Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby became a pop culture phenomenon, died Friday at his home in Los Osos. He was 88.
Despite Gumby's positive demeanor, his origins stem from tragedy. When [Art] Clokey was 9, his father was killed in a car crash. He lived with his mother for a while, but when her second husband made her choose between him and her son, Clokey was sent to an orphanage. Fortunately, he was adopted by a good family. But Clokey wouldn't forget his father, whose head shape - characterized by a cowlick hairdo - would later provide the inspiration for Gumby's trademark lopsided head.
i heard sneaky pete also did a bunch of music for this amazing series?