Gumbasia was made on a ping-pong table in his dad’s garage. A clay-animated art film done to the beat of jazz music, Gumbasia shows the moving power of Kinesthetic film principles. Art showed it to Sam Engel, a big film producer of the day who was making a film with Sophia Loren. After seeing it he told Art to rewind it and show it again. He paced back and forth and said: “Art, that’s the most amazing film I’ve ever seen!” Art thought “wow, now I can direct and mingle with Sophia Loren,” then Sam said: “Can you make figures out of that clay? I’d like to improve the quality of TV for children.” Art said he could, and he and his wife came up with Gumby.


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