Where's Waldo? (2019 TV series)

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Where's Waldo?
GenreAdventure
Educational
Mystery
Based onWhere's Waldo? by Martin Handford
Developed byKoyalee Chanda
Lucas Mills
Voices ofJoshua Rush
Haley Tju
Eva Carlton
Thomas Lennon
Piotr Michael
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)F.M. De Marco
John Tellegen
Production company(s)DreamWorks Animation Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUniversal Kids
First shown inJuly 6, 2019
Original releaseJuly 20, 2019 (2019-07-20) –
present

Where's Waldo? (known outside North America as Where's Wally?) is an American animated television series with educational elements based on the North American variation of the Where's Wally? books by Martin Handford.[1] The series is produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and debuted on Universal Kids on July 20, 2019.[2]

Other media featuring the titular character include the 1991 animated television series and the series of books.

Premise[edit]

The series follows members of the WorldWide Wanderer Society, Waldo and Wenda, who are sent on travel missions by their mentor, Wizard Whitebeard. Their rival, Odlulu, causes them trouble in their attempts to earn stripes and become wizard-level wanderers.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Joshua Rush as Waldo,[4] a 12-year-old Wanderer in-training.[5]
  • Haley Tju as Wenda,[4] a junior-level Wanderer and Waldo's best friend.[5]
  • Eva Carlton as Odlulu,[4] an Anti-Wanderer and the main villain who used to be in the WorldWide Wanderer Society.[5]
  • Thomas Lennon as Wizard Whitebeard,[4] a wizard-level Wanderer and a mentor to Waldo and Wenda.[5]
  • Piotr Michael as Fritz, Odlulu's ferret sidekick[5] / Arfolomew / Chinook

Recurring and guest[edit]

Confirmed guest actors for the series include Bobby Moynihan, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Retta, Carlos Alazraqui, Rachel Dratch, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Tom Kenny, Candi Milo, Oscar Nunez, Jerry O’Connell, and Hannah Simone.[4]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleLocationDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Little Trouble in Big China"Beijing, ChinaChristo StambolievF.M. De MarcoJuly 20, 2019 (2019-07-20)

When Odlulu accidentally animates a stone dragon at Beijing's Lunar New Year, Waldo and Wenda team up with young Drummers Li and Liu to tame the dragon and save the celebration.

Guest stars: Ian Inigo as Boy, Kristen Li as Li, Yuri Lowenthal as Zhang Wei, Hudson Yang as Liu

Wanderer key: Unfreeze Key
2"A Wanderer in Paris"Paris, FranceChristo StambolievLucas MillsJuly 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)

Upon gaining a magical shrinking key, Odlulu sets her sights on winning the Tour de France; Waldo and Wenda end up helping racer Jacques after Odlulu shrinks his and everyone else's bikes.

Guest stars: Ashley Bornancin as Camille, Tom Kenny as Shopkeeper, Yuri Lowenthal as Jacques / Official

Wanderer key: Teeny-Tiny Key
3"A Day in Turkey"Istanbul, TurkeyMark SonntagJohn TellegenJuly 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)

Landing in Istanbul, Waldo and Wenda meet up with fellow Wanderer Yasemin and discovers that their rug is a map to a magic doubling key; Odlulu and Fritz learn of the treasure map, and the team must race to find it before the villains do.

Guest stars: Sydney Bell as Yasemin

Wanderer key: Doubling Key
4"The Big New Mexico Pepper Hunt"New Mexico, U.S.Christo StambolievJohn TellegenJuly 27, 2019 (2019-07-27)

When Odlulu challenges the Wanderers to win the best chilli (along with a magic key) at an annual chilli cook-off in New Mexico, Whitebeard pulls out his family recipe to save the day. The only problem is that they don't have the most important ingredient - a ghost pepper.

Guest stars: Candi Milo as Chili Judge / Grandmother, Max Mittelman as Tarak

Wanderer key: Pepper Key
5"Hang Ten in Tahiti"Tahiti, French PolynesiaMark SonntagSam CheringtonAugust 3, 2019 (2019-08-03)

Wizard Wavybeard has lost the Wave Key leading Waldo and Wenda to go to Tahiti. When Odlulu sees the key as her chance to win the local surf competition and earn a statue of herself on the beach, the Wanderers and Odlulu have a surf-off for the key.

Guest stars: Ashley Bornancin as Surfing Instructor, Bobby Moynihan as Wizard Wavybeard

Wanderer key: Wave Key
6"Victoria Falls & Winters"Victoria Falls, ZimbabweLianne HughesJohn TellegenAugust 10, 2019 (2019-08-10)

When the watering hole at a Zimbabwean animal park dries up, the Wanderers grab a rain production Weather Key and arrive to save the animals. Unfortunately, Odlulu and Fritz get a-hold of the key so that Odlulu can be a Mother Nature-like goddess, so the Wanderers form an alliance with fellow Wanderer Anesu and pursue her through rain, fog, and snow to get the key and save the animals.

Guest stars: Nesta Cooper as Anesu, Isaac C. Singleton Jr. as Mr. Grouchy

Wanderer key: Weather Key
7"Vienna Voice-Versa"Vienna, AustriaChristo StambolievLucas MillsAugust 17, 2019 (2019-08-17)

When Wizard Whitebeard attempts to magically enhance his voice for a singing duet with an old Wizard friend, he accidentally switches bodies with Arf, forcing Waldo and Wenda to undo the mistake before its too late.

Guest stars: Tara Platt as Hostess, Retta as Wizard Nightingale

Wanderer key: Body Switch Key
8"Costa Rica...In Color"Costa Rica, Central AmericaLianne HughesSam CheringtonAugust 24, 2019 (2019-08-24)

Waldo and Wenda head to Costa Rica and team up with Wizard Featherbeard to investigate why all the beautiful birds of the forest are losing their color.

Guest stars: Oscar Nunez as Wizard Featherbeard

Wanderer key: Color Key
9"Yukon Do It"CanadaKelly BaigentSam CheringtonSeptember 21, 2019 (2019-09-21)

Arf gets a chance to run with sled dogs when he travels with Waldo and Wenda to wintry northern Canada to deliver an important package to Wizard Longbeard.

Guest stars: Tom Kenny as Wizard Blizzardbeard / Serve, Candace Kozak as Shila

Wanderer key: Marshmallow Key
10"The Strength of Scotland"Scotland, United KingdomLianne HughsJohn TellgenSeptember 28, 2019 (2019-09-28)

Everyone heads to Scotland, where Odlulu is using the Strength Key to give her an advantage in the Highland Games.

Guest stars: Grace Kaufman as Morna, Christian Lanz as Announcer, Yuri Lowenthal as Fergus / Yep

Wanderer key: Strength Key
11"Hit or Myth in Greece"Acropolis of AthensLianne HughsF.M. De MarcoOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)

When Odlulu uses the Greek Myth Key to bring Greek myths to life so she can capture the Golden Fleece, the Wanderers embark on a legendary quest to restore order in modern Athens with the help of the mythic Jason of the Argo.

Guest stars: Grey Griffin as Ticket Taker / Sirens, Jerry O'Connell as Jason, Isaac C. Singleton Jr. as Cyclops

Wanderer key: Greek Myth Key
12"Venice the Menace"Venice, ItalyRicky SantanaSam CheringtonOctober 12, 2019 (2019-10-12)

Odlulu is in Venice, where she aims to become belle of the Venetian Carnival ball with the help of the Crystal Glass Key.

Guest stars: Christian Lanz as Shopkeeper, Tara Platt as Elisabetta, Al Yankovic as Wizard Artbeard

Wanderer key: Crystal Glass Key
13"Australian Blunder Down Under"Australia, OceaniaMurray DebusMadison BatemanOctober 19, 2019 (2019-10-19)

When a mother kangaroo hops away with Waldo's hat on her head and Fritz in her pouch, Waldo, Wenda and Odlulu must work together to find them in the Australian outback.

Guest stars: Eric Bauza as Koala / Dingo, Kerri Kenney-Silver as Wizard Lariat / Emu / Platypus, Candi Milo as Kookaburra, Mama Kangaroo

Wanderer key: Talk to Animals Key
14"Big in Japan"Japan, TokyoSeth KearsleyJohn Tellegen[6]October 26, 2019 (2019-10-26)

When Odlulu zaps Fritz with the Mega Mega Monster key, he grows to monstrous size and tries to eat all the noodles in the city; Waldo and Wenda travel to a kaiju festival in Tokyo.

Guest stars: Ian Inigo as Reo, Ryan Potter as Koichi, Jennie Kwan & Yuri Lowenthal

Wanderer key: Mega Mega Monster Key
15"A New York Minute"New YorkRicky SantanaSam CheringtonNovember 2, 2019 (2019-11-02)

Wizard Whitebeard trains for months for a marathon in New York City; when Odlulu schemes to win the race by slowing down all of the other runners, Waldo and Wenda use New York's various modes of transportation to pursue Odlulu and save the marathon.

Guest stars: Raini Rodriguez as Maria, Jennie Kwan & Christian Lanz

Wanderer key: Slow Mo Key
16"Bahama Drama"The BahamasLianne HughesSam CheringtonNovember 9, 2019 (2019-11-09)

When Odlulu uses the Bubble Key to raise a sunken pirate ship in the Bahamas in her quest for treasure, the Wanderers and Wizard Doubloon must take to the high seas to catch the bubble-wielding buccaneer before she makes off with the ship's booty.

Guest stars: Danielle Pinnock as Wizard Doubloon, Dallas Young as Mateo

Wanderer key: Bubble Key
17"Chilling Out in Antarctica"AntarcticaNaz Ghodrati-AzadiLucas MillsNovember 16, 2019 (2019-11-16)

The Wanderers travel to Antarctica to witness the annual march of the emperor penguins; when Odlulu's new ice castle separates a waddle of penguins from their eggs, the Wanderers must find a way to reunite the parents with their chicks.

Guest stars: Corina Boettegey as Hillary, Ely Henry as Edmund

Wanderer key: Ice Castle Key
18"Mini Mayhem in Moscow"MoscowTBATBANovember 23, 2019 (2019-11-23)

After Whitebeard uses the Grow Key to make himself 40 feet tall, the key breaks; the Wanderers take the key to Wizard Fix-It in Moscow; while mending the key, Fix-It accidentally makes Waldo, Wenda and herself 2 inches tall, then loses the key.

Wanderer key: Grow Key

Production[edit]

In 2018, it was revealed Where's Waldo? was in the works as part of the expansion of DreamWorks Animation Television.[7] On April 5, 2019, it was announced the series would debut on Universal Kids along with 8 other DreamWorks Animation series previously available on Netflix.[8] The cast was announced on April 26[4] and its airdate was on May 23 before it was delayed to July 20.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Destito, Deanna (April 26, 2019). "WHERE'S WALDO? Premieres In Its Newest Form This July". The Beat. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (May 23, 2019). "Universal Kids Dates 'Where's Waldo?' & 'Norman Picklestripes' Premieres". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (April 5, 2019). "Universal Kids Sets Sights on New 'Where's Waldo?' Toon from DreamWorks". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Petski, Denise (April 26, 2019). "'Where's Waldo?': Joshua Rush, Haley Tju, Eva Carlton & Thomas Lennon Lead Voice Cast For Universal Kids Series From DreamWorks Animation". Deadline. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Meet the Wanderers". Universal Kids. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.rangerboard.com/showpost.php?p=5802865&postcount=1
  7. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (June 28, 2018). "DreamWorks Animation Television Spreads its Wings". AWN. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (April 5, 2019). "Universal Kids finds new Where's Waldo? series". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved May 23, 2019.

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