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Gumbasia, a 3 minute 34 second short film produced in 1953, was the first clay animation produced by Art Clokey, who went on to create the classic series Gumby and Davy and Goliath using the same technique.[1]

This short was released on January 1, 1954.

Clokey created Gumbasia while studying at the University of Southern California under the direction of Slavko Vorkapich. It was a surreal short of pulsating lumps of clay set to music in a parody of Walt Disney's Fantasia. Gumbasia was created in a style Vorkapich taught called Kinesthetic Film Principles. Described as "massaging of the eye cells" this technique, based on camera movements and stop-motion editing, is responsible for much of the look and feel later seen in Gumby films.[2] When Clokey showed Gumbasia to movie producer Sam Engel in 1955 Engle decided to fund a 15 minute short film that became the first Gumby episode -- Gumby Goes to the Moon.

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Gumbasia is a very short movie made in 1953 by Art Clokey.[1] Gumbasia was a clay animation movie.[1] Clokey became famous for his two series Gumby and Davy and Goliath which also used clay animation.[2]

Clokey made Gumbasia while he was studying at the University of Southern California and being taught by Slavko Vorkapich. It was Clokey's first clay animation movie and it was only 3 minutes and 45 seconds long. The movie showed moving lumps of clay set to music in a copy of Walt Disney's Fantasia. Gumbasia was made in a style Vorkapich taught called Kinesthetic Film Principles. This style, which uses camera movements and stop-motion editing, is used in later Gumby movies.[3] After watching Gumbasia, movie producer Sam Engel decided to give Clokey money to make a 15 minute movie that became the first Gumby movie -- Gumby Goes to the Moon.

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