bishop arts restaurant Art Clokey is the most suitable recognized for his development of the clay animation 'Gumby". The character, Gumby, was developed in their 1955 student film project while attending USC (University of Southern California). He pitched his film to Sam Engel of 20th Century Fox, and the rest is history. Clokey can be distinguished for creating clay animation commercials for Budweiser and Coca Cola. Like animation in film, clay animation didn't take just a single individual to create--in fact, it took several creators along with inventions. However, the very first film which used clay animation, in addition to live action was 'The Sculptor's Welsh Rarebit Dream" (1908) with the Edison Manufacturing Co. (Later being referred to as Thomas A. Edison, Inc.) [Thomas Edison - pictured].