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Gumby Essentials Vol. 1 (2007)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Animated, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000R7HXYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A collection of the most popular and essential Gumby episodes from each of the three decades: 50s, 60s, and 80s. These were personally selected by Joe Clokey, the son of creator Art Clokey, as the key episodes from each of these decades. All episode have been digitally re-mastered and include the original soundtrack.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Little Green Slab of Clay" September 9, 2007
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Gumby is given a new lease on life, fully restored and better than ever!

I am thoroughly delighted with this collection, although it almost seems like a teaser.

This is a major taste of what the essence of the "GUMBY" series is all about. In this collection, you will find episodes in which Gumby, our favorite little clay boy, gets toy robots to do his chores for him until they end up going on a rampage and destroying the Gumbau home, another in which Gumby learns how to bake from mounds of dough in various stages, in and out of the oven, and still another in which Gumby and Pokey enter a drag race that is run like the ultimate board game. The set spans the many decades that the character was a TV favorite, even capping off with three episodes from the last incarnation of the 1980's.

My one wish is that we get longer sets with any proposed second or third volume. If this is merely an introduction (and, judging from the title, it is), then I can accept it as thus and only hope that we see a lot of my other favorites, including the actual introduction to the character and his trips into outer space and Mirrorland (to look for his lost allowance) and so many trips into books to meet historical figures and...well...just being a kid. What I've always liked about the series is captured in the first three shorts that seem to follow the little clay boy around as he just uses his fertile imagination to solve even the most elementary problems.

Each of these episodes has its original soundtrack, the thing we were so hoping for with that massive, well-intentioned set from Rhino. What Rhino set out to do was fine, but it didn't want to go through the legal battles to get the rights to the original tracks.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best single disc Gumby collection!!! April 29, 2009
Yes Goodtimes had pretty good 10 episode collection on DVD from 2003,but this great 15 episode collection called Gumby Essentials,is a much better collection,All episodes ARE selected by Art Clokey,the creator of Gumby(Which means Clokey Productions sees some royalties from this releases,this seems to be an authorized version,the Goodtimes DVD is NOT!)This has pretty good picture quality(considering the source material)and the original soundtracks,a major plus!!! This DVD also has some great bonus featues as well!!! LONG LIVE GUMBY!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gumby at his very best December 17, 2010
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Gumby fans have been waiting for a release such as this one. The only thing that could trump this sampler set would be a complete series set. This collection represents the most popular episodes from 3 decades, the 1950's, the 1960's and the 1980's. In all honesty, I can't imagine any episode of the 1980's series really being essential, but I guess the ones chosen for this collection are a fair representation of the best moments that series had (which really doesn't say much).

This DVD release comes about 20 years after Gumby creator Art Clokey had hosted a 30th Anniversary video titled "The Best of Gumby", which featured Art's 7 favorite episodes, which at that point in time, the 1980's series would not premiere on TV until a year later. On this DVD, 6 out of the 7 from the previous "best of" compilation are once again represented. Perhaps Art was not 100% clear on which episodes really are his favorites, or perhaps he had many more favorites than what could be represented on these compilations.

Now, for the episodes themselves, they all do indeed retain their original soundtracks. There is no 1980's audio redubs on any of the 1950's or 1960's episodes. Also, the 1950's episodes are edited back to their original format. Sometime in the early 1960's when new episodes were made, the 1950's episodes were split in half. However, the editing back together on the 1950's episodes is not the smoothest in some cases. Changes in audio and picture quality clearly give it away that two separate film sources were used, and on at least one episode, a narration track is still heard that was only added after the episode had been split in half.

Now for the episodes; From the 1950's we get "Robot Rumpus", which has probably become known as everyone's favorite Gumby episode.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for Gumby Fans March 15, 2008
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This is a really great DVD and well worth $10. As mentioned, this contains the original version of the episodes (original soundtrack and the 1950's episodes are in their original length).

There are also some nice extras for the DVD. It includes some of the bumpers seen on TV, the music video "Gumbasia," and the pilot episode "Gumby on the Moon".

My only complaint is the packaging. It is not the typical clamshell case most DVDs come in, but rather it's more like a thick paper booklet (which unfortunately can't be locked shut, though it does lay flat). I've read where Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey, has said this was done to be more environmentally friendly. This could also be a cost cutting measure. Either way, it's a very minor complaint.

This is the first of what is hopefully many Gumby DVDs to be released by Classic Media. On April 22, 2008, the Gumby Movie (Director's Cut) will be released on DVD for the first time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gumby and Pokey have never looked better! May 16, 2013
By Bob S
If you had to pick only one Gumby DVD to own, then this is probably the one for you. This collection has the sharpest image and best color of any of the numerous Gumby compilations out there. (Its only rival might be the Legend Films' release of Gumby's best episodes, but only because of the shorts selected; the colors there are not as vivid as they are here.) That being said, this Classic Media compilation might be slightly disappointing to "old school" Gumby fans. The contents are divided into three sections; one for the Fifties, one for the Sixties (the decades of Gumby's original run) and one for the Eighties. While technically well done, the Eighties era episodes lack the quaint charm of the original shorts from some 20 years earlier. (Which is the only reason I rated this four stars instead of five.) But compensation comes in the form of the bonus features: GUMBY ON THE MOON (the original "pilot" episode for the Gumby series) and Gumby-creator Art Clokey's very first animated short, GUMBASIA (a "Claymation" variation on FANTASIA, done to snazzy jazz music).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean fun!
My boys found the Gumby Movie at our local library on the sale rack so they got it. Afterthat they were hooked. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean fun
Great entertainment from the good old days
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good ole Gumby
A little dated now that I'm older but fun to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GUMBY ESSENTIAL VOLUME 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gumby is cool
My son loves Gumby and Gumby type cartoons so these are always a hit when I get them for his birthdays or christmas or just because I love my son.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful color.
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If there are any future releases of Gumby...
Yes, indeed, I, too, like this single disk. In fact, the *ONLY* thing I don't like about this GUMBY ESSENTIALS collection is that it *IS* only one disk. I had hoped that this would have been, say, THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON or FIRST RUN! While a lot of my favorites are here, I was still hoping... Read More
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