The search giant pays homage to the godfather of stop motion clay animation with an interactive doodle as its title.
Today, Google’s homepage pays homage to stop motion clay animation pioneer, Art Clokey with a Gumby Doodle honoring what would have been his 90th birthday. Regardless of age, you may remember Gumby whom Clokey brought to life in 1955 with the film, Gumbasia, followed by “The Gumby Show.”
The Gumby Doodle features a wooden block for the ‘G,’ followed by clay balls mimicking the Google color scheme. Hovering over each clay ball causes it to compress; moving away releases it to full shape… but when you click on them, they come to life.
Today, also marks the official debut of the new Gumbyworld website which provides the most comprehensive look ever at each character conceived in Clokey’s imagination. Clokey’s son, Joe, creator of the new Gumby Web site, said in a statement.
The Google doodle is a perfect tribute to my father’s work. Art’s life and career were ahead of their time. My dad would have been thrilled to be connected with Google in this way.