Monday, October 26, 2009

The later 1960s Gumby title character voice..

As of October 25,2009, I have returned...and now here's the next article..
GUMBY played by who in late 60s?

Ask anyone knowledgable about the classic TV subject nad of animation lore who Gumby was in the 60s and they might answer Dallas McKennon [who left us earlier this year.] BUT ask someone who was the voic eof the late 60s Gumby - the boyish one - and the name they give, well, it's what the voice was NOT of Gumby, and NEVER was [though he's heard quite a lot for Art Clokey on the show nand on "Davey and Goliath!" He'd started as Spedy Alka Selzter in the TV world of 50s after working on Chicago radio [went to Hollywood in 1952-Charles Hillinger, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 1992]. WAS Speedy A. in the 1980s "Clay animaiution festival" flick, with Dallas McKennon as Gumby and Art Clokey as Pokey, thus causing confusion.] Okay, this guy is NOT Gumby but did a loyal amount of voice work in the show:
Richard Beals.
heard in many productions.But--important-- he ain't heard in these later episodes---the 1967-68 ones---at least not as Gumby--so who was it? Why, Sweet Polly Purebred herself--NORMA McMILLAN [1921-2001]. The voice of various female New York City based Leonardo TTV produced shows like Underdog's Sweet Polly [to Underdog's Wally Cox] and ofg Gumby's girlfriend Goo, McMillan, also Davey [..and Goliath] and the TV Casper, is often mistaken for other actors, yet is steadily gaining long overdue recognition as the final [prior to that 80s revival] Gumby voice. You know, in the episodes with Prickle and Goo.

Next, I may offer my conjecture as to the DOUR voice of Prickle the yellow Dinosaur [clokeyasaurues claysaurus friendlysaurus rexasuarues] from these episodes ["Hare-raising adventure","Goildne Iguana", "The magic Flute', or "Behind the Puff Ball," which game him his name [thank you, Mr.Alan Watts!] NOT the slightly "whiny but borderline happy" one in others]. He's not the usual Dal McKennon, Art Clokey, as fas as I know..stay tooned [yech..thanks Roger Rabbit for that term!:)]

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Gabby Auntie

Original Broadcast in

Produced, and allegedly for such a later short, written & directed by:


Open "Original Gumby theme"/PETE KLIENOW

Titles following and establing shot "Cinnamon Stick"/"FRANK STERLING" [collective psued.] nee DENNIS BERRY and STUART CROMBIE [in the Southern Library, now Bruton as #25? in "The Worst of Times"; it originally appeared in Peer Southern Library of Rec.Mus.SLLP 1]]["Ren and Stimpy" used other cues by them, and maybe this one as well]

Aunt Gumbitty talking,"Comedy Timepiece"/ARTHUR HAROLD WILKINSON [Peer Southern SLLP 13]

Pokey walks; still unknown [CONRAD LEONARD?]

"Rustic March"/JOHNNY SCOTT [Peer Southern SLLP 15]

Gumby and his aunt get stuck in trees - "Capering Clowns"/MAX SAUNDERS [still available! Bruton, Best of times #23 AND in BRU356/BRO20/BR4/#8][Peer Southern SLLP 15]

Gumby getting into boat [compare this scene with the dino bone in "A Bone for Nopey"]/"Danger, Melting Ice"/VINCENT HOLLAND

Gumby getting in speedboat to the point where's he's in the air and then catches Pokey "Chase Me Chester"/ROGER ROGER
[Peer Southern SLLP 13.]

Gumby spilled by plane into his car, thus waking pokey up and crossfade to next scene with them and gumby Auntie Gumbitty in car - more unknown music

Final cue-"Comedy Timepiece"/ARTHUR H.WILKSON - from Southern Library.

End title - Theme msuic/P.KLEINOW

PLOT: Pokey walks in his sleep out rather than listen to GUmby's cvhattery auntie, to drive Gumby's old automobile. That'll show 'em!

A favorite of mine where Pokey kind of shows how talk may be kinda chepa. Sounding more like a Ren and Stimpy short to some for the specific cues, all of which wound up in BRUTON LIBRARY apparently coincidentally, being from different libaries, Pokey and Gumby spend time with Gumby's chattering aunt who looks like a campy drag queen take on the Gumster (and sounds like Julia Child). He then trots in their sleep out to Gumby's old Yellow Ghost Rolls Royce [RICH guy, that Gumby!! Must be all that money, he made] and now it's up to Gumby and his aunt to catch them. Driivng off to a stock bugle cue, Gumby and his aunt get stuck between two palm trees, so, Gumby borrows a hovercratf and takes off after the still sleep driving horse to the strains of Roger Roger, then a la Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes and the gang in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" next year, take to the air, then bails out! Wakinjg the horse up, Gumby, Pokey and his aunt are now riding along and as mentioned in cue sheet, Gujmby's aunt Gumbiktty starts chatting. The clip clip vibe cue is slightly similair to my eyes to Philip green's "Light Mechanical EM-115A" cue in the Warner Brothers 1958 shorts "Gopher Broke" and "A Bird in a Bonnett" that used some of this stock music due to a 1958 musicians strike.On a sidenote, on Soulseek, from an anonymous contributor, I got the file that follows Cinnamon Stick, it's A.H.Wilkson's Comedy Timepiece.[see above]. Apparently ALL of the needledrop music came from this British music library, whose popular US hits would be "Winchester Cathedral","Mockingbird Hill" and others. UPDATE: A couple of file sharing downloads to Southern Peer Music files have led to ID's of a couple of those tunes, by some more unsung compsoers-- A.H.Wilkinsons's "Comedy Timepiece", the only cue repeated in the above, and Vincent Holland's urgent "Danger! Melting Ice", which sounds likes like the title for a "Clutch Cargo" cheapie toon cue. That's the first one NOT to start with the letter "C".:)

Lion Around/Lion Drive

Aired aorund 1956
Produce,d created, co-voiced [Pokey, Richard Lion., Gumby's Dad], written, directed, designed and sculpted by:

Gumby's mom/UNKNOWN

Open "Gumby theme"/BILL LOOSE-JOHN SEELY

Episode title "Burlesque"/JACK SHAINDLIN

Arial view, in the park, our friends
playing hide and go seek "Take a Peek"/JACK SHAINDLIN
Richard escaping, introduces himself to the main cast "Grotesque 1"/JACK SHAINDLIN

The gang walking off "Asinine"/JACK SHAINDLIN

The zookeeper setting up traps, Gumby's dad gettin' caught
in one "Pixie Pranks"/JACK SHAINDLIN

Gumby intro'ing Richard the friendly lion Unknown music

"Lion Drive"
"Original PG-181F Mechanical Bridge"/PHIL GREEN

Going into the toyroom "Who Me"/JACK SHAINDLIN

On the record turntable "Custard Pie Capers" [EMI PHOTOPLAY UK Disc Q-2] later "EM-2 Comedy Circus CAPITOL HI-Q USA L-47/48" now "Circus Chase

Gumby getting off, letting the lion drive [:)_]-"LAF-25-3 Untitled [zigzag string]"/JACK SHAINDLIN

Car going backwards - "Asinine"/JACK SHAINDLIN
[All of his cues above and elsewhere were from the former LANGLOIS and now CINEMUSIC libaries]

Car going fast, then all the way to the building - Unknown chase music used elsewhere on Gumby and on a few of the similiarly scored Warners carotons "Pre-Hysterical hare" and "Hip Hip Hurry", possibly "Courageous Cat" and "Quick Draw" - unknown composer and title

Final scene with Gumby and the others - "5-C-5 Domestic/Children"/BILL LOOSE

PLOT: Meet: Richard the Lion!

This was an early attempt to get a [short-lived character] on the Gumby show, much like Nopey, the Moon Boggles, Gumby's various late 60s relatives, Dr.Zveegee, the zookeepers, the Zoops, etc., much copied throuh animation history from Bobo the Looney Tunes elephant to Snagglepuss in "Quick Draw mcGraw", etc. and various characters in various productions from early "Porky Pig" to "Ren and Stimpy". Ferdinand the bull, the famous story by noted author/illustrator MUNRO LEAF, turned into an early Oscar winning caroton short by Walt Disney in 1938 [and featuring storyltelling care of comedian Jack Benny's radio show regular DON WILSON, no less!] had this "friendly but legendarily dangerous" conceit, and so did the Reluctant Dragon, later Loope De Loop, Pepe Le pew, Casper, and A.Clokey's Richard the friendly Lion, who also at this time seemed smarter than the others [later used in three more: "How Not to Trap Lions","Mocking MOnkey' and KILLED off in "The Groobee"]. Gumby and Pokey playing hide and seek to one of many jack Shaundlin cues from Langlois, are met with a friendly lion name Richard. But they, in an apprently cut in two episodes [unlike some that had a midlde part removed and later seperately broadcast], instead of running away from, run with, the new critter, all of whom fall into man holes and get into such oddball predicaments mentioned above in the msuci cue list, going to the skyscraper in a car, then wind up mon the ground. Then Gumby at his house, followed by being in the park with lion traps [no steak or other bait? Not even Play-kitty?:)] they eventually meet Gumby's dad and become friends.

I have no idea which of these scenes in whcih order aired in 1956, these may even be two episodes wiht soem stock footage as if taken apart from one.

Excellent voicing, apparently, by ART CLOKEY [?] as the new character,and a lot of composer JACK SHAINDLIN's old [even at the time!] cues most not used elsewhere like Grotesque 1, the companion to the "Yogi Bear"/"Huckleberry Hound"/"Mr.Jinks-Meeces" franchise cue used at H-B, formerly called "The Reluctant Elephant LAF-7-12", and a few that ARE used in a Clokey production but other wise much more often in this paragraph's conext, in Hanna-Barbera [not to mention elsewhere]--"LAF 25-3" the bassoon cues identified by well-known animation writer EARL KRESS and later by YOWP and "Pixie Pranks", as well as another used in apparently not elsewhere by Clokey but often by Hanna-Barbera, this time in "Quick Draw mcGraw"/"Super Snooper and Blabber"/"Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy", at the open of "Lion Drive" Inciodentally, Yowp in his latest post HAS I'd it--"PG-186E Light Mechanical" by GREEN; it's used on many HB shorts, which IIRC is the major place to hear - Cat & mouse privat eyes Snoop and Blab in HB's "Real Gone Ghosts", for instance has that open cue implented in the opening titles to "Lion Drive".[Title of which, of course, is a play on that football term, "Line drive", which is exactly what the Lion in tthat short makes that car do.]

A Bone for Nopey

First broadcast 1967
Produced by

Written and Directed by

Nopey the dog/DAL McKENNON? [no other spekaing parts, btw]

Animators include

Photography supervior

Original Gumby theme composed by

Music cues
Open titles "Gumby theme"/PETE KLEINOW
Episode title "L-1140 Animation/Light"/SPENCER MOORE
Nopey burying second bone-"PG-291 The City Slicker"/PHILIP GREEN
[hear it Here-track 29]
Most unidentifiable, though some seem to be PHIL GREEN or are HENRY RUSSELL's cues in "Robot Oumpus"
"Yankee Doddle"-GM 592/IB GLINDEMANN [from the OGM library][final scene]

PLOT: Gumby hunts a bone for Nopey.

Our green clay hero has got a couple of bones to pick with his dog, namely for him to bury. Little Nopey keeps buryin' 'em faster than Gumby than throw them as it were, so Gumby get s a big dinosaur bone to bury. Using a steam shovel, he then summons up a small choo-choo train to go get a big one, then sits on that but has others--Gumby, Pokey and Prickle riding EACH of their own..this cameo group appearance results in a buried bone [and a verison of "Yankee Doodle", and buried characters, who pop up like flowers in the Bullwinkle closing graphic, laughing]." And NO, this is NOT the new PORNM flick just because of the title!

Good title animation of the title beiung animatied on and then being animated off. Gumby taking a big dino bone, very risky given someone could spot him..

Mirrorland/Lost & Found

Aired circa 1956.
Producer, writer, designer, director, possibly voice of Gumby lookalikes:


"Gumby syndication theme" for post 1950s:/LOOSE-SEELY

"JB-213 1920s's Tunes"/CADKIN and LOOSE, from Capitol 73-74.[MIrrorlanmd part only]

"Lost and Found" opening "Fashion-Foxtrot 4-C-11"/LOOSE
[Capitol Records]

Gumby going outside ;"OK-357 Light Scherzo" now known as "Bicycle ride" in the current CARLIN PRODUCTION MUSIC ONLINE library/JACK COOKERLY, EMIL CADKIN, & BILL LOOSE

Gumby going for a ride with a tough guy in a steam shovel [e/"Peach Gold" by PHIL GREEN from Capitol Light Melodic Selections!

Losing coin [in Mirrorland short] "TC-300 Eccentric"/BILL LOOSE-JOHN SEELY

Going inside to see first, upside down lookalike "L-1144 Animation Light/SPENCER MOORE

Gumby inside the next mirror-"Thin chance of that"-"Animation/Light L-1090"/SPENCER MOORE

Gumby going inside the next mirror, the one with short, fey "If it rolled in here" double-"Animation Light L-1119"/SPENCER MOORE

Gumby outside once again, all sad and forlorn, sitting down now-unknown music

Getting inside the final one with correct looking deadringer only going backwards, unknown music for Mirrorlsnd, PG-275 "Daffodil Yellow"/PHIL GREEN for "Lost and Found"

Walking backwards, some unknown music, possibly a LOOSE cue

Going into the double's car "Asinine"/JACK SHAINDLIN [Langlois-CineMusic FilmMusic]

Going backwards with everything going backwards with them-two or three unkwn tracks

Gumby finally retrieving his coin-"Mirrorland" two EMIL CADKIN-BILL LOOSE "JB 215"- cues, ---For "Lost and Found"--one is used and for "Mirrorland" another.

Concludes with the usual show theme.

PLOT:Gumby in the first of MANY Lewis Carroll lands, to get a quarter that he is supposed to spend.

If any perfect story could be woven around's the old Alice in Wonderland/Lewis Carroll one, one that would be mined for nearly every episode..Gumby's taking a coin to get some milk and bread for hit mother, only on his "ride" with a creep, but only to lose it and to go through a wide array of mirrors, one rendering him upside down, another a bit on the skinny side, still another giving Gumby the stubby treatment and one [also incorporating some film from In a Fix/Train Trouble in its shorter 1960s version] where he traces back his moves, all with matching doubles]

Gumby walks through strange mirrors whose images appear [with Capitol Production Music's "Spencer Moore Animation Lite" cues from L-23/24 as described above]..

The last takes him backwards [with Gumby acting as mechanic??] and then into a dump truck which [IIRC in both version, the Mirrorland and shorter Lost and found, whichever one was the longer originally, dumps sand on our hero, causing him to - holy serendipity, to retrive his money, then to the respective end titles.

This is one of creator Clokey's own personal favorites I've heard. Film footage definitely's shared by both epsiodes, differing very greatly in music--the p;art that adds yet another Gumby short--in the MUCH later reissue--in the shorter version of "Lost and Found"--with the "Train Trouble" footabge, with much chunkier but normal sized Gumby--has the "Light Melodic 13" cue on Schadenfruedian [Ange] Therapy and used elsewhere in Gumby, in "Even Stevens", and in producer Jerry Fairbanks' 1962 "Century 21 Calling". I honesty don't know what this short originally was called, but it was probaly the first of these Carroll/Alice shorts ["Magic Show","Of Clay and Critters' and others were just as few other examples.]

Monday, October 5, 2009

Odd Ball/Outcast Marbles

Producer, Director, Writer:

Narrator [a book!]?/Unknown yet, possibily Clokey

Later syndication Opening titles: "Original Gumby open"/WILLIAM LOOSE

Intro: "Cute Walker Med.Temp."/JACK COOKERLY, WILLIAM LOOSE, EMIL CADKIN [Capitol PMS series]

Gumby in the steam shovel, picking up marbles: "Domestic C-2"/WILLIAM LOOSE [Capitol/Seely library]

Picking more marbles, then spinning around in his steam shovel, then sliding into the book, till the book talks:"Monorail SF-4"/JACK BELASCO [Synchro-Fox Library]

Book starts to tell story:"Domestic C-7"/WILLIAM LOOSE [Capitol/Seely library]

Marbles coming out of book: "Pleasant Neutral Walker"/EMIL CADKIN, WILLIAM LOOSE, & JACK COOKERLY [Capitol PMS series]

Marbles then cuddle up to Gumby:"Comedy Cuey JB-21?"/EMIL CADKIN & WILLIAM LOOSE [Capitol]

Gumby goes to change them:unknown music

Gumby gets in book, marbles rock boat: "Animation/Nautical L-1121"/SPENCER MOORE [Capitol]

Gumby and marbles fly toward book, our hero tries to turn handle of music box to find SOMETHING, just SOMETHING, to change them back:"Zany Comedy TC-303"/WILLIAM LOOSE & JOHN SEELY [Capitol]
/Lullabye nursery box music, "Jingle Bells" [unknown arr.playing over previoously mentioned]

Gumby gets into train to go aorund the toy store, to make sounds to restore shape of the marbles "Light Movement ZR-46"/GEORGE HORMEL [Zephyr Records]

Gumby points to marbles when seeing a toy box:"Pleasant Neutral Walker"/EMIL CADKIN, WILLIAM LOOSE, & JACK COOKERLY [Capitol PMS series]

Gumby pushing the toys off the box to get a sound:"Sinsiter Suite"/PHILIP GREEN [EMI Photoplay Library]

"accidental Rube Goldberg" chain reaction of toy
avalanche: "Sinister Suite Long Version"[At least that's like what it's called in CARLIN PRODUCTION MUSIC SITE on PLAY and APM anyway]/PHILIP GREEN

Everything fianlly sotpped, and marbles turning back
to normal: "Sinister Suite [short bridge or part again of longer one]"/PHILIP GREEN [EMI Photoplay Library]

Book thanking Gumby for restoring the status quo with the marbles so they're now regular again, and then places them in the book: "Entertainment Link 6"/JACK COOKERLY, WILLIAM LOOSE,& EMIL CADKIN [Capitol PMS series]

End title: "Gumby Adventure End"/WILLIAM LOOSE

PLOT: Gumby finds two lost clay "notes" that he has to restore to their normalcy.

NOTE: "Sinister Suite" and "Entertainemnt Link" are renamed titles in the CARLIN library.This has most of the cues in this short.

This epsiode tries to make an unusual story out of Hershey Kiss-looking marbles, and succeeds. Broken down into "Outcast marbles" short version missing the footage of the green guy going to different places in the toy store", and "Odd Ball" with the remainder of the film, in ealry 60s, this has the green guy operating a steam shovel when he loses control, and then causes it to turn around. Stepping out, with all the marbles falling out of the shovel, Gumby now slides on the, into a book entitled "The outcast marbles", with two marbles, red and blue [and this was in Black and White teleivison era!], and into an odd adventures. After getting hit by the book, Gumby the walks away when the book suddenly talks and he, uh, skates over.

The book tells of the two little marbles who lost their shape and turned into various shapes. Namely, our new heroes. They come out of the book and Gumby's now gotta go and try to [in what is now "Odd Ball" till further notice] change them by virtue of various sounds found throughout the toy story, back, going to a rowboat and to a train,. and finally, [end of "Odd Ball" scenes] a toy box with a lot of toys.

Gumby tries to push them up to get one, but then enters a case of sheer serendipity: an accidental Rube Goldberg effect where ALL of the toys in succesion fall off through the store and then all crash.This does bring our toy geusts stars back, and Gumby puts them back in the book, who then thanks him for "helping us to end our story happily".

Gumby then just smiles into the camera as [fade then unfade] a bunch of marbles roll up to spell "The End".

Apparently this may have been done to do something like "Too Loo", which had two talking music notes also needing some help. This is almost entirely pantomime, except for the book talking. It could possibly be producer/creator Art Clokey, given his playing different characters and telling stores, doing this voice. The middle was removed to become "Odd Balls", the same thing that happened to all the early shorts....unless they were cut in two different parts like some others.

The background music was largely from Capitol production music except for the open,from Syncro Fox, a pleasant little tune titled "Monorail" by composer JACK BELASCO, SF-4 in Capitol library, heard also in the series's "Rain Spirits", and near the end PHILLIP GREEN's cue retitled by CARLIN in CARLIN CAS 402 DRAMA DETECTIVE cassette as "Sinister Suite". I have no idea what the original title is.

BTW ALL the "Box of toys/Gumby pushing toys off" music is now identified [as it's called in the CARLIN PRODUCITON MUSIC SITE,in MAIN SITE: CAR 402 DRAMA DECTECTIVE SUSPENSE as "Sinister Suite", over half a dozen variations.] by PHILIP GREEN.So that's been identified.