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August 6, 2010 > Gumby Dharma

Gumby Dharma

A documentary about the existential life of Art Clokey

Submitted By Rena Dein

Gumby Dharma (2007) Step into the life and work of Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, grandfather of stop-motion animation. The late Robina Marchesi's documentary explores why a man would spend his 85 years on earth playing with lumps of colored clay. Clokey's world-famous characters, Gumby and Pokey, and Davy and Goliath, echo the spiritual path of their creator whose works have influenced audiences and filmmakers for a half century. Producers Klara Grunning-Harris and Timothy Hittle will be present for the Q&A.

Art Clokey's was a fascinating life and career in its own right but also in how it gently influenced his characters and story lines for 40 plus years. His world famous characters, Gumby, Pokey and the rest of the gang, and his animation of Davey and Goliath, seem to echo the spiritual path of their creator/ animator. Art's animation work and personal brand of love of life has for almost half a century influenced millions of TV and film viewers and filmmakers across the world.

A consummate storyteller, we capture Art's story as he reminisces about his long life and his vast animation work. In addition, the film includes short interviews with some of the contemporary leaders in the animation world who have been touched and influenced by Art's pivotal contribution to the genre. Highlight clips of Art's original, groundbreaking art films, Gumbasia and Mandala, appear in the film as well as clips of some of Art's favorite Gumby and Davey and Goliath episodes. Also included is new stop motion work, (directed/animated by Academy Award Nominee Timothy Hittle) depicting 'interviews' with Gumby and some of the gang and their time spent with Art Clokey.

Gumby Dharma
Sunday, August 15
4 p.m.
Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 494-1411
Advance tickets at

Limited Seating
Admission $6 general, $5 museum members

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