Gumby: The Movie
|Gumby: The Movie|
Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Art Clokey|
|Produced by||Art Clokey
|Written by||Art Clokey
|Music by||Jerry Gerber
|Editing by||Marilyn McCoppen
|Distributed by||Arrow Releasing Inc.
|Release dates||December 1, 1995|
|Running time||90 min. (VHS)
76 min. (director's cut)
The movie is rated G by the MPAA.
Opening sequence clip
Part of the 1960s Gumby theme song, along with part of the episode "The Glob" were shown on a television set at the beginning of the movie.
When the Blockheads' E-Z Loan company threatens to take away the farms belonging to the small farmers, Gumby and his band, the Clayboys, decide to have a benefit concert to save the farms. But when the Blockheads find out that Gumby's dog, Lowbelly, cries pearls when he sees the Clayboys perform, they decide to kidnap Lowbelly and force him to cry pearls. When he doesn't respond, they kidnap Gumby and the Clayboys and create robotic clones of them. With the help of Pokey, Prickle, Goo, fans Tara and Ginger, and talent agent Lucky Claybert, Gumby takes on his robot clone and is still in time for his video taping session. At a picnic, Gumby announces that he's opening his own farm loan company. The Blockheads are forced to weed Gumby's garden as punishment, Gumby and Tara end up together, and the eponymous duo Gumby and Pokey decide that things are looking up for them as they head back to outer space.
- Dallas McKennon - Gumby: A young green boy made of clay
- Professor Kapp: A silliest scientist
- Fatbuckle: A red man with a big belt
- Thinbuckle: A young blue man with a thin belt
- Lucky Claybert: A human who makes "Gumbymania": A Lucky Production (as Charles Farrington)
- Nobuckle: A yellow man with a New Jersey accent
- Art Clokey - Pokey: a talking red horse and Gumby's best friend
- Prickle: a yellow dinosaur
- Gumbo: Gumby's dad
- Gloria Clokey - Goo: a blue flying teenage mermaid girl
- Manny La Carruba - Thinbuckle, A blue teenager with a thin belt. A teenager much like Gumby and Goo.
- Patti Morse (speaking voice), Melisa Kary (singing voice) - Tara: a hot light blue chick and Gumby's love interest and girlfriend
- Alice Young - Ginger: Tara's best friend
- Janet MacDuff - Gumba: Gumby's mom
- Bonnie Rudolph - Lowbelly: The dog who cries pearls every time he sees Gumby change shapes, Farm Lady
- Ozzie Ahlers - Radio Announcer
- Kirby Coleman - "This Way 'N That" Singer
- Anthony McNulty - "Burnzy"
- David Archer
- Lillian Nicol
- Rick Warren
At the very end of the movie, the credit show the background of the Gumby episodes included: "Hatching Out", "Fun Day", "Children For Sale", "Goo's Music Video" and "Gumby Music Video".
Notes on production
This movie was done after 3 years of production in 1991 but took more years to find a distributor for the film in 1995.
Also, in the scenes where Gumby plays his electric guitar solos, the producers asked former Jefferson Starship, later Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico to provide the music for the solos. Soon after, Chaquico took over the majority of the music score (despite being uncredited other than "featuring Craig Chaquico"). The featured songs "Take Me Away", "Ark Park" and "This Way'n That" were written and produced by Ozzie Ahlers and are featured on YouTube.
The film received mixed to poor reviews from critics. Some critics complained that the animation style looked old fashioned compared to films like Nightmare Before Christmas, while others argued that the soft 1950s-style humor and references to actors like W.C. Fields and Ed Wynn were out of touch with 1990s audiences.
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