Gumbasia

1955, Art Clokey

Posted by John Martz, May 16, 2020

Gumbasia, as the title would lead you to believe, was a take on Disney's Fantasia. It's the very first stop motion short from animator Art Clokey who would of course go on to create Gumby, that most famous of stop motion characters. We even see glimpses of that familiar dark green modelling clay here.

It's nowhere near as groundbreaking as its namesake, and maybe it doesn't take as much advantage of its medium as it could, but the animation is charming in its simplicity. There is something so pure and childlike about the kinetic playfulness of these lumps of clay, and it's a delightful entry in the long tradition of pairing abstract animation with a jazzy soundtrack.