Gumby: The Movie Reviews
Growing up as a kid I was OBSESSED with this movie! So much so that all these years later I still remembered the whole plot and characters perfectly. I honestly have no idea why. My best guess is because it is so different from anything else ever created. It is an extremely basic stop motion with extremely minimalist characters and plot. It is more than obvious to see that this stop motion was put together with a small team and very basic directions, but that is what makes it so great.
The characters (especially Gumby) are more than aware of the fact that they are just made of clay. They don't mind getting cut into little pieces because they know they can stick back together and change into whatever object they wish. Another thing I think that drew me to this movie as a kid was the world these characters live in. They all come from books or VHS tapes and can willingly travel between them to have the most bizarre experiences.
For anyone who wasn't around when this movie was made or are in the mood for a simple blast from the past, please check out this movie. It isn't high budget and squeaky clean like stop motion of today. It is simple and isn't perfect, but that's what makes it so great.
Gumby was popular among children in the late 1950's through the 1960's and then hit a bit of a dry note before making a comeback in the mid 1990's and now it as if Gumby has been exiled to cartoon purgatory with other great forgotten characters like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Most children today have probably never even heard of Gumby or if they have, sadly, probably think he's stupid as a result of all the mind-numbing computer animated cartoons on television nowadays (Star Wars: The Clone Wars anyone?). Claymation actually dates back to the early 1900's through the 1920's but was never became that admired by the public until artists like Art Clokey came on the scene and did Gumby, and back then this form was pretty revolutionary in the animation industry, which is another reason why we can't forget Gumby.
Which is why I thought I would review Gumby: The Movie. As an adult, I still watch this movie although the first thing I noticed about the DVD release is that certain scenes were cut I'm sure to help make for a better pace, but remembering the scenes as a kid almost tarnished seeing the DVD for me. The chopped scenes are all in the "Deleted Scenes" section of the DVD, almost as if the people who produced the DVD cut the scenes just so they could have a "Deleted Scenes" section.
Anyway, in this movie, Gumby and his friends are faced with a few dilemmas, all stemming from his rivals, the blockheads, and Gumby and his friends solve them in a series of enjoyable scenes in which they phase in and out of books, change into clay blobs, get on stage and play guitar, or to a more enjoyable extent, parody classic pop-culture movies, one of them being Star Wars. The characters need little introduction or development as they are all pretty clean cut and already easy to understand and the movie has some pretty catchy original musical scores.
Overall, this movie is enjoyable for both adults and children and still proves that a character can still capture your imagination without being constructed from a 3D modeling program.
Cons: The beginning had terrible animation.