I believe “The Wanders” is the greatest cartoon ever made,
for one simple reason: my son Charlie came up with the idea.
At the time he was 5 years old, but had taken a particular interest in the writing for season two. Every night at dinner he would pitch me ideas for episodes. When I mentioned that the executives had asked us to show more sides of Wander, he pitched an idea about a magic cave.
Craig loved the story, so did the studio, and just like that Charlie’s cartoon was in production.
Being a six-year-old writer comes with a lot of perks. You get to miss a lot of school to go to the Disney Studio for things like storyboard pitches, and voice records. He got to meet Craig and Jack and April, and they all took the time to make him feel welcome.
A big thanks is due to everyone involved in the cartoon. They all poured a lot of love into “Charlie’s cartoon,” and it shows.
Craig McCracken and Scott Petersons’ script poured tons of heart into the story. You’re going to get choked up at the end. Just give in and weep.
Jack and April delivered outstanding performances.
Mark Ackland’s storyboard masterfully presented a complex idea in a way that is not only easy to understand but delightful to watch.
Alex Kirwan, Leticia Lacy and the entire art department went above and beyond to make the episode absolutely GORGEOUS.
Gill Comerford and the entire team at Boulder Media outdid themselves yet again. I still can’t get over how great the animation is in this episode. Fellow animators - look upon it and dispair!!
Andy Bean’s score hits all the right emotional notes. Again, more weeping!
And Eric Freedman’s mix has never sounded sweeter!
So as you watch tonight’s episode, think of Charlie. He’s has waited 18 long months for this moment, and I couldn’t be prouder.