"GUMBY(R) VS. THE ASTROBOTS(TM)" BOUNCES
INTO RETAIL OUTLETS
Clay Icon Celebrates a Half Century With
His First Starring Role In A Video Game
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (August 9, 2005)
Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today
that "Gumby(R) vs. the Astrobots(TM)" has shipped to retail outlets throughout
North America. A lighthearted platforming adventure, "Gumby vs. the Astrobots"
places classic Gumby characters in an original storyline to foil the plans of
the pesky Blockheads(TM). Developed exclusively for the Game Boy(R) Advance, the
game is rated E for Everyone and carries a suggested retail price of $19.99.
Gumby’s closest friends, Pokey(TM),
Prickle(TM) and Goo(TM) are in trouble in "Gumby vs. the Astrobots," and only
the good-hearted green hero can rescue them. Kidnapped by the Blockheads and
their cohorts, the nefarious Astrobots, Gumby must travel through a variety of
Book Worlds, including the Old West, North Pole and Planet Astrobot to release
them. Along the way, Gumby will utilize his special clay abilities, such as
morphing, stretching and bouncing to save the day and rescue his friends. The
game even features original visuals and sound effects from the classic
television series for the most authentic Gumby experience outside of the small
“We should all hope to be as active and
vibrant at 50 as Gumby is,” said Jeff Lujan, business director at Namco Hometek,
Inc. “We’ve packed as much Gumby content into the game as possible, with a
classic selection of characters and environments, an original storyline and
spectacular clay abilities for Gumby fans of all ages.”
Gumby recently celebrated his 50th birthday
in grand fashion, with a celebrity-filled celebration in San Francisco,
including a performance from the chart topping band (and Gumby fans), Smash
Mouth. The icon is also the focus of an ongoing exhibit at the Museum of the
Moving Image in Astoria, New York. Gumby and the Art of Stop-Motion Animation
features a daily demonstration on an actual Gumby set of stop-motion techniques
pioneered by Gumby creator Art Clokey.
Premavision Inc. and Prema Toy Inc. owns the
popular clay animated stars Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, and those mischievous
Blockheads. With TV episodes from the 50’s, 60’s, 80’s and a movie in the 90’s,
the Adventures of Gumby has reached five decades of children. Gumby creator Art
Clokey developed this series so that there would be something for kids that was
born out of a love for children. In coordination with Gumby’s 50th anniversary,
many exciting plans are being implemented.
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(C) 2004 Prema Toy Co., Inc. Gumby
and Gumby characters are registered trademarks of Prema Toy Co., Inc. All Rights
Reserved. Game program (C) 2005 Namco Hometek, Inc.