The Gumball Chronicles (The Amazing World of Gumball)
The Gumball Chronicles is an 8 episode miniseries based on The Amazing World of Gumball. It consists of 8 clip-show-themed episodes of the show’s six seasons. It ran from October 20, 2020, to March 2, 2021.
Revisit hilarious and unforgettable moments from the series, wrapped in new animation and bundled into themed episodes. Gumball 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. Along with Darwin, Anais, Richard, and Nicole, you don't want to miss all the fun!
Why It’s Not Amazing
- It has nothing to improve over the last miniseries.
- It is just as useless as the Darwin’s Yearbook miniseries since it just consists of generic clip show episodes. The fact that it was made during a time where on-demand broadcasts were available makes this miniseries completely pointless.
- False advertising: It promises 8 new episodes, but how are they 8 new episodes when they just mostly clip show episodes?
- Most episodes have weak or random plots. For example, the “Elmore's Most Wanted” episode revolves entirely around the Chicken Bucket, a character who has not been seen since Season 3, trying to find evidence against Richard, but in the end, he gives up because of its Father’s Day. So what was the point of all this?
- In most episodes, you’ll notice that the lip-syncing is off because the animators could not be bothered to animate a couple of new frames for the new dialogue. This is most notable in the Mother’s Day episode.
- The Presidential Vote episodes are essentially just Darwin’s Yearbook but with the election theme painted over it, which is lazy.
- ”The Curse of Elmore” is easily the worst episode of them all, since there is nearly no new footage at all and a very dull plot about the scary Clown, but then it turns out it was just Tobias in disguise.
- While it promises, and still has, more new footage than Darwin’s Yearbook, in most episodes it is still mostly happening on the computer.
- In "Ancestor Act", Anais says that she'll give Richard his corn chips but he does in the end
- Nicole was angry in the said episode for no reason at all.
- Occassionally, the objects are blank
- In Election Special there is a tiresome running gag of the librarian throwing books at Gumball
- It was nice to see Gumball back on television one year later with Darwin's Yearbook.
- It has notably more new footage than Darwin’s Yearbook.
- Gumball’s new voice actor (Duke Cutler) does a good new job at voicing him, he was introduced in The Curse of Elmore.
- There are still some funny moments, like Gumball pointing out that the episode is just a clip-show, or the “Saturday II” scene.