Gordon Bleugh! (partially found Nickelodeon animated short series; early 2000s)
The first known frame from a final cut of Gordon Bleugh
Status: Partially Found
Date found: 31 Dec 2015
Found by: What A Cartoon! 2
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.
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.
Neville Buchanan, creator of Gordon Bleugh, describes the short's production, through LinkedIn:
"Director and Stop Frame Animator
GORDON BLEURGHThis 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."
Directing Animation Editing and lighting for 3 episodes for NICKLEODEONS mad Frog GORON BLEURGH.
Mandy, the International Film & TV Production Service, notes that only three shorts were ever animated. These shorts continued airing through 2004 and into 2005.
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. He says he might have another one, dealing with pizza dough.
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.
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.
Two of the Gordon Bleugh shorts.
- International Film & TV Production Service on Neville Buchanan & "Gordon Bleugh": Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- ToonZone Forum post from 2004, describing the then-unnamed short: Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- ToonZone Forum post from later that month, confirming the name of the short: Retrieved March 23, 2015.