The Amazing World of Gumball

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The Amazing World of Gumball
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"WHAT THE WHAT!"
Genre: Surreal comedy
Slapstick
Running Time: 22 minutes (two 11-minute segments)
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 (2011–14)
Kwesi Boakye (2011–14)
Jacob Hopkins (2014–17)
Terrell Ransom Jr. (2014–17)
Nicolas Cantu (2017–19)
Donielle T. Hansley Jr. (2017–18)
Christian J. Simon (2018–19)
Kyla Rae Kowalewski
Teresa Gallagher
Dan Russell
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 240
Previous show: N/A
Next show: N/A


The Amazing World of Gumball (also known as Gumball) is a British-American children's animated television created by 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 Broadcastiung 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 (Logan Grove, seasons 1–2 and season 3 episode: "The Kids"; Jacob Hopkins, rest of season 3 to "The Copycats", Nicolas Cantu, rest of season 5 onward) and his frequent shenanigans in the fictional American city of Elmore, accompanied by his adopted goldfish brother/best friend Darwin (Kwesi Boakye, season 1–2 and season 3 episode: "The Kids"; Terrell Ransom Jr., rest of season 3 to "The Copycats", Donielle T. Hansley Jr., rest of season 5 onward). Gumball's other family members—his intellectual 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 love interest and eventual girlfriend Penny Fitzgerald (also Gallagher).

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. ​One of Cartoon Network's most creative shows.
  2. ​Great and likable characters.
  3. Good voice acting.
  4. Entertaining plots.
  5. Many of the characters' designs are mixed with various art styles such as claymation, live-action, traditional (mostly digital ink and paint because cel animation is no longer used after the 1990s and the 2000's announced digital ink and painting animation) and CG, which looks very unique.
    1. The animation itself is great.
  6. Nearly all of the jokes are hilarious.
  7. Cultural references, including Dragon Ball Z.
  8. Some catchy songs like "Be Your Own You" and "Books are Violent".
  9. Rob's transition from being a background character into an antagonist was well executed.
  10. The concept where a dimension is full of the world's mistakes is a pretty interesting and clever idea.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some jokes can be unpleasant.
  2. An occasional bad episode like "The GirlfriendTTSW" (the most infamous episode of the show), "The Apprentice", "The RivalTTSW", "The Hero", "The LimitTTSW" or "The TriangleTTSW".
  3. It tries to be too modern mostly in seasons 5 and 6
  4. Season 1, while not bad, wasn't quite as good as the later seasons and mediocre animation had some hit-or-miss character designs, not to mention that most Characters did not start out well and Season 1 was too mean-spirited.
  5. Some unlikable characters such as Felicity and Jamie and most of the characters in Season 1.
  6. The usually likable characters can be annoying at times.
    • The Watterson family can be unlikable at some point.
  7. The final episode, "The Inquisition", was not a good ending, mainly due to its cliffhanger ending that will most likely never be resolved.

Trivia

  • There is a Chinese knockoff of the show called Miracle StarTTSW, which was later parodied by this show in the episode The Copycats.

Comments


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AstroidexAdam

6 months ago
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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

5 months ago
Score 1
This is my favorite 2010s CN show
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I totally agree with you! 😀😀😀😀😀
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This is one of the best CN shows ever!
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SecretKy

3 months ago
Score -6
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

3 months ago
Score 2
Ok boomer
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Trevor807

3 months ago
Score 0

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

3 months ago
Score -8
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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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 0
Ok boomer
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PerryPikaplush

3 months ago
Score -1

Okay Enough with the "Ok Boomer"

Jesus!!
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PerryPikaplush

3 months ago
Score -3
The Amazing World of Gumball is like the Family Guy of Modern Day Kids Cartoons
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

2 months ago
Score 4
Wtf did you mean?
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RaymesisEvil

2 months ago
Score 1
i luv so much this show
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RaymesisEvil

one day 6 hours 2 minutes ago
Score 0
Okay
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Trevor807

2 months ago
Score 6
He hit puberty, so this was inevitable. Accept it.
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Kesner

2 months ago
Score 6
Puberty can't be helped. His voice would keep cracking.
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Mr. Dready

2 months ago
Score 1
3 of my favorite cartoon network shows: Adventure Time, Regular Show & Gumball.
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SecretKy

2 months ago
Score -9
BODY SWAP!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!
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Glitchmaster

2 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

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

2 months ago
Score 2
Took care of it. SecretKy has left the building.
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Stephenfisher2001

2 months ago
Score 0
bOdY sWaP!!!!!!!!!!! nOw!!!!!!!!!!
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DeciduousWater534

2 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

2 months ago
Score 1
No Body Swaps in the halls
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NeedsMoreJPEG

2 months ago
Score 0
I would like a Phineas & Ferb/Simpsons crossover, but at least I don't spam it everywhere like you, Ky.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

one month ago
Score 0
I like this show
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Redpikminwarrior

one month 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

26 days ago
Score 0
FUN FACT: The show was cancelled after my 12th birthday (My Birthday is June 23, 2007)

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