WarnerMedia Kids & Family has just greenlit The Amazing World of Gumball movie and series; all-new comedic misadventures of Gumball, Darwin and the other quirky residents of Elmore will soon make their ways to HBO Max and Cartoon Network. The announcement marks the return of the popular series and the first original productions to be greenlit out of Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, WarnerMedia Kids and Family’s flagship television animation studio within EMEA.
Staying true to its self-referential and meta comedic roots that endeared The Amazing World of Gumball to fans around the world, the movie begins when Gumball’s biggest fan finds the show’s missing episode and accidentally opens a portal connecting his world to Gumball’s cartoon world. Upon meeting his heroes, our super fan decides to team up with Gumball, Darwin, Anais, Richard, and Nicole to save them from a nefarious force overtaking Elmore, while inadvertently unleashing a threat of their very own.
Using the newest CG animation techniques and technology, the movie promises to provide a comedic, emotional, and epic conclusion for fans of the original series, as well as a new beginning in establishing the world for the accompanying series. The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie! (working title) will be executive produced and directed by Ben Bocquelet (The Amazing World of Gumball) from a script written with Shane Mack (Coffee and Kareem). Sam Register, Vanessa Brookman and Sarah Fell are also on board as executive producers.
Register and Brookman, co-heads of Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe commented, “We could not think of a better show to kick off our first batch of project greenlights under the Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe banner. With this movie and new series, we have an ‘amazing’ opportunity with Ben to provide a satisfying conclusion that Gumball fans have been hoping for while also establishing the next chapter of this charming, colorful and inventive series.”
“Gumball is one of those rare characters who effortlessly seems to tell us the truth, make us laugh and unify people, and now Bocquelet returns to bring Gumball back where he belongs – on an interdimensional journey right back to the fans,” added Amy Friedman, Head of Kids & Family Programming, Warner Bros.
The Amazing World of Gumball aired for six seasons on Cartoon Network, and was praised for its innovative brand of storytelling, smart writing, and unique visual style, which earned the series multiple awards including an International Emmy, nine BAFTA Children’s Awards, six British Animation Awards, and three Annie Awards.
Source: WarnerMedia Kids & Family