Wander Over Yonder (2013–2016)
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I grew up watching the likes of Powerpuff Girls,Fosters for Imaginary Friends both shows Craig created and I remember he wrote a bunch of episodes for Classics like Dexter's Lab and Johnny Bravo all shows I really loved...and I can safely say that Wander over Yonder is a great show...Craig still has it in him to deliver the laughs
The cartoon series is inspired/pays homages to old Warner Bros Cartoons with a '50s style Sci-fi kind of Style The episodes all seem to base around one thing much like in oldschool animated film shorts
Overall great show 10/10
I was pretty curious about it, so I decided to watch it.
The pilot was very amusing, the antics of the main character made me laugh in that one especially when obliviously annoying the villain. Believe me, there are many positive things about the character I seen, that are cute, sweet and funny.
I actually approve this new show and look forward to seeing more of this series. If you like good laugh and enjoyable characters, I recommend it.
With great quality animation, superb storytelling, tremendous humor, and terrificly heart- warming character developments, this show is instantly destined to be among many of Disney's animated TV classics and critical contemporary hits, from "Gummi Bears" and "Darkwing Duck", to "Kim Possible" and "Phineas and Ferb". While it has the signature Disney storytelling, there are Craig McCracken's story sensibilities we all know without much compromise. Even most of the episodes have become instant fans' favorites, from "the Greatest" and "the Good Deed", to "the Troll" and the emotionally resonant "the Little Guy".
I'm totally positive that your review will be similar to mines after watching "Wander Over Yonder" the 1st time.
Visuals: This show uses as style of animation similar to Craig's previous show, "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends". The animated acting and characterization is pretty good here, and the characters are free to express themselves. They don't go over-the-top with it as much as something like "Ren and Stimpy", restraining themselves to something similar to classical rubber hose cartoons. Wander's Smile is infectious and Felix-the-Cat-like. The main difference between this and Foster's is that the characters have very thick, slick-looking black outlines. The color scheme is very simple, but it looks decent. The movements of the characters tend to follow a rhythmic pattern with sounds effects that takes advantage of Flash, but not as much as possible. I really like Wander's design, but not all of the characters are so blessed. The style here isn't my favorite, but I can see people liking it.
Characters: This show is mostly driven by the strong, simple personalities of the characters. None of them are too complex or fresh, but none of them are too annoying or unlikable. The sympathy is usually where it should be.
Storytelling: Very simple and straightforward, as well as being fairly energetic. It can be somewhat predictable and follow patterns we've all seen before, but it works.
Audio: The music is distinctive, consisting mostly of folk tunes and banjo plucks. It helps give the show an identity. The theme song is so heinously catchy and smile-inducing that you will never get it out of your head, and I really like it for that. The voice performances also work pretty well. Wander has that "Nice-Guy" sound that he really needs.
To sum up, there really isn't too much to talk about here. This is just a show that wants to have some fun with you and make you smile if you'll let it. It's almost like a midway point between the typical Craig McKracken style and some sort of classical rubber-hose cartoon. Strangely, I think that "Mickey Mouse" fans might enjoy this, as will fans of Craig and Lauren's other shows.
I really love this show. The characters are very funny and amazing, Wander is a great role model, he and his horse are a great team, Lord Hater(Sure, not a great name, but since when did character names matter?) is funny, and so is his partner! The plots are creative and fun, unlike most DC shows. I like the dialog and the script, it is not generic and boring like most DC shows. I also have to praise the animation, which is brilliant! The voice acting is great too!
10/10(Great characters, funny, brilliant plots, good script and dialog, fantastic animation and great voice acting!)
Craig and his crew have handled balance the balance of cute, funny, smooth animations, colorful settings and character development.
If I'm going to have children, this is one of the shows I'd love them to watch. Wander is that uncrushable spark in a dark, lawless galaxy whose motto is "It never hurts to help!"
Beyond that, it's exceptionally well-voiced and reasonably well-written for an episodic series. Characters avoid being annoying or boring, each different enough from the other to keep scenes fun and moving. I particularly like Jack McBrayer's Wander (perfectly cast), April Winchell's Sylvia, and Tom Kenny's Commander Peepers - they add a flavor and realness to their characters that goes a long way toward keeping things delightful.
Only real missteps are a recurring story element with Lord Hater in season 2 that gets a little one-note until about halfway through the season. Emperor Awesome is also a little bland once you've seen him once.
That aside, though, I'd definitely recommend the series.
For those that don't know the plot, it is about an optimistic, friendly banjo playing space traveller named Wander who is accompanied by a rough-n-tumble, sarcastic alien horse-like creature named Sylvia (April Winchell is awesome for the role) who explore planet to planet helping folks in need and often face a powerful space dictator Lord Hater and his right hand man Commander Peepers (Tom Kenny, hell yeah). Imagine Skeletor but as a winy and insecure baby and he is ONE of my favourite characters in the show................ While the first season was good, it isn't until season 2 where the show as well as the writing REALLY stands out. And the one to inspire this change of pace? Two words: LORD DOMINATOR an actually threatening villain, OMG she is bad-ass and my favourite character in the show!!!! Despite being a bad guy (even sings about it in an episode) she is very charismatic, and driven. Unlike Hater she is not interested in conquering but destroying everything and you gotta love how fun she has doing it. She's got a suit of armour with a mask she puts on that give her an amazingly terrifying voice and controls lava and later ice. And yeah, she's quite cute too lol ;D
The second season is better too because it feels like there are stakes and the story evolves where characters change (to a degree) and develop and Wander is such a beautiful character. I could go on, I just absolutely LOVE this show. I love the theme, I love the colour, I love how smooth and well executed the character movements are and I love the hilariously exaggerated poses and facial expressions they do that I have not seen lately animation. Star Vs The Forces Of Evil comes so close but not to THIS extent.
Wander is my spirit animal; I love how LOVE itself is the teacher of the show and how it doesn't feel forced or preachy. It is so wonderful to know a show like this exists in a world where it is hard for people to let their guard down just to be helpful and kind for the sake of being helpful and kind. Honestly, I don't understand why a lot of people are saying there are so many crap cartoons cause with Disney shows coming out like, Gravity Falls, Star Vs The Forces Of Evil, Milo Murphy's Law, Ducktales 2017 and Wander Over Yonder, that tells me people are either not looking beyond their own tunnel-viewed quality funk or are still fan raging on about shows like Powerpuff Girls 2016 and Teen Titans Go!
To wrap up this review, I highly recommend this show to any animated cartoon lover young and old! Craig McCracken strikes again and I think this is his best work yet! It is beyond a terrible shame this show was cancelled, while other lesser and more intellectually insulting shows out there are getting more popular and better treatment. I have not given up hope this show will make a comeback. If Samurai Jack, Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie, Roko's Modern Life, Young Justice and now Invader Zim returned to their animated glory, then there is STILL hope for this WANDER-ful little guy <3
7/10 very creative and the people who created it wasn't on crack.
The animation here feels nostalgic. The cartoony expressions and style remind you of the 90s, right? Well, since Craig McCracken created the show, it's nice for him to be back, and his dreams made the quality here fantastic. Commonly, it's colorful and appealing, but it can get a bit dull. You see, episodes like The Stray, The Legend, and The Flower weren't great episodes because their color schemes are too dull for the show. I mean, it's fine, but it looks too dark to the point where it feels kind of creepy. Anyways, most of the color schemes are what made the animation gorgeous. It sticks with the setting and sometimes, it looks beautiful. Even if the animation can get dull, I can totally say that the quality is magnificent.
I'm not a fan of the characters because I found some of them to be similar to other characters of a different show. Hey, I love Lord Hater because he's entertaining and sometimes funny, but in the middle of Season 2, he acts like a generic lover of his former self. What used to make him great and the best villain now made him a complete idiot. Even if he recovered from My Fair Hatey, he's nowhere near as good as himself from Season 1 and the first half Season 2.
Wander may seem original and entertaining, but he kind of reminds me of SpongeBob SquarePants and I don't think he gets any development in pretty much every episode along with Sylvia, but she actually felt more original than Wander, but her voice reminds me of Jane Lynch a lot. Then there's Lord Dominator, who first appeared in The Greater Hater. Even though I kind of like her, she reminds me too much of Princess Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender and plus, she barely gets any development. Lord Dominator works as a villain, it's just that she isn't written well as the others. Yes, you see that the characters are the weakest aspect of the show, but it's the character development that just got out of hand.
Most of the songs come from Wander, and I have to say that they're catchy and give you the energy you need to have a good day. They're bouncy, full of energy, and danceable. Not including the ones from My Fair Hatey, most of them are great. Yeah, that's all I have to say about the songs.
Before we move into my summary, I'd like to discuss the 11 bad episodes and their common flaws, which is characterization (exceptions include The Little Guy, The Nice Guy, and The Sick Guy). The bad episode's characterization can be so bad enough to destroy the faith the characters have (The New Toy, My Fair Hatey, and The Bad Neighbors). Not only that but the character can get obnoxious, jerkish, and just plain dull where I can't watch the episode anymore. Their plots are mostly rehashes of other episodes of other shows that woefully, Wander Over Yonder did them worse. The lack of jokes and flow makes an episode feel dull altogether, which is probably the case for most bad episodes in this show. Sure, they may seem original, but most scenes can get too over the top to the point of being annoying.
Wow, I need to calm down from all of that pessimism. Anyways, after all of those unpopular opinions, it's time for my summary: Wander Over Yonder is entertainingly creative with its writing, animation, and a few characters (mostly the side characters to be exact), but can get generically dull with its main characters, episodes with barely any jokes, and rehashes. From all of my opinions, I'll tell you that this is a good show (8/10). I don't even find it close to being great, but I'm glad that I found a good show that I've desperately want. Besides, I find this show to be a bit overrated.
So far The Greater Hater sets up the usual Season 1 status quo (Lord Hater invades a planet, Wander bugs Hater by playing, Hater chases him, Peepers then suddenly get frustrated with his lust to destroy Wander that he finally stands up against his favors, Sylvia attacks the Watchdogs, and hilarity ensues, Nothing, Ever, Changes). Then, Everything Changes when the Dominator ship attacks the planet to suck the magma out of it. This sets the Main 4's discoveries on the new big bad Dominator and their encounters changed their course of action:
Wander's friendship offer to Dominator is rejected and made him angry, Sylvia is worried of him facing Dominator like that, Lord Hater must climb up the Galactic Villain Leaderboard, and Peepers is eying on Hater to not lose his focus by ignoring Wander and Sylvia. Also, Lord Dominator is a woman. She's even more dangerous outside her suit.
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Pretty much the rest of the episodes before Part 2 of the Dominator arc are Wander and Sylvia dealing with more villains in the Leaderboard, Wander not giving up on making Hater his friend, hints of Wander's past (The Wanders goes into it without giving away the back story Craig intends to keep a secret at), and Hater's struggle to climb up the Leaderboard and dealing with Peepers to stay focus.
Part 2 of the Lord Dominator arc will have Dominator return 6 half hours after The Greater Hater (hinting around Halloween Season as Frank Angones, Story Editor of the show said). And then, Dominator will appear more often for the rest of this Season 2.
There's also a Musical Episode planned for Part 3. I assumed (Craig did say it's not the Season Finale) that is like a classical Disney musical written by the Sherman Brothers (Andy Bean, musician for the series, wrote the whole 22 min. musical full-on). It's meant to be fun, silly, and moving too like any Disney musical.
Some fun stuff happening so far. Would love for anyone to check this show out! Has some of the best animation out there, fun moments, catchy tunes, and even some potential development for the Main 4. It's as good as Gravity Falls, Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, and Steven Universe.
I cannot fathom the "personality" of this character, Wander. He is unable even to say "hello" without yelling, dancing, singing, and quite literally bouncing off the walls. Any ten seconds spent watching this pathetic program will result in an immediate migraine headache.
The show makes no sense. The plots are dull. The characters are annoying. The graphics are loud and distracting. Plus, all Wander ever does is wander from here to there, screaming, yelling, going off on ADHD-style tangents and thoroughly obnoxificating the audience.
Steer WAY clear of this abject trash.