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#* The main characters can be unlikeable at times, mostly the Wattersons. They can be annoying at times, mostly Gumball himself (in first two seasons he used to be a crybaby). Also Richard can be a Karma Houdini (The Laziest, The Prank). Richard's real father, Franky is a lazy bum. Nicole's parents are perfectionists, who want their daughter to be the empress.
 
#* The main characters can be unlikeable at times, mostly the Wattersons. They can be annoying at times, mostly Gumball himself (in first two seasons he used to be a crybaby). Also Richard can be a Karma Houdini (The Laziest, The Prank). Richard's real father, Franky is a lazy bum. Nicole's parents are perfectionists, who want their daughter to be the empress.
 
# Some of the background characters can suddenly disappear for the whole time in certain episodes and don't return for quite a lot of episodes. Multiple background characters get very little episodes to themselves.
 
# Some of the background characters can suddenly disappear for the whole time in certain episodes and don't return for quite a lot of episodes. Multiple background characters get very little episodes to themselves.
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# Cartoon Network had not announced
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they’re going to celebrate Gumball’s 10th anniversary.
   
 
== Reception ==
 
== Reception ==

Revision as of 18:44, 7 April 2021

The Amazing World of Gumball
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WHAT THE WHAT?!
Genre: Surreal comedy
Slapstick
Sitcom
Running Time: 11 minutes, one 22 minute special
Country: United Kingdom
United States
Release Date: May 3, 2011
June 24, 2019
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Ben Bocquelet
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Logan Grove (2011-2012)
Kwesi Boakye (2011-2012)
Jacob Hopkins (2013-2016)
Terrell Ransom Jr. (2013-2016)
Nicolas Cantu (2017-2018)
Donielle T. Hansley Jr. (2017-2018)
Christian J. Simon (2018-2019)
Kyla Rae Kowalewski
Teresa Gallagher
Dan Russell
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 240


The Amazing World of Gumball is a British-American animated television created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, it first aired on May 3, 2011 and ended on June 24, 2019. The series revolves around the life of Gumball Watterson, a 12-year-old cat who attends middle school in the fictional city of Elmore. Accompanied by his adoptive goldfish brother Darwin Watterson, 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 Limited.

One unique feature of the series is its lack of stylistic unity. Characters are designed, filmed, and animated using different styles and techniques (stylised traditional animation, puppetry, CGI, stop motion, Flash animation, live action, etc.) The series has made multiple stylistic changes throughout its production, specifically in the transition between its first and second seasons. Such changes include character redesigns, an increase in the use of VFX, higher quality animation, and a shift towards a much more satirical comedic style.

Plot

The series revolves around the life of a 12-year-old sky blue cat named Gumball Watterson and his frequent shenanigans in the fictional American city of Elmore, accompanied by his adopted goldfish brother/best friend Darwin. Gumball's other family members—his intellectual sister Anais and stay-at-home father Richard, both rabbits, and workaholic mother Nicole, 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 love interest and eventual girlfriend Penny Fitzgerald.

One prominent feature of the series since its third season is "The Void", a dimension inside of Elmore where all the universe's mistakes reside. This includes references to aspects of reality as well as in-series elements. Rob (Hugo Harold-Harrison, David Warner for episodes "The Nemesis" to "The Disaster") is a background character from the first two seasons who became trapped in The Void after becoming "irrelevant". He later escapes in Season 3, after which he becomes Gumball's nemesis and main antagonist. He is shown to be aware of his fictional existence in the Season 4 episode "The Disaster", and his hatred towards Gumball is a result of his role as the protagonist.

Why It Rocks

  1. ​Impressively creative, beautiful and colorful animation, which is some of the best looking shows ever created on Cartoon Network.
  2. ​Great and likable characters such as Darwin and Penny.
  3. ​Indian intro is hilarious (made in comic book-esque style).
  4. Awesome and very expressive voice acting.
  5. Entertaining and fast-paced plots.
  6. Many of the characters' designs are mixed with various art styles such as 2D, 3D, claymation, live-action/puppet, traditional (mostly flash, digital ink and paint, as cel animation (hand-drawn) is no longer standard in the animation industry since the late 1990s/early 2000s), and CGI, which looks very unique for a show and still do to this very day.
  7. Many good, clever and hilarious jokes, with a mostly perfect mixture of black comedy as the show progress.
  8. Numerous pop culture references, such as: video games, movies, TV shows, and anime. These are normally very hard for other shows to get right.
  9. Several excellent catchy songs like "Weird Like You and Me", "The Vermin Man", "I Am Free", "Without You" and "Books are Violent".
  10. Rob's transition from being a background character into an antagonist was well executed.
  11. The concept where a dimension is full of the world's mistakes is a pretty interesting and clever idea.
  12. The show greatly improves as it goes on after season 1 with better plots, better animation, more reasonable stories, and most importantly, more refined comedy, mostly meta humor.
  13. Despite the show being aimed at kids, it could easily be enjoyed by adults as well due it's surreal humor and some adult jokes.
  14. Several hilarious, awesome, and memorable episodes such as "Christmas", "The Shell", "The Choices", "The Agent" and the list goes on.
  15. Some emotional songs such as "Out of Sync" from The Silence, "No More Gi" from The Gi, "Life is Beautiful" from the Faith as well as the near-ending song heard in the episode The Others.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some jokes can be unpleasant, particularly in season 2.
  2. Season 1, while decent, was a weak start to the series thanks to the animation looking nowhere near as recognizable as Season 2 did, and it had a few more mediocre or bad episodes compared to the other seasons. This is excusable for most of the time, as the show was only just starting and the writers had little to work with.
  3. Some bad or mediocre episodes like "The Girlfriend" (the most infamous episode of the show), "The Parents", "The Apprentice", "The Rival", "The Hero", "The Coach", "The Triangle", "The Laziest", and "The Robot"
    • The final episode, "The Inquisition", was not well-received due to it ending with a cliffhanger. However, this will most likely be resolved with the premiere of the upcoming movie on Cartoon Network.
  4. Some gross-out toilet humor.
  5. The show's writing began to slightly go downhill around season six (despite some good episodes like "The Faith").
  6. Like Regular Show, it has a very short intro.
    1. There is a much longer version, but it's rarely used.
  7. Some unlikable characters, such as Felicity and Jamie.
    • The main characters can be unlikeable at times, mostly the Wattersons. They can be annoying at times, mostly Gumball himself (in first two seasons he used to be a crybaby). Also Richard can be a Karma Houdini (The Laziest, The Prank). Richard's real father, Franky is a lazy bum. Nicole's parents are perfectionists, who want their daughter to be the empress.
  8. Some of the background characters can suddenly disappear for the whole time in certain episodes and don't return for quite a lot of episodes. Multiple background characters get very little episodes to themselves.
  9. Cartoon Network had not announced

they’re going to celebrate Gumball’s 10th anniversary.

Reception

The Amazing World of Gumball has received mostly positive reviews from critics. In a favorable review, Brian Lowry of Variety described the series as "mostly a really clever spin on domestic chaos" and "first-rate silliness." 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."

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 recognisable traits and tendencies." 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." Meredith Morgenstern of Medium praised the show for its diversity, with specific mention of the Watterson's adopted child Darwin, the stay-at-home dad and working mom dynamic of the family, and the casting of young black actors for the aforementioned main character Darwin.

Trivia

  • There is a Chinese knockoff of the show called Miracle Star, which was later parodied by this show in the episode The Copycats.
  • The first voice actor of Darwin, Kwesi Boakye, also voiced Gossamer on The Looney Tunes Show.
  • Christian J. Simon, who played Darwin Watterson in the 6th and final season, is currently portraying Leo (young Max’s friend) on the Disney Channel original series Sydney to the Max. His former co-star Nicolas Cantu (the actor who played Gumball Watterson in the last two seasons) guest starred as Dominic in the Season 1 episode "Dude, Where's My Car Wash Money?"
  • This is the 5th longest running Cartoon Network show behind Johnny Test, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Adventure Time and Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu.
    • Speaking of Adventure Time, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, voice actress of Anais Watterson, also voiced Me-Mow on that show.
  • After the negative reception of the final episode, Ben Bocquelet, the creator the show, stated on his twitter that it was not his choice to end up the show like this, and he will retribute the fans with the upcoming movie, that still doesn't have a release date.
  • Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Teresa Gallagher, and Dan Russell are the only three actors to voice Anais, Nicole, and Richard Watterson in all of the episodes.
  • Darwin Watterson has about 4 voice actors of the show. Gumball has 3. So He has the most voice actors than Gumball.
  • The same studio that brought you this series later went on to make another Cartoon Network show, Elliott from Earth premiering March 29, 2021.

Episodes With Their Own Pages

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Comments


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AstroidexAdam

15 months ago
Score 3
TAWOG was funny, references were one of the many things that made the series great. Probably one of the best 2010s CN shows(I know there are other great 2010s CN shows, like Steven Universe, Regular Show, OK K.O. Let's be heroes, Adventure time and etc...)
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Maone-Maone

14 months ago
Score 5
This is my favorite 2010s CN show
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I totally agree with you! 😀😀😀😀😀
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Zappa F

3 months ago
Score 0
I agree
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This is one of the best CN shows ever!
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SecretKy

12 months ago
Score -17
I want a body swap episode. Halloween didn't do it for me because it aired in 2012 and I hated 2012!
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 4
Ok boomer
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 0
SecreatKy You are ironically funny
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 1
Who keeps downvoting my comment, each comment I post here gets downvoted by -2
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 0
SecretKy at least it would make 1% sense if you spammed it to the writers, but spaming it on a random article just makes you look insane
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 0
G O S A Y S A Y O N A R A
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Trevor807

12 months ago
Score 14

A. Why do you want a body-swap episode? What would be the plot?

B. Why do you choose to spam this, SecretKy? And whine like a toddler?
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SecretKy

12 months ago
Score -17
Because the last one was in 2012 and I hated 2012. And I want it to be Gumball and Darwin or Gumball and Anais.
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PerryPikaplush

12 months ago
Score 2

Okay Enough with the "Ok Boomer"

Jesus!!
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PerryPikaplush

12 months ago
Score -4
The Amazing World of Gumball is like the Family Guy of Modern Day Kids Cartoons
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Trashanimal

11 months ago
Score 10
Wtf did you mean?
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Blubabluba9990

3 months ago
Score 2
TAWOG has a lot of satirical humor and jokes that would go over kids' heads.
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RaymesisEvil

12 months ago
Score 2
i luv so much this show
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RaymesisEvil

9 months ago
Score 2
Okay
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 8
He hit puberty, so this was inevitable. Accept it.
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Paprika

11 months ago
Score 10
Puberty can't be helped. His voice would keep cracking.
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Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 2
3 of my favorite cartoon network shows: Adventure Time, Regular Show & Gumball.
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SecretKy

11 months ago
Score -20
BODY SWAP!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!
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Glitchedblood

11 months ago
Score 2
And this is why I want to be an admin on this wiki. To get rid of scumbags like you.
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 2
Block this kid already. PLEASE.
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 10
Took care of it. SecretKy has left the building.
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score 4
bOdY sWaP!!!!!!!!!!! nOw!!!!!!!!!!
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DeciduousWater534

11 months ago
Score 1

Imagine getting blocked for angrily demanding a body swap episode.

This post was made by the Anti-Body Swap Gang.
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Hookuai

11 months ago
Score 3
No Body Swaps in the halls
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SporeShroom2007

11 months ago
Score 12
I would like a Phineas & Ferb/Simpsons crossover, but at least I don't spam it everywhere like you, Ky.
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 2
He got blocked, aww man I"ll miss that kid he is so funny
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Zeroa

3 months ago
Score 2
Why Are You Such A Little Kid? Like Stop Spamming Body Swap Now. Plus The Show Has Been Cancelled Already!
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 1
Zeroa I think SecretKy is just insane
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 1
My New English : motherfucker
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Jego5542Gonzalez

10 months ago
Score 2
I like this show
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Redpikminwarrior

10 months ago
Score 0
I honestly only liked season 1, the animation was better in my opinion and the show wasn't as mean spirited as it was after season 1. Gumball himself was a seemingly selfish airhead, but he was always friendly and helped out with certain situations whenever, but afterwards he was just a selfish douche who would talk shit to anyone about anything, he was basically bloo as a cat much like how darwin is mac as a fish with legs
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ThePCGamer

9 months ago
Score 1
FUN FACT: The show was cancelled after my 12th birthday (My Birthday is June 23, 2007)
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Seanbuscus2600

8 months ago
Score 4
That show has nothing to do with Gumball.
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Ilovecartoons

8 months ago
Score 4
I Really Like This Show And It just seems to get better every season
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Cartoonsaremylife

8 months ago
Score 3
I love this show
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UndertaleGamer1000

8 months ago
Score 2
Best Cartoon Network show.
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Darny212

8 months ago
Score 0
Best CN Show In Existence
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Snesboy12

6 months ago
Score -4
I beg to differ.
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JaguarByte Productions

7 months ago
Score 0
Looked at previous schedules of CN in my country (Romania) and there was one in April 2020 which had only Gumball that week. No jokes, 24/7 only Gumball. Probably worse than that Christmas TTG Schedule from 2017 as at night there was Adult Swim in the US, even though Gumbass is a great show.
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KalloFox34

7 months ago
Score 3
This is a show that managed to stay fresh from beginning to end.
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InsertGenericUsernameHere2

7 months ago
Score -1
And for some reason someone put it in the "Shows That Went Downhill" category.
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score -2
Honestly I think there is somekind of a vandal in this wiki as nearly every page is added to that category
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score -2
Even if it wasnt stated in the bad qualities and contradicts some good qualities
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KaiSmithMiraheze

6 months ago
Score 3
"There is no future..."
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Starshade353

5 months ago
Score 2
This show is so funny Its a shame it ended on a cliffhanger
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Blubabluba9990

5 months ago
Score 4
I love this show!
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Kaiolauro06

4 months ago
Score 1
Best Cartoon Network show from the 2010s!
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score -2
"bOddDDDdY sWWWaaaAAppPPPP NooowwwwwWWWWW" SecretKy
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UndertaleGamer1000

2 days ago
Score 0
I see what you mean by getting two downvotes.
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score -2
wHHeRRe iSSSss mYYyyyY bOOoodddyYY sWaaaP ePPPppIzoDD, wHHhhhErr iSSS mYYYy BOdddeE sWWaAAaaApPPpp ePIsOddddeee
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Yūki

3 months ago
Score 3
What the hell is up with SecretKys and the body swap episode?
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 1
I have no idea
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 1
He is either a troll or is just insane
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 1
Idk {Insert Mopemope by LeaF here}
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 1
SecretKy took Marenol Tablets
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No bias

3 months ago
Score -1
The writers o TAWOG Can make r/Fellowkids done right.
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Sarah davis

3 months ago
Score 2
the only good Cartoon Network show thats still on air.
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YouKonade

3 months ago
Score 3
there are other good shows too, not just this one. I don't know why this comment has downvotes though
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Portrock1566

3 months ago
Score 1
Read the rules people!!!
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KalloFox34

3 months ago
Score 2
The show ended in 2019.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

2 months ago
Score 1
I upvoted your comments to restore the score.
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The7Guy

2 months ago
Score 1
If I weren't mistaken, despite the show ending in 2019, reruns still air on Cartoon Network, unlike the other shows that stop running after the final episode.
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My name is Valentine you bit-

2 months ago
Score 1

Nobody:

When 2 gods came together: The Amazing World of Gumball
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The7Guy

2 months ago
Score 2
Nicolas Cantu has now been replaced for The Gumball Chronicles, so maybe you should cross that fact from the Trivia.
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UndertaleGamer1000

2 months ago
Score 1
I like how it parodies three ripoffs, the "How to Ratatwang Your Panda" which parodies Vídeo Brinquedo's The Little Panda Fighter and Ratatoing (both at once). It even parodies the Chinese ripoff show to itself, Miracle Star.
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MBL

one month ago
Score 1
God I love this show
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KaioGabriel20

21 days ago
Score 1
I love this show!

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