To create the sequence, Studio AKA director Kristian Andrews created two minutes of what might be called a ‘super-homemade-puppet film’. Along with a team of model makers and puppeteers, Andrews combined everyday household items like toilet roll, cotton wool, cardboard—and a lot of gaffer tape—to create simple rod-articulated puppets which were captured in a series of daft-and-loose performances. The resulting footage was then combined with some artful 2D animation and subtle compositing, bringing the character’s embarrassment to life.
“We all love Gumball at the studio and jumped at a chance to contribute to the show. Building our own janky version of the characters & world with cardboard and glue somehow felt like a fitting tribute. However, delving into Gumball’s slightly rambunctious psyche meant a lot of cardboard models got squished along the way—it was carnage!”