The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3 (also known as The Amazing World of Gumball 3) is an upcoming 2020 British-American-Irish animated adventure comedy film based on the Cartoon Network animated television series, The Amazing World of Gumball. It is the sequel to the 2010s films, The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie and The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 2. The film takes place four years in the future after the show's series finale "The Inquisition", and follows the Wattersons as they attempt to save their home and their friends from being erased by the Void due to cancellation, which is their biggest and final challenge ever. The film is produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The film is set to be released theatrically in movie theaters for the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland on February 28, 2020, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is directed by Mic Graves. This makes it the third and final theatrical Gumball film to hit the big screen. In theaters, an Elliott from Earth short entitled Crystally Planet was shown prior to the film.
The film stars the television cast of Nicolas Cantu, Christian J. Simon, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Teresa Gallagher, and Dan Russell, alongside an ensemble cast reprising their roles from the series, featuring guest stars John de Lancie, Christopher Lloyd, Bill Murray, David Spade, Ellen DeGeneres, Mike Myers, Rickey D'Shon Collins, Benjamin Flores Jr., Nathan Lane, Dylan Minnette, Tom Cruise, Kelsey Grammer, Graham Verchere, Jon Favreau and Ray Romano as new characters.
The film received very positive reviews from critics and was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $536 million worldwide against a $62 million budget, making it the next Cartoon Network animated film to gross as high as $100 million in the United States, and also finally beating out The Simpsons Movie's record for highest-grossing 2D-animated film of all time and the highest-ever grossing film based on an animated television series, with critics praising its animation, voice performances, soundtrack, humor, and heart-warming messages.
Four years after the events of "The Inquisition", Gumball (now 16 years old) and Darwin (now 14 years old) now attend Elmore College, and are just about ready to enjoy the rest of their lives preparing for their futures. However, all of that changes when Anais (now 8 years old) had a vision saying that she saw Rob predict about something happening in their world, which makes sense because the city of Elmore is being erased by the Void. In their biggest challenge ever, the Wattersons and their friends face a new threat against their home - Cancellation. Can they stop the void before all is lost?
Characters and Voice Cast
- Gumball Watterson - Nicolas Cantu
- Adult Gumball Watterson - Johnny Galecki
- Jacob Hopkins provides Gumball Watterson's singing voice
- Darwin Watterson - Christian J. Simon
- Adult Darwin Watterson - Kevin Hart
- Terrell Ransom Jr. provides Darwin Watterson's singing voice
- Anais Watterson - Kyla Rae Kowalewski
- Big Anais Watterson - Odeya Rush
- Nicole Watterson - Teresa Gallagher
- Richard Watterson - Dan Russell
- Philip Glossmen - John de Lancie
- Mr. Whitaker - Christopher Lloyd
- Jack Alan - Bill Murray
- Eugene Meltzer - David Spade
- Connie Kendal - Ellen DeGeneres
- Mr. Riley - Mike Myers
- Miguel Williams - Rickey D'Shon Collins
- Spike Jordsin - Benjamin Flores Jr.
- Professor Brovral - Nathan Lane
- Rodney Rathbone - Dylan Minnette
- Bart Rathbone (Rodney's Father) - Tom Cruise
- Edwin Blackard - Kelsey Grammer
- Jimmy Barclay - Graham Verchere
- Mr. Walton - Jon Favreau
- Principal John - Ray Romano
- Kirby Fisher (Darwin's Mother) - Jenny Slate
- Don Fisher (Darwin's Father) - Kiefer Sutherland
- Sebastian Fisher - Jace Norman
- Rebecca Fisher - Madisyn Shipman
- Gumdrop Watterson - Austin North
- Mandy Watterson - Bridgit Mendler
- Mi Amore Aidar - Kirsten Dunst
- Dianne Smith - Grace Kaufman
- Eric Watterson - Asher Blinkoff
- Big Eric Watterson - Drake Bell
- Jason Synchron - Collin Dean
- Devin Synchron, Darwin Jr. (DJ) - Donielle T. Hansley Jr.
- Daphne Synchron - Grey Griffin
- Mina Synchron, Sora Synchron - Colleen Villard
- Jenny Synchron - Tara Strong
- Brandon Synchron - Michael Peña
- Carbon Watterson - Nathan Kress
- Elliot Lance - Nancy Cartwright
- Greg Watterson - Zach Callison
- Elsa - Deedee Magno
- Mabel Watterson - Victoria Justice
- Mortimer Watterson - Paul Bettany
- Gummy Lee - Kira Buckland
- Darling Lee - Jessica DiCicco
- Anaiuette - Eileen Montgomery
- Carol - Sarah Silverman
- Marmalade - Kristen Schaal
- Bunker - Greg Cipes
- Mi Amore Cadenza - Cathy Weseluck
- Rebecca Shoichet provides Mi Amore Cadenza's singing voice
- Rob (seen in flashback) - Charles Philipp
- Penny Fitzgerald, Teri, and others - Teresa Gallagher
- Adult Penny Fitzgerald - Kate Higgins
- Tobias Wilson, Miss Simian, and others - Hugo Harold-Harrison
- Adult Tobias Wilson - Cooper Barnes
- Banana Joe, Banana Bob - Mic Graves
- Itzel the Clown Girl, Billy Vampuré, Jellyfish, Sofia M. - Debi Derryberry
- Jodie - Jenny Fellner
- Rocky Robinson, Jared Dawson, Mr. Corneille - Simon Lipkin
- Jake Watterson - Vanessa Marshall
- Carrie Krueger, Sarah Lato, and others - Jessica McDonald
- Adult Carrie Krueger - April Winchell
- Caroline Nuttels, Sofia C. - Grey Griffin
- Granny Jojo - Sandra Searles Dickinson
- Ocho, Clayton - Max Cazier
- Peter Pepperoni - Jack Simmons
- Patrick Fitzgerald, Marvin Finklehimer, and others - Dan Russell
- Sophie Wilson, Carine - Kirsten Dunst
- Carmen, Nancy Watterson - Alix Wilton Regan
- Anton - Anthony Hull
- King Doug - Yuri Lowenthal
- Ned Kesherson - Logan Grove
- Andy Nuttels, Digger Clyde - Kwesi Boakye
- Doppy Dopweiiler - Rob Paulsen
- Moby Connors, Captain Lucas, Chi Chi - Jacob Hopkins
- Zam Fray, Digger Mikey, Ribbit - Terrell Ransom Jr.
- Damien, James Egg - Max Charles
- Bobert, Leslie, Larry Neddlemeyer, Edwin Blackard - Kerry Shale
- Sofia H. - Tara Strong
- Razor, Charcoal - Michael Peña
- Junior Nuttels - Amy Palant
- Kyle, Sofia G., Christopher Watterson - Nancy Cartwright
- Lewis Watterson - Tex Hammond
- Jamie Russo, Judith Fitzgerald, and others - Maria Teresa Creasey
- Mayor of Elmore - Garrick Hagon
- Principal Brown - Steve Furst
- Gaylord Robinson, Tina Rex - Stefan Ashton Frank
- Grandpa Louie - Shane Rimmer [Note 1]
- Mr. Stain - Bobby Moynihan
- Walter Shakespeare - Alfred Molina
- Mr. Small - Adam Long
- Carmen's father - David Schwimmer
- Hot Dog Guy - Alex Jordan
- Sofia P. - Rebecca Shoichet
- Benny Butterson - Andre Robinson
- Randy - William Salyers
- Max - Zach Callison
- Moribunda - Lizzy Greene
- Finado - Casey Simpson
- Timmy - Sean Giambrone
- Randell - Jeremy Shada
- Martha - Estelle
- Wendy - Amy Birnbaum
- Lewis Grover - Jake Goldberg
- Skye, Emma, Gwen - Victoria Justice
- Brittle, Walter Milo Waters - William Lawrenson
On April 22, 2019, 2 months before the release of the second film, Warner Bros. announced the film and its release date of February 28, 2020, with the show's cast members reprising their roles. A month later, the film's title and teaser poster debuted, and it was announced that the frequent guest performers will reprise their roles from the series, the first film and the second film. The film marks the twenty-second time a theatrical Cartoon Network film is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, instead of Warner Animation Group since the group's formation in 2013.
On October 14, 2019, it was announced that newcomers John de Lancie, Christopher Lloyd, Bill Murray, David Spade, Ellen DeGeneres and Mike Myers were part of the cast, as the new characters, respectively, with David Schwimmer revealed to reprise his role as Carmen's father the same day.
The feature animation was handled by Boulder Media in Dublin, Ireland. The crew used the same processes from the original television series in the making of the film, most notably the 'skroutlines', which was a seamless blend of a more traditional screenplay with a more simple outline which resembled strong short stories and gave the storyboard artists such as Aurelie Charbonnier, Amandine Pecharman and Jacques Gauthier all the creative and aesthetic freedom neccessary. Bocquelet and Graves themselves provided the film's animatics.
Storyboard artists Darren Vandenburg, Miklos Weigert and Nikolay Moustakov, animation veterans Claudio Acciari and Gail Walton also provided the film's storyboards. James Baxter and Grant Orchard helped on the character designs and special effects work on the film. Another animation veteran William Laborie also worked with James Baxter on the character designs of the film. Michel Gagné joined the film as a visual effects animator and designer.
The bulk of the animation work was done on Apple iMac Computers, Hewlett-Packard Z800 Workstation Computers, Hewlett-Packard Z400 Workstation Servers, Samsung 22 Class LED Computer Monitors and Adesso CyberTablet Z12 Widescreen Graphic Tablets, which allowed drawings to be done directly on screen to facilitate production using programs Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, Toon Boom Harmony, Toon Boom Animate Pro and Adobe Flash. Pencilled key animation sequences would be digitally inked-and-painted, enhanced and composited into backgrounds using Toon Boom Harmony. The character animation was done by going through the clean-up animation department using Toon Boom Harmony, and it was scanned directly into Photoshop. 3D models were scanned directly into backgrounds using Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Softimage 2015 and iClone. The artwork was then enhanced to affect the appearance of painted strokes and fills, and combined with backgrounds, using Adobe After Effects.
The Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer softwares were used to edit some sequences for the movie, while the softwares Audacity and Logic Pro X were being used for the audio recording. Additional pre-production work was done at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California and Cartoon Network Studios Europe in London, England, where the series' pilot episode was produced. Animation and clean-up work was done at Boulder Media's facilities on Dublin. The final animation was also provided by Studio SOI in Germany, Dandelion Studios in the United Kingdom, Yowza! Animation in Toronto, Ontario and Snipple Animation in Manila, Philippines. Hand-drawn animation sequences were provided by James Baxter Animation in Pasadena, California. Computer animation was done at Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, British Columbia and Culver City, California using Autodesk Maya and Pixar's Renderman and stop-motion animation was done at Screen Novelties in Los Angeles, California using Dragonframe. Legend3D also played a role in the stereoscopic 3D conversion.
Sound and music
Harry Gregson-Williams composed the soundtrack for the film, with Alan Silvestri and John Debney serving as the soundtrack producers. In addition to using the original series' music work from Ben Locket on the film, he also composed themes for Gumball, Darwin, Anais and their family. Gumball and Darwin's adventure score was the major focus and he also composed themes for Gumball and Darwin's friends and the citizens of Elmore, and the new characters. The music score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England and mixed at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London, England. The score is conducted by Alexandre Desplat. The music score is performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra.
The sound design work was done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California and Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California.
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3 is Rated PG for Parental Guidance.
A soundtrack for the film, titled The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3: Music from the Motion Picture was released on February 24, 2020 by WaterTower Music, and it features original score by Harry Gregson-Williams. It also features original songs made for the movie by George Gendi, Maurice Davis, Ben Locket, Neil Myers, Kevin MacLeod, and Willie Dowling and parodied versions of songs featured in the film and some real-life songs as well.
- The Amazing World of Gumball Theme Song (Remix) - Ben Locket
- The Near End of the School Year - Chorus
- The Future Begins - Chorus
- The End is Near - Ben Locket
- Inside the Void - Ben Locket
- Family is All That Matters - Chorus
- Time to Save Our Home - Ben Locket
- Pomp and Circumstance (Graduation Walking March) - Traditional
- The High School Year is Over - Chorus
- Today My Life Begins - (End Credits) - Bruno Mars
- Chimerical - (End Credits) - B.E.R.
- Iris - (End Credits) - Goo Goo Dolls
- Fish Out of Water - (End Credits) - Dashboard Confessional
- Why Did You Have to Be? - (End Credits) - Debelah Morgan
- Rimmer, who died on March 29, 2019, still appears through the use of previously-recorded material.
The film is set to be released theatrically in movie theaters for the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland on February 28, 2020, by Warner Bros. Pictures, on the same year as Cartoon Network's next film We Bare Bears: The Movie. The film's theatrical release will be preceded by Crystally Planet, a short film serving as a sneak peek to Cartoon Network's Elliott from Earth, a forthcoming animated series from the team behind breakout hit The Amazing World of Gumball.
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3 will be released on Digital on May 5, 2020 and Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K-Ultra HD on May 26, 2020, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It contains Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, an Elliott from Earth short film Crystally Planet, the documentary Behind the Legend of Gumball and Darwin: The Making of The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3, featuring interviews with most of the cast and crew, animatics, the audio commentaries and a sneak peek of We Bare Bears: The Movie.
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3 has grossed $178 million in the United States and Canada, and $358 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $536 million, against a production budget of $62 million.
In North America, The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3 was released alongside The Whistlers, and was initially projected to gross around $67 million from 4,469 theaters in its opening weekend, with a chance to gross over $100 million. Therefore, The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie 3 was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $536 million worldwide against a $62 million budget, making it the next Cartoon Network animated film to gross as high as $100 million in the United States, beating out The Simpsons Movie's record for highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film of all time and the highest-ever grossing film based on an animated television series.
Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 86% approval rating based on the 140 reviews and its average rating is 7.55/10 on IMDb. The critical consensus reads, "This is the greatest movie of all time that pleases the audience and fans of the show because it has a happy ending, but it's depressing that Gumball has finally come to an end". Metacritic, assigns the film a score of 83 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". CinemaScore gives the film a "A-" on its A+ to F scale.
- This is the third and final feature film of the series.
- This is the third and final animated Gumball movie to hit theaters.
- The movie will be Rated PG.
- This is Cartoon Network's 21st theatrical film of all time, after "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" released 18 years prior, "The Lego Ninjago Movie" released 3 years prior, "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" released 2 years prior and "Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls" released a year before.
- Before the movie, a short film called "Crystally Planet" serving as a sneak peek to Cartoon Network's forthcoming animated series Elliott from Earth was played.
- This is Warner Bros.' first animated film to be produced at 2.39:1 since The Lego Movie (2014).
- The film will be animated by Boulder Media, with overseas animation provided by James Baxter Animation.
- This is the first Cartoon Network film of the 2020s.
- This is the third theatrical Warner Bros. film to rely solely on Flash animation, hand-drawn animation, stop-motion animation, live-action and CGI animation.
- This will be the first Gumball film to be shot in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, unlike the Gumball films that were produced in 1.85:1.
- This is the 2nd collaboration between Nathan Lane and Kelsey Grammer in a PG-rated movie. Their first was Disney's 2004 animated film, "Teacher's Pet" released 14 years prior.
- This is the second Warner Bros.' animated film of 2020s to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Chuck's Choice: The Movie (2020).
- This is the eighth Warner Bros. animated film to be released in February, after ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'' released 16 years prior, ''The Lego Movie'' released 6 years prior, "Tiny Toon Adventures: The Motion Picture" released 4 years prior, ''The Lego Batman Movie" released 3 years prior and ''Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Movie'', ''The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part'' and "Steven Universe: The Movie" all released a year before.
- The film marks Tom Cruise's first animation debut.
- The Wattersons' oval-shaped eyes from Season 2 reappear from the first film and the second film.
- This is Dylan Minnette's first and so far only animated film.
- Toon Boom Harmony software was used for the animation of the series' 2D characters. Therefore, it is commonly known that the 2D characters were animated in Adobe Flash.
- This is Kelsey Grammer's second Warner Bros. animated film, after ''Storks'' released 4 years prior.
- This is of the only 5 theatrically released traditionally animated American films to release in the 2020s. The previous films had been Chuck's Choice: The Movie and The Magic School Bus Movie, and the next films will be We Bare Bears: The Movie and Bob's Burgers: The Movie.
- The show's series finale, "The Inquisition", was meant to happen before the movie to show effect what audiences would think of the two changes (The city of Elmore set four years into the future and Gumball and Darwin attending Elmore College).
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