Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pilgrims on the Rocks

"Pilgrims on the Rocks"
November, 1966
[Credits actaully still exist here, as many veteran fans will recall]
Written & Directed by


Sound [Effects]

DAL McKENNON [misspelled as McKINNON] and some actress doing a Pilgrim girl

Throughout most scenes with G&P slide-whistle sub theme by J.HOLLIDAY and some unidentifal regular go-to cues.

PLOT:Gumby and Pokey help Pilgrims about to be shiwrecked in 1621 A.D.[This is one of the first of the third Gumby series with the bubble-gum-syunshine pop "Gumby's a part" that influenced the blog title.:) One of few with surviving credits. "Pokey's Price" is one of a few others.]

Happy Thanksgiving 2010 here, so here's a celebration---the early of the later 60s Gumby shorts, both celebrating Pilgrims.

Thanksgiving with Gumby and Pokey, finding Pilgrims, almost doesn't happen \due to a Mayflower's showers.

Happy Thanksgiving 2010 here, so here's a celebration---the early of the later 60s Gumby shorts, both celebrating Pilgrims.

With Thanksgiving here, here are two shorts shown back to back with G&P. For the first time, the remaining defining canned music, most apparently by Guenther E.Kauer and Doug Lackey [their cues from this time appear on Sinbad cartoons and ASCAP has these for here--these names certainly are not to be found on other shows using the more common Capitol/Hi-Q stock cues from the 1950s..], which would set the stage for the sound of the later more "pubescent" like Gumbys of the 60s, sometimes mentioned as the "Scrappy"/"Cousin Oliver" of the "Brady Bunch" shark jumping stage of Gumby [along with indivdual new regular charcters], luming these later 60s vintage titles, in with the truly dreadful 80s ones [which is unfair to these 60s ones.]. Hans COnzellman and Delle Haensch credited on ASCAP for doing some of these, and as I have noted before, a big handful of these turn up in Selected Sound Library, sold by APM like so many of the others these days, and on APM.COM or PLAY PRODUCTION MUSIC's audition site--see MORE than [number] FANFARES and SlAPSTICK SALAD, and sure enough severeal "Savriete" cues by CONZELMANN & HAENSCH turn up on Gumby, also Ren and Stimpy [the unofficial Production msuci files offered online have those but credited to Phil Green!]

Credits DO exist for these two early episodes in this latest revival of the clay-franchise, which, with their Thanksgiving themes, for that reason alone are posted here, and for two "patriotic" ones, for another times ["Gumby Crosses the Delaware" and "Son of Liberty"]. This is the only one with the credits on a set, where the others have them on a black background [I THINK all used to, but only those four and the ridiculous 1980s-90s revivals keep their end credits].

We start on a Pilgrim ship in a book in the toyshop. It's 1621 and in the toystore, while the ship in the book rocks and rolls, our friends are in the Gumby jeep preparing for the holidays, when they wind up chasing after groceries and, you guessed it---land in the book right nin the pilgrims. Now the dice, uh, tumbled in and of course, Gumby and Pokey's stuck in a ship that shakes, rattles, and rolls, as Gumby and Pokey get on a roll themselves, to try to help during the storm, with Pokey fussing as usual..

They use a ship rope, Gumby, and hammer and nails to repair a couple of ship girders. Finally, the storm passes. We now are in 1966 again, in the toystore. GUESS what Pokey learned. GUESS what the lesson learns. Ahhhhh... He's thankful on Thanksgiving NEVER to be a PILGRIM. AHHHHH..

The credits follow, masterfully and beautifully photographed [Ace codirector Ray Peck is the credited co-director and photography person.]

Dal Mc Kennon tries to do Gumby as a more normal teenage boy, whcih makes him sound like Fugmation's version of Archie. And why no? Same voice. But it's the same Gumby...this and the next three shorts in this early batch of later episodes with credits, and the "Missilebird", thus making it clearly the earliest and again with a 196c (c), a clear cut example of the first Gumby episode, and I'm referring to the later "Missiblebird", to have the famous theme that originated the blog title here. But that's a bit later. The highpitched fluty theme, borrowed from some library that Sam Singer had used staff sound and music editor Johnny Holiday score his shorts like Sinbad with, the eventual instrumental sub-theme that would burn itself in minds of veiwers itself, is perhaps first used in Gumby episodes here. Thankls to both Clokey and Peck for the unqiue photography on end credits.

BTW Have you heard the Doors big 1970 hit-Riders on the Storm, Pilgrims on the Storm? ...

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