The Amazing World of Gumball "The Downer" (lost original draft of Cartoon Network animated series episode; existence unconfirmed; 2012-2014)

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The episode's title card.

Status: Existence Unconfirmed

The Amazing World of Gumball is an animated series produced by Cartoon Network Development Studios Europe that ran from 2011-2019, the series revolves around a 12 year old cat named Gumball Watterson who gets himself, his friends and brother a goldfish named Darwin into many wacky situations though out the series.

The Downer

"The Downer" is the thirty-sixth episode of Season 3. The final product revolved around The Wattersons trying to cheer up Gumball, who was in an inexplicable bad mood. Gumball then gets mad and wishes for his family to disappear, which they and the rest of Elmore do. Throughout the course of the episode, Gumball slowly goes insane as he walks around the empty town. He then attempts to bring everyone back only for a shadowy darkness tries to catch him, he then returns to his house only for said darkness to consume him and his surroundings. While remembering his father's advice from earlier, the darkness then vanishes only for his family to reappear. He then realized it was all in his head and none of this actually happened.

Original Draft

The original draft of the episode was excessively dark, with creator Ben Bocquelet mentioning it as the reason why the episode was considerably rewritten. As of 2023, details concerning the original draft haven't surfaced anywhere online, although an auto-generated translation of the episode's script was posted on a forum thread that came from a now deleted video in Portuguese, 3 months before the episode's premiere.[1] Bocquelet also mentioned the early draft in a conversation he had on Twitter with one of the show's fans.[2]

See Also

The Amazing World of Gumball

Anthology and Short Series


Bumpers and Interstitials



Other Cartoon Network Series

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