Special Report The Amazing World Of Gumball Screening In London

Special Report The Amazing World Of Gumball Screening In London

Special Report The Amazing World Of Gumball Screening In London

Ahead of the premiere of new episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network UK for its month-long programming event – The A-May-zing Month of Gumball, Cartoon Network hosted a special screening and question and answer session at BAFTA Piccadilly in London on Saturday 29th April. At the screening, three upcoming episodes were shown: The Copycats, The Potato and The Sorcerer. The question and answer session featured the show’s creator – Ben Bocquelet, series director – Mic Graves and Executive Producer – Sarah Fell, the session was hosted by TV presenter Nigel Clarke. Since its world premiere on Cartoon Network UK in 2011, the show has aired on Cartoon Network on all four corners of the Earth, achieved international critical acclaim and has won a total of eight Childrens’ BAFTAs.

In “The Copycats”, Gumball and Darwin encounter Chi Chi and Ribbit, two brothers that copy everything they do and say. Eventually, they find out that Chi Chi, Ribbit and their copycat family are actually television stars in China and are making money online by imitating the Watterson family under the title of “The Incredible World of Chi Chi”. The Wattersons do their best to get rid of the annoying copycat family, but unfortunately for the copycats, they don’t have an equivalent to Anais, the smartest and youngest member of the Watterson family. Anais outsmarts the copycats, leading them to their demise.

In “The Potato”, Darwin quits eating potatoes after being told by Gumball that it’s upsetting their potato school friend – Idaho. After realising that eating potatoes is upsetting one of his friends, Darwin tries to kick his potato addiction, which is a lot harder than it seems. Later, it turns out that Idaho is actually a “different kind” of potato and he was only upset because he was called a “brotato”, a nickname he hates.

In “The Sorcerer”, Gumball refuses to accept that he’s the only kid in school without any special abilities, he visits Mrs. Jötunheim (Hector’s mom) so he could become a sorcerer’s apprentice, due to Gumball’s complete disregard to safety and not following instructions, he opens the Door of Forbidden Secrets and Darwin gets dragged in by a troll. As compensation for putting them in danger, Mrs. Jötunheim gives Gumball a “downloadable free trial” version of her magical powers, however, magical powers are useless against a troll, so Gumball defeated the troll using his special ability he had all along and he didn’t even realise it, his special ability is being annoying.

After the screening, there was a question and answer session, this was an opportunity for the audience to ask questions to Ben, Mic and Sarah about any questions about The Amazing World of Gumball, during this segment, Ben also did a live drawing of Gumball and Darwin for the audience with a digital pen and touch display.

Video of Ben Bocquelet doing a live drawing of Gumball and Darwin for the audience:

During the question and answer session, various interesting facts about the show were mentioned, during the Q&A, Ben mentioned that he started working on The Amazing World of Gumball in 2009, before then he worked in advertising industry, mainly creating characters for different clients, however he had little to no success, so instead, he compiled all of his character creations into a show bible – a comprehensive report of the show’s premise and its characters. Ben pitched the show to Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe, after some tweaks to the premise and character designs, a one minute test episode was developed, then after a few final changes the show was fully approved by Cartoon Network to go into full production. It was mentioned that Darwin was supposed to be a 3D character, but due to time constraints, complexity and character screen time, Darwin became a 2D character just like his brother and friend Gumball. Initially, the production team were concerned that the show wouldn’t be renewed after season one, but the show turned out to be a success.

Towards the start of the show’s development, Mic Graves was hired as the show’s director, Mic has been working in the British animation industry since 1998 and worked on the BAFTA award winning Canterbury Tales as well as working as creative director on Britain’s answer to South Park, BBC Three’s adult animation show – Monkey Dust. As the show’s director, Mic oversees all aspects of production, from writing, storyboarding, background art, composition and 2D/3D animation. Mic voiced Banana Joe and William (a flying eyeball) in the show, he gets involved in the show’s writing and even made a cameo appearance in the show. Sarah Fell works as the show’s executive producer, her responsibility is to make sure the show is on schedule and within budget as well as recruitment, Sarah G. Lato, an ice cream character in the show is named after her. Ben named Nicole after her mum, Richard after his father and Anais after his sister. The character, Tobias Wilson is also named after show writer – Tobi Wilson.

Ben jokingly mentioned that he wanted to be a ninja when he was growing up, but went to art school to study animation instead, he also mentioned that Gumball is loosely based on him and a roommate of his and many of the episode storylines were based on experiences he had while he was a child. Mic liked art and film from a young age, which sparked an interest in animation. Ben also mentioned that he’s still willing to do a Gumball movie, however, Cartoon Network would need to greenlight a possible motion picture. He also offered some advice for future animated show creators, he suggested getting involved in animation film festivals to network with people working in the industry and by booking an interview with Cartoon Network’s acquisitions department, especially as Cartoon Network is always looking for new short-form content. For young children, he suggested Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios initiative so they could get a head start by learning the basics of animation and also to get involved in the competitions.

http://imaginationstudios.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/

From Left To Right: Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, Sarah Fell and Nigel Clarke

The humour in The Amazing World of Gumball works on many levels appealing to both children and adults, the show has slapstick humour for young children and jokes on social commentary, everyday modern life and witty humour for adults and older children. The episode “The Copycats” features characters based from the Chinese Gumball ripoff – Miracle Star, which not only features similar character designs but also the similarities in scenes and the whole mixed-media concept of the show. Miracle Star was (not :D) created by Sanyuan Group to promote their powdered goat milk in China. Ironically, when designing Chi Chi and Ribbit, the production team had to consult legal advice to make sure it’s not similar to the two main characters in Miracle Star just to prevent a possible lawsuit.

Ben suggested that he would like to do a crossover episode in which Gumball and Darwin gets a backstage pass from “The Awesome Store” giving them the ability to go into different TV shows, but Gumball and Darwin forget to close the door and as a result, the world gets contaminated (technically making Gumball and Darwin accidental villains), causing a mass show crossover, he suggested Steven Universe (with the Crystal Gems) and Batman could be possible characters in the episode. During the first three seasons of the show, the production team worked weekends and bank holidays to make sure episodes were completed on schedule. Sarah said at the last audit, there’s a total of 980 unique characters in the show. The episode called “The Finale” and an upcoming episode “The Singing” were mentioned as two episodes with the most characters. The episode “The Job” was mentioned among their favourite episodes, Ben’s personal favourite episode from season 3 is “The Money”. It was also mentioned that there will be an episode with puppets and an episode parodying Disney’s hit movie – Frozen.

As it’s the open weekend for BAFTA’s 70th Anniversary, Ben, Mic and Sarah were asked what their earliest and favourite TV or Movie moment, Ben mentioned his experience in seeing E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial at the cinema when he was four years old. Mic mentioned the time when he had a VHS Recorder just to watch Ghostbusters, Sarah mentioned that she watched Star Trek from an early age and later, Star Wars.

After the Q&A, there was an opportunity to get an autograph from Ben and Mic, in the queue, I talked to Jakki Chrysler and Victoria Westwood from Turner UK’s PR team, they said thanks for coming, I mentioned that it’s nearly been three years since I’ve started posting the UK highlights (the website opened on 1st August 2014, but I posted the highlights on Twitter a bit before then), also I met Grant White, a reporter from ToonZone we talked about the ToonZone website, The Amazing World of Gumball and Cartoon Network in general, it was nice to meet him especially as I’m a ToonZone forum member. Eventually, I got to meet Ben and Mic for their autographs, I asked Ben to draw Gumball and asked Mic to draw Banana Joe as he voices him, both of them were incredibly friendly and it was a pleasure to talk to them.

Ben Bocquelet’s signature with drawing of Gumball:

Special Report The Amazing World Of Gumball Screening In London

Mic Graves’ signature with drawing of Banana Joe:

Special Report The Amazing World Of Gumball Screening In London

The Amazing World of Gumball screening was an amazing experience, it definitely won’t be a day I’ll ever forget.

New episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball will air every weekday from tomorrow (Monday 1st May) at 8am and 5.30pm as part of Cartoon Network UK’s The A-May-zing Month of Gumball month-long programming event. Also, don’t forget to visit The Amazing World of Gumball section of the Cartoon Network UK website and take part in The A-May-zing Month of Gumball competition. In order to enter the competition, vote for your favourite character in the show and fill in the online form.

The first prize winner shall win a PlayStation 4 Slim (1 TB) and a Cartoon Network goodie bag. Five runner-ups shall receive a Cartoon Network goodie bag.

The Cartoon Network goodie bag will contain the following items:

A Gumball tote bag, Gumball notepad, pen, key ring, a Gumball t-shirt, a CN cap, a set of badges and one plush toy.

Competition ends Monday 22nd May, terms and conditions can be accessed via the link on the competition submission form.

Promo for The A-May-zing Month of Gumball:

Promo for The Amazing World of Gumball section of the Cartoon Network UK website and The A-May-zing Month of Gumball competition:

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/promotion/gumball

Special Report Lego Ninjago Season 7 Hands Of Time UK Premiere

Special Report Lego Ninjago Season 7 Hands Of Time UK Premiere

Special Report Lego Ninjago Season 7 Hands Of Time UK Premiere

Yesterday (01/04/2017), was the UK premiere screening of the seventh season of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu at BAFTA Piccadilly in London. The first two episodes from season seven (also known as the Hands of Time story arc) were shown at the screening, followed by a Q&A session with Lego Ninjago’s creative director, Simon Lucas, presented by TV presenter Nigel Clarke.

Ninjago is the name of Lego’s successful range of ninja-themed toys of which the animated TV series is based on. Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu follows the adventures of six ninja: Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Lloyd and Nya. All six ninja are trained in the martial art of Spinjitzu, each having their own special element: Fire (Kai), Lightning (Jay), Ice (Zane), Earth (Cole), Energy (Lloyd) and Water (Nya).

Each season has different story arc (e.g: The Tournament of Elements, Possession and Skybound), season seven focuses on two new (technically old) villians, Acronix and Krux, the original Elemental Masters of Time. Krux has the ability go back in time and pause time, while his younger twin brother, Acronix can go forward in time and slow down time. Forty years ago, both Acronix and Krux were aware of their uniquely powerful abilities and decided to betray the Elemental Alliance and used their powers to control all of Ninjago. Special “Time Blades” had to be forged so Wu and Garmadon can battle the time twins, eventually the blades were used to absorb the twins’ time powers. As a result and knowing that the ability of controling time is very dangerous, both Master Wu and Master Garmadon decided to use the Time Blades to open a vortex, losing the time blades forever. However, both Acronix and Krux decide to go through the vortex themselves, which left the two lost in time, however Krux managed to teleport back to Ninjago and disguised himself for 40 years. In the first two episodes we see the ninja encounter and battle Acronix and the ninja learn more about him and his brother Krux. The Time Twins wish to revert Ninjago back to the past and undo history, will the ninja retrieve the Time Blades and stop them before it’s too late? In later episodes, we will also find out more about Kai and Nya’s backstory and their need to combine their fire and water elements.

After the screening of the first two episodes, there was a Q&A session combined with an on-screen presentation, this was an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about Ninjago. During the presentation, Simon Lucas talked about the concept art from the new season as well as the original prototype drawing from 2009 of which the whole show and toy range was based on. Simon also brought along some of the Lego models which were specially developed for the show for everyone at the screening to take a look at.

Lego Ninjago Concept Art
Ninjago In Development Concept Art From 2009
Lego Sets
Lego sets as featured on the show including Dawn of Iron Doom and the Samurai VXL vehicle.

Simon Lucas is based at Lego’s world headquarters in Billund, Denmark where he oversees the Ninjago toy range and the upcoming Ninjago movie coming to cinemas worldwide later this year, he also liaises with the animation studio Wil Film who animates the TV show. Some interesting facts about Lego were mentioned during the Q&A session including the different types of Lego bricks and the type of people who work at Lego, Lego employs model designers, architects and devoted Lego fans and there is to be believed to be a total of 100,000 unique Lego bricks (including every colour and variant). For Lego Ninjago, there are ten set designers and ten model designers, not everything is built in Lego beforehand for the TV series or released as official Lego sets but it’s very possible to recreate near enough everything, however for the upcoming movie, everything was built with Lego. The movie will focus on Lloyd and his evil father, Lord Garmadon, there will also be an epic showdown of ninja action. The movie is made by Cartoon Network’s sister company, Warner Bros. with animation made by Animal Logic, the same studio that animated The Lego Movie.

Season eight of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is currently in development and The Lego Ninjago Movie will be released in cinemas across the UK in October.

Trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie:

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu season seven premieres on Cartoon Network UK tomorrow (03/04/2017) with new episodes airing weekdays at 4pm.

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/show/ninjago

Cartoon Network Wins Three 2016 Childrens BAFTA Awards

Cartoon Network Wins Three 2016 Childrens BAFTA Awards

Cartoon Network Wins Three 2016 Childrens BAFTA Awards

Last night (20/11/2016) at the Roundhouse Theatre in London was the 2016 Children’s BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards and Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball won two awards; one for best British animated show and one for best children’s television show writing! Congratulations to Ben Bocquelet and to all of the production team that work on the show, including animators, writers, producers and voice actors. Cartoon Network UK lost out to CBeebies for best UK children’s channel, but congratulations for being nominated anyway.

We Bare Bears also won the award for best international children’s show, congratulations to Daniel Chong and his team at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Lego Dimensions won the award for best children’s video game and the special award was awarded to Peter Western known for his animation work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Warner Bros’s Space Jam and The Snowman and The Snowdog.

Congratulations to everyone who won a BAFTA award last night and to anyone who was nominated at this year’s Children’s BAFTA awards!

To see all of the 2016 BAFTA Children’s Awards nominations and winners, please click the link below:

http://awards.bafta.org/award/2016/childrens

Here’s a selection of tweets from The Amazing World of Gumball’s production and voice acting team when they found out that the show won two BAFTA’s:

Daniel Chong, the creator of We Bare Bears was extremely happy when he found out that the show won a BAFTA for best international kids show:

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk