The Formative Years
A True Pioneer
For more than 50 years, Art Clokey worked with clay to produce works of art that form a catalog of "firsts" in the medium of film. He made the first music video, Gumbasia, in which colored clay shapes moved and transformed to the jazz rhythms.
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He was the first to introduce the use of clay models of objects, animals and people in television commercials. He was the first to develop clay animation techniques and the first to use them in full-length feature films. He invented trimentional animation based on kinesthetic principles, and it became the signature of his career.
Art Clokey, born October 12, 1921, was a dynamic creator who inspired children and adults for the past six decades. Gumby, his most famous character, is a pop-culture icon. He and his first wife, Ruth, also created the famed Davey and Goliath series.