The Amazing World of Gumball The DVD Review

To be honest, I don’t watch too much TV. Between working at my real job and working on the site, I don’t get much free time. So with that, I have to be really selective of what TV shows I watch and sometimes I miss out on a lot of good TV. Recently, I was luckily enough that the nice people over at Cartoon Network sent us the first DVD for The Amazing World of Gumball.

Son to a Rabbit and a Cat, Gumball’s life is not particularly normal. His brother is a fish and his girlfriend is a peanut with antlers, making this quite possibly one of the weirdest shows on TV. The Amazing World of Gumball is actually pretty witty for a children’s cartoon, most likely due to its British television origin. The show’s unique blend of 2D, claymation and 3D animation also make it one of the most visually stunning cartoons. It is no wonder that the show is so highly acclaimed and has received numerous awards.

In this DVD, fans get to see many of the episodes in the First Season of The Amazing World of Gumball.

List of Episodes:

– The DVD
– The Third
– The End
– The Quest
– The Laziest
– The Gi
– The Refund
– The Picnic
– The Mustache
– The Wand
– The Curse
– The Meddler


Video Quality

Video for the DVD comes in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Of course this is a DVD, so the image is not in HD, but video quality is not that bad. Much of the 2D and 3D animation look crisp and clear. The colors are bright and vibrant, but there are some jagged edges during the shows intro. I do not know what it is, but Cartoon Network really knows how convert their shows to DVD.

Sound Quality

The sound for The Amazing World of Gumball DVD comes in the form of Dolby Digital 2.0, which is kind of a disappointment. The show has a great score and a lot of sound effects. It’s unfortunate that the audio could not be presented in 5.1.  Audio is only available in English, as well as the subtitles.

Extras

Unfortunately unlike many other Adult Swim and Cartoon Network DVDs, there are not a lot of bonus features. There is an introduction to each character in the Wattersons Family, but that’s about it. No creator or cast commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette, or outtakes, which is really weird since Cartoon Network has always been known to include a good amount of extra content on their DVDs.

Overall

Overall, I absolutely love The Amazing World of Gumball. I think there is no other show like it on TV. It is easily the most intelligent kids show I’ve ever seen. I have no doubt that after watching the first episode, you will fall in love with the series much like I did. However, the DVDs lack of Extras really brings down the grade in this review. Also, it doesn’t help that this is not the full first season. It does include 12 of the episodes in the first season, but it is missing the last 2 episodes.

Grade: C

The new Season of The Amazing World of Gumball premieres August 14 on Cartoon Network, and the DVD hits store shelves August 28th.

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