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on January 31, 2013
As with most DVD releases of TV shows, there are really two issues we need to deal with: the show itself and the merits of this particular release. For those not familiar with The Amazing World of Gumball, I've cut and pasted my review of the show itself below.

While there is yet to be a full season release, the three disks they have released (including this product, Amazing World of Gumball: The Dvd, and Amazing World of Gumball 3: The Party) do together make up the full first season. There's no overlap and there are no omissions: if you buy them all, you will have all thirty six episodes.

Nevertheless, in the absence of a full season release, while I would give Gumball as a show the full five stars, on the basis of what we're being offered here, I'm knocking that back to four.

The episodes included in this second third of the season are:

THE MYSTERY
THE RESPONSIBLE
THE SPOON
THE GENIUS
THE CAR
THE MICROWAVE
THE SOCK
THE CLUB
THE APE
THE DRESS
THE HELMET
THE PRESSURE

Now, for those interested, here's the review I wrote covering the show overall...

***

If your criterion for what makes a great cartoon is quite simply that it should be funny, this may well be the greatest cartoon to come along in years. Adventure Time may have layers and depths to stagger the imagination of even the hardest core animation fan. Regular Show may have laid back slacker cool oozing from every pore. But Gumball is just plain funny. Really funny. I haven't laughed so hard at a cartoon since the original Williams Street [adult swim] lineup. Yet unlike the Williams Street cartoons, Gumball is a show that few parents could possibly object to as suitable children's viewing.

If you're looking for a more concrete review, here goes: The Amazing World of Gumball is centred around the Watterson family, all of whom are drawn as fairly traditional anthropomorphic cartoon animals;- albeit with a very strong Japanese ultra-kawaii influence. Gumball himself is a cat, as is his mother, while his father and little sister are drawn as cartoon bunnies. The group is rounded out by Gumball's pet fish Darwin, who grew legs, left his tank, and joined the family.

However, while all the members of the Watterson family are unified under a common design language, once we get outside Gumball's immediate family, the show's true anarchic spirit is given free reign. Other cast members include a photorealistic piece of toast, a CGI Tyrannosaurus Rex named Tina, a handful of muppet-like creatures, and many other equally outrageous creations besides. I know one other reviewer has commented that he found all this "a bit hard to swallow". However, I must confess I rather enjoy this riotous visual salad.

The backgrounds are also photorealistic. This includes the Watterson's house, which was put together with an aesthetic that could most charitably be described as early 70's. In many ways the interior reminds me a lot of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force house, except that the Watterson's home is considerably better maintained. One might surmise that these characters actually bother to clean up after their explosions.

Speaking of which, yes, there is a great deal of violence in this show, but it is all very much "cartoon violence". The catastrophes that beset the characters are all in the same spirit as Buggs Bunny handing an unsuspecting Yosemite Sam a stick of dynamite, or the Coyote chasing the Road Runner off a cliff. Although that said, the stories in this show are a little more evolved and character driven than the ones in the old Warner Bros. cartoons.

In the end, this show is quite simply a gloriously absurdist frolic - and an extremely funny one at that. Young or old, unless you're a complete sourpuss, I can virtually guarantee that you'll get a laugh out of this cartoon.

Theo.
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on January 14, 2013
Now I've recently gotten into this show thanks to the first DVD and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. The show touches on a lot of levels of humor and if you don't find one joke funny then there's another one following right after that makes up for it. As usual with Cartoon Network DVDs the special features leave much to be desired, this time having a measly character gallery. The other thing that drags this down is that it, like the first DVD, is misleading. The twelve episodes are actually eleven minute segments that come out to just over two hours.

For the price it is a pretty good deal, and since the first season is thirty eight segments that leads me to believe there will be one last DVD to complete the season. Luckily there's no continuity in the show so the fact that the segments were divided up is not as bad as it could be, but I would have enjoyed watching the shorts in order.

Good show, good price. Worth the purchase.
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on February 11, 2015
This animated series is the definition of zany wacky cartoons. Sometimes, you'll get a callback or reference to a previous episode, which adds some continuity to this world, but they're mostly random hilarious shorts. This was made to be like a best-of dvd, but it's been confirmed that all of Season 1 can be owned by collecting these three Amazing World of Gumball dvds: The DVD, The Mystery, and The Party.
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on June 28, 2013
Hilarious from beginning to end, my daughter and I laugh so loud, we almost cried. I strongly recommend this to spend time w/your kids laughing your butt off.
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on October 24, 2014
The original season of Gumball is genius level humor. I love all the quirks and humor for both children and adults. A+ stuff.

This DVD is basically just barebones; there is no HD version available, and no extra content to get into with the discs. Its just Gumball, plain and simple. I'd like HD, but the type of graphics this cartoon is drawn in scale up well with interpolation on players.
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on January 20, 2013
Welcome back to the so-called amazing world of a little cat who tries to play it cool. It's a brand-new DVD starring Gumball Watterson and the craziest cast you can imagine in 12 more episodes such as:

"The Mystery" - Gumball discovers a seemingly unrecognizable Principal Brown in his locker. Now Gumball must muster up his detective skills to figure out who could do such a thing.
"The Responsible" - Their parents trust Gumball and Darwin to look after Anais while they leave for a parent-teacher conference. What could possibly go wrong ?
"The Spoon" - Gumball and Darwin become unsuspecting participants in a convenience store caper.
"The Microwave" - After collecting all sorts of disgusting things in a jar, Gumball and Darwin decide to pop it in the microwave and see what happens. The end result is rather monstrous.
"The Club" - Gumball desperately wants to join a club at school, but no one wants him.
"The Dress" - Gumball wears a dress and suddenly becomes the most popular kid in school. Unfortunately, Darwin develops a crush on what he thinks is the new girl.
"The Pressure" - Gumball and Darwin promise each other not to let girls get in their way of brotherly friendship, but what happens when a girl asks them to kiss her ?!

Bonus feature is a character gallery of the students and staff of Elmore Junior High.

So if you wanna see a world that's beyond your imagination, perhaps discrimination, and maybe comprehension, then "The Amazing World of Gumball" is pretty much up your alley. Don't forget to tune in to new episodes of this and more on Cartoon Network.
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on June 23, 2013
i have been wanting this dvd for a long time and finally ordered it. it came when expected and i love it! it is well worth every penny.I love the episodes, they are some of the best ones!!! I recommend this dvd to any gumball fan.
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on December 19, 2013
this show is one of those "should-it-really-be-for-kids" shows... the humour can be more mature at times (i.e. projectile vomiting and repeated hitting over the heads with metal objects), but the writing is often very sharp and funny...
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on April 7, 2014
It's Gumball! My wife and I watch these with the girls, so much fun and hilarious. Not quite adult like family guy or southpark, but not too lowbrow to bore adults
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on March 25, 2013
I really love this show! As a parent its hard to like a show that my kids watch without it getting to ridiculous but this is definitely a show for families!
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