Bottersnikes and Gumbles (TV series)

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Bottersnikes and Gumbles
Based onBottersnikes and Gumbles by S. A. Wakefield
Written by
  • Tim Bain
  • Ray Boseley
  • Bruce Griffiths
  • Daniel Mansour
  • Jen Upton
  • Marcus Fleming
  • Dave Ingham
  • Matt Baker
  • Richard Preddy
  • Denise Cassar
  • Andrew Barnett-Jones
  • Ciaran Murtagh
  • Mark Hodkinson
Country of originAustralia
United Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes52
Executive producers
  • Patrick Egerton
  • David Webster
  • Darren Price
  • Tom van Waveren
  • Edward Galton
  • Jason Netter
ProducerPatrick Egerton
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesCake Entertainment
Mighty Nice
Cheeky Little Media
Kickstart Entertainment
Seven Productions
Netflix Studios
Original release
Release18 December 2015 (2015-12-18) –

Bottersnikes and Gumbles is an animated television series which first aired on 7TWO in Australia and CBBC in the United Kingdom. The cast includes Jason Callender, Richard Grieve, Jeff Rawle, Kathryn Drysdale and Miriam Margolyes. It was released on Netflix in North America on 19 August 2016 but was re-dubbed with American accents.


Bottersnikes and Gumbles was in development as early as 2012 by Mighty Nice and Cheeky Little Media. The TV series is based on the Australian children's book series of the same name written by S. A. Wakefield.[1][2] In early 2015, the streaming video service Netflix announced it had acquired the rights to the series and it was released as 52 eleven-minute episodes.[1][3][4] It later aired on 7TWO in Australia [5][6] on 18 December 2015 until 22 January 2016 and CBBC in the UK in 2016.[3] It is pitched at "6 to 9 year old boys and girls."[3] Patrick Egerton, the producer and Cheeky Little Media CEO, described how the "books contain such a rich, distinctive world and made an indelible mark on my mind as a kid. With the CG tools and skills now available, we knew the timing was right to develop the property for TV and really do it justice."[3]

According to Animation World Network (AWN) staff editor it "follows the adventures of three young Gumbles, Tink, Bounce and Willi, who love nothing better than to 'gumble' all day long. Endless battles ensue involving plenty of stealth, trickery, daring rescues and narrow escapes as the Gumbles try to outwit the Bottersnikes in every episode."[1] The cast includes Richard Grieve, Jeff Rawle, Kathryn Drysdale and Miriam Margolyes.[7] It was released on Netflix in North America on 19 August 2016; which was re-dubbed with American accents.

Sean O'Grady of The Independent felt the series based on Wakefield's books "are better adapted than most other exercises of this nature. Bottersnikes are superbly rendered lizardly creatures that are the bogeymen of the show, a bit like Momentum in the Labour Party; Gumbles are apparently normal, but hopelessly optimistic, like Brexiteers. The stories are short and sweet and the attention to detail is remarkable."[2] The show received a Pulcinella Award for 'Best Kids TV Series' at the international animation festival, Cartoons on the Bay, in Venice[8][9] and was nominated for 'Most Outstanding Children's program' at the 2016 Logie Awards.[10]


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  1. ^ a b c AWN Staff Editor (19 July 2016). "Bottersnikes & Gumbles Headed to Netflix". Animation World Network (AWN). Retrieved 14 November 2016. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ a b O'Grady, Sean (26 July 2016). "TV review: Agatha Raisin (Sky1); Bottersnikes & Gumbles (CBBC)". The Independent. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bottersnikes and Gumbles". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  4. ^ Groves, Don (15 January 2015). "Netflix commissions first Oz series". If Magazine. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  5. ^ Appleyard, Rodney (December 2015), "Bottersnikes and gumbles get ready to rumble", Inside Film: If (168): 43, ISSN 1447-2252
  6. ^ Houston, Melinda (20 December 2015). "Melinda Houston's TV picks for Tuesday December 22". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ "The Screen Guide: Bottersnikes and Gumbles". Screen Australia. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  8. ^ "New CGI Animated Children's Series Bottersnikes & Gumbles Set to Make North American Debut August 16". Parent Herald. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  9. ^ Akyuz, Gün (11 April 2016). "UK scoops Pulcinella trio". C21Media. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  10. ^ Hudec, Beverley (5 May 2016). "Cheeky Little nominated for best children's TV program award at Logies". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 March 2017.

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