Friday, October 18, 2013

On The Air: Wander Over Yonder (2013)

Take the inventive whimsy of Dr. Seuss, mix it together with the up-tempo slapstick comedy of Looney Tunes, and you have an idea of Disney's latest hit, Wander Over Yonder.

Wander (Jack McBrayer, ex-30 Rock) is a space traveler who keeps crossing paths with galactic despot Lord Hater (Keith Ferguson), oblivious to the threat Hater poses to the universe. Wander's best friend & sidekick, Sylvia (April Winchell) is a horse-like steed who can also stand on her hind legs, much like 30-30 did for Bravestarr more than a quarter-century ago. However, unlike 30-30, Sylvia is mostly all talk. The eternally cheerful Wander manages to win the day via sheer luck, which frustrates Hater to no end.

The series' opening episode, "The Greatest", took several pages from the Bugs Bunny playbook as Wander finessed Hater into defeat. The backup, "The Egg", was for all intents & purposes a left-handed homage to Dr. Seuss' Horton Hatches The Egg, which was the sequel to Horton Hears a Who. Let's scope out this sample clip from "The Greatest". Let's face it, Muhammad Ali Hater ain't.

Ah, such fun. Too bad Disney has no room for it in the daytime. Yet.

Rating: A.


Mr. Sig said...

In case you haven't guessed, Wander Over Yonder's been discontinued, but Craig McCracken and the crew had plans for a third season before the cancellation was announced.

There's an online petition that's been signed by over 32,600 people to keep the show going for at least one more season if you want to help out.

SaveWOY information:

Steven Dolce said...

Can't believe those idiots at Disney canceled this show after Season 2.

Mr. Sig said...

If it hadn't moved from Disney Channel to Disney XD, the ratings would still be good. And if it had better ratings during the remainder of the first season on Disney XD, it would have kept going. Back in 2015, Craig did pitch his ideas for a third season, and goodness knows how that went. However, he and the crew got word of cancellation just before the airing of The Greater Hater, and fans were unaware until Craig announced it on March 2016.

The thing is, Disney XD is only accessible by a fraction of the country. Oddly, Gravity Falls and Star vs. the Forces of Evil were viewed on Disney XD by more people, but fewer people tuned into Wander Over Yonder. Irksome, I know. After two seasons, however, the WOY fan community is growing even more. In fact, it got even bigger after My Fair Hatey premiered.

Disney ought to know that no one is happy about the cancellation/discontinuation, which is why the SaveWOY campaign continues. So far, we've had tons of fan art, mailed letters, Tumblr trending on the 27th of every month, and wet broom art at Downtown Disney. The online petition has nearly 39,400 supporters now. You can sign it and pass it on if you want to help. If we succeed, Craig won't have to keep his third season ideas under his proverbial hat and we'll finally get to see what will really become of Wander, Sylvia, Hater, Peepers, Dominator, and everyone else. If I'm not mistaken, it's supposed to be the show's best season ever.

I should mention, though, that Craig will be pitching his next show to Disney soon. I can only hope they'll ask him to finish telling Wander's story before the new show gets the green light.