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The early reel episode of The Amazing World of Gumball was never aired. It is currently uploaded on Ben's YouTube as of January 18, 2013.


Gumball and Darwin build a Rube Goldberg machine in an attempt to escape from school.


Main Characters

Supporting Characters

Minor Characters


  • Masami has a thicker outline, and Alan's face is drawn differently in this episode.
  • Many characters make a debut in this episode.
  • Gumball appears to have a square head and a tan jacket, while Darwin is much smaller, a darker shade of orange, his shoes are blue instead of green, and is animated with CGI.
  • It was uploaded to YouTube in 2010, but Cartoon Network took it down due to copyright reasons. On January 18, 2013, it was re-uploaded by Ben Bocquelet.
  • Ben Bocquelet said he might add the episode as a special feature on a possibly upcoming The Amazing World of Gumball DVD release if another one comes out, since it didn't make the first, second, or third one.
  • Many characters use old designs in this episode, making this, "The Mystery," "The Curse," "The Joy," and "The Void" the only episodes in which characters use old designs.
  • A link to Gumball's 2007-2008 designs that were used in this episode can be found below.
  • Nicky Jones, famous for the voice acting on the show Chowder as the titular character, voices Gumball in this episode, but in the actual series, Logan Grove does the voice of Gumball in Seasons 1, 2, and most of "The Kids," and Jacob Hopkins does the voice of Gumball in the ending of "The Kids," and Season 3 onwards.
  • In this episode, we see Masami kissing Alan, but in the actual series, it has been shown that Carmen and Alan love each other.
    • This idea may have been reused in "The Storm."
  • According to the plan drawn in chalk by Gumball, Teri was originally a boy.
  • Ben Bocquelet uploaded the video to his Twitter, two years after it was created.
  • Gumball appears to be very intelligent in this video, judging by the plan drawn out in chalk.
  • Rocky appears to have an allergic reaction to pollen.
    • Also, it may be implied that he's a student rather than a custodian, which he is in the series.
  • Carrie is much, much fatter in her appearance, almost resembling a Boo from the Mario series.
  • Leslie has blue petals in this episode, but in the actual series, he has pink petals.
  • Darwin bears a slight resemblance to Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo.
  • Darwin's CGI model can be seen in the background of the Void in the episode of the same name.
  • In this episode, the opening credits are not shown. However, at the end of the episode, it simply says "Gumball" instead of "The Amazing World of Gumball." Also, the background of the credits is the sky instead of space.


  • In the shot where Gumball smiles at Darwin, the other characters in the background are missing.
  • If you look very closely in the scene where Tina is catching the steak, Leslie's petals change from blue to pink.
  • When Gumball and Darwin are launched at Hector's butt, Gumball disappears for a couple of split seconds.

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