Cartoon Network: The Amazing World of Gumball - The DVD
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Cartoon Network: The Amazing World of Gumball - The DVD
The Amazing World of Gumball features one hilarious episode after another for Gumball and his friends. Gumball's world is pretty run-of-the-mill. He's chased around school by a T-Rex. He has a friend named Anton who's a piece of toast. He's got a crush on Penny, a peanut with antlers. His dad is a 6'4" bunny. His mom works at a Rainbow Factory. And his brother is a goldfish named Darwin. Yup, everything looks perfectly normal here. This DVD is packed with 12 funny episodes from Season 1 and more all ready to keep you laughing.]]>
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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.
Finally, we come to the merits of this particular DVD. The simple truth is, we're not yet at the stage in the marketing process where the people who control these things are willing to release a whole season. At a mere 12 episodes, each of which is really only one half of a full "half hour" episode, this disk contains just one third of the first season. The specific episodes included are:
On the plus side, while there is yet to be a full season release, the three disks they have released (including this product, Amazing World of Gumball - The Mystery, 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.
What you choose to do is up to you.
This DVD contains 12 episodes from The Amazing World of Gumball cartoon. Amazon doesn't always do a good job on their DVD episode listings so here are the episodes that are included on this DVD:
1. The DVD
2. The Third
3. The End
4. The Quest
5. The Laziest
6. The Gi
7. The Refund
8. The Picnic
9. The Mustache
10. The Wand
11. The Curse
12. The Meddler
1. Meet the Wattersons
As far as the show goes, I absolutely love it. It is my favorite currently-running show on Cartoon Network right now. It's sad to see how much worse cartoons have gotten in the past few years, in terms of quality and comedic value. A lot of shows now are either complete crap, or just "meh". However, this show is great in every aspect. Rarely are any cartoons able to leave me in stitches, but this cartoon does just that. The humor does not seem forced & thrown in your face - it's more natural, witty, and subtle, like humor should be. There's the kind of stupid that's FUNNY, and then there's the kind of stupid that's just DUMB. This is stupid-funny. It has broad appeal, and won't raise as many red flags with parents as other shows (*cough, cough* Regular Show!! *cough*) might. (I do like "Regular Show" as well, but I had to accept the FACT that it is probably better-suited for Adult Swim.) Adults will also enjoy the show's "cuteness" factor and the many pop-culture references from the 80's and such (like Rocky's "AB/CD" shirt). A show like "Uncle Grandpa" simply cannot compare.
In addition to how well-written it is, I also love the unique appearance of the show. Pretty much all forms of animation come together in a way that blends well and does not seem (too) awkward. The backgrounds are based off of photographs, and the characters exhibit a broad range of animation styles - hand-drawn, photorealistic, CGI, puppet, claymation, 8-bit, animesque, chinnequin, and so on. Seeing the vast array of different...species(?)...of characters is really cool, as well. The animation is smooth and well-done, unless it's clearly not intended to be.
I also admire how, despite being a show from the UK, it seems very American. A large portion of the voice cast hails from the United Kingdom, but they use American accents & dialect. And they do an excellent job with it!! I was astounded to find out this was a British cartoon; it just doesn't seem like it.
All-in-all, this show is simply fantastic from top to bottom. Everything comes together seamlessly, and it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable cartoon. "The Amazing World of Gumball" is a rare gem in a sea of disappointments today. If you haven't seen it, you must; you're missing out. You won't regret it.