Ben Bocquelet

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Ben Bocquelet
Born Benjamin Bocquelet
(1983-06-27) June 27, 1983 (age 31)
Paris, France
Residence London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Animator, writer, producer
Years active 2003-present
Known for The Hell's Kitchen
The Amazing World of Gumball

Benjamin "Ben" Bocquelet (born June 27, 1983) is a French animator, writer, and producer. He is best known as the creator of The Amazing World of Gumball of which he also co-writes alongside James Lamont and Jon Foster. He was also the director of a short film called The Hell's Kitchen in 2003. When Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe was created in 2007, Ben Bocquelet was hired in order to help people pitch their projects to the network after dismissal of Nickelodeon and Jetix subdivisions of Europe. However, when the studio decided to have its employees all pitch their own ideas,[1] he decided to take some of the rejected characters he had created for commercials and put them all in one series, with a school setting.[2] Daniel Lennard, the Vice President of Original Series and Development at Turner Broadcasting UK,[3] liked the idea and the series was ultimately greenlit.

The Amazing World of Gumball[edit]

After leaving Studio AKA, Phil Hunt, the creative director at Studio AKA, encouraged him to join the new Cartoon Network studio in London. He helped other people pitch their ideas, and came up with his own idea while doing so. He pitched his idea to the producers. His idea was an Adult Swim show called Gumball about reject cartoon characters attending a remedial school, but producers felt this concept was too sad. He then revised this idea and made it more cheery, taking on the structure of a family sitcom. The producers liked this idea, and work went underway for what would become The Amazing World of Gumball. He named some characters after his relatives (Nicole, Richard, and Anais were named after his mother, father, and sister). The Watterson's themselves were named after Calvin and Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Hell's Kitchen Co-writer, co-director Short film
2006 The Little Short-Sighted Snake Designer[5] Short film

Television[edit]

Show run Project Channel Credited role # of episodes
2011–present The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon Network Creator, Co-writer, Executive Producer 100 episodes

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