Gordon Bleugh! (partially found Nicktoons animated short; early 2000s)

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The first known frame from a final cut of Gordon Bleugh!

Status: Partially Found

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/stop motion 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 NICKELODEONS 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 easportsbig899 on Dec 9th, 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.

On April 17, 2017, YouTube user Elliot the Disney Historian uploaded "Gingerbread Men" to YouTube.

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 (Footage starts at 4:10)
Gordon Bleugh! - Worms
Gordon Bleugh! - Gingerbread Men

Three of the Gordon Bleugh! shorts.

References