Wander Over Yonder

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Wander Over Yonder
Wander Over Yonder Title Card.png
Genre
Created by Craig McCracken
Directed by
Voices of
Opening theme "Wander Over Yonder Main Title"[1]
performed by the Two Man Gentlemen Band
Composer(s) Andy Bean
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Craig McCracken
Producer(s) Lauren Faust
(co-producer, Season 1)
Running time 22 minutes (whole)
11 minutes (separate)[2]
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channel
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.[3][4] The series previewed on August 16, 2013, and officially premiered on September 13, 2013.[2][5]

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 served as developer of the series, and also a co-producer and story editor of Season 1.[6]

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,[7] similar with what happened with most of Phineas and Ferb's second season. As of July 2014, the series airs new episodes on Disney Channel, as part of Disney XD on Disney Channel.

On June 23, 2014, Disney Channel announced that Wander Over Yonder had been renewed for a second season. Noelle Stevenson will join the writing team for the second season.[8] Craig McCracken stated via Twitter that a second season should start airing sometime in 2015.[9]

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.[3][10]

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.[3][3][11][11]

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 served as co-producer and story editor of Season 1.[6] 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[12] as well as in a never-finished graphic novel.[13] McCracken described Wander as a "nomadic, hippie, muppet man."[4]

A sneak peek of the series aired at Comic-Con International 2012 for Disney Channel.[6] 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, sweet, 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, red-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. 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, and though her rough nature can cause her to come off as ill-tempered, inconsiderate and reckless at times although she has a softer side. Despite this, she initially showed skepticism to the notion of herself and Wander defeating Lord Hater, saying that Wander "would have to be crazy to stop Lord Hater", and continues to show trepidation in encountering Hater's minions and forces. 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 and ruler of the Hater Empire and Wander's self-proclaimed nemesis. His main, number one henchman is Commander 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.

Other Major Characters[edit]

  • Lord Dominator (voiced by Fred Tatasciore)[14] will be Lord Hater's rival as the "Greatest in the Galaxy" in the Second Season. [15] His silhouette was first seen in the Season 2 poster and later in "The Rider" animatic laughing maniacally.
  • The Watchdogs (various actors), small eyeball headed creatures that serve as Hater's minions and the bulk of his army. They are loyal to their master, but are frequently distracted by Wander's interference.

Recurring[edit]

  • Emperor Awesome (voiced by Sam Riegel), a preening, flamboyant cool-dude shark-headed man, and one of Lord Hater's greatest nemesis as a rival in universal conquest. He has his own minions he calls "The Fist Fighters". He considers Sylvia attractive.
  • The Fist Fighters are Emperor Awesome's army. They have hands for heads.
  • Sir Brad Starlight (voiced by James Marsden) is a character who first appeared in "The Hero" to help Wander and Sylvia save a princess, but it turns out he's a delusional, whiny man-child who just kidnapped the princess for himself in order to fulfill the Prophecy which is his diary. He returned in "The Enemies" where he teamed up with Lord Hater.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 39[16] August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) December 4, 2014 (2014-12-04)[16][17]

Reception[edit]

The premiere was cable TV's No. 2 primetime telecast in total viewers (2.9 million).[18]

On June 23, 2014, Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series at Disney Television Animation announced a second season of Wander Over Yonder.[19]

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)[20] It also airs on Disney XD (UK and Ireland) and Disney XD (South Africa).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015 Annie Award Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience[21] N/A Pending
Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production [21] Justin Nichols Pending
Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production [21] Benjamin Balistreri Pending
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[21] Dave Thomas Pending
Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production [21] Alex Kirwan, Chris Tsirigotis, Alexander Duckworth, Janice Kubo & Francis Giglio Pending
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[21] Mark Ackland Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ Work ID #885983837 on ASCAP
  2. ^ a b "Exclusive: Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date for New Cartoon Wander Over Yonder". Tvguide.com. July 22, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Breaking News – 2013–14 Disney Channels Worldwide Kids Upfront Announcement". TheFutonCritic.com. April 1, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ 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. March 13, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "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. July 22, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c disney rocks (June 22, 2012). "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 August 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/CrackMcCraigen/status/436036678545702912?p=v
  8. ^ Kahn, Juliet (September 3, 2014). "'Girl' Is Not A Personality Type: An Interview With The Creators of 'Lumberjanes'". Comics Alliance. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ McCracken, Craig. "Season 2 will premiere next year". Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jim Hill: Jack McBrayer Says Goodbye to Kenneth From NBC's 30 Rock and Hello to Disney's Wander Over Yonder". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Wander Over Yonder Characters | Disney Channel". Disneychannel.disney.com. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ A Very Rough History of Wander in the News
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ McCracken, Craig. "Fred Tatasciore is the voice of Lord Dominator". Retrieved 2014-11-29. 
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJeKXZmmZoo
  16. ^ a b "Craig McCracken on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ "December 2014 Programming Highlights". Disney XD Medianet. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "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 August 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ Koch, Dave (June 23, 2014). "Disney Animation Runs Pickle & Peanut". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BR6gwmquzg
  21. ^ a b c d e f Amidi, Amid (1 December 2014). "Annie Award Winners". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 

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