Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Pokey, Goo, Prickle
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
8 Full-Length Episodes, Digitally Remastered and Sound Enhanced: Spend some quality time catching up with an old friend. Everybody's favorite felexible green Gumby is back! Gumby is joined by pals Pokey, Goo and Prickle in... more »
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Judith D. from NORWICH, CT
Reviewed on 1/8/2010...
it was OK
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Great to see these episodes the way I remembered
LSS | Los Angeles, CA USA | 02/09/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, I bought the big Rhino set, and while my baby loves it, I really missed the original theme song. And something about that set just bugged me while I was watching it, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Then I read the reviews here and a big "aha!" went off: it was the music and voices! What a shame they redid all that. This little 8-episode DVD sampler is nothing to write home about, but it did give me a chance to see the episodes the way I remembered, with the original sound and voices.
-You can hear the original Gumby theme song, snuck in after the episode "Mysterious Fires."
-Original music and voices (so much more melodious than the grating voices that grace the Rhino collection).
-Two episodes that don't appear on the Rhino collection: Stuck on Books and Gold Rush Gumby.
-No "play all" selection: you have to scroll to each episode separately to play. That's inconvenient.
-Really terrible picture quality."
Nothing fancy, just GOOD OLD GUMBY!
Keith Black | Simi Valley, CA USA | 10/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This collection of ORIGINAL Gumby films from the 1950s & 60s totals 8 episodes, one of which is Art Clokey's Fantasia influenced "GUMBASIA"! Yes, it's under 4 minutes long, but I have looked high & low for THIS film for years, and here it is on a very economical DVD.
There was much disappointment with that lousy collection Rhino Video released [don't get me wrong, "RHINO" is a GREAT company!] but the Gumby DVDs they released have that yeechy boring 1980s re-made music in all the episodes.
The fact was, was the original MUSIC LIBRARY CUES the films used [made up of "CAPITOL HI-Q" "CINEMUSIC" "EMI PHOTOPLAY" & "SYNCHRO"!] was & since has become a muddled affair, even WITHIN the 'production music library' business!
So Art Clokey did a 'smart business move' by RE-CREATING his OWN music for the films that HE would own......unfortunately, Art, we love you too, but you ruined our 'childhood memories' of "Gumby" by doing that.
People will tell me "aww, get a life!" when reading this, but I'm obviously not the only one who's been burned by savvy, sneaky revampings of 'things we liked in our childhood'. Art says he'll eventually get them ALL re-released again someday, with the ORIGINAL music. Well, us fans of vintage audio & video don't know WHO to trust anymore [i.e. the removal of Frank Comstock's ORIGINAL music from the "Rocky & Bullwinkle" DVD re-issues! Criminey! What ELSE has secretly been destroyed?] [:-)]
Anyway, you can't lose by buying THIS DVD. The original William Loose [& friends] music is THERE. Some of the prints have scratches, but Art, we'll enjoy these off-beat releases until you can get things straightened out with the library music care-takers [good luck!]"
Happy Birthday Gumby
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 05/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gumby, that little piece of green clay created by the master of claymation, Art Clokey, celebrates his 50th year in 2005. Clokey, who started his craft in advertising with commercials for Budweiser and Coca Cola, pioneered this stop motion animation process also known as "pixillation". In his spare time, Clokey made the fantastic "Gumbasia", which led to the birth of Gumby and his friends, Pokey the horse, Too and Loo the musical notes, and Nopey, a dog that can only say "no".
Claymation is very inventive in the hands of Clokey and his head animators Ray Peck and Pete Kleinow; we get to see the abstract "Gumbasia" in this collection, as well as 4 from 1957 (Gumby voice by Dallas McKennon), and 3 from 1967 (voice by Dick Beals).
Total running time is 60 minutes.
1: "Gumby Concerto" (1957), Gumby visits Musicland with Too and Loo, plays "Chopsticks" on the piano and makes rhythms with percussive instruments.
2: "Gumbasia" (1953), the abstract masterpiece that started it all, which is only 3 ½ minutes long, but brilliant, and riveting for animation fans.
3: "Robot Rumpus" (1957), Gumby and Pokey leave the work to robots, with some dire results.
4: "Too Loo" (1957), Too and Loo escape from Mr. Sour Note, and Gumby helps them find their home in Musicland.
5: "Gold Rush Gumby" (1967), Gumby, Pokey, and Nopey prospect for gold.
6: "Mysterious Fires" (1957), Sir Gumby reasons with a fire breathing dragon, and saves a starving populace.
7: "Stuck on Books" (1967), Nopey gets stuck in a book, and is rescued by Gumby and Pokey.
8: "Tricky Train" (1967), Gumby gets a big shipment of toy trains, and Nopey gets to chase them.