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Traumafession:: Bigwig on Gumby and The Small Planets

June 4th, 2019 by unkle lancifer · 2 Comments

  I recently introduced this site to my parents.  Ma Bigwig found it particularly fascinating, and both enjoyed and remembered a great many of the subjects in my posts over the past decade. She brought up one that I hadn’t thought about for dozens of years, that I only vaguely remembered since I was no older than four or so, but Ma insisted it should be included on my trauma highlight reel. I researched based on what she remembered, and we watched it on the youtube, and yeah, I get it.

Gumby – The Small Planets.  Art Clokey must have read Le Petit Prince and decided there was plenty of room for a quick moralistic Gumby adventure in the same vein.  With little to no buildup, Gumby announces he’s fed up living like a slave, controlled by his parents, and sets out to find his own planet to live in peace. He’s made his choice and is already happy about it.  A reluctant Pokey is along for the ride, as they hop in a book, and a spaceship therein.

They visit three small worlds in their whirlwind odyssey, each inhabited by a child who (presumably) also got fed up and ran away from home. These kids demonstrate poor behavior, and Gumby decides his situation wasn’t so bad after all.

The first planet is the lair of Train Boy, a Davey and Goliath leftover puppet, who kicks them off rather than share his world and glorious train sets and fires a missile at them.

Second, we have a girl who delights in frightening our duo with a giant dinosaur mask, but then wonders upon their hasty egress why she has no playmates. (also a Davey and Goliath looking castaway)

And third, the clincher…they find a very intense Claymation boy unlike the previous two playing a piano. Pokey sneezes, which sets the kid off, pulling his hair and screaming that his “Beautiful Arpeggio” was ruined. If that wasn’t bad enough, he morphs into a lycanthropic demon hybrid to further hammer the point home that they are not welcome.

Mom says I hid under the kitchen table after watching this one. ( AKA – young Bigwig’s Fortress of Solitude)

So there you have it, kids, if you ever think you have it bad at home, take a look at what else is out there waiting for you….the selfish;  those who find delight in your fear, and bonafide psychotic monster children just waiting to tear your arms off for sneezing.

All the best,

Bigwig

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 4, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for this great traumafession, Bigwig! Wow, that piano kid really freaks out! Did he turn into a vampire? That reminded me of the ending of the “Bobby” segment in the Tv movie DEAD OF NIGHT!

    Here is the Gumby’s The Small Planets in Full for those that are interested….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5itZW6ln4eU

    and here is the Bobby segment of DEAD OF NIGHT if anyone hasn’t seen it…

  • 2 goofygrapeNo Gravatar // Jun 10, 2019 at 12:48 am

    I saw this in probably the 4th grade and that nerd vampire creeped me out! I remember my dad rented the VHS from an videostore in NY that had a stand up video game for Gauntlet 2.

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