Gordon Bleugh! (Partially Found Nicktoons Animated Short; Early 2000s)


Gordon Bleugh
The first known frame from a final cut of Gordon Bleugh
The first known frame from a final cut of Gordon Bleugh
Status Partially Found
Date found December 31 2015 ("Lobster")/October 9 2016 ("Worms")
Found by What A Cartoon! 2/CDCB

Gordon Bleugh (otherwise referred to as Gordon Bleurgh or Gordon Blurgh) is a 2001 Nicktoons short, which aired from 2004 to 2005 in the United States. The shorts are claymation/stopmotion in nature, and are animated by Neville Buchanan. Several accounts describe this short as the misadventures of a claymation, anthropomorphic green frog in a chef's costume, often facing mishaps like malfunctioning equipment or a fly buzzing around the kitchen.

With the recent discovery of the Nicktoons shorts Hot Chunks and Schoolyard Safari, Gordon Bleugh is the only not-fully-discovered Nicktoons short in existence.

Plot

ToonZone Forum user "Dr. Daedalus" describes the plot of "Gordon Bleugh", in a post from April 28, 2004, at 11:21 PM:

"-A chef cartoon: I forget the name, but it's another stop motion short that involves the mayhem in the kitchen."

Two days later, on April 30, 2004, at 8:32 PM, fellow ToonZone Forum user "magicjac" confirmed the name of the short as Gordon Bleugh.

Production

Neville Buchanan, creator of Gordon Bleugh, describes the short's production, through LinkedIn:

"Director and Stop Frame Animator

GORDON BLEURGH
Directing Animation Editing and lighting for 3 episodes for NICKLEODEONS mad Frog GORON BLEURGH.

This work was undertaken in the A for Animation studios in Bristol. I used my own Stop Motion Equipment on the stage they provided to achieve this production."

Mandy, the International Film & TV Production Service, notes that only three shorts were ever animated. These shorts continued airing through 2004 and into 2005.

Discoveries

On April 14, 2015, Lost Media Wiki contributor RegShowPics discovered multiple pieces of media from Gordon Bleugh, One is of the only known picture from the set of Gordon Bleugh, which appears to be the aforementioned insect disrupting Gordon's kitchen. The picture can be seen here, from Neville Buchanan's official website.

Also discovered was a half-second clip from a 25th anniversary montage video for A for Animation studios. The clip depicts Gordon calmly smashing a hammer down on an off-screen table. This was, for a while the only known footage of Gordon Bleugh. The clip is at the 26-second mark of this video.

Uploaded by the Youtube channel What A Cartoon! 2 on Dec 31st, 2015 and brought to light by wiki users Marc Anthony Garcia and ianolivia2, the Gordon Bleugh Lobster short has been found and can be viewed here.

On October 9th, 2016, wiki user CDCB uploaded the "Worms" short to his YouTube account named "CDCB2". He says he might have another one, involving pizza dough.

Updates

Lost Media Wiki contributor RegShowPics has sent Neville Buchanan several messages across several different platforms, requesting the release of footage of Gordon Bleugh. A response is pending.

Gallery

To the left is the yellow bug from the set of Gordon Bleugh. This is the only photo from the set. To the right is the only known still frame from the final cut of Gordon Bleugh.

Gordon Bleugh - Lobster
Gordon Bleugh - Worms

Two of the Gordon Bleugh shorts.

References

  1. International Film & TV Production Service on Neville Buchanan & "Gordon Bleugh": Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  2. ToonZone Forum post from 2004, describing the then-unnamed short: Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  3. ToonZone Forum post from later that month, confirming the name of the short: Retrieved March 23, 2015.

Comments


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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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gordon bleugh behind the scenes
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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The copyright for this is with A for ANIMATION and NICKELODEON so don't repost or fool around with it else you may end up in trouble.
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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shit i don't know if I should have posted this
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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people. save the video or something
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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
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Didn't Aardman Animation have a huge fire at their warehouse around this time? A lot of assets from Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit were lost, and I believe the fire also spurred Aardman into making Flushed Away partially CGI animated with Dreamworks.

It's possible that Gordon Bleugh shared the same fate.
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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I'm not sure. Gordon Bleugh wasn't made by Aardman, and I don't think "A for Animation" (formerly known as "elm road on the box") had an office fire. Perhaps there was someone who obsessively recorded Nicktoons in the 2000s who has the Gordon Bleugh shorts recorded.
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Aranea

6 months ago
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Well, it's going to be difficult. Speaking as a former Bristolian, I did some digging around and A For Animation doesn't seem to exist any more. When you Google search their name, you'll come across the University of the West of England's animation programme, and two different studios: Wonky Animation and Sun & Moon Animation. The latter *does* have a phone number on their site if anybody in the UK wants to get in touch a little more directly...

But otherwise, A For Animation doesn't have much of a digital footprint at all, leading me to believe that it no longer operates. I brought up Aardman because their warehouse is absolutely huge and I can imagine that with that much space, they'll have liaised with other animation studios in Bristol for storage of their assets.
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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But from what I'm reading, Darren Thomson, the director of Gordon Bleugh (according to the end credits) was an animator for Aardman.
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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Aranea, I would call Sun and Moon, but I'm from the US. Seeing that you're from the UK, it would really help if you called them and asked about Gordon Bleugh. Maybe you could get in contact with Neville Buchanan, the creator of Gordon Bleugh
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Aranea

6 months ago
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Yeah... don't live there any more. :P Ich lebe jetzt in Deutschland.
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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I just looked at "a for animation" 's Facebook page, and they seem to be active. I don't think "A for animation" is done for.
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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I tried calling "a productions" number. I was able to make the call, and the number was still operating, but I was left with the "please leave a message" thing.
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Liamkasbar

6 months ago
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I have some interesting finds, and I posted them on here

http://forum...enes-footage
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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There is a angry birds short with the same name of this
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Reynard

3 months ago
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It's an easy pun to make. Nothing special about it.
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Anonymous user #3

13 days ago
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It's weird. I remember watching these shorts as a kid. How did it go lost?
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