Monday, January 11, 2010
He Created Gumby, Damnit!
In a world where children are the marketing targets of every kids show on TV, it’s hard to imagine a guy like Art Clokey once existed. The creator of Gumby, Pokey, and the Blockheads, who died Friday at the age of 88, refused to sell toys based on the claymation icons for the first seven years the show aired, because he didn’t want parents to think he was exploiting their tots.
No word yet on whether Eddie Murphy will reprise his legendary send up to the plyable green performer. But “SNL” sure could use the stunt to infuse some energy into what has been an otherwise lackluster season so far.