Today's Google Doodle celebrant may not strike too familiar with many of us, but his work certainly does. Art Clokey was a pioneer in stop motion clay animation, which we've seen in movies like Robot Chicken and children's programs like Bob, the Builder. Clokey and his wife also invented Gumby, one of his most famous characters. The name for Gumby came from Clokey's childhood experiences at his grandfather's farm where he played with a clay and mud mixture called gumbo. Clokey was born on the 12th of October, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan. He would have been 90 years old today. He died in his sleep on the 8th of January, 2010 from a recurrent bladder infection.
Google doodles for Gumby
The Doodle itself is interactive. The elements consist of several of Clokey's characters. When you click on each character, they will 'do something'. For example, if you click on the blue blob that represents the second “g” in “Google”, the character will jump up. Once you click on a second element, say for instance, the “e” in “Google”, a horse will show up and if the “g” is still active, she will slowly curl back up into the clay blob she originally was. Have fun playing with today's Doodle!