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. The series revolves around the lives of 12-year-old Gumball Watterson, a blue cat, and his best friend—adoptive brother, goldfish Darwin, who attend middle school in the fictional city of Elmore. They frequently find themselves involved in various shenanigans around the city, during which time they interact with Gumball's 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 in Germany and Great Marlborough Productions Limited.
One unique feature of the series is its lack of stylistic unity. Characters are designed, filmed, and animated using multiple styles and techniques (stylised traditional animation, puppetry, CGI, stop motion, Flash animation, live-action, etc.)
PhantomStrider enjoys Gumball's intriguing stories and innovation on its animation style; using various other animation techniques.
He considers The Girlfriend to be the absolute worst episode of the entire series due to the fact that Jamie, the school bully, is frequently brutalizing both Gumball and Darwin (mostly to Darwin) and it unintentionally teaches the lesson that people should put up with abusive relationships until it is all over with.
Lists Strider Includes The Amazing World of Gumball
- It was #8 in Best Cartoon Network Shows (December 29, 2015).
- It was an honorable mention in Best Modern Cartoons (June 10, 2016).
- The episode, The Joy, was #6 in Spookiest Cartoon Episodes (October 13, 2016).
- It was #5 in Best British Cartoons (October 17, 2016).
- It was an honorable mention in Top 6 Bad Cartoons That Got Good (May 23, 2017).
- He made Worst Gumball Episodes, which shows his personal least favorite episodes of the series (May 23, 2018).
- He made Weirdest/Best Gumball Episodes, which shows his absolute favorite and what he considers the absolute wacky episodes from the series (July 6, 2018).