The Amazing World of Gumball

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The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball title screen.jpg
Genre Comedy
Format 2D computer graphics
3D computer graphics
Created by Ben Bocquelet
Directed by Mic Graves
Voices of Logan Grove (Seasons 1–2)
Jacob Hopkins (Season 3)
Kwesi Boakye (Seasons 1–2)
Terrell Ransom, Jr. (Season 3)
Kyla Rae Kowalewski
Teresa Gallagher
Dan Russell
Composer(s) Ben Locket
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 116 (76 aired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ben Bocquelet
Michael Carrington
Daniel Lennard
Producer(s) Joanna Beresford (Season 1)
Sarah Fell (Season 2–present)
Running time 11 minutes[1]
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)[2] – present
External links
Website

The Amazing World of Gumball is a British/American animated children's television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, the series first aired on May 3, 2011.[2]

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,[3] 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.[4] Daniel Lennard, vice president of Original Series and Development at Turner Broadcasting, was impressed by the premise and ultimately greenlit production of the series.[5] The first series to be produced by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe,[6] thirty-six episodes were produced for its first season in collaboration with Boulder Media Limited and Dandelion Studios.[7]

Premise[edit]

The series revolves around the life of a young cat named Gumball (Logan Grove) and his frequent crazy shenanigans in the fictional American city of Elmore. Throughout the series, he interacts with characters such as his adoptive brother and best friend Darwin (Jake Pratt), his sister Anais (Kyla Rae Kowalewski) and his parents Nicole and Richard (Teresa Gallagher and Dan Russell).

Characters[edit]

  • Gumball Watterson (voiced by Logan Grove, seasons 1–2; Jacob Hopkins, season 3 onward) – Gumball is a 12 year old blue cat boy who repeatedly gets himself into troublesome situations. Throughout the series, he is shown to have very limited intelligence, much like his father; although he has been shown to be able to think for himself, his plans often end up backfiring and leading him into trouble. He has a massive crush on his schoolmate Penny Fitzgerald, who in turn shares the same feelings for him – however, they both struggle to properly express their feelings for each other. Gumball often fails to perform simple tasks and is noted to have very poor leadership abilities. Despite his rambunctious behavior, he can still be loyal, serious and kind-hearted.
  • Darwin Watterson (voiced by Kwesi Boakye, season 1-2; Terrell Ransom, Jr., season 3 onward) – Darwin, a goldfish, is Gumball's best friend and adoptive brother. Initially given to Gumball as a pet, Darwin later sprouted legs and subsequently became a full member of the Watterson family. Due to his sudden introduction into the world, he tends to be more naïve and gullible than other characters. He is easily fascinated and scared by simple things. Although his best friend can sometimes be a negative influence on him, he is extremely loyal to Gumball and has often helped him out of sticky situations. In the second season, Darwin started becoming more aggressive, often yelling and committing random acts of violence.
  • Anais Watterson (voiced by Kyla Rae Kowalewski) – A pink rabbit, Anais is Gumball and Darwin's younger sister. She is incredibly smart for her age, to the point that she attends Elmore Junior High with her brothers. Gumball resents the fact that she is always telling him what to do, but nonetheless loves her and acknowledges her good intentions. Although impatient with her brother, she often tags along with him on his misadventures as a voice of reason, usually having to help Gumball out of situations caused by these misadventures. She has, however, been shown to not be above manipulating her family to get what she wants. Despite her intellectuality, she still shows typical childlike behavior and has tried to fit in with Gumball and Darwin on numerous occasions.
  • Nicole Watterson (voiced by Teresa Gallagher) – Nicole is a blue cat who is responsible for the upkeep of her family, performing house chores and working long hours at The Rainbow Factory. A workaholic, she is often over-stressed and possesses a short temper that can turn into violent rampages. She acts as a guide to her children Gumball and Darwin when they get in a tough spot with their misadventures. Competitive by nature, Nicole is a master martial artist, and is very agile and flexible.
  • Richard Watterson (voiced by Dan Russell) – A pink rabbit and stay-at-home dad, Richard spends most of his time sleeping, eating, and watching television. Named "the laziest person in Elmore" since the summer of 1983, he has a large appetite and is a voracious eater. Richard often serves as a third-wheel to his sons' misadventures and cares deeply for his family despite his lethargic nature. He does not appear to have much sense of responsibility or intelligence; nonetheless, he usually has meaningful and constructive intentions.
  • Penny Fitzgerald (voiced by Teresa Gallagher) – Penny is a living peanut with antlers growing out of her head who was Gumball's primary love interest in the series.[8] She returns Gumball's affections, but both are incapable of expressing their feelings for one another.[9] Their former attempts to kiss each other have twice been hampered by last-minute events, such as Richard honking his car in "The Date" and Banana Joe chopping down a tree house in "The Pressure".[8] Penny's father is extremely overprotective of his daughter,[8] and does not trust Gumball until he saves her from getting run over by his own car in the episode "The Knights".[10] She is member of the Elmore Junior High cheerleading and synchronized swimming teams.[8]

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".[11] A 40-episode second season was announced on March 17, 2011, prior to the premiere of the series' first season.[12] 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."[12] 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.[13]

The Amazing World of Gumball series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S.) Season DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1
1 36 May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28) (volume 1)[14]
January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15) (volume 2)[15]
August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13) (volume 3)[16]
2 40 August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03) TBA
3 40 May 2014 (2014-05) TBA TBA

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Amazing World of Gumball has received generally positive reviews, with most critics praising the show's visuals, music, and humour. 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[14] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes August 28, 2012
1 The Mystery[15] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes January 15, 2013
1 The Party[16] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes August 13, 2013

Broadcast[edit]

The series airs on Cartoon Network in Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United Kingdom.[35][36][37][38][39][40] It also airs on Teletoon in Canada, on Go! in Australia, and on TV5 in the Philippines.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b TV Guide episode list - Season 1
  3. ^ "Ready to roll". Kidscreen (Brunico Communications). April 8, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Zahed, Ramin (May 29, 2011). "Gumball Regins Reign of Color". Animation (Animation Magazine Inc.). Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "BAFTA Presents: The Amazing World of Gumball". The Children's Media Conference. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (October 5, 2012). "Season Three of Amazing World Of Gumball Greenlighted". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "'The Amazing World Of Gumball' Boulder Media update!". Animation Ireland. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Character Facts of the Week: Penny from The Amazing World of Gumball". Cartoon Network. September 5, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Amazing World of Gumball". Cartoon Network. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ Bocquelet, Ben; Foster, Jon; Graves, Mic; Lamont, James (writers) (August 21, 2012). "The Lesson". The Amazing World of Gumball. Season 2. Episode 3. Cartoon Network.
  11. ^ "The Amazing World of Gumball Season 1 episodes". TV Guide (CBS Interactive). Archived from the original on July 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "The Amazing World of Gumball machine gears back into action". Turner Broadcasting. March 17, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ a b "Amazing World of Gumball: The DVD". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Amazing World of Gumball 3: The Party". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  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. 
  21. ^ Murray, Noel (August 29, 2012). "The Amazing World Of Gumball: The DVD". The A.V. Club (The Onion, Inc.). Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  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. 
  24. ^ "The 35th International Animation Film Festival Awards". International Animated Film Association. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b c d "39th Annie Awards". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
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  27. ^ Goodacre, Kate (March 21, 2012). "Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2011: The winners in full". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  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. 
  35. ^ British site
  36. ^ Australian site
  37. ^ Canadian site
  38. ^ Indian site
  39. ^ South African site
  40. ^ Asian site

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