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.
    • As of January 2015, Cartoon Network airs seven episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball most days of the week, which is a quarter of the channel's fourteen hours of daily (non-Adult Swim) airtime, which has annoyed Adventure Time and Regular Show fans who were used to seeing their respective shows rerun as much as this one.note 
  • 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 children (Anais' voice actornote  is a teenager while Gumball and Darwin's voice actorsnote  were/are 11 and 12 years old), the kid characters are played by adults (mostly Teresa Gallagher, Stefan Ashton Frank, Alix Wilton Regan, Adam Long, Max Cazier, Jessica McDonald, Kerry Shale, and, in the case of Sussie the chin puppet, Aurelie Charbonniernote  and Fergus Craignote )
  • 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.
    • The voiceover heard through "The Voice" which is actually William's internal monologue was provided by Mic Graves, the series's director.
  • 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 Brits 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, the orange woman with the blue boy, and the first voice actor for Miss Simian), who are American actors based in the UK.
  • 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.
    • Granny JoJo and Miss Simian (first season only) 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".
  • 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, 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.
    • In the first season, Mr. Small, Tobias, Banana Joe, and Alan were all played by Rupert Degas, Ms. Simian was voiced by Sandra Searles Dickinson, and Anton, Rocky, and Principal Brown were voiced by Lewis MacLeod. From season two on, Mr. Small is now voiced by Adam Long, Hugo Harold-Harrison voices Ms. Simian, Tobias, Banana Joe, and Alan (though Dickinson still voices Granny Jojo and other female characters), Stefan Ashton Frank voices Principal Brown, and it is unclear who now voices Anton and Rocky.
    • Tina also changed from Dan Russell to Stefan Ashton Frank, even though Russell continues to play all his other roles (including Richard).
    • 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. The season three premiere "The Kids" is both a farewell to Grove and Boakye and an introduction to Hopkins and Ransom, Jr.
    • In season 1, Sussie (the chin puppet) was voiced by the creator's girlfriend and storyboard artist Aurelie Charbonnier but in season 2 she is replaced by British comedian Fergus Craig. Charbonnier, however, still plays the physical puppet, just with Craig's voice dubbed over.
    • 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.
  • Schedule Slip: Likely because of its multi-medium format, 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", "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: Most of the dozen plus named students in Elmore Junior High are voiced by a few people, so this happens a lot. In particular, every non-adult female save for Anais, Tina, Sussie, and (from the second season onward) Carmen is voiced by either Teresa Gallagher or Jessica McDonald.
  • 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. 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. Cartoon Network 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.
    • At some point in development, Richard was a skinny blue dog while Gumball was a black cat instead of a blue one.
    • 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 Bocquelet thought the initial draft was far too dark. He 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.
  • Working Title: Some episodes 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 kid.
  • 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.