Ben Bocquelet

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Bocquelet at CG-animation “Especial” for Nox Film, Polymanga, 27 July 2006
Benjamin Bocquelet

(1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 39)[1]
ResidenceLondon, England, United Kingdom
OccupationAnimator, director, writer, producer
Years active2003–present
Known forThe Hell's Kitchen
The Amazing World of Gumball

Benjamin "Ben" Bocquelet (born 27 June 1980) is a French-English animator, director, writer, and producer. He is best known as the creator of The Amazing World of Gumball, 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, 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,[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, the Vice President of Original Series and Development at Turner Broadcasting UK,[4] liked the idea and the series was ultimately greenlit.

The Amazing World of Gumball[edit]

After leaving Studio AKA, the creative director at Studio AKA 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. He named some characters after his relatives (Nicole, Richard, and Anais were named after his mother, father, and sister). The Wattersons themselves were named after the author of the comic Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson.[5]

On 6 September 2016 Bocquelet revealed that he was departing from the show after the completion of Season 6, but production would continue. However, on 7 October 2018 he retweeted that the show would end after the sixth season.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Hell's Kitchen Co-writer, co-director Short film
2006 The Little Short-Sighted Snake Designer[6] Short film
2006 Especial Writer, executive producer, FX artist, lip sync, animator, designer, modeler, layout artist, storyboard artist, first editional editor, production coordinator, thanks CG-feature animation film


Show run Project Channel Credited role # of episodes
2011–2019 The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon Network Creator, Co-writer, Executive Producer, Art Director 240 episodes


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