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GUMBY SHOW, THE: THE COMPLETE 50S SERIES

What to know: Takes adults back to their childhood years, in a wonderful way.
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Recommended age 5-18
220 minutes
DVD
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
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After more than 60 years since Gumby was first created, we are brought back to the good times of the original, and my opinion the best of the iconic Gumby and Pokey characters. Gumby is all about fun and comedy. You watch Gumby not for drama or romance. There is lots of action and fantasy, since it is all about Gumby's fun adventures. Art Clokey (creator of Gumby) does a fantastic job writing fun and unique episodes.

I love each of the characters for the fun and silly adventures they undertake and how unique each character is. Even small characters have their own personality which I love. Not many shows today pay so much attention to each character. Art Clokey has done a mind blowing job making these shows. He created some cool special effect techniques such as the one episode with a rocket ship where he has scratched each frame so it looks like flames. Techniques like this were used in films for decades afterwards. The stop motion animation itself is very smooth and impressive, particularly since it was made 60 years ago!

My favorite episode is the first one, when Gumby goes to the moon and his Dad needs to save him. I love it because it starts off Gumby's career and is kind of the birth of Gumby. This also includes the rocket special effects mentioned above. The episode is really a joy to watch, not to mention that it was so symbolic for those times when everything was about space travel.

People that enjoyed Gumby growing up will be happy to share their passion with a new generation. After all, Gumby is meant for kids. Ages seven to eighteen would probably enjoy the series more than younger kids and would be able appreciate the beauty of the clay animation. I give it five out of five stars because, what they did was way ahead of their time with the special effects, unique stories, wonderful characters and more. Can't wait to see what's next in store for Gumby! (They are creating some entirely new episodes)

This Complete DVD series really took me back to my childhood. Although I wasn't born when Gumby first aired, I do remember watching the show as a young child. This one is fully remastered with the original 50s soundtrack and it is just like the classic cartoon that I remember. There are not a lot of special effects and modern day bells and whistles but if there were, it wouldn't be Gumby. The extras are entertaining and interesting. My favorites are the Photo Gallery and the First Pilot Episode with no sound. The pilot episode was never aired so I was quite thrilled to watch it. My 11-year-old son said he prefers sound but he's used to more modern day cartoons. In the photo gallery the music is a fun and lively touch. Other extras included the Making of the Gumby.com spot, which is interesting although very brief. I think it would be more interesting if it was longer. Also there is Gumbasia , which is just a bunch of different playdough shapes moving to music. It's just play dough but I like it because it is unique and being different adds something to the DVD. I give this 4 out of 5 stars because of its entertainment value. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror

I got the pleasure to review a fully re-mastered version of the complete 50's series of Gumby (The Gumby Show). Although I'll be the first to admit that the animation style of Gumby can't compete with the animation styles of today's kids programs, I think that Gumby is still very charming and I still very much enjoyed the animation. A classic is a classic, there's no way around that. The episodes in Gumby are very wholesome and creative, that is a huge plus for me. One thing I truly love is that this particular collection has the original soundtrack, which is quite lovely. I asked my children (14, 11 and 9-year-old) to watch this collection with me. At first, they were not particularly impressed. But, by the end of the two-disc collection they were enthralled with the stories and adventures of Gumby and Pokey. I give this collection 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. It is quite difficult to last through the ages and still be this charming and Gumby has done just that.

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror

The Complete 50s series plus bendable toy. Gumby and Pokey, television's legendary clay characters, live one great fantasy after another in a timeless world of magic and wonder. This fun-loving duo can dive into any book for adventures near and far, from Toyland to the Wild West, to the moon and back. Gumby, an everyman hero, who captivates our hearts, always leaves a place better than how he found it. As the theme song says, "If you've got a heart, then Gumby's a part of you." For the first time ever, the complete Gumby Show has been remastered from its original camera rolls and soundtracks with the brilliant colors and full-length formats as first aired in the 1950s. These imaginative, surrealistic, stop motion animated masterpieces will mesmerize children and adults of all ages.
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