Gumby: Gumby’s Arctic Antics – Humorous and Nostalgic Family Entertainment

Gumby and Pokey, television’s legendary clay characters, live one great adventure after another
in a timeless world of stop motion magic and wonder. Join our favorite duo in this fun-filled
collection of 50’s, 60’s and 80’s episodes! When Santa gets sick right before Christmas, will the
holiday be ruined or can the Witty Witch save the day and deliver the gifts with the help of a
certain someone? Then, Scrooge escapes from his book and sets out to destroy all of the toys in
Toyland, but luckily Gumby is there to save the day. From helping the Pilgrims, George
Washington, and even the Moon Boggles, to rescuing a baby mastodon in the arctic, these
unique shows will spark your imagination and bring a smile to your heart. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Gerry O. comments, “Even though this collection’s branded as Arctic, there are many episodes
that leave the Arctic Circle and dive into history. Some of the best include visiting the American
Revolutionary War or the voyage on the Mayflower. Gumby really makes them shine by bringing
humor and unique adventures to each one.” Carla P. adds, “I believe the DVD Gumby: Gumby’s
Arctic Adventure is a great series because of its claymation and characters. I found it brought
cheer to my holidays and made me happy.” See their full reviews below.
Gumby: Gumby’s Arctic Antics
By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15
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This collection of a dozen Gumby episodes promises to entertain the whole family with great
humor suitable for all ages. Its spectacular soundtrack really brings the show justice.
Like many other Gumby collections, this set revolves around Gumby’s adventures which vary
from episode to episode, but generally have some light comedy throughout. Something that really
stands out to me on this DVD is the moment where Gumby actually talks about some historical
facts, bringing a bit of education to this set.
Even though this collection’s branded as Arctic, there are many episodes that leave the Arctic
Circle and dive into history. Some of the best include visiting the American Revolutionary War or
the voyage on the Mayflower. Gumby really makes them shine by bringing humor and unique
adventures to each one. The genius writers even fit in an occasional fact here and there that
teaches young viewers about history without it feeling like a lecture. It just feels like one character
explaining the situation to another character. However, there are minor issues with some of the
plots. Generally, Gumby episodes are very short which fits the style, but many of these are too
open-ended and don’t have a concrete finish. Almost all Gumby episodes feel a bit unfinished and
seem to do little to address the conflict that made the story exist, which leaves the viewer slightly
disappointed.
The quality of the stop-motion animation keeps at a superb level, despite these episodes
originally being made across three decades, some as early as the 1950s. The writers, for the
most part, did well in keeping the episodes interesting. There are some noticeable repeats in
jokes or ideas. For example, there are two episodes where Gumby and Pokey somehow destroy
an igloo and must rebuild it for the occupants. The two stories vary slightly, but have a very similar
conflict. This makes the repeat episode rather boring. Something that the writers excel at (as they
always did for Gumby) is the dialogue. The conversations are always natural, smooth and very
realistic, despite all the characters being made from clay. These episodes of course also feature
the original soundtrack of the show, which is recognizable and really adds to the experience. The
music feels light and soothing, yet entertaining and fitting for each story.