Wander Over Yonder

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Wander Over Yonder
Wander Over Yonder Title Card.png
Genre Comedy
Adventure
Science-fantasy
Format Animated television series
Created by Craig McCracken
Voices of
Opening theme "Wander Over Yonder" performed by the Two Man Gentlemen Band
Composer(s) Andy Bean
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1 (2 ordered)
No. of episodes 27 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Craig McCracken
Producer(s) Lauren Faust (co-producer)
Running time 11 minutes[1]
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel (2013-present)
Disney XD (2014-present)
Original run August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) – present
External links
Website

Wander Over Yonder is an American animated comedy television series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel and now Disney XD.[2][3] The series previewed on August 16, 2013, and officially premiered on September 13, 2013.[1][4]

The series premiered on Disney XD, on December 9, 2013, with its own week titled Winter Wander What?! Week.

The show's creator and executive producer is Craig McCracken. His wife Lauren Faust serves as co-producer and story editor.[5]

On February 16, 2014, it was announced that Wander Over Yonder premieres will leave Disney Channel, and move to Disney XD starting in Spring 2014,[6] similar with what happened with most of Phineas and Ferb's second season. The series continues to air on new episodes on Disney Channel starting on July 11, 2014.

On June 23, 2014, Disney renewed Wander Over Yonder for a second season.

Premise[edit]

The series follows Wander, a nomadic and overly-optimistic intergalactic traveler and his steed Sylvia traveling from planet to planet helping people have fun and live free, all against Lord Hater and his army of Watchdogs' evil reign.[2][7]

Lord Hater is the most powerful villain in the universe with Commander Peepers serving as his second in command and leader of the Watchdog Army.[2][2][8][8]

In the credits sequence of each episode, there is an animatic of a scene in the episode, usually an extended version of the scene or an extra one.

Development[edit]

The show's creator and executive producer, Craig McCracken, previously created the Emmy-winning Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Lauren Faust serves as co-producer and story editor.[5] This is McCracken's first television show outside Cartoon Network and his first animated television series for Disney Channel.

The eponymous character, Wander, made his debut on sketchbooks, clothes and patches that McCracken sold at conventions[9] as well as in a never-finished graphic novel.[10] McCracken described Wander as a "nomadic, hippie, muppet man."[3]

A sneak peek of the series aired at Comic-Con International 2012 for Disney Channel.[5] The first promo aired on July 19, 2013 during the premiere of Teen Beach Movie. A early preview of an eleven-minute episode titled "The Picnic" aired on Disney Channel after Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel on August 16, 2013 and the series started airing regularly on September 13 2013.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Wander (voiced by Jack McBrayer) speaks in a Southern accent and is very optimistic, friendly and in ways annoying. He aspires to explore different worlds, discover new things, and help people have fun and live free, all against Lord Hater and his army of Watchdogs' evil reign. Wander is a short, orange-furred being of an indeterminate species. He has large, expressive eyes with black pupils. He has three black stripes of beard hair on his chin. He is usually seen with a big floppy green hat with a black stripe above the brim and a yellow star located on the black stripe. The inside of his hat seems to be black as well. He also wears light blue shoes with white laces, and a black stripe in the middle of the shoes. He is very often seen with a smile. He is very cute and fun-loving. Given his positive nature and beliefs, Wander is often oblivious to danger as well as Hater's aggressive nature.
  • Sylvia (voiced by April Winchell) is Wander's loyal, although bullish steed and best friend, who explores and travels the universe with him. She enjoys fighting although her love of roughness cause to come off as ill-tempered, inconsiderate and reckless at times although she has a softer side. Despite this, she has shown some skepticism to defeating Lord Hater, saying that Wander "would have to be crazy to stop Lord Hater". Sylvia is blue with a long neck, stubby arms, and big expressive eyes. She has a black rein wrapped around her muzzle and a big floppy tuft of bright pink hair jutting upward from her head, matching the tuft of fur on the tip of her tail. While she is sometimes referred to as Wander's horse, she is actually one of a species called a "Zbornak", more similar to a dragon than a horse.
  • Lord Hater (voiced by Keith Ferguson) is a skeletal being clad in red robes and is Wander's nemesis and ruler of the Hater Empire. His main, number one henchman is Peepers, while his minions are known as the Watchdogs. Lord Hater is a power-hungry, evil and cruel dictator and conqueror. He hates being told what to do by those he declares lower than him, including his own henchman, Peepers. What he desires most is absolute rule of the entire Universe under his fist, and no one stands in his way. However, he incredibly hates Wander, the physical opposite of everything that he is, and cannot stand him due to his superfluous optimism and obliviousness to his evil. He has a pet spider-like alien named Captain Tim, who was given to him by Sylvia and Wander.
  • Commander Peepers (voiced by Tom Kenny) is Lord Hater's #1 henchman/second in command and seems willing to do anything Lord Hater commands. He, at times, is sometimes smarter than Lord Hater, sensing danger ahead as Lord Hater mostly ignores him.

Minor[edit]

  • The Watchdogs (various actors), small, short eyeball headed creatures that serve as Hater's minions and seem to make up the bulk (and possible the entirety) of his army. They are loyal to their master, but are often distracted, thanks to interference from Wander.
  • Emperor Awesome (voiced by Sam Riegel), a preening, flamboyant cool-dude shark-like man, and is one of Lord Hater's greatest nemeses as well as his arch-rival in universal conquest. He has his own minions he calls "The Fist Fighters".
  • King Bingleborp (voiced by Tom Kenny), the jolly-happy ruler of the Binglebop planet, Binglebopolopolis.
  • Fleeblebort (voiced by Tom Kenny), a green duck-like alien that Wander helped him to arrive and stop the Wedding to declare his love for Marsha.
  • Captain Tim (voiced by Fred Tatasciore), the assumed name of a spider-like alien that Wander discovers on an abandoned spaceship and gives to Lord Hater.
  • Badlands Dan (voiced by Clancy Brown), a former bad guy who lives in the planet "Doomstone". (Now called "Congenial Rock")
  • Papa Doom (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), a formerly evil crime lord on "Doomstone'".
  • Prince Cashmere (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke), the brave prince of "Baaaaa-halla", and the leader of his strong army of goat warriors. He first appeared in "The Troll", where Wander and Sylvia helped him take down an obnoxious troll.
  • Westley the Watchdog (voiced by Aziz Ansari), the littlest Watchdog cadet who befriends Wander and Sylvia.
  • Beeza (voiced by Tara Strong), the leader of the species whose planet keeps getting destroyed by Buster the giant dog.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 39[11] August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) (preview)
September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) (premiere)
TBA
2 40[12] TBA TBA

Voice Cast[edit]

Guest stars and additional voices[edit]

Reception[edit]

The premiere was cable TV’s #2 primetime telecast in total viewers (2.9 million).[13]

On June 23, 2014, Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series at Disney Television Animation announced a second season of Wander Over Yonder.[14]

Broadcast[edit]

Wander Over Yonder aired as a preview on Disney Channel and Family on August 16, 2013. It officially premiered on September 13, 2013 and September 15, 2013 respectively. The series premiered on December 7, 2013 on Disney Channel (Southeast Asia)[15]It also airs on Disney XD (UK and Ireland) and Disney XD (South Africa).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Exclusive: Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date for New Cartoon Wander Over Yonder". Tvguide.com. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Breaking News - 2013-14 Disney Channel's Worldwide Kids Upfront Announcement". TheFutonCritic.com. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Wander Over Yonder Coming To TV - The New Project From Powerpuff Creator Craig McCracken - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors". Bleedingcool.com. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Breaking News - Disney Channel's Intergalactic Animated Comedy Series "Wander Over Yonder" from Emmy Award-Winning Producer Craig McCracken Premieres Friday, September 13". TheFutonCritic.com. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  5. ^ a b c disney rocks (2012-06-22). "Disney Channel Announces Comic-Con Pane ls for ‘Tron: Uprising’, ‘Phineas and Ferb’, ‘Fish Hooks’, ‘Gravity Falls’ and More - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/CrackMcCraigen/status/436036678545702912?p=v
  7. ^ "Jim Hill: Jack McBrayer Says Goodbye to Kenneth From NBC's 30 Rock and Hello to Disney's Wander Over Yonder". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  8. ^ a b "Wander Over Yonder Characters | Disney Channel". Disneychannel.disney.com. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  9. ^ A Very Rough History of Wander in the News
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Twitter / CrackMcCraigen: @Hawthorne44 @Fyre_flye We
  12. ^ http://crackmccraigen.tumblr.com/post/89713502984/disney-has-officially-announced-the-pick-up-of
  13. ^ "Premiere of ‘Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel’ Rockets to Over 6 Month High in Total Viewers and 1-Year High in Kids 2-11 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  14. ^ Koch, Dave (June 23, 2014). "Disney Animation Runs Pickle & Peanut". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BR6gwmquzg

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