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Art Clokey (who would go on to create Davey and Goliath) produced this series of clay animated shorts for NBC in The '50s after screening his student film Gumbasia for Twentieth Century Fox. Clokey also performed some of the character voices.

Gumby himself was portrayed as a young boy capable of changing his shape at will. He also could walk into books and participate in the stories therein. His friends included Pokey, a red horse; Prickle, a "prickly" yellow dragon (except for the episodes where he self-identified as a dinosaur); and Goo, a blue female character who rather resembles a small sea lion with a blond wig (Word of God said she's a "gooey blue mermaid"). Gumby's foes, the Blockheads, never spoke.

The character debuted in 1956, as a segment of Howdy Doody. He was successful enough to receive his own spin-off show. The original Gumby shorts aired on NBC in 1957. After the series' network run ended, Clokey bought back the rights to his characters and produced new Gumby episodes for syndication in The '60s and The '80s. A Gumby direct-to-video movie was released circa 1995.

Gumby's 1980s resurgence in popularity was most likely attributable to a series of sketches on Saturday Night Live depicting Gumby (played by Eddie Murphy) and Pokey (played by Joe Piscopo) as actually being old-time Jewish vaudeville stars themselves playing parts. These sketches birthed the Catchphrase "I'm Gumby, dammit!" According to Art Clokey's son Joe, Art loved Murphy's sketches and even allowed him to redub some of the old Gumby shorts for another sketch.

Gumby has also had several comic books, including Comico's Gumby's Summer Fun Special and an Eisner Award-nominated series by editor Papercutz.

Bizarrely, Gumby was turned into the mascot for a pizza chain catering to college towns. They name a fair amount of stuff after characters in the series (e.g., Pokey Sticks), and the green, stretchy one himself appears on their boxes.

In 2014, Seth Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios produced new stop-motion Gumby animation for an ad for Intel's Pocket Buddies app. In 2015, the Jim Henson Company made a deal with Clokey's estate to produce a new Gumby series, though no news has been forthcoming and the project may be dead.note  In 2017, Papercutz released a Gumby monthly comic book, which was cancelled after three issues.

In 2022, Fox Entertainmentnote  purchased the rights to Gumby and other characters from Clokey's estate. Fox will develop, produce and distribute hours of content for the franchise.

This series provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Gumby, naturally.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: One cartoon has Father Time accidentally causing various time-related problems for the world because he ate too many sweets before bed.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Every time Gumby tries to use robots to help with the house, help with the farm, or speeding up production of Goo's Pies, they either malfunction, the chicken pecks at the keys of the computer controlling them, or those pesky Blockheads are messing with the remote.
  • All Just a Dream: A few episodes end this way, such as "Blocks in the Head", "Proxy Gumby" and "A Moving Experience".
  • Amazing Technicolor Population
  • Animated Series
  • Art Evolution:
    • Gumby started with out small, round eyes, that had little, red beads for pupils, no eyebrows, and the inside of his mouth was the same color of his skin rather than being black. Same thing with Gumbo. Merchandise today has Gumby with red eye pupils again (albeit not as beads.)
    • In the '60s series, Goo looked more like a sea lion. In the '80s series, she looks more like a mermaid.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Gumby, Pokey and Goo combine this with Totem Pole Trench in "Wishful Thinking", attempting to pass themselves off as a fairy ghost that makes wishes come true, in a trick for Prickle to tell them his birthday wish.
  • Beware the Silly Ones/Beware the Nice Ones: The Witty Witch is quite nice and friendly but she is not to be trifled with. This was shown in "Space Oddity" when she helped the gang rescue Gumby, Minga, and Pokey from the Queen Witch. Zena and her forces were or no match for Witty's technology nor her magic, at all.
  • Big Eater:
    • Pokey.
    • Gumby is also this in the late '60s short "Grub Grabber Gumby".
  • Birthday Episode: There's been a few, such as "Toy Crazy" and "The Lost Birthday Present" involving Gumby's birthday, "Wishful Thinking" (and its sequel "The Turnip Trap") and "A Real Seal" involving Prickle's birthday, and "Merry Go Pumpkin" involving Minga's birthday.
  • Blind Mistake: Played for laughs whenever Granny's spectacles get broken...
    • In "Hot Rod Granny", after Granny's glasses get broken when she bumps into a mailman on her way out of a store, she ends up getting in Gumby's hot rod by mistake, thinking that Pokey is her pet Golden Retriever she left sitting in her Model T. As she Drives Like Crazy on the wrong side of the road, she mistakes other motorists for "reckless drivers", and when she ends up on a drag race track, she thinks the road is nice and smoother. Then when she ends up driving into a stream, she thinks they forgot to put a bridge in, and that a motorcycle cop that was chasing her is a messenger boy.
    • In "Cottage For Granny", after Tilly accidentally breaks Granny's glasses and she drives home from Gumby's farm, naturally she Drives Like Crazy due to her poor eyesight, initially driving on the wrong side of the road, and when a hay bale truck swerves out of her way, she mistakes the bale of hay that falls on her car hood for tall grass alongside the road. Then she approaches a railroad crossing with a train approaching and mistakes the flashing crossing signals for a police car's lights, thinking they pulled over a "reckless speeder", and smashes through the crossing gates and makes it across right before the train can hit her, mistaking the broken crossing gates for fallen branches in the road.
  • Blind Without 'Em:
    • Granny can't see very well without her spectacles. This especially comes into play when she Drives Like Crazy in "Hot Rod Granny" and "Cottage For Granny" (she even mistakes Pokey for her pet dog in the former!)
    • "Dopey Nopey" features a boy who is Blind Without 'Em and several other characters being Blind With Em, in a lesson about how you shouldn't wear glasses that weren't made for you.
  • Broken Treasure:
    • The 1957 episode "The Magic Wand" has magician Professor Hocus Pocus accidentally leave his magic wand at the lemonade stand Gumby and Pokey are running, and the wand goes crazy and ends up breaking Mrs. Gumba's good pitcher that Gumby was using to make lemonade in. But then after the wand ends up transporting Gumby to Magic Land, Pokey is able to sell enough lemonade to make almost enough money to get a replacement pitcher, though in Magic Land Gumby is able to successfully return the wand to Professor Hocus Pocus, and as a reward is given a miniature wand that can perform a single magic trick. Among returning home, Gumby decides to use his one trick to fix the broken pitcher so Mrs. Gumba won't notice and so they don't have to spend the money they've earned on buying a new one.
    • Happens in the 80s episode "Just Train Crazy", where Gumby has a model train layout set up in the barn, used to bring milk and cookies from the kitchen to the band's stage for rehearsal breaks. But after Gumby leaves for a dental appointment, Denali ends up stepping on and wrecking the locomotive for the train, and so Pokey and Prickle volunteer to go out into Toyland and get a replacement locomotive before Gumby returns. Even after their mission is derailed for a while (pun intended) from a magic toy train that can take them wherever they want to go (but never stops unless the emergency brake is pulled), they succeed and find a train engine identical to the one Denali smashed and bring it with them back to the barn.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Literally occurs in "The Elephant and the Dragon". Both creatures work for a storybook king (the Elephant as manual labor, the Dragon as a castle guard), but the Elephant keeps picking arguments with the Dragon. This pisses off the Dragon, who torches people's houses with his his breath. To stop their arguing, Gumby uses a back-hoe to do the Elephant's job just as efficiently and without arguing with the Dragon (and without torched houses). The Elephant takes the hint and apologizes for causing so much trouble.
    • As for what they were fighting about, the Elephant keeps asserting that dragons are mythological, and therefore shouldn't exist. The Dragon torches houses to prove that he's real.
    • Another instance is in "Prickle's Baby Brudder", where Prickle's little brother (who is a giant dragon from the book 'Saint George') comes to hide from the angry villagers, who accuse him of burning down the village. They soon realize it's actually lightning doing the scorching, and set up a lightning rod to fix the problem.
  • Catchphrase: Pokey's "Holy Toledo! / Holy Cachinas!" and Prickle's "Oh, dinosaur chips!"
  • Cool Old Guy: Professor Kapp and Gumby's father, Gumbo.
  • Cool Train: A number of model trains in the franchise are able to travel wherever they want, carrying their tracks wherever they go. This was prominently featured in episodes like "Train Trouble", "Point of Honor", "Tricky Train", "Wild Train Ride" and "Just Train Crazy".
  • Cowboy Episode: "Ricochet Pete" where Gumby and Pokey face off against the title villain
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The addition of Prickle and Goo to the cast rounded out the main characters' color schemes, with Gumby being green, Pokey being red/orange, Prickle being yellow, and Goo being blue.
  • Cuckoo Clock Gag: Gumby owns a wacky cuckoo clock in the 1980s Revival series, used as an alarm clock to wake him up on school mornings. But sometimes Gumby finds the cuckoo so annoying, he tapes its doors shut with a bandage.
    "Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Seven o'clock! Seven o'clock! Rise and shine, make your bed, take a shower, brush your teeth, do-dee-do, cuckoo! Cuckoo!"
  • Cute Monster Girl:
    • Gumby has roughly the same slab-shaped body as his father, but his mother has a round head with blonde hair on a body that has breasts, and she wears clothes. She's not that cute by the standards of the trope, but she's far more human-shaped than the rest of her family.
    • This is actually entirely justified. Gumba has a human mother, which explains why she's human-shaped, but she married an entirely clay man, so producing basically entirely clay offspring really isn't unusual. (This gets even freakier when Gumbetta, Gumby's aunt, arrives with her human husband and their very creepy mostly-human children.)
  • Cutting the Knot: Goo does this in "Shady Lemonade" to rescue a cat stuck in a tree. After Gumby's fire truck ladder fails to do the job, she just destroys the tree with weed killer and gets the cat down. Of course, one has to wonder why Goo couldn't just fly up to save the cat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pokey. In the 1967-68 episodes Prickle has also shown shades of this.
  • Deranged Animation: Art Clokey briefly experimented with LSD in the '60s. However, this was after he made the classic Gumby shorts and he had sworn off drugs by the time he returned to film-making. The claymation is still weird though.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: In addition to the general confusion about which Prickle is, in the episode "Lost Treasure" (Episode #7 of the '80s "Gumby Adventures"), he outright says: "Stand aside, my friends. As the only dinosaur, AKA dragon, in this room, I shall wake up these beans."
  • Drives Like Crazy:
    • The Blockheads don't always drive carefully.
    • Granny drives like this after her spectacles are broken in "Hot Rod Granny" and "Cottage For Granny". As she drives she makes one Blind Mistake after another while evading danger by sheer luck.
  • Drunk on Milk: Gumby ends up stunned and stiff as a board if he drinks too many milkshakes (especially if there's ice cream in them), since his clay body can't handle the cold. This was shown in the episodes Little Lost Pony and The Blockheads.
  • The Eeyore: Pokey, but it depends on the episode.
  • Era-Specific Personality
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: Many of the 1967-1968 episodes end this way, along with several 1988 episodes (such as "A Dolly for Minga", "The Best on the Block" and "Mirror-aculous Reocovery").
    • Takes a turn for the disturbing in "All Broken Up"... The Blockheads develop a method for shattering Goo to pieces: using a gong. Gumby manages to get her back together with a sonic vibratron and shatters the Blockheads in retaliation with it, only to find out he re-shattered Goo into a pile of clay pieces. Cue Pokey Gumby and Prickle laughing over the shattered remains of their friend:
    Gumby: Oh, no! This is a day when everything's gong wrong!"
    Pokey, Gumby, and Prickle: Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
  • Eye Pop: Any cast member especially Pokey, whenever he's surprised or gets scared.
  • Fake Band: In the 1980s episodes, Gumby, Pokey, Prickle and Goo have an Archies-esque band together simply titled "The Gumbys", with Gumby on lead guitar, Pokey on drums, Goo on keyboard, and Prickle alternating on saxophone or bass guitar. Curiously, they never had any original vocal songs; save for an 80s rock rendition of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with Goo singing lead vocals in the episode "Of Note", all of the band's performances and music videos were of instrumental compositions, though Gumby often made up for this by demonstrating his Voluntary Shapeshifting abilities while jamming on his guitar.
  • Fingerless Hands: Gumby has the "mitten hand" variety.
  • Foil: The cynical, cowardly, content-at-home Pokey is a foil to Gumby, the plucky, optimistic, Determinator, and vice-versa.
  • Force Feeding: "Grub Grabber Gumby" had Gumby constantly mooching snacks from his friends, then he has a nightmare about being force-fed ice-cream, soda, and hamburgers by a humanoid Pokey.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: On the human characters and some clay characters.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • The Optimist: Gumby.
    • The Cynic: Pokey.
    • The Realist: Prickle.
    • The Apathetic: Goo.
  • Flynning: Any time Gumby picks up a sword, which seems to be a lot.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: The 1950s and 1960s episodes got this, when they were rerun as part of the 1988 revival series. All of the old episodes had their soundtracks redubbed with new music, voice tracks and sound effects to sound consistent with the new episodes of the time. Many Gumby fans did not like this change, and were very disappointed when the initial DVD releases of the series from Rhino used the redubbed soundtracks (due to legal rights involving the John Seely/Capitol stock music utilized in the originals.) Current DVD and digital releases of the 1950s and 1960s shorts utilize the original soundtracks, while the redubbed versions have become harder to find in recent years (thankfully).
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Prickle often says "Aw, dinosaur chips!" whenever he's frustrated or annoyed. Other interjections commonly heard include: "Gee", "Oh my!" and "Golly!"
  • Happily Married: Gumby's parents.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: The traditional song is sung in a couple of 80s episodes ("A Real Seal" and "Merry Go Pumpkin") and also used as background music in "The Lost Birthday Present". Though the 1967 episode "Wishful Thinking" has Gumby, Pokey and Goo sing a different birthday song to Prickle to the tune of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Art Clokey was presumably unable to get the rights to use the song (back when it was copyright) until the 80s revival.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Gumby and Pokey.
  • Housewife: Gumba, Gumbo's wife, and Gumby's mother, to the extreme.
  • Instant Wristwatch: Happens in "Just Train Crazy" when a wristwatch magically appears on one of Gumby's arms in plain sight, complete with a flag with a tooth on it to remind Gumby of his dental appointment. Though given the surreal nature of the series, it's not that unusual.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Gumby's aunt Gumbetta and her (apparently) human husband. Complete with Half-Human Hybrid cousins.
    • Also Goo and... whoever the episode calls to action.
    • Gumby's grandmother is human, and because Gumba and her sister are both more humanoid than the other clay-people, we think it's pretty safe to assume...
  • Jerkass: The Blockheads in many episodes, even the movie.
    • And there was a soda jerk in the episode Dragon Daffy who Fantastic Racism to bar Prickle from his ice cream parlor, thinking he was a dragon that was going to melt his entire stock of ice cream. He then re-appeared in the episode Shady Lemonade to pull a bait-and-switch scam, making Gumby and his friends think that the lemonade being sold was all-you-can-drink for ten cents. When they wanted a second round, the soda jerk wanted ten cents more before stating...
    Soda Jerk (nastily): That's all you CAN DRINK for ten cents!
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: Seen in the 80s episode "Kangaroo Express" when the gang is heading to Australia for a concert tour. They accidentally land in the outback instead of Melbourne, their intended first stop, but they manage to find a Pony Express-esque delivery service where kangaroos carry parcels in their pouches across the outback. Thanks to their portable Shrink-a-Dink, the band and their car and luggage can easily fit into the pouch of a kangaroo (appropriately named Matilda) that takes them to Melbourne for their tour.
  • Kill It with Fire: "The Lost Arrow" has Gumby and his friends release the Monkey Man from captivity (the Blockheads captured him for a carnival, naturally) by having Prickle melt the padlock with his fire breath.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Gumby.
  • Living Toys
  • Logical Weakness: Gumby has problems in extreme cold and heat, being clay and all. He either freezes or melts; but if he wasn't clay he wouldn't be able to shapeshift. In the earlier episodes, Gumby was reminded to take his "Gumb-o-meter", a thermometer to let anyone know that his temperature was too hot or too cold.
  • Long Runner
  • Lovable Coward: Pokey.
  • Magic Realism
  • Medium Blending: In a few of the '50s-'60s episodes, particularly including "Hidden Valley", some stop motion shots cut to live action shots.
  • The Movie: It was ambitiously titled Gumby 1.
  • The Moving Experience: Seen in the self-titled episode, "A Moving Experience". Gumby and his family are planning to move into a new house, but unfortunately they hire the Blockheads as their movers, and they proceed to wreck their possessions and back the moving truck into their new house. Fortunately for Mrs. Gumba, it turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Despite being shapeshifting clay animals and people who live in a toystore and go into books where they have fantastic adventures, Gumby and his friends are actually pretty average kids who play in a band together.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • Averted in "The Groobee", when the zookeeper sadly tells Gumby how their lion "got sick and died suddenly."
    • An unusual subversion in "Candidate For President", where after it's announced that Gumby has been nominated for the presidential election, Goo comments that maybe if Gumby's elected and they are in Washington D.C. she can meet Abraham Lincoln. To which Prickle comments, "Maybe... if you go for ghosts."
  • Nice Guy: Gumby.
  • No-Dialogue Episode: Several shorts from the '50s were these, along with a few in the '80s.
  • One-Word Vocabulary: Gumby's dog in the late 1960s episodes, Nopey, only knows one English word: "No!"
  • Our Witches Are Different: The Witty Witch, who enjoys entertaining children instead of frightening them. She may capture people, but only to be her audience for her performances, and then let them go afterward. She also prefers flying in a helicopter outfitted with a witch's broom on the tail and a huge spacecraft shaped like a witch's hat.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: A few episodes have these. Examples include "Point of Honor", which had Gumby and Prickle as bitter rivals dueling for Goo's favor, "Goo for Pokey" had Goo chasing Pokey everywhere, and "Grub Grabber Gumby" has Gumby suddenly eating everything he can get his hands on.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Gumbitty Doo-Dah", the J Blockhead makes up the G Blockhead as Gumby by morphing his facial features to resemble Gumby's and forming the distinct bump on his head, as an attempt to nab Prickle's new ball. Prickle isn't fooled, and lets the Blockheads have the ball, knowing that the ball actually has a space alien inside.
  • Pie in the Face: The title character in "The Witty Witch" puts on a show that climaxes in this happening to herself, as an attempt to show children that not all witches are bad and that she's a good witch. Pokey finds it hilarious, but Gumby misses it due to closing his eyes throughout (he thought the Witch would put on a "spook show" to scare everyone.)
    • This is what happens when the Blockheads fiddle with the remote control for the robots in Goo's Pies, but they were caught, Gumby and his friends serve up some deep-dish payback, right in the Blockheads' kissers!
  • Pony Express Rider: Seen in the 50s episode "Pokey Express", when Gumby and Pokey volunteer for the Pony Express to deliver letters to Santa Claus, and evade the pesky teepee-shaped Indians. Not surprisingly, Gumby rides on Pokey for this job.
  • Portal Book: Gumby and his friends could step inside books, and meet the characters of many different eras and titles.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Gumby and all other clay people have unlimited shapeshifting abilities. This sometimes applies to Pokey, Prickle, and Goo as well.
  • Public Domain:
    • This only applies to the original cuts to some of the NBC episodes and not the re-edits from the 80s. However these episodes are still covered through the Clokey Estate's copyright on the Gumby name and likeness.
    • The Gumbasia short that inspired the show's creation also had it's copyright expire around the same time as the NBC episodes above, and is easily accessible on YouTube.
  • Public Domain Character: In some of the Portal Book episodes. One episode, for instance, had Gumby and his friends encountering Don Quixote.
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: Done a few times with model trains...
    • Gumby first met Pokey when he saved him from being run down by a model train after Pokey got one of his hooves caught in a railroad switch. Gumby managed to pull Pokey off the tracks right at the last second.
    • In the original "Adventures of Gumby" pilot, little Gumby ends up on a set of O-scale model train tracks, and of course the train that goes on them approaches, but Gumby is able to stretch up his legs at the last second and let the train pass underneath him. This bit was also reenacted in "Gumby Business" (with Pokey starting up the model train that runs on them, apparently not knowing what the transformer was used for.)
  • Re-Cut: The 1950s episodes got this when the show entered syndication in 1959; the original 21 10-minute shorts were re-edited into 42 six-minute episodes that could be shown alongside the new six-minutes shorts that were to premiere in the early 1960s, with one half retaining its' original the title and the other getting a new title (for example, when "Robot Rumpus" was split into two parts, the first part was renamed "Yard Work Made Easy" while the second part retained the "Robot Rumpus" title). In 2006-2013, Clokey Productions/Premavision restored the original 1950s shorts into their original length using any available original elements, thus making them a lot more convenient to watch compared to when they were re-edited. The sole exceptions were two experimental four-minute shorts made in 1959 for the syndicated run: "Train Trouble" and "In a Fix".
  • Red-plica Baron: The Red Baron is parodied as the "Black Baron" in "The Blue Goo", where Gumby is a WWI aviator.
  • Re-Release Soundtrack: The Capitol Records stock music was replaced by synthesized MIDI music for the '80s re-runs, in addition to redubbing the voice tracks and sound effects.
  • Reused Character Design: The bird in "Northland Follies" has the exact same design as Rodgy from the "Henry and Rodgy" shorts also made during this time, but colored yellow instead of green.
    • The early '60s episodes would often use modified puppets of characters from Art Clokey's other series of the time, Davey and Goliath. A notable example is in "The Small Planets", when a modified Davey puppet (with lighter-colored hair and different eyes) is used for a Spoiled Brat with a huge model railroad setup all over his small planet, and the same episode had a modified puppet of Davey's sister Sally used for a small girl that enjoys scaring others off her small planet with dinosaur masks, but wishes someone could stay and play with her.
  • Revival: The '60s and '80s series.
  • Rubber-Hose Limbs
  • Runaway Train: The 1988 episode "Wild Train Ride" has the Blockheads intentionally set this up with the train Minga and Granny are riding on. They lock the train's engineers in the station restroom, start up the engine and hop off before it pulls out, and since the trains in the Gumby universe can travel anywhere they want, carrying their tracks wherever they go, this brings things to an exaggerated level in that the train leaves a path of destruction and can even enter books the way characters can (naturally, Cloudcuckoolander Granny enjoys it, and Minga is initially scared, until she compares the train crashing through a house to a ride at Disneyland!) Things get worse when the train ends up in a book about the Rocky Mountains and ends up on a railroad track route with a washed-out bridge. But luckily Prickle (who was planning to ride the train with Granny and Minga but missed it due to the Blockheads starting it up early) phoned Gumby about the runaway train, and they arrive in a helicopter with the train's engineers, lowering them onto the locomotive and stopping the train just in time. Granny's comment on the whole experience is this...
    "That was the most enjoyable train trip I've ever had!"
  • Same Language Dub: With the 1988 Gumby Adventures revival series, the older shorts from The '50s and The '60s were also included (to bump up the number of half-hour shows to the standard 65 episodes for a syndicated animated series of the time), but they had their soundtracks redubbed to be consistent with the newly-produced shorts. In addition to the synthesized MIDI score and newer sound effects, the voice tracks were also redone. For this series, Dallas McKennon was already reprising his role as Gumby from the 1957-66 shorts, but he redubbed Gumby's lines in those shorts anyways; same with Art Clokey as Pokey, Prickle and Gumbo (though in the older shorts, all three characters' voices could alternate between Clokey and McKennon and a few other voice actors, though the redubs kept everything consistent).
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: The Blockheads do this in "Young Granny", sounding very much like Homer Simpson when they scream.
  • Shout-Out: Most of the books that Gumby and the other characters go to are Real Life books. Notice the titles!
  • Shrink Ray: Professor Kapp's "Shrink-A-Dink".
  • Smart People Wear Glasses:
    • Discussed in "Dopey Nopey". A smart intellectual boy has lost his glasses and is blindly trying to find them, then when Pokey finds them he wants to wear them because he thinks the glasses will make him smart. But despite Gumby warning him that's not the case and not to wear them, Pokey doesn't listen, puts on the glasses anyway, and proceeds to walk right into a closet (he was meaning to go to the library). Then Gumby's dog Nopey comes in, gets into a scuffle with Pokey, and the glasses end up on his head, and Hilarity Ensues... at least until they come across the boy and return his glasses, and he gets back to reading his Shakespeare book.
    • Averted with Professor Kapp, the resident genius inventor who doesn't wear any eyewear.
  • Souvenir Land: Pumpkin Land.
  • Sphere Eyes: Pokey.
  • Spoiled Brat: Minga becomes one in "Dolly for Minga" after picking a large Eskimo doll and refusing to get a smaller one. Unlike most examples, her parents actually do put their foot down but it's Gumby and Goo who keep indulging her.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Goo is this towards Pokey in the "Goo for Pokey" episode.
  • Stock Footage: "Gumby Business" uses some footage from the original "Adventures of Gumby" pilot (a.k.a. "Baby Gumby") of a Marx model train set approaching Gumby sitting on the tracks for said train. It's fairly obvious due to the pilot footage featuring the train pulled by a Marx Toys 333 steam locomotive with New York Central tender, while the new footage of the train passing under Gumby's stretched legs shows the train with a Marx Toys 666 steam locomotive with Santa Fe tender.
  • Stop Motion
  • Swiss-Army Tears: In "Gumbot", Goo's tears revived a "robotized" Gumby.
  • Talking Animal: Pokey, Prickle, Denali the mastodon, and Tillie the hen.
  • Technical Pacifist: Gumby never goes looking for a fight, but when it's necessary, he can whup anyone's ass.
  • Tailfin Walking: Goo tends to get around like this in the 1980s series. (In the 1960s series, she just slides from place to place on her belly.)
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Goo's long hair and bow, Gumba's skirt and hairstyle, Tara and Ginger's dress-bodies, their "hair" and eyelashes. Minga's dress-body and bow. Everyone is male unless they have some kind of extra "female" characteristic.
  • Totem Pole Trench:
    • In "Wishful Thinking", Gumby and Pokey break into Prickle's house dressed as a fairy ghost attempting to trick Prickle into telling them what he wished for on his birthday. Unfortunately, just as Prickle was about to tell them, Pokey lost his equilibrium, causing Gumby to fall off his back and on top of Prickle. The fall caused Prickle to start screaming thinking the ghost had swallowed him.
    • Also in "Gumbastic", Gumby encounters a bunch of little flat clay circles spinning around, and he mashes them all into a large green circle that then becomes another Gumby (with red eyes, ala his merchandising appearances), whom then proceeds to unzip himself to reveal two Blockheads-like characters with cylinder-shaped heads, stacked up in a Full-Body Disguise.
  • Train Escape: Seen and subverted in "The Reluctant Gargoyles"; Pokey and Goo are pursuing the Blockheads in a car chase through Toyland, and the Blockheads manage to beat a very long Lionel model train to the crossing. But Pokey is able to catch up to them thanks to Goo jumping out of the car and morphing herself into a makeshift bridge so Pokey can drive over the train.
  • Trapped in TV Land: Many episodes involve Gumby and his friends walking into books and interacting with the characters. Unlike most examples of this trope, Gumby and co. can leave at will.
  • Trickster Twins: The Blockheads.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: It's done to Gumby in the 1988 short "Gumbot", and Prickle and Pokey in the 60's short "Making Squares".
  • Viewers Are Morons: The 1988 theme song, which rephrases the original theme's lyric "If you've got a heart, then Gumby's a part of you" to make it easier to understand:
    If he's in your heart, then he'll be a part of you,
    If you have a heart, then Gumby's the pal for you.
  • The Voiceless: The Blockheads. They occasionally laugh and scream, but they never have any actual dialogue.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting
  • Wild Take: Happens at times in the 1988 series, and because of the claymation medium, it often veers into Deranged Animation; notable examples include...
    • "Prickle's Baby Brudder", when Gumby screams among seeing the titular brother of Prickle (a huge dragon that breathes fire on him mere seconds after Gumby starts screaming).
    • "Fun Day", when Minga sees Gumby covered in soap suds after his shower stops and screams in fright, thinking he's a ghost.
    • "Gone Clazy" has Prickle give a couple of these, first when he screams among seeing Gumby falling from a pile of blocks, and again when Gumby's head bump turns into a cannon aimed at him (where he grows multiple heads like a hydra!)
    • "Clayfully Yours" has Gumbo give a massive one among seeing Gumby and the TV Shapeshifting in a fight, where his neck extends all the way up into outer space where he screams and his eyes roll (and is unaffected by the lack of atmosphere), and then shrinks back to Earth where his eyes enlarge with his pupils becoming exclamation marks.
  • Wingding Eyes: Happens occasionally, mainly in the 1988 series.

The 1995 movie provides examples of:

  • Anime Hair: Lucky Claybert.
  • Body to Jewel: Lowbelly, a skateboard riding dachshund, cries pearls whenever his master, Gumby, leaves or changes shape when he performs with his band. This fuels the Blockheads' latest get rich quick scheme, which for some reason involves making robot duplicates of Gumby's band.
  • Comically Missing the Point: May or not be intentional. When Gumby discovers that Lowbelly cries pearls whenever Gumby performs with the Clayboys, his first response is: "But our music isn't sad!"
  • Concert Climax: Actually, a music video climax (Gumby and the Clayboys have performed in a concert earlier in the film).
  • Deadpan Snarker: While in the Merging Machine to get unstuck, Goo remarks she's scared. Prickle tells her to just wait until they get the hospital bill for this.
  • Disney Death: This happens to Goo, when she was kidnapped and frozen by the Blockheads, and later was saved by Gumby at the end.
    • At the end of the lightsaber fight between Gumby and his robot clone, the latter finishes it by slicing Gumby into pieces. Upon seeing this death, the Blockheads rejoice by dancing happily, but just then, Gumby comes back to life by transforming into miniature versions of himself, much to the Blockheads' surprise.
  • Down on the Farm: The title of the book where most of the movie takes place. After Gumby and Pokey have fixed everything up, Gumby crosses out the "Down" and replaces it with "Up" on his way back to space.
  • Drone of Dread: Happens during the scene where the Blockheads test their robot duplication machine on Lowbelly.
  • Epic Fail:
    • The robot waiter at the café always does this.
    • Before the music video "Take Me Away" begins, Nobuckle accidentally jumps into a wagon after waking up, and rides on it crashing into the Clayboys.
    • Also, after "Take Me Away", Lowbelly rides his skateboard over to the Clayboys, but accidentally jumps in front of Gumby and pushes him on Fatbuckle's drum.
  • Fake Band: The movie Retcons Gumby's band so that instead of Pokey, Prickle and Goo making up the rest of the Gumbys, Gumby instead serves as the lead guitarist for a band called The Clayboys, also consisting of Thinbuckle on rhythm guitar, Fatbuckle on drums and Nobuckle on bass guitar. Gumby's shapeshifting during performances becomes a Plot Point when it causes Gumby's pet dog Nobelly to cry pearls. Then near the end, when shooting a music video, Gumby dances with Tara, who has a crush on him, and sings lead vocals to the song "Take Me Away".
  • Harmless Freezing: Zig-zagged. When Gumby and the Clayboys get kidnapped by the Blockheads, they become frozen solid after getting locked up in the refrigerator truck that the Blockheads stole and disguised as a KBLM-TV truck. Later, Gumby was thawed out when rescued by his friends and Claybert, and he wakes up alive and well, but unfortunately, the Clayboys melted and they have to be taken to Professor Kapp so their bodies have to be bulged up again. Then Goo gets kidnapped and freezes too, so Gumby must spend the entire climax to save her; eventually, Goo gets better after being rescued and thawed out.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The characters could practically end the plot about halfway into the movie. Goo ties them up, they shut down the Gumby robot and the fake clayboy robots. It could end there, right? Nope, they leave the blockheads tied up and allow them to escape.
    • The characters are tossing an Idiot Ball back and forth before that, too:
    "But shouldn't we call the police?"
    "No time for that now."
  • Loan Shark: The Blockhead's latest scheme involves running a predatory farm loan company.
  • Machine Monotone: The Blockheads' computer talks in this fashion, as does one in Professor Kapp's laboratory.
  • Merging Mistake: Pokey, Prickle, and Goo find themselves stuck in one big ball of orange, yellow, and blue clay. They have to go to the hospital, where a Merging Machine is used to separate them.
  • Mythology Gag: The word "Gumbasia" (the name of Art Clokey's first stop-motion film) can be seen in the background of several scenes, first on a water tower in the town that Pokey and Gumby fly into and again on the set of molding clay in the toy store where Pokey lands.
    • When Gumby is checking out a native tribal dance in a cave as research for his music video, the natives' singing is taken from the 1957 Gumby short "Rain Spirits" (a.k.a. "The Kachinas").
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lucky Claybert looks a lot like Groucho Marx, and has a voice similar to W.C. Fields.
  • Re-Cut: In 2007, the movie received a 76 minute "director's cut", which strangely omitted certain scenes from the original 90 minute version. Cuts that create noticeable plotholes. The 2008 DVD release of the film included the cut scenes as "deleted scenes", which have to be watched separately from the rest of the movie.
  • Robo Cam: Upon reprogramming robot Gumby, the Blockheads' computer allows them to see what the robot sees. It cuts to green static when Gumbo sprays the robot with water.
  • Robot Me: The Blockheads kidnap Gumby and his band to create robot clones of them, in the hopes of coercing Lowbelly into crying pearls in response to their music.
  • Saving the Orphanage: Gumby organizes a benefit concert to help some local farmers pay off their debts to the Blockheads.
  • Shout-Out: The lightsaber fight is an obvious homage to Star Wars.

Alternative Title(s): The Gumby Show, Gumby Adventures, Gumby The Movie