Gumby animator Art Clokey dies at 88 - USATODAY.com LOS OSOS, California (AP) Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby became a pop culture phenomenon through decades of toys, revivals and satires, died Friday. He was 88. Clokey also created the moralizing and often satirized claymation duo "Davey and Goliath." The Lutheran Church hired Clokey to make the "Davey and Goliath" shorts, and Clokey used the money to help bring a Gumby series back to television in the 1960s. Eddie Murphy brought a surge in Gumby's popularity in the 1980s with his send-up of the character on "Saturday Night Live" as a cigar-smoking show business primadonna. Clokey said he enjoyed Murphy's profane Gumby. "Gumby can laugh at himself," Clokey told the Tribune.