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Gumby: The Movie

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Gumby: The Movie

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In Season

We gave it a B

Gumby: The Movie (1995, KidVision, G, $19.95) A zillion Saturday mornings ago, Art Clokey’s Plasticine protagonist seemed downright high tech. These days, Gumby lives in a world more pungently naive than Pee-wee’s Playhouse, with none of the hip irony to bemuse parents. The old-fashioned claymation technique that brings this little world to life remains fetching, and the plot is perfectly strange: While Pokey and two pals engage in ”multiple compound fusion,” Gumby witnesses secret Kachina doll rituals and practices with his rock band, the Clayboys. Eventually, they set up their own version of Farm Aid before getting kidnapped and replicated by robots. Fresh from theaters, this adventure is an okay video babysitter, but the question is: How are you going to keep your kids down on this farm now that they’ve seen Toy Story? B TB