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Wander Over Yonder
Wander Over Yonder Title Card
Genre Animated comedy
Adventure
Surreal humor
Science-fantasy
Slapstick
Format 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
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 79
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 (2014-2016t)
First aired August 16, 2013 (Disney Channel)

December 9, 2013 (Disney XD)

Last aired June 27, 2016 (Disney XD)

TBA (Disney Channel)

External links
Official website

Wander Over Yonder is an American animated comedy television series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel.[2][3] The series previewed on August 16, 2013, and officially premiered on September 13, 2013.[4][5]

The series premiered on Disney XD, on December 9, 2013, with its own week titled Winter Wander What? Week. On March 31, 2014 the show officially moved to Disney XD.

On June 23, 2014, Wander Over Yonder was renewed for a second season.[6]

It also confirmed that starting July 11, 2014 onwards, the show will air on Disney Channel again as part of the channel's "Disney XD on Disney Channel" block. [7] [8] [9] [10] The show's creator and executive producer is Craig McCracken. His wife Lauren Faust serves as co-producer and story editor.

Premise

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.[11]

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.[12]

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

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. 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.[13] McCracken described Wander as a "nomadic, hippie, muppet man."

A sneak peek of the series aired at Comic-Con International 2012 for Disney Channel.[14] 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 The Disney Channel after Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel on August 16, 2013.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Wander (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 an orange being of an indeterminate species, with a furry-like stomach. 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 aglets, and a black stripe in the middle of the shoes. He is always seen with a smile. Given his positive nature and beliefs, Wander is often oblivious to danger as well as Hater's aggressive nature.
  • Sylvia (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".
  • Lord Hater (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 (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

  • 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 (Sam Riegel), a preening, flamboyant cool-dude shark-like man, and is one of Lord Hater's greatest nemesis as well as his arch rival in universal conquest. He has his own minions he calls "The Fist Fighters".
  • King Bingleborp (Tom Kenny), the jolly-happy ruler of the Binglebop planet, Binglebopolopolis.
  • Captain Tim (Fred Tatasciore), the assumed name of a spider-like alien that Wander discovers on an abandoned spaceship and gives to Lord Hater.
  • Badlands Dan (Clancy Brown), a former bad guy who lives in the planet "Doomstone". (Now called "Congenial Rock")
  • Papa Doom (Kevin Michael Richardson), a formerly evil crime lord on "Doomstone'".
  • Prince Cashmere (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 (Aziz Ansari), the littlest Watchdog cadet who befriends Wander and Sylvia.

Voice Cast

Guest stars and additional voices

Reception

Wander Over Yonder received positive reviews from critics.[15]

References

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