The Amazing World of Gumball-The Amazing Volume 1 (2011)
|Year Of Production||2011|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Mic Graves|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Digital 2.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Cartoon Network has been responsible for a number of new children's animated shows, especially in the comedy area such as Adventure Time, The Regular Show & this one, The Amazing World of Gumball. All of these are characterised by their wacky and off the wall humour combined with some social commentary. They are designed for children from about 7 or 8 probably up to mid-teens, although these particular shows have quite a decent adult following.
This one features a not-so-normal American family, featuring the older son, Gumball (who is a cat), his adopted younger brother, Darwin (who is a goldfish with legs), their lazy and juvenile father, Richard (who is a rabbit) and their long suffering mother, Nicole (who is also a cat). They also have a younger sister Anais who is also a rabbit. Gumball and Darwin go to the same school where their friends are variously a ghost, a piece of toast, a T-Rex, a peanut with arms and legs and other bizarre characters. Gumball and Darwin get themselves into all sorts of trouble whether it is getting into fights, pranking friends, Gumball trying to admit his feelings for the girl he loves (the peanut) or being possessed by a ghost who wants to eat junk food. This show is quite funny with some great surreal humour, pratfalls and witty one liners.
This one disc collection of episodes features 6 double episodes (12 stories in all - each of about 11 minutes) which are all from early in Season 1 of this show which began in 2011. Kids love the wacky humour in this show which stylistically is a mixture of 2D animation, real backgrounds plus a variety of 3D style animation mixed in. Interestingly, despite being set in America and made for a US network, this show was made in the UK & Ireland.
Recommended (by me and my young sons).
The video quality is very good.
The show is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout.
The colour was very good without being stunning.
There were no major artefacts.
There are no subtitles.
There are no obvious layer changes during playback.
The audio quality is very good.
This disc contains a English soundtrack in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital 2.0.
Dialogue was generally clear and easy to hear and understand.
The surround speakers were well used on the 5.1 track for atmosphere and some mild effects.
The subwoofer was only used occasionally.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was a simple affair allowing for episode selection.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This series is available in Region 1 on about 3 separate one disc releases to date, however none of them directly correlates to this release. Have to call it a draw.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.No extras.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|