s episodes have also been restored to their original eleven-minute format, having been previously re-edited to create two six-minute shorts. All 223 installments, complete with restored soundtracks, will roll out over the digital channels during the next few months.
‘For 50 years, Gumby, with his innate goodness and eternal optimism, has inspired us to look at the bright side of life,’ says Joe Clokey, president of Clokey Prods. ‘His imaginative and creative adventures have always struck a chord with people. Gumby’s digital launch is the perfect way to give the gift of these stories to today’s audience and help inspire generations to come.”
Clokey hopes the Internet offerings will help introduce Gumby to a new generation of animation fans. Other efforts to relaunch the property include the upcoming fall release of The Essential Gumby DVD collection and this April’s debut of the re-mastered director’s cut of the 1995 Gumby Movie at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
The Gumby Show episodes are being distributed by DMGI, a digital distributor of independently owned music, TV, film and video catalogs. The company licensed the episodes from Classic Media and Premavision.