The kidrobot x the Simpsons toy collaboration continues with the new 7-inch vinyl Homer Buddha. This standalone, zen-like Homer inspired by "Goo Goo Gai Pan" (Season 16, Episode 12), comes packaged in a white and red box parodying a Chinese take-out food container.
“With a pretzel in one hand, and beads in another, Homer passes down the oral tradition of donut eating…” —kidrobot blog
Homer Buddha, peacefully sitting on top of “giant fried dough topped with pink frosting and rainbow jimmies,” will be available starting September 6th, 2012.
The “Best of Ralph Wiggum” video consolidates some of the simple word choices and combinations formed by the comical animated character on The Simpsons. Though Ralph can come off as oblivious or ignorant, so often what he says is perfectly succinct (or purely laughable).
Elle Taiwan honors their magazine’s 20th Anniversary with a double cover featuring Hello Kitty as a stylish fashion model (December 2011 issue). There is also a behind the scenes video for some insight behind the photoshoot of the feline icon.
Interactive Google Doodle remembering Art Clokey with Gumby characters
Google celebrates the 90th birthday anniversary of Arthur “Art” Clokey with an adorable, animated, interactive Gumby themed Google Doodle logo design (including Pokey and friends).
October 12, 2011, we celebrate Gumby creator Art Clokey’s 90th birthday, and Google is honoring this stop motion pioneer with a doodle. Google’s home page will feature a unique interactive stop motion clay doodle created by the Clokey Productions Premavision studios. Coinciding with the birthday fanfare is the premiere of the new http://www.Gumby.com website—Gumby’s new home!
"The Google Doodle is the perfect tribute to my fathers work," says Joe Clokey, Art Clokey’s son and creator of Gumby’s new website. "Art’s life and film career were ahead of their time. My dad would have been thrilled to be connected with Google in this way."
A true visionary and pioneer, Art Clokey touched millions around the world with his creations. Art’s clay animation short Gumbasia expressed an exciting kinesthetic brand of film making that has influenced many of our current leading directors…” —press release about Google Doodle for Gumby’s creator and the launch of new Gumby World site for classic film clips, history, products, and biographical information
Aside from honoring the birthday of the late Art Clokey, the new Google Doodle is a fun way to reintroduce the characters made of clay from the stop-motion animated television classic. There’s plenty to read and watch about innovation in animation with Gumby.com as the base—only wish there were larger, archival images and photographs. Below is one of the old video gems:
After the season finale, FOX and The Simpsons leave the audience a cliffhanger on the fate of Ned’s new relationship with Edna. Through a fun marketing campaign, complete with Facebook and Twitter icons, “the love and future happiness of Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel are in your hands.”