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The Amazing World of Gumball

The Amazing World of Gumball
Genre Comedy
Created by Ben Bocquelet
Directed by Mic Graves
Voices of

Composer(s) Ben Locket
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 102 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Joanna Beresford
    (Season 1)
  • Sarah Fell
    (Season 2 – present)
Running time 11 minutes[1]
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe
Original channel Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original run May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)[2] – present
External links

The Amazing World of Gumball is a British–American animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, it first aired on May 3, 2011.[2] The series revolves around the life of Gumball Watterson, a 12-year-old[3] cat who attends middle school in the fictional city of Elmore. Accompanied by his adoptive goldfish brother and best friend Darwin, 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. One of the most notable thing about this series is that it lacks stylistic unity so the characters are animated each one with a different technique (stylized cell animation, puppetry, realistic CGI, etc.)[4]

On June 2, 2014, Cartoon Network announced that the series had been renewed for both a fourth and fifth season.[3]


  • Production 1
  • Premise 2
  • Episodes 3
  • Comic 4
  • Series overview 5
  • Reception 6
    • Critical reception 6.1
    • Ratings 6.2
    • Awards and nominations 6.3
  • Home media 7
  • Broadcast 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


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,[5] 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.[6] Daniel Lennard, vice president of Original Series and Development at Turner Broadcasting, was impressed by the premise and ultimately greenlit production of the series.[7] The first series to be produced by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe,[8] thirty-six episodes were produced for its first season in collaboration with Studio SOI, Dublin-based Boulder Media Limited,[9][10] and Dandelion Studios.[11]


The series revolves around the life of a young cat named Gumball Watterson (Logan Grove, seasons 1–2; Jacob Hopkins, season 3–present) and his frequent shenanigans in the fictional American city of Elmore, accompanied by his adoptive goldfish brother and best friend Darwin (Kwesi Boakye, season 1–2; Terrell Ransom, Jr., season 3–present). Gumball's other family members—his intellectual younger 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 crush Penny Fitzgerald (Gallagher).


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".[12] A 40-episode second season was announced on March 17, 2011, prior to the premiere of the series' first season.[13] 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."[13] 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.[14]


On June 18th the comic "The Amazing World Of Gumball" became available to customers. The comic is written by Frank Gibson. Art for the collection of works is handled by Boom! Studios.[15]

Series overview

The Amazing World of Gumball series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot May 8, 2008 (2008-05-08)
1 36 May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)
2 40 August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)
3 40 June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05) TBA


Critical reception

In a favorable review, Brian Lowry of Variety described the series as "mostly a really clever spin on domestic chaos" and "first-rate silliness."[16] 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."[17] Reviews from the Daily Mail praised The Amazing World of Gumball as a "gloriously surreal chunk of fast and funny telly"[18] and "the kind of clever children's comedy that parents can also enjoy."[19]

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."[20] 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."[21]


The May 3, 2011, series premiere of The Amazing World of Gumball was watched by 2.120 million viewers in the United States.[22]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival Best Television Production[23] "The Quest" Won
Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children[24] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Directing in a Television Production[24] Ben Bocquelet and Mic Graves Nominated
Music in a Television Production[24] Ben Locket Nominated
Voice Acting in a Television Production[24] Logan Grove Nominated
British Academy Children's Awards Animation[25] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Writer[25] Jon Foster and James Lamont Won
Royal Television Society Awards Children's Programme[26] "The Quest" Nominated
2012 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children[27] "The Job" Nominated
Directing in a Television Production or Broadcast Venue Production[27] Mic Graves – For "The Job" Nominated
ASTRA Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program or Event[28] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
British Academy Children's Awards Animation[29] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
BAFTA Kids' Vote – Television[29] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Writer[29] Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster and James Lamont Won
Broadcast Awards Best Children's Programme[30] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
International Emmy Kids Awards Kids – Animation[31] The Amazing World of Gumball Won
Irish Film & Television Awards Children's/Youth Programme[32] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
2013 British Academy Children's Awards Animation[33] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
BAFTA Kids' Vote – Television[33] The Amazing World of Gumball Nominated
Writer[33] The Amazing World of Gumball writing staff
(Ben Bocquelet, Jon Brittain, Tom Crowley, Jon Foster,
Mic Graves, Chris Garbutt, James Lamont and Tobi Wilson)
2014 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 Nominated

Home media

Region Set title Season(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Time length Release date
1 The DVD[35] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes August 28, 2012
1 The Mystery[36] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes January 15, 2013
1 The Party[37] 1 16:9 12 132 minutes August 13, 2013
1 The Amazing World of Gumball: Volume 4[38] 2 16:9 12 144 minutes November 4, 2014


The series preview on May 3, 2011 and premiered May 9, 2011 on Cartoon Network. In Canada, it premiered on May 15, 2011 on CTV and on May 20, 2011 on MuchMusic and aired its first season on CTV and MuchMusic, and then moved to Cartoon Network Canada on July 4, 2012 and to Teletoon on September 8, 2012. It premiered on October 1, 2011 on Cartoon Network (Australia and New Zealand), Cartoon Network (India) and Cartoon Network (Southeast Asia). It aired as a preview on May 2, 2011 and officially premiered on September 5, 2011 on Cartoon Network (UK and Ireland).

On December 1, 2014, The Amazing World of Gumball began airing on Boomerang in the United States, alongside its broadcasts on Cartoon Network.[39]


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