The GUMBY project
Gumby (and Pokey) have played an interesting (and influential) role in my life ever since I first laid eyes on him back in the early 60s. We were visiting my Grandparents in Southern California, who were up on the latest in entertainment technology - COLOR TV. It was a double whammy for me, the first time to see TV in color and the first time I saw Gumby. Fascinated by this new form of cartoon, I immediately did some "research" and became familiar with the stop motion technique used to animate Gumby.
I'm not certain what happened next, all I remember is that on long our drive back home (to Maryland) I had a bendable Gumby figure and in my head was planning my first movie using the family's 8mm movie camera. Art Clokey's work had truly inspired me onto a path I would follow to this day. I made TONS of 8mm movies (maybe some day I'll post them) but never really did anything with Gumby oddly enough, until now.
Inspired by Kurt Gugisberg's Nibbles the Astro-Cat at LDRS 20, I decided to go for a smaller (more affordable) scaled project. Peter and I were already flying "Clayola Crayon" rockets, I had a REAL Gumby (given to me by Art Clokey) and a cool "tower" video system developed for the Vidroc 5. The REAL Gumby was a little too big for the available room in the capsule, so a classic Gumby bendable was enlisted to pilot the bird.
Videos DivX format
Videos in WMV format - same footage, better movie format