Today would have been Art Clokey's 90th birthday. Google did a doodle for him. :)
Not only was Clokey born in the greatest city on Earth (Detroit, MI), but he was one of the best and most well known stop motion clay animators out there. Ask anyone who Gumby is! In fact, here is Gumbasia, his first film, and the film that inspired Gumby:
Clokey was working under the tutelage of Slavko Vorkapić, with a style called Kinesthetic Film Principles. Clokey was, as the kids say, pretty badass. Here is Gumby's first appearance: Gumby Goes To The Moon. Enjoy!