"I dig the sculpt.
Figures made entirely out of clay (especially softer clays) are very tricky to animate. What you really need is a harder, more durable skeleton beneath the clay with secure tie downs through the feet.
Gumby Imagined, The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations
The ultimate Gumby retrospective packed with incredible photos and never-before-shared stories. Written by Art Clokey's children, Joan and Joe Clokey, this is the most comprehensive book ever published on Gumby, Davey and Goliath and their creator Art Clokey, a pioneer in stop-motion animation.