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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Surreal Claymation adventures, ideal whole-family viewing.

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Colorful, deliciously bizarre, cute, and gentle, this claymation show has an almost mystical ability to enchant people of all ages. A big part of the allure is Gumby's world, which is clearly hand-built and sometimes even a little clumsy. When Gumby wants to take a look at what some faraway friends are doing, he winds up a gadget clearly made from a repurposed cocoa tin, some glued-on bolts, and -- is that? -- yes, painted elbow macaroni. Every frame is alive with weird little details. While your children may be paying attention to a plotline about Gumby's missing ice cream cone, you'll be scrutinizing the edges of each shot for strange things (and finding them).

After watching, it probably won't surprise you to learn that in the 1970s, Gumby's creator Art Clokey took Beatles-like journeys to India to study with gurus (and to experiment with LSD) -- nor that Clokey's other best-known series, Davey and Goliath, was a squeaky-clean lessons-and-morals filled show. You'll see both of these Clokey sides in Gumby, his creator's towering curiosity and imagination, as well as compassion and kindness. The show's classic theme song says it best: "If you've got a heart, then Gumby's a part of you."

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