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Gumby the movie

Gumby: The Movie (also referred to as its on-screen title Gumby 1) is a 1995 stop-motion claymation feature filmfeaturing the character Gumby.[1][2]

The movie is rated G by the MPAA.

Plot

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.

Cast

Production

This movie was actually completed after production started in 1988 (which would mean that the film took 4 years to complete), but Premavision was unable to find a company that would distribute the film, until 1995, when they found a small company called Arrow Releasing. This company distributed the film the same year.[3]

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.

Release

The film was released December 1, 1995 by Arrow Releasing, but the film only got a limited release in 21 theaters.

Home Media

The film was released as a direct-to-video film on VHS by KidVision and Astral Home Video on December 26, 1995. In April 2007, a director's cut version of the movie was shown at the Tribeca Family Film Festival, In this version the film's runtime was cut from 90 minutes to 76 minutes, This so-called "director's cut" version of the film was released on DVD by Genius Products, LLC on April 22, 2008. A Blu-ray release of the film was released with a DVD for the complete 90-minute film as a combo by NCircle Entertainment on September 5, 2017.

Reception

The film received mixed to poor reviews from critics.[4][5] 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 grossed $57,100 at the box office, and as of May 2014 remains the 40th best-performing TV adaption of all time.[6]


Directed by Art Clokey
Produced by Art Clokey

Gloria Clokey Kevin Reher

Written by Art Clokey

Gloria Clokey

Starring Charles Farrington

Art Clokey Gloria Clokey

Music by Jerry Gerber

Marco d'Ambrosio

Cinematography Art Clokey
Editing by Marilyn McCoppen

Lynn Stevenson

Studio Clokey Films

Premavision Productions

Distributed by Arrow Releasing Inc.

WarnerVision Films

Release dates December 1, 1995
Running time 90 minutes (VHS)

76 minutes (DVD)

Country United States
Language English
Box office $57,100
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