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Cartoon Network greenlights sixth season of ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’

MUMBAI: Cartoon Network has greenlit a sixth season of the animated series, ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, further building on the studio’s comedy slate.

‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ is produced in the UK and Germany and is a mixed media family sitcom. It was launched in 2010.

Season five is slated to begin airing from September internationally and is set to premiere next year in the US.

The show combines live action with 2D and 3D animation to chart the adventures of the energetic and fearless blue cat – Gumball – and his idiosyncratic family, the Wattersons. The series is created by Ben Bocquelet, executive produced by Sarah Fell and series-directed by Mic Graves.

The broadcaster claims that the show reached more than 165 million viewers globally in the first quarter of 2016. The latest global mobile game launch was ‘Agent Gumball’. Last year, an EMEA-developed app ‘Rainbow Ruckus’ was launched. To date, Gumball has produced almost seven million app downloads worldwide, attracted more than nine million Facebook fans and has generated eight million views on its YouTube channel this year.

Turner senior VP, chief content & creative officer, EMEA Kids & International Kids Strategy Patricia Hidalgo commented: “The Amazing World of Gumball is a great example of how a European production can establish itself as a top performing kids’ animation around the globe and a pillar to Cartoon Network’s ratings and DNA globally. We continue to be thrilled by its performance, not just on our linear channels but on multiple Cartoon Network platforms right across the world and there was really no question that we’d be taking Gumball’s amazingly imaginative world into a sixth season.”

Series creator ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ Ben Bocquelet said, “Gumball, Darwin and the Watterson family have so much more to give and I’m excited to be working with our fantastic team at Cartoon Network Studios here in London to create a sixth season of ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’. We have big plans for the show and are already working on new episodes that we hope will have audiences laughing louder than ever. Thank you to Cartoon Network for truly supporting the show and our creative vision, and apologies once again to my family who are about to be the butt of another series of jokes.”

‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ follows the Wattersons, a totally normal family. Dad is your regular 6’4” pink rabbit who stays at home while Mom works in a rainbow factory. Their kids are pretty standard too—there’s Gumball, a blue cat with a giant head; Anais, a four-year-old genius bunny; and Darwin, a pet goldfish who became part of the family when he sprouted legs.

At the heart of the show is Gumball who faces the trials and tribulations of any twelve-year-old kid—like being chased by a rampaging T-Rex, sleeping rough when a robot steals his identity, or dressing as a cheerleader and doing the splits to impress the girl of his dreams. Simple everyday issues we’ve all been through.

‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ is an animated family sitcom for kids that offers a kid perspective into everyday life, in a way that they and their families can relate to. Season Four is currently airing on Turner channels across the globe and season five is set to roll out from September 2016.