YMMV / Gumby

  • Accidental Innuendo: Gumby's little sister is named Minga, which also happens to be a very common Italian swear (meaning either "dick" or "to urinate").
  • 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/Capitol stock music used in the 1950s shorts is also quite memorable, even if it mostly wasn't composed for the series.
  • Cult Classic: The movie is one of the more fondly-remembered non-Disney animated features from The Renaissance Age of Animation and enjoyed a healthy life on cable TV in the '90s.
  • 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 other hen responds, "It's hell, Tilly!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Gumby short "Santa Witch" has a witch filling in for Santa Claus who gets sick on Christmas. This was a few decades before another figure associated with Halloween decided to replace Santa on Christmas. Bonus points for the latter film ALSO being stop motion and employing some of Gumby's animators.
  • 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?
  • Idiot Plot: Most of the movie runs on this. Lowbelly has the ability to cry pearls, an ability that is neither explained nor is it noticed by Gumby, Lowbelly's owner, until the events of the film. And what causes Lowbelly to cry? Gumby's constant morphing. Anyone familiar with Gumby is fully aware of his ability to do this, and somehow Lowbelly believes his owner has left him every time he physically changes appearance. Why is Lowbelly so distressed by what for any clay figure is otherwise a completely normal thing?
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Namco headed up a Gumby game for the Game Boy Advance titled "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.
    • Any scene which requires Motion Blur is inevitably just live-action footage of the clay model being moved in real time. The most egregious is in "Rain Spirit," where Gumby diving into a pool is achieved by literally filming his model being dropped into the water as Pokey remains completely motionless.
    • In the "Take Me Away" scene from The Movie, the animators' tools can be seen popping in and out of the distant background when Gumby and Tara are dancing in the hall of giant Pokeys.
  • 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 experimented with LSD only after he'd created the Gumby shorts, but gave it up almost immediately when he saw that it was affecting his family, later calling it the worst experience of his life. Gumby himself said he never touched the stuff (but Pokey probably did).

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