YMMV / Gumby

  • Adaptation Displacement: Eddie Murphy's take on the character is much better known to modern audiences, and even the Mystery Science Theater 3000 commentary for "Robot Rumpus" seems to be eclipsing that.
  • Awesome Music: Most, if not all, of the music in the movie, but especially The Clay Boys' songs!
    • The John Seely/Captiol stock music used in the 1950s shorts is also quite memorable, even if it mostly wasn't composed for the series.
  • Cult Classic
  • Ear Worm: "Take me a-waaaaaaaaay/Oh, Gumby!"
    • "He's goin'/This way an' that!"
    • And from the original series: "He can go into any book/With his pony pal Pokey too/If you've got a heart than Gumby's a part of you"
    • Some of the Capitol/John Seely stock music in the original shorts.
  • Faux Symbolism: The official companion book, Gumby: the authorized biography of the world's favorite clayboy, written by Art Clokey and others. Basically, Gumby's mind is free.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the 1980s episode "All Cooped Up," Tilly the chicken is kidnapped by the Blockheads and taken to an egg factory. She asks the hen in the coop next to hers what it's going on, to which the hen responds, "It's hell, Tilly!"
  • Ho Yay: This may be a bit of a stretch, but has anybody noticed that Blockheads G and J are never apart? And that J seems to take G's abuse a bit too submissively?
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Namco headed up a Gumby game for the Game Boy Advance entitled "Gumby vs. The Astrobots", a side-scrolling platformer where the Blockheads used robots to kidnap Gumby's family and friends, leaving Gumby to save the day. Aside from being a bit repetitive at a few points, the final game was actually pretty decent.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Many key people of the animation industry got their start in the 1980s series, and went on to such things as Pixar and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Special Effect Failure/Off Model:
    • In certain scenes in which Gumby and the other characters walk or drive into a book, the animators used different models for the characters and vehicles. And these models were either crudely made or 2D!
    • The same goes for the shrink/growth episodes. In the 1960s episode "Chicken Feed", the growing effects with Tilly the chicken are created with badly colored two-dimensional pictures of Tilly. Also, in the 1980s episode "Shrink-a-Dink", the growing/shrinking scenes (specifically with Gumby, Goo, Prickle and Professor Kapp) used crudely made models in each frame.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The rock music played at the park in the movie carries a similar beat to "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses.
  • Tear Jerker: The 1988 closing credits' music, which is enough to make kids tear up.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Art Clokey claimed to have only experimented with LSD after he'd created the Gumby shorts, but gave it up almost immediately when he saw it was affecting his family. Gumby himself said he never touched the stuff (but Pokey probably did).

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