Gumbasia is a very short movie made in 1953 by Art Clokey. Gumbasia was a clay animation movie. Clokey became famous for his two series Gumby and Davy and Goliath which also used clay animation.
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. 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.
- "Gumby animator Art Clokey dies at 88 in California". http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100109/ap_on_en_ot/us_obit_gumby_creator;_ylt=AqAttd6QFylzUyImVUv7OYwEtbAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJzdGFidGo2BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTA5L3VzX29iaXRfZ3VtYnlfY3JlYXRvcgRwb3MDMjQEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDZ3VtYnlhbmltYXRv. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
- Gumbasia (available in 2 video formats)
- Art Clokey, article at KQED