Trivia / Gumby

General

  • Author Existence Failure: Unfortunately.
  • Author Appeal: Gumby's appearance comes from Art Clokey's father, who had a cowlick that made part of his hair stand up like a bump.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Gumby was voiced by females Ruth Eggleston in 1956 and Norma Macmillan in 1967-1968. Also, Norma Macmillan occasionally filled in for Pokey in 1967-1968, and Dallas Mckennon voiced a few old lady characters (including Granny in the 80s episode "Cottage for Granny.")
  • Descended Creator: Art Clokey himself often voices Pokey and Prickle, as well as Gumby's father, Gumbo.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Rescued. People who despise the redubbed 1988 versions of the classic episodes were able to find the original versions with the John Seely/Capitol music on very old VHS tapes by Family Home Entertainment, but then these episodes were restored to their original form and the Gumby Essentials: Volume 1 DVD was released in 2007 containing the restored versions. Recently, N Circle Entertainment has released all of the 50s and 60s episodes on DVD, remastered and with their original soundtracks.
  • Name's the Same: MY BRAIN HURTS!
  • Technology Marches On: The 1988 series had some obvious late '80s technology present. Most notable was Gumby having a big boxy personal computer in his bedroom, which was a big deal back in 1988, as mentioned in "Best on the Block" when Gumby's half-human cousin Junior visits him in his room...
    Junior: Wow! You got a computer! What are you doing?
    Gumby: Oh, doing my homework.
  • The Other Darrin: Over the years (and decades), there have been some recasting:
    • Gumby was originally voiced by Ruth Eggleston in 1956, and by Dallas Mckennon in 1957, 1962-1966, 1987-1988, and the 1995 movie. Norma Macmillan took over voicing Gumby in the 1967-1968 episodes.
    • Pokey was typically voiced by series creator Art Clokey, but beginning some time in 1962, Dallas Mckennon became his primary voice actor, until the 1967-1968 episodes where the role alternated between Clokey, Mckennon and even Norma Macmillan. With the 1988 series and the movie, Clokey was Pokey's primary voice actor again.
    • Prickle in the 1967-1968 episodes also alternated between Art Clokey and Dallas Mckennon voicing him, along with a third (currently unknown) voice actor that made Prickle sound a bit like Paul Lynde at times.

The 1995 movie

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $2.8 million. Box office, $57,100. Played in only 21 theaters.
  • Development Hell: There was a sequel in the works being planned by Joe Clokey, Art Clokey's son, titled Gumby 2, which would likely be followed by a brand new revival of the series, but it never caught on.
    • The original film was finished sometime in 1991 (which would explain all of the 1980s-style rock music) but wasn't released in theaters until four years later!
  • Non-Singing Voice: Tara's speaking voice was done by Patti Morse, but when she sang "Take Me Away" at the end, she was voiced by Melisa Kary.

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