Gumbasia a 3 minute 34 sec short film produced in1953 and released in1955. it was the first clay animation produced by Art Cloakey who went on to create the classic series Gumby and David and Goliath using the same technique.
Clokey created Gumbasia while studying at the University of Southern California under the direction of Slavko Vorkapić. It was a surreal short of pulsating lumps of clay set to music in a parody of Walt Disney's Fantasia.
Gumbasia was created in a style Vorkapić taught called Kinesthetic Film
Principles. Described as 'massaging of the eye cells' this technique,
based on camera movements and stop-motion editing is responsible for
much of the look and feel later seen in Gumby films. When Clokey showed Gumbasia to film producer Sam Engel in 1955 Engel decided to fund a 15-minute short film that became the first Gumby episode - Gumby Goes to the Moon.Info from Wiki;
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