Ben Bocquelet

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Ben Bocquelet
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Bocquelet at Polymanga 2016
Born
Benjamin Bocquelet

(1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 42)[1]
Paris, France
OccupationWriter, animator, producer, director
Years active2003–present
Known for

Benjamin Bocquelet (born June 27, 1980) is a French-British animator, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for being the creator of the Cartoon Network animated series The Amazing World of Gumball. 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, Bocquelet was hired in order to help people pitch their projects to Cartoon Network after the dismissal of Nickelodeon and Jetix subdivisions of Europe. However, when the studio decided to have its employees all pitch their own ideas,[2] 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.[3] Daniel Lennard and Khaki Jones and Brain Miller, the Vice President of Original Series and Development at Turner Broadcasting Systems ,[4] liked the idea and the series was ultimately greenlit.

Career[edit]

The Amazing World of Gumball[edit]

After leaving Studio AKA, the creative director at the studio encouraged Bocquelet to join the new Cartoon Network studio in London, Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe. He received a job there helping other people pitch their ideas to Cartoon Network, and came up with his own idea while doing so. He pitched his idea to the producers. His idea was a 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, which premiered on Cartoon Network on May 3, 2011. He named some characters after his relatives (Nicole, Richard, and Anais were named after his mother, father, and sister, respectively). The Wattersons themselves were named after the author of the comic Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson.[5]

On September 6, 2016, Bocquelet revealed that he was departing from the show after the completion of Season 6, but production would continue. However, on October 7, 2018, he retweeted that the show would end after the sixth season, though the author of the article[which?] made a follow-up article saying that more seasons are still possible. Following the series finale of The Amazing World of Gumball, and the mixed reviews it received from fans, Bocquelet said that he would create a film to resolve its cliffhanger. The film was officially announced on February 17, 2021, under the working title The Amazing World of Gumball Movie.[6] On September 21, 2021, HBO Max and Cartoon Network announced the film had been greenlit and was now titled The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie!.[7] The film will serve as Bocquelet's directorial debut.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Hell's Kitchen Co-writer, co-director Short film
2006 The Little Short-Sighted Snake Designer[8] Short film
TBA The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie! Director, Co-writer, Executive Producer First feature film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2011–2019 The Amazing World of Gumball Creator, executive producer, co-writer, co-art director
2021 Elliott from Earth Special Thanks

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bocquelet, Ben [@benbocquelet] (4 November 2014). "@OliviaSnider10 well the real ones just hit sixty. I'm 34. I'll let you work it out. Math time... BAM!" (Tweet). Retrieved 3 October 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Kidscreen "Ready To Roll"
  3. ^ Toonzone "Toonzone Interviews "The Amazing World of Gumball" Creator Ben Bocquelet" Archived May 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Animation Insider "Cartoon Network Europe Promotes Daniel Lennard" Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Bocquelet, Ben [@benbocquelet] (4 October 2011). "@KJBelgeri It's a reference to my hero Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Dominguez, Noah (17 February 2021). "Amazing World of Gumball Returns as a Cartoon Network Movie". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 17 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  7. ^ Hipes, Patrick (21 September 2021). "'The Amazing World Of Gumball' Returning With A Movie And A New Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  8. ^ Cartoon Brew "Article on The Little Short-Sighted Snake

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