The Amazing World of Gumball

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The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball logo.png
Genre Comedy
Format 2D computer graphics
3D computer graphics
Created by Ben Bocquelet
Directed by Mic Graves
Voices of

Composer(s) Ben Locket
Country of origin
  • Ireland[1]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Joanna Beresford
    (Season 1)
  • Sarah Fell
    (Season 2 – present)
Running time 11 minutes[2]
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Studio SOI
Great Marlborough Productions
(Season 3 – present)
Boulder Media (Season 1)
Dandelion Studios (Season 1)
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original run May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)[3] – present
External links
Website

The Amazing World of Gumball is an Irish–British–American[1] animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, it first aired on May 3, 2011.[3] The series revolves around the life of Gumball Watterson, a young blue cat who attends middle school in the fictional city of Elmore. Accompanied by his adoptive goldfish brother and best friend Darwin, he frequently finds himself involved in various shenanigans around the city, during which he interacts with his other family members—sister Anais and parents Nicole and Richard—and an extended supporting cast of characters.

Bocquelet based several of the series' characters on rejected characters from his previous commercial work and making its premise a mixture of "family shows and school shows", which Cartoon Network was heavily interested in. He pitched The Amazing World of Gumball to the network and Turner Broadcasting executive Daniel Lennard subsequently greenlit production of the series. It is the first series to be produced by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, and is currently co-produced with Studio SOI and Great Marlborough Productions.

Production[edit]

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. However, when the studio decided to have its employees all pitch their own ideas,[4] 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.[5] Daniel Lennard, vice president of Original Series and Development at Turner Broadcasting, was impressed by the premise and ultimately greenlit production of the series.[6] The first series to be produced by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe,[7] thirty-six episodes were produced for its first season in collaboration with Studio SOI, Dublin-based Boulder Media Limited,[1][8] and Dandelion Studios.[9]

Premise[edit]

The series revolves around the life of a young cat named Gumball Watterson (Logan Grove, seasons 1–2; Jacob Hopkins, season 3–present) and his frequent shenanigans in the fictional American city of Elmore, accompanied by his adoptive goldfish brother and best friend Darwin (Kwesi Boakye, season 1–2; Terrell Ransom, Jr., season 3–present). Gumball's other family members—his intellectual younger sister Anais (Kyla Rae Kowalewski) and stay-at-home father Richard (Dan Russell), both rabbits, and workaholic mother Nicole (Teresa Gallagher), a cat—often find themselves involved in Gumball's exploits. Gumball attends school with his siblings at Elmore Junior High, where throughout the series he interacts with his various middle school classmates, most prominently his crush Penny Fitzgerald (Gallagher).

Episodes[edit]

The first season of The Amazing World of Gumball premiered on May 3, 2011 with the episode "The DVD" and ended on March 13, 2012, with "The Fight".[10] A 40-episode second season was announced on March 17, 2011, prior to the premiere of the series' first season.[11] Speaking of the renewal, executive producer Daniel Lennard stated: "Commissioning a second series before the first show has aired shows our absolute commitment and belief in the series and we're hoping audiences the world over will embrace this show as much as we have."[11] The Amazing World of Gumball was renewed for a third season consisting of 40 episodes in October 2012. In February 2013, the series was put on hiatus, but returned in June 2013.[12]

The Amazing World of Gumball series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired Season DVD release date
First aired Last aired Region 1
Pilot May 8, 2008 (2008-05-08) N/A
1 36 May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28) (volume 1)[13]
January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15) (volume 2)[14]
August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13) (volume 3)[15]
2 40 August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03) TBA
3 40 June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05) TBA TBA
4[16] 40 TBA TBA
5[16] 40 TBA TBA

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

In a favorable review, Brian Lowry of Variety described the series as "mostly a really clever spin on domestic chaos" and "first-rate silliness."[17] Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly was also positive, writing: "There are few examples of mainstream children's programming as wildly imaginative, as visually and narratively daring, as The Amazing World of Gumball."[18] Reviews from the Daily Mail praised The Amazing World of Gumball as a "gloriously surreal chunk of fast and funny telly"[19] and "the kind of clever children's comedy that parents can also enjoy."[20]

The A.V. Club's Noel Murray graded the DVD release of the series' first 12 episodes a B+, writing that "what sets [The Amazing World of Gumball] apart from the many other super-silly, semi-anarchic cartoons on cable these days is that it features such a well-developed world, where even with the eclectic character designs, there are recognizable traits and tendencies."[21] Wired writer Z noted that the series "manages to have genuine heart even as the plots themselves transition from well-worn TV tropes to all out madness."[22]

Ratings[edit]

The May 3, 2011, series premiere of The Amazing World of Gumball was watched by 2.120 million viewers in the United States.[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival Best Television Production[24] "The Quest" Won
Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children[25] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Directing in a Television Production[25] Ben Bocquelet and Mic Graves Nominated
Music in a Television Production[25] Ben Locket Nominated
Voice Acting in a Television Production[25] Logan Grove Nominated
British Academy Children's Awards Animation[26] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Writer[26] Jon Foster and James Lamont Won
Royal Television Society Awards Children's Programme[27] "The Quest" Nominated
2012 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children[28] "The Job" Nominated
Directing in a Television Production or Broadcast Venue Production[28] Mic Graves – For "The Job" Nominated
ASTRA Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program or Event[29] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
British Academy Children's Awards Animation[30] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
BAFTA Kids' Vote – Television[30] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Writer[30] Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster and James Lamont Won
Broadcast Awards Best Children's Programme[31] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
International Emmy Kids Awards Kids – Animation[32] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Irish Film & Television Awards Children's/Youth Programme[33] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
2013 British Academy Children's Awards Animation[34] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
BAFTA Kids' Vote – Television[34] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
Writer[34] The Amazing World of Gumball writing staff
(Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster,
Mic Graves, Chris Garbutt, James Lamont and Tobi Wilson)
Won

Home media[edit]

Region Set title Season(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Time length Release date
1 The DVD[13] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes August 28, 2012
1 The Mystery[14] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes January 15, 2013
1 The Party[15] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes August 13, 2013

Broadcast[edit]

The series preview on May 3, 2011 and premiered May 9, 2011 on Cartoon Network. It premiered on October 1, 2011 on Cartoon Network (Australia and New Zealand), Cartoon Network (India) and Cartoon Network (Southeast Asia). In Canada, it premiered on July 4, 2012 on Cartoon Network and on September 8, 2012 on Teletoon. It aired as a preview on May 2, 2011 and officially premiered on September 5, 2011 on Cartoon Network (UK and Ireland).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Boulder Media website - Contact page
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  3. ^ a b TV Guide episode list - Season 1
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  5. ^ Zahed, Ramin (May 29, 2011). "Gumball Regins Reign of Color". Animation (Animation Magazine Inc.). Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "BAFTA Presents: The Amazing World of Gumball". The Children's Media Conference. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (October 5, 2012). "Season Three of Amazing World Of Gumball Greenlighted". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kennedy, John (February 12, 2013). "Irish cartoon The Amazing World of Gumball picks up an Emmy". [SiliconRepublic.com]. Archived from the original on November 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
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  10. ^ "The Amazing World of Gumball Season 1 episodes". TV Guide (CBS Interactive). Archived from the original on July 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "The Amazing World of Gumball machine gears back into action". Turner Broadcasting. March 17, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Szalai, Georg (October 5, 2012). "Cartoon Network Greenlights Third Season of 'The Amazing World of Gumball'". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Amazing World of Gumball: The DVD". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Amazing World of Gumball 3: The Party". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Barba, Jessica; Lach, Dawn; D'Amato, Adrienne (June 2, 2014). "Cartoon Network Doubles Down on Global Hit Series The Amazing World of Gumball" (Press release). Los Angeles and New York City: Turner Press Site. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lowry, Brian (May 3, 2011). "Cartoon Net Charms With Clever Import 'Gumball'". Variety (Penske Business Media). Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  18. ^ Tucker, Ken (August 15, 2012). "'The Amazing World of Gumball' season premiere review: Wildly imaginative, with tantrums and giggles". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Amazing World Of Gumball 5.30PM". Daily Mail (DMG Media). December 1, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Easter Sunday 8 April". Daily Mail (DMG Media). April 7, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
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  22. ^ Z (September 2, 2012). "Be Amazed By The Amazing World of Gumball". Wired (Condé Nast Publications). Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: TNT Rides NBA Doubleheader". The Futon Critic. May 4, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
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  28. ^ a b "40th Annie Awards". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Winners of the 10th Annual ASTRA Awards Celebrate New Content Exclusive To Subscription Television" (PDF). Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  30. ^ a b c "BAFTA Children's in 2012". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  31. ^ Wightman, Catriona (February 3, 2012). "Broadcast Awards 2012: Winners in full". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  32. ^ "The 1st International Emmy® Kids Awards Winners". International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Winners Of The 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards". Irish Film & Television Academy. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  34. ^ a b c "BAFTA Children's in 2013". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 

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