TV Club: The Amazing World of Gumball: “The Money” / “The Nemesis”

The Amazing World Of Gumball is a revelation. Sure, it obviously culls its sensibilities from The Simpsons and South Park, but it truly manages to be its own thing. What started off as a grab bag of quirky, silly characters within a quirky, silly world became a hilarious, sharp, and absurd observation of suburbia, family, relationships, and other concepts, as explored through the characters as well as the animated medium itself.

That second part is important because nothing on television has incorporated the power of the animated frame like Gumball. Gumball’s “amazing” world is not just a product of animation; it is defined by animation. Its unique cast of characters, all designed in different animated styles (puppetry, stop-motion, and pixel art, for example), are defined by their visual nature, and so is the world of Elmore, an elastic setting both amplified and trapped by the medium. And the animated …

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