Gumby: The Movie
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|Gumby: The Movie|
Original theatrical poster
|Directed by||Art Clokey|
|Produced by||Art Clokey
|Written by||Art Clokey
|Music by||Jerry Gerber
|Edited by||Marilyn McCoppen
|Distributed by||Arrow Releasing Inc.|
|October 4, 1995|
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 voices several roles:
- Gumby: A young green boy made of clay
- Professor Kapp: The silliest scientist with an Ed Wynn-like voice
- Fatbuckle: A red man with a big belt
- Lucky Claybert: A Groucho Marx-like Talent agent who makes "Gumbymania": A Lucky Production (as Charles Farrington)
- Nobuckle: A yellow man with a New Jersey accent
- Art Clokey voices several roles:
- Gloria Clokey voices Goo: a blue flying teenage mermaid girl
- Manny La Carruba voices Thinbuckle, A blue teenager with a thin belt. A teenager much like Gumby and Goo.
- Patti Morse (speaking voice)/Melisa Kary (singing voice) voices Tara: a light blue female and Gumby's love interest
- Alice Young voices Ginger: Tara's best friend
- Janet MacDuff voices Gumba: Gumby's mom
- Bonnie Rudolph voices some roles:
- Lowbelly: The dog who cries pearls every time he sees Gumby change shapes
- Farm Lady
- Ozzie Ahlers voices Radio Announcer
- Kirby Coleman voices "This Way 'N That" Singer
- Anthony McNulty voices "Burnzy"
- David Archer
- Lillian Nicol
- Rick Warren
- Stan Freberg (uncredited)
Production on Gumby: The Movie was completed in 1992. Despite this, Premavision was unable to find a distributor for the film until 1995 when they found a small company called Arrow Releasing. This company distributed the film the same year.
The musical score was composed by Jerry Gerber, who previously worked on the television series, and Marco D'Ambrosio. Additionally, Ozzie Ahlers wrote and produced the featured songs "Take Me Away", "Ark Park", and "This Way'n That". Ahlers was also responsible for hiring frequent collaborator and Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico to play the electric guitar parts.
Release and reception
Gumby: The Movie was released on December 1, 1995 by Arrow Releasing, but received only a limited release in 21 theaters. The film grossed $57,100 at the box office.
The film received mixed to poor reviews from critics. Some critics complained that the animation style looked old fashioned compared to films like The 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.
The film was released on home video on VHS by KidVision and Astral Home Video on December 26, 1995. On November 20, 1997, Warner Home Video released the film on VHS under the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label in Germany, entitled Gumby und seine Freunde. In April 2007, a director's cut version of the movie was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. In this version, the film's run time was cut from 90 minutes to 76 minutes. This version of the film was released on DVD by Genius Products, LLC on April 22, 2008.
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