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Gumby – America’s Beloved Claymation Character

Jul 23, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

50+ Years of Entertaining America In 1955, Art Clokey made a short animated film with shapes of clay moving to music playing in the background. The film – Gumbasia – was created using stop-motion animation. This technique, when used with clay figures, is called claymation. The clay object is placed on a set, and a film frame

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Speed Racer: “Go Speed Go”

Jul 09, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Ever-popular Speed Racer originated in 1966 as a Japanese comic strip (Manga) called “Mach Go Go Go”. The creator, Tatsuo Yoshida, modeled Speed after Elvis Presley’s race car driver character from Viva Las Vegas, and the Mach 5 was inspired by James Bond’s Aston Martin from Goldfinger. In 1967, the comic strip was adapted into

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