Trivia: The Amazing World of Gumball

  • Adored by the Network: Cartoon Network gave this a huge buildup: a "sneak peek" six days before the premiere (which also aired on Boomerang and streamed on the website), a countdown bug on-screen the day of the premiere, and at least one rerun a day for the entire week afterward.
    • The Latin American version of Cartoon Network brings this trope Up to Eleven. They went to such extent to dedicate a whole day to the show. They also use them to announce the new stuff of the month and air reruns three times a day, everyday, and they often air clips of this show during the commercial breaks for no reason at all.
    • Cartoon Network also put a lot of faith into the show by renewing a second season a week before the premier, though this could have been done as the show spends a long time in production. Cartoon Network later renewed the show for a fourth and fifth season before the third season had even started airing.
  • The Danza: The character Teri (the hypochondriac paper bear) is played by Teresa Gallagher. Given Teri is just a supporting character and Gallagher also voices one of the main cast, this was probably a coincidence.
  • Dawson Casting: With the exception of the Watterson childrennote , the kid characters are played by adults.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Sussie's model and first season voice actor is Aurelie Charbonnier, one of the show's storyboard artists and the creator's girlfriend. Her screams and laughs are provided by the show's creator and Charbonnier's boyfriend, Ben Bocquelet. As of season two, Fergus Craig is now the voice of Sussie on the rare times that Sussie speaks coherently, though Aurelie's chin is still used for the character and Ben Bocquelet still does Sussie's screaming and laughing.
    • Billy Parham (the blue, egg-shaped boy) is voiced by Richard Overall, the show's voice director and one of its editors. He also performed some of the songs that weren't sung by a character, such as "Because We're Men" in "The Mustache".
    • Mic Graves, the series's director, voices Banana Joe, Banana Bob, and the voiceover heard through "The Voice" which is actually William the flying eyeball's internal monologue.
  • Development Gag:
    • "The Mystery": The yearbook pictures for Alan and Tina both use their designs from the Early Reel.
    • The class photo in "The Curse" that gets impaled by pencils stuck into it uses the Earl Reel designs for everyone but Darwin and Gumball.
    • "The Fridge": Nicole puts war paint on her face. The way she does it covers her whiskers, making them look longer, and thus more like they did in her character model before it was redesigned for the second season.
    • "The Skull": When Clayton shapeshifts into Banana Joe's form, he looks like Joe's first season character model instead of his current one.
    • "The Bumpkin": Gumball tries to escape school by sitting on one side of the seesaw while Hector stomps on the other, the same thing he and Darwin did to try and escape from the school in the pilot.
    • "The Storm": Masami's crush on Alan is funnier when you realize that they were a couple in the pitch pilot "Gumball."
    • "The Tape": The group shot where Gumball almost says the show's name is very similar to the end of one of the series's trailers, except that was in front of the Watterson house and everyone managed to say it.
    • "The Void": Darwin's CGI design from the pitch pilot (titled "Gumball") can be seen floating around, as can a rejected design for the Watterson house.
  • Defictionalization: Elmore Stream is now real...sorta.
  • Fake American: Most of the cast besides the voice actors for Gumball, Darwin, and Anais are British, Scottish, or Irish voice actors doing American Accents. Technically averted with Dan Russell (the voice of Richard, Mr. Fitzgerald, Coach, and Tina in the first season), and Sandra Dickinson (the voice of Granny Jojo, Hector the giant's mother, the pink cupcake lady, Felicity), who are American actors based in the UK. Similarly, numerous characters are voiced by Kerry Shale (Bobert, Hector, Leslie, Larry, Sal Left Thumb, Harold; Alan and Idaho in the first season), who is Canadian and currently living in London.
  • Fan Nickname: Penny and the rest of her family are often called "doe-nuts" (because they're peanuts and she has antlers).
  • Flashback with the Other Darrin: A flashback in "The Name" redubs a scene from the first season episode "The Curse" with Gumball's third season voice actor. The same goes for a flashback with Darwin in "The Extras" to the second season episode "The Sweaters".
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Anais is Me-Mow (Kyla Rae Kowalewski).
    • In Japan, Gumball is Junko Takeuchi, a.k.a. Naruto Uzumaki. Cue Naruto jokes due of how Gumball sounds awfully similar to the titular ninja.
      • Ditto in the Mexican Spanish dub.
    • Granny JoJo is Sandra Searles Dickson (Trillian)
    • The first voice of Darwin voiced Gossamer the monster on The Looney Tunes Show and was in the Tyler Perry movie, I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Kwesi Boakye). His replacement voice (Terrell Ransom, Jr.) was on such American shows as Days of Our Lives, The Middle, and Children's Hospital.
    • BRIAN BLESSED is the homeless amnesiac drifter who is revealed to be Santa Claus on the episode "Christmas."
    • In the French dub, Richard (Papa) is the same voice actor used to dub Benson, Muscle Man, Gaara, and Trent (Total Drama version, not Daria).
    • In Brazil and Poland, Nicole's voice actress is the same one who voices Wonder Woman.
      • Interestingly, the Brazilian Nicole and Richard have mentored Rachel Berry; Richard used to be Rachel's high school teacher, whereas Nicole is her current dance instructor. note 
    • In Hungary and Italy, Gumball is Neil Downe.
    • Derek Jacobi is the narrator in the episode "The Lie".
    • In Russia, Tobias is Baljeet.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Teresa Gallagher, Nicole's voice actor, is a professional singer and is the only main cast member who yet to have a singing part on the show.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Unless you live in the UK or have access to Cartoon Network's UK channel, there's really no legal way to see the uncut version of "The Skull" where Gumball, Darwin, and Clayton give themselves shock therapy to stop lying or the version of "The Storm" where Gumball tells Carmen that he's not a "cheap, corruptible bimbo" instead of a "cheap, corruptible coward." Even digital sources like Hulu Plus and iTunes, which keep the full opening and end credits and have seasons one and two available, include the edits in the US version.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Unlike other musical numbers Darwin is in (barring ones where it's obviously supposed to be a different voice like "No More Mr Nice Guy!"), "What He Thinks About Us!" in "The Words" is performed by a different voice actor than his usual one.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Gumball was voiced by Nicky Jones (aka Chowder) in the early reel version of the show while Darwin was voiced by Jake Pratt.
    • Between seasons 1 and 2, many characters changed voices:
      • Lewis MacLeod left the show entirely, so his roles were recast between Steve Furst (Principal Brown), Hugo Harold-Harrison (Ms. Simian and Rocky Robinson), and Dan Russell (the Doughnut Sheriff).
      • Rupert Degas also left, and his roles were passed to Adam Long (Mr. Small), Max Cazier (Clayton), Hugo Harold-Harrison (Tobias, one of the Eggheads) and Stefan Ashton Frank (Mr. Robinson).
      • As mentioned before, Aurelie Charbonnier was the original voice of Sussie in the show's first season (along with Ben Bocquelet providing the unintelligible screams, wails, and laughter of Sussie). From season two to the present, Fergus Craig (a British comedian) replaced Charbonnier as Sussie's speaking voice (while Charbonnier's chin is still used as the character and Bocquelet still does Sussie's screaming and laughter).
      • A few others changed voice actor despite their original voice actor still playing other characters: Alan the balloon and Idaho the potato went from both being voiced by Kerry Shale to both being voiced by Hugo Harold-Harrison; Carmen the cactus went from being voiced by Teresa Gallagher to being voiced by Alix Wilton Regan); Tina Rex went from being voiced by Dan Russell to being voiced by Stefan Ashton Frank.
    • Both Gumball and Darwin were recast in season three from Logan Grove and Kwesi Boakye to Jacob Hopkins and Terrell Ransom, Jr. respectively due to their original voice actors hitting puberty and sounding too old for their roles. The season three premiere "The Kids" is both a farewell to Grove and Boakye and an introduction to Hopkins and Ransom, Jr.
    • In the third season, Rocky went from Hugo Harold-Harrison to Simon Lipkin and Jamie the bully went from Jessica MacDonald to Maria Teresa Creasey, but Harold-Harrison and MacDonald still voice other characters.
    • Almost all voices were recast in the Hungarian version after season 1, save Gumball, Darwin, Nicole, Anais and a few side characters. Season 3 changed even more voices, including Gumball's and Nicole's. Now Darwin, Anais, Banana Joe, and Penny are the only characters with their original voices.
  • Prop Recycling: A lot of the characters are rejected advertising mascots Ben Bocquelet had in his portfolio.
  • Series Hiatus: Likely because of its multi-medium format and how much time it spends in production, episodes of Gumball take about one-and-a-half times as long to come out as for most cartoons of similar length, which is why there can be anywhere from three weeks to a couple of months between new episodes in the same season.
  • Short Run in Peru: Several times the series has gone on an extended hiatus in the middle of a season, leading episodes to premiere in other countries before reaching U.S. and U.K. audiences:
    • UK: "The Mystery", "The Microwave", The Meddler", "The Fight",
    • Spain: "The Virus", "The Pony", "The Hero", "The Dream", "The Sidekick", "The Photo", and "The Storm"
    • Middle East and North Africa (Arabic dub): the last nine episodes of season two (from "The Promise" to "The Finale")
    • Chile: "The Oracle"
    • Latin America: "The Safety" (which was shown with the original English dialogue and not dubbed in Spanish)
    • Portugal (Portuguese dub): The last four episodes of season three ("The Downer", "The Egg", "The Triangle", and "The Money")
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Hilariously, both Principal Brown and Ms. Simian were voiced by Lewis MacLeod in the first season, despite them being lovers.
    • Richard has had scenes where he talks to Mr. Fitzgerald, the Doughnut Sheriff (after season one), and the Ripley 2000 manager (the little, periwinkle teddy bear seen on "The Refund" and "The Question"), all of whom are voiced by Dan Russell.
  • Troubled Production: The show's production had a rather rocky start because few of the staff had worked on a television show before. This resulted in major organizational restructurings and numerous delays that the show's creator is thankful for not getting in trouble for.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Amazing World of Gumball Wiki
  • Unfinished Episode: Four episodes were scrapped in the first season: two were called "The Mom" and "The Pizza", the other two weren't named. Season two also had an episode planned called "The Rex" which was cut because it would have gone over budget. However, the premise for the two named episodes may or may not have been for the season three episodes "The Mothers" and "The Pizza". "The Rex," which would have fully introduced Tina's father and have been a parody/homage to Jurassic Park, has, so far, been scrapped.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Most of the characters of this show were originally going to be mascots for ads and company logos, but all of them were rejected. Penny, for instance, came from a commercial pitch to Nickelodeon and had a gun. Rather than get rid of them or redesign and repitch them in the hopes they'd be accepted, Ben Bocquelet superimposed them on a photograph of a school and decided to create a TV series out of it.
    • In an interview (page 127), Ben Bocquelet revealed the show was originally envisioned as being about a remedial school for rejected cartoon characters. Daniel Lennard, the Vice President of Cartoon Network's European division, found the idea to be too depressing, so Bocquelet revised it to also focus on Gumball and his family (as the network was looking for family shows and "kids-in-school" shows) and turned the remedial school into an American junior high school. He also mentioned at one point hoping [adult swim] would be interested in some of his work, although, contrary to some claims, he never pitched Gumball itself to Adult Swim.
    • The idea for Darwin's origin, a fish that grew legs, originated in an earlier show pitch by Bocquelet about a village of cryptids isolated from the rest of the world.
    • The show's name was originally planned to just be "Gumball" and not refer to any particular character. It was then decided to make that the main character's name, and from there the title expanded to The Amazing World of Gumball.
    • Gumball and Richard were at first both thought up as blue dogs, but they figured a family of cats and rabbits would be cuter. Gumball was then going to be a black cat, because he's very unlucky, but it was decided this would limit the stories he could be involved in and make him visually indistinct. Some early sketches of blue dog Richard and black cat Gumball have been posted.
    • An "Early Reel" was made for the show as a pilot. The most noticeable differences are the fact Darwin was animated in CGI and Gumball had a square head, though other characters looked different too. Teri was also a boy, there.
    • The people in "The Sweaters" from Richwood High were originally going to be Funny Animals like everyone else, rather than stiffly animated 70s/80s-cartoon-style humans.
    • Sarah G. Lato's name was originally going to be Dolly.
    • "The Downer" underwent a significant rewrite because the initial draft was consider far too dark. Bocquelet refused to elaborate on how the first and final scripts differed, and, when asked for some storyboards, said that it was up to the storyboard artist to release that information. He would, however, later describe it as being "just lame".
  • Working Title: The show was first planned to just be called Gumball, but after deciding that would be the main character's name, it was lengthened to its final name. Some individual episodes also changed name mid-production:
    • "The World" was at one point named "The Objects".
    • "The Extras"note  was originally titled "The People"
    • "The Fraud"note  was originally called "The Phoney"
    • "The Void" was originally called "The Hole".
    • "The Boss" note  was originally called "The Heart"note .
    • "The Question"note  was originally "The Answer".
  • Write What You Know: The turtle drying out in "The Puppy" when Darwin leaves him in the sun is based on how the pet turtle of the series creator died.
  • Write Who You Know: Ben Bocquelet has described Richard, Nicole, and Anais as caricatured versions of his family members that they're named after and Gumball as being based on his perception, as an adult, of what he was like as a kidalthough . Darwin was inspired by several childhood friends that spent so much time at Bocquelet's house that they felt like members of the family. One, named Paul, was also bald and had a similar personality.
  • X Meets Y: This show is best described as The Simpsonsnote  meets Regular Shownote  with the aesthetic of Who Framed Roger Rabbitnote  and possibly Drawn Togethernote 

General Trivia:

  • After the first season, Anais, Darwin, and Gumball has one, two, and three front teeth, respectively.