Seems interesting. I'm waiting for this show to come to Canada (On Teletoon, hopefully.) so I can watch it.
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I am probably more optimistic about this series than most people, but there is one area that concerns me: James Lamont and Jon Foster, the series’ primary writers, don’t seem to have any experience writing for animated programs - or even children’s programs.
I’m sure they must have been hired for a reason, but I’m still somewhat concerned. Back when I found those character descriptions, there were some sample lines of dialogue as well. I wasn’t too impressed so I didn’t post them; I shrugged them off as early lines simply taken to allow the cast to audition, but it’s been gnawing at the back of my head ever since. I probably should have posted them, as I no longer have access to them, but it is what it is.James and Jon are a comedy writing duo based in London. They have just finished writing a 40 episode animated series for Cartoon Network called, "The Amazing World of Gumball" and written and starred in a new sketch series for BBC Comedy Extra.
Recently they have written for series 3 of "The Armstrong and Miller Show" (BBC ONE) "School of Comedy" series 2 (E4) and "Ashen's Tech Dump" (BBC COMEDY EXTRA). Other things they've written for include "The Armstrong and Miller Show" series 2 (BBC ONE), "CFKD" (BBC COMEDY EXTRA), "28 Acts in 28 Minutes" (BBC THREE), "Ball Park Figures" (pilot, COMEDY UNIT), "The Two Wrongies" (pilot, Rough Cut TV), "Road to Hell" (MTV), and the BAFTA nominated "Bryony Makes a Zombie Movie" (BBC THREE).
They're currently developing an adult animated sitcom as well as several other sitcom / sketch projects.
This show looks positively wacky and I like the cut of it's jib. If it's not TOO kiddy feeling, I think it could really make me enjoy watching it.
I don't know, Huntsman. Bad audition lines aside, I think it opens up something of a wild card opportunity. One of my favorite quotes from that old series "My Favorite Martian" was something to the effect of "An amateur is always more dangerous than a professional, because an amateur doesn't know their own limits! If Alexander Graham Bell had been a professional electrician, he would never have invented the telephone; he would have known it was impossible!"
Take that as you will.
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Folks… I believe the surreal factor of this series may have just been taken up to eleven. I found this picture online and while it’s tiny and difficult to see, you can see the bizarre cast of characters. I like the realistic T-Rex, but the banana on the left and the cactus on the right intrigue me. I’m not even sure what half of those characters even are!
I made it a bit bigger on my own, adding visibility at the cost of quality.
I’m really looking forward to this. It’s going to be trippy.
WHOA that's cool. This looks more surreal than Rocko's Modern Life and weirder than Adventure Time. The art styles don't clash together and all the designs are original. My mind is racing coming up with possibilities for all those characters. More excited than ever for this now.
I really hope this comes on CN US.
I believe that the name of the series has changed. I’m not going to edit the thread title yet, but recently updated linkedin profiles have the series listed as The Amazing Adventures Of Gumball, and a university in the U.K. recently visited Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe and saw an animatic and they cited that as the name. Here is what one of the students had to say about what they saw.
I asked around and the series isn’t going to be ready to premiere until next year.We watched an animatic for a new cartoon ‘The amazing adventures of Gumball’ which is coming out soon, and I must confess, I enjoyed this a lot and everyone was laughing their heads off. However it (not only had an American boy as the lead character) but was very much in the vein of Spongebob Squarepants in terms of bonkers humour and it’s American style. In fact, I was surprised at just how Americanised a British-made cartoon could be. To the point that you could not tell it apart from an American-made film.
The Amazing World Of Gumball had a sneak peek at The Children's Media Conference in the UK and this was all that I managed to find written about it. It does a good job of saying absolutely nothing at all, but at least the series is continuing to generate positive buzz during these events.
Turner revealed a sneak preview of ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, an ambitious in-house commission from Turner that combines live action with 3D and 2D animation. Without giving two much away ‘The World of Gumball’ is a fun and frenetic buddy comedy about Gumball an eleven year old blue cat and his best friend Darwin - a goldfish with legs. The show uses an exciting mix of illustration and animation styles in a highly original manner that is bound to be a smash hit when broadcast.
The preview was an indicator of the kind of comedy Cartoon Network is looking for: Interesting characters, engaging storylines, something fresh visually - they’re always open to new ideas.
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I e-mailed the Vice President of Original Series and Development at Cartoon Network Europe, and he promised to forward any information about the series to me as soon as he is able. I also asked Turner’s Senior Press Officer when information about the series would be able to be released and I was advised me to make another inquiry towards the end of the year. I later read that the series is tentatively scheduled to premiere next May.
Perhaps I’ll find something online before then, but I doubt that I’m going to find anything substantial in the next few months. I’m going to hope that this NDA is loosened by November.
I’ve been looking for information on the series since last year and have only managed to find bits and pieces, but I just found some stuff that was uploaded last year that I failed to notice somehow. I suppose I should be more thorough in the future. I put the image in spoiler tags due to its size. The image quality is a bit fuzzy, but at least it’s something new. I also bolded the new information in the first quote box.
A mix of animation styles with live-action backgrounds, the central character in The Amazing World Of Gumball is the eponymous blue cat of title. His best friend is Darwin the goldfish and other recurring characters include monkey school teacher Miss Simian and Gumball’s sister, a pink rabbit called Anais.
Daniel Lennard says the show is “the ordinary adventures of a cast of extraordinary characters”. Other family members also feature including Gumball’s stay-at-home dad and his mum, a cat-like character who sells rainbows for a living.
Based in Elmore, a US-style suburban town, the show follows Gumball and Darwin at school and home. Everything in Elmore has the potential to come alive, from the traffic lights to hillsides to the sun, creating a landscape full of characters animated in different styles with some live-action elements.
Turner will not disclose the budget for the series, but Lennard notes that storyboard-driven shows are more expensive to make than script driven projects and he says the budget is in line with a that of a comparable US-developed animated series.Originally Posted by Daniel LennardI have believed in a lot of animated programs in the past and have gotten burned, but I sincerely believe that this one will turn out alright.Spoiler:
when is this show coming??
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This might possibly be the weirdest-looking animated show I have ever seen. And I've seen my fair share of internet cartoons.
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