Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gumby and Goliath











(And the angel said, "Weep not over the smallness of the image, for ye must only click it and have faith.")

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I didn't realize this was Spring Break for some people when I submitted this cartoon six weeks ago, but it's a fairly suitable image for it. Just change the waiter's line to, "Seniors?" This cartoon, however, is not about getting drunk, but melting in the sun because you're made of putty. Just so you know.

CHNW and I recently saw a pretty interesting documentary on Art Clokey, the guy who invented the Gumby and Pokey series. The story behind the development of the series was somewhat interesting but the strange twists that his personal life took are fascinating. I recommend it to anyone interested in human behavior. The film is called Gumby Dharma. Careful with that keyboard – if you accidentally order Dharma and Greg, my previous comments may not apply.

Clokey is also responsible for the Davey and Goliath series, animated shorts that are as difficult to turn away from as a train wreck and for all the same reasons. D&G has the same quirky, jerky animation techniques but adds an insufferably precious element of morality. If you're like me, it makes you squirm and giggle with embarassment for the producers who created it as you ask yourself incredulously, "who buys this crap?" But the documentary casts a whole new light on it.

If you've not seen Davey and Goliath, ask your doctor if watching Davey and Goliath is right for you.

(DISCLAIMER: As a child, I was a fan of Gumby and Pokey and do not wish them ill. By making fun of D&G, I am not making fun of Christianity or morals per se. Even when I was a devout Christian, I found D&G to be squirm worthy. Linking to a picture of a figurine of Jesus with children does not mean I hate children or your idea of Jesus. My use of the word "morality" in a humorous context does not mean I am ammoral. Your experiences while watching the aforementioned programs may be different from mine.)

13 comments:

Waldo says again said...

When i clicked on the htp that said who buys this crap, I thought it was going to be a link to Sally Forth.

Deisy said...

It's Señores, not Señors.

The Guatemalan vegan has spoken.

And btw, I used to be Catholic too, I wonder what the correlation between veganism and Atheism is. Most of my vegan friends are Atheist as well.

KtM said...

I'm an antagonist; which means I don't believe in God, agnostics or atheists.

Yet Another Steve said...

I was dying to recommend "Moral Orel" for the D&G fan, but then I see you've found it.

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Waldo said...

Really I said that???? Hummm, the scotch MUST be working because I do not remember posting that or even knowing who Sally Forth is...

BTW is snowed here this morning and re-seeing the Gumby by the pool piece made me update by resume and search for jobs in the South Pacific. (Thanks for the Sunday angst)

JimmyZ said...

Yes Bedrock the best, Not wrong brothers.
Wrong on that brother.

Piers said...

Why is there a stick of dynamite in the pool?

KtM said...

I'm wondering how long G and P were waiting for those drinks to arrive.

doug nicodemus said...

pretty funny...hahaha

Monkeyfeather said...

I love the pose of the waiter.

Superhero Spouse said...

Deisy,

I think the answer to your question,

"And btw, I used to be Catholic too, I wonder what the correlation between veganism and Atheism is."

is this:

Critical Thought

Nowax said...

I saw that documentary, too and was blown away by the guy's life. I pictured a really boring guy behind those clay figures. Just shows you can't know people.