The Amazing World of Gumball in a Class of its Own
The Amazing World of Gumball really is amazing– for more than just the fact that’s a hilarious cartoon both children and adults can enjoy.
I could sound off on how everything comes together beautifully for an overall, excellently made cartoon, but that wouldn’t do it justice. This silly, totally ridiculous cartoon ironically lends itself to some pretty serious analysis.
Cartooning Style: It’s simple. It’s multi-dimensional.
Two qualities you’d never expect anyone using to describe the same program, yet The Amazing World of Gumball begs for that kind of labeling. It kind of reminds me a little bit of the Cartoon Network show Chowder– how something the characters would walk around in their regular animated world, and other times the background would be real life stills or a completely different drawing style or medium completely. That jarring change similarly is what makes The Amazing World of Gumball so dynamic.
And I can’t say enough about the visual hyperbole. So many emotions, actions, and movements are blown up to grand proportions, reminiscent of the huge reactions and cues in anime, but still very distinctly American. The show is visually stunning enough to watch on mute.
Characterization: Every character, whether it’s Gumball and Darwin, their sister, Banana Joe, or the grumpy neighbor, each have distinct personalities that contribute to the main story-line (or provide a hilarious backdrop to it). Specifically, Gumball is that flawed character who acts selfishly out of immaturity, but rarely means any harm and always seeks to fix his ways (with the help of more morally righteous, but young and impressionable Darwin).
Originality: The whole world is crazy! Darwin, Gumball’s brother, used to be the family fish that evolved to grow legs (a fact that is unquestioned and accepted), the school is filled with miscellaneous objects as students, and often times the adventures and situations they get into begin seemingly normal, but spiral out of control fairly quickly. And its’ great. More interesting (and pleasing) still is the fact that the classmates and people are so diverse, but are judged and make friends with those crazy differences non-withstanding. And here most parents think we can’t learn anything from these silly cartoons.
The humor is obviously fantastic in that it’s clever and witty enough to be appreciated by the older crowd, but still has the loudness and crazy turn of events kids have always loved about cartoons.