In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia
with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was Love is Strange in 1956.
It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-’60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would
be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight, in 1979.
God it’s been far too long since I’ve last done a fully colored drawing of my fave parents. So here they are giving each other a playful smooch. (And yes, Inko has to get on a stool to give All Might a kiss.)
Also yes, that little dialogue was inspired by me having “Love is Strange” by Mickey and Sylvia on repeat while drawing this. It was just too fitting ahaha!
(Sorry this was late, got important tasks to deal with like work and cultivating my art skills)
1. What was your reaction to Craig McCracken’s announcement of Wander Over Yonder not returning for another season?
A part of me felt sad inside, and shocked that one of the most famous cartoon creators of the past decade with two critically acclaimed and Financially successful animated shows on Cartoon Network (Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), got declined to continue his current animated show just about to find its footing in world-building, character depth, and funnier stories appealing to newcomers, despite airing on a channel with less ratings than the other kids channels (Nick and CN), and starting out that seemed like it’s been done on cartoony comedy or happy go lucky characters tropes like most cartoons of the past.
The speculations leading up to it from a comment by MLP Friendship is Magic developer, Lauren Faust (Craig’s wife)’s comment on the show winning some Annies and then getting cancelled (with an afterthought of Rugrats or Spongebob receiving demand to continue one time), and The Animation Guild Blog’s current production schedule of Wander wrapping up, had me feeling very concern.
Plus with the S1 and S2 ratings on Disney XD not doing very well for Cable TV (this was before Digital Ratings for Apps and Online streaming were considered recently as they didn’t hold much revenue in the beginning to go past Season 2) even if it had a solid start on Disney Channel recently, it was seen as it wasn’t much appealing financially to Disney that they had to cancel it to save money on other new and popular shows they know will make more money and with the new technology that would expand their proof of success. The ratings reasons are what Craig believes more as this is still a business to sustain growth in animated TV brands Disney manages for their economic goals.
The final result of S1, even if done well as McCracken did in his previous shows, ended up looking like it’s pretty generic or that Wander comes off as an annoyance in his happy go lucky Mickey Mouse archetype with Sylvia being already a friend, but is annoyed of his antics that sometimes the viewer questions their team up if we don’t see why they ended up traveling together. Or even if Hater stole the show a lot, sometimes they see any scenario as what they’ve seen in Spongebob or other cartoons that done these stories. It’s this notion that some viewers think that the show was cancelled because it lacked a serialized story, or that Craig isn’t taking notes on what new shows are doing that are more beloved. But the truth is that Craig has always wanted to do comedy/serialization for a very long time, and Wander was meant to be his first one to explore it.
Had Disney give Craig more freedom on the serialized part even as they still give him freedom in his comedic tricks in the finalized S1 (which I think the creator-driven model Disney established still had its limits to meet the business goals than just artistic goals, which seemed like false advertisement if someone thinks that you’ll get more freedom here than the last, but still no), it would’ve gotten a better reception and ratings boast to be entertained for kids and adults who can handle silly and clever cartoony stories with an arc to get the adults still interested with the kids.
At least S2 got the opportunity, even if some parts were kinda flawed in handling Dominator’s appearances when the crew were making posts on her presence as serious and still cool, but turned out to be more telling outside of TV than showing that. Or maybe there wasn’t much interactions of the Main 4 together in the third chunk. Which I get it that they went with world-building and focusing on S1 type stories with the arc to back up, but even with a limited serialized format, they could’ve find other ways to keep the interests a bit further. But that’s just my own opinions. I still enjoyed them in the end. And I think even some fans and viewers still liked them regardless and that’s totally fine.
In the end, seeing the cancellation post and its performance since the start to the end really had its ups and downs on how to market and appeal Wander to today’s generation who never grew up with Looney Tunes, or even Craig’s old show, unless they’ve seen the Mickey Mouse 2013 shorts with the same style that they would recognize Wander acting like Mickey. Plus with Disney XD being limited in views despite saving it from being cancelled at Season 1 on Disney Channel (having no ads except sponsors) before Digital Ratings helped other shows now gaining better revenue streams (bad timing apparently). And that it had missed opportunities Disney tend to not allow at first to play it safe before Gravity Falls changed its minds recently. By the end of the show, it’s made clear that it’ll go down in history as being the Invader Zim of Disney XD’s cartoon line-up. A very underrated show by Craig McCracken, who made the Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, both more successful and remembered that Wander, well for now as it’s slowly gaining recognition as time goes by.
Perhaps Craig’s new show if approved with serialized action comedy would show what his true artistic choices would deliver now that Disney is now okay with serialization (not Avatar TLA though) thanks to Alex Hirsch and Daron Nefcy for proving Disney wrong.
2. How did you feel after watching The End of the Galaxy?
A bit bittersweet on how it ended. It had some great moments, don’t get me wrong. The reunion of all characters, Wander confronting Dominator, Peepers and Sylvia teaming up, Lord Hater blasting Dom’s ship and saving Syl and the Galaxians, and Dominator refusing to give in to Wander’s happy offer and just leaves remaining lonely as she’s not ready to change, all were enjoyable to see. Dom not redeemed at this point makes much sense as doing so would be rushed. Though I wasn’t a bit downed that the Main 4 remained going back to the S1 status quo like it goes loop-de-loop since The Greater Hater, the last animatic Dominator passed by, the spaceship, the monkey sounds, and Hater’s laugh, really hit my stomach that it’s the S3 plan we’ll never see at this point.
You really have this feeling of wanting to see more of the Main 4 interactions now that we’ve learned a bit more of them (even though Wander was just along for the ride in Hater’s focused story of dealing with Dominator through his love plans and Greatest in the Galaxy trials). Sylvia, Hater, and Peepers shown more of their strengths and weaknesses through S2, while Wander despite having hints of his pasts, his sad moments of the flower, and his failure to redeem Dominator, didn’t go as further as the rest of the Main 4. But he still had his highlights that still make him a bit enjoyable (well, if you can handle The Battle Royale bits of him going crazy and desperate that is).
Anyways, seeing the finale opens up possible storylines yet to be realized, and a part of me wishes I want to see them now as Frank has been making hints throughout the year and forward, but then again, the other part says that it’s not worth dwelling on them as it’s all show business. But the support of the #SaveWOY and the show’s popularity growing slowly gives me some hope that its recognition would not go away any time soon.
The finale also kinda shows the tip of the iceberg on how S3 would play out, with Wander failing to redeem Dominator that somethingwould challenge his strengths as worse than her, Peepers’ desire to be a better ruler than Hater, Hater’s goodiness close to engulf him even if he doesn’t want to admit it, and Sylvia’s closeness to Wander even more when Wander gets kinda hurt, but at least has room for more silly cartoony stories/gags and character insights with fun song and dance numbers in the mix.
But with all that said, as a pure cartoon’s performance, it definitely delivered with some great moments and a fun status quo end joke to remind us that it’s still a cartoon in the end, not really a Gravity Falls/Adventure Time/Steven Universe show you tend to expect, even if it wanted to try out arcs which would be interesting for a cartoony animated show to do. So perhaps with the animatic cliffhanger saying otherwise, well, I knew that there were more ideas in stores that were originally S2 ones but saved for S3, and it’s up to the fans to see them fully realized.
One of our favorite era’s is the 1950′s and to celebrate such an iconic time in histroy, we have come up with a playlist of some of our favorite songs from that time.
you make me feel so young // frank sinatra ♚ the wanderer // dion & the belmonts ♚ why do fools fall in love // frankie lymon & the teenagers ♚ that’ll be the day // the crickets and buddy holly ♚ i walk the line // johnny cash ♚ bye bye love // the everly brothers ♚ blue suede shoes // carl perkins ♚ the lady is a tramp // frank sinatra ♚ tutti frutti // little richard ♚ smile // nat king cole ♚ i met him on a sunday // the shirelles ♚ love is strange // mickey & sylvia ♚ book of love // the monotones ♚ maybelline // chuck berry ♚ great balls of fire // jerry lee lewis ♚ peggy sue // buddy holly ♚ ain’t that a shame // fats domino ♚ mr. sandman // the chordettes ♚ luck be a lady // marlon brando and jean simmons♚ jailhouse rock // elvis presley ♚ good golly miss molly // little richard ♚ yakety yak // the coasters ♚ sh-boom // the chords ♚ wake up little susie // the everly brothers ♚ summer time // louis armstrong and ella fitzgerald ♚ shout // the isley brothers ♚ goodnight sweetheart goodnight // the spaniels ♚ earth angel // the penguins ♚ in the still of the nite // the five satins ♚ walkin’ after midnight // patsy cline ♚ i’ve got you under my skin // frank sinatra ♚ your cheatin heart // hank williams and drifting cowboys ♚ johnny b. goode // chuck berry ♚ blueberry hill // fats domino ♚ summertime blues // eddie cochran ♚ folsom prison blues // johnny cash ♚ only you // the platters ♚ you send me // sam cooke ♚ blue moon // the marcels
merely a man- xtc // all my days i’ve been waiting- christopher cross // it takes two- hairspray original broadway cast // got to get you into my life- the beatles // classic- mkto // partners in crime- set it off // it’s not unusual- tom jones // the masochism tango- tom lehrer // i found love- owl city // the meeting place- xtc // hello hello- elton john and lady gaga // sunset rounds- jeff richmond // toxic- glee cast // strange magic- alan cumming and evan rachel wood // there’s room on my trolley for two- summertime’s end // la valse de l’amour- patrick doyle // love is strange- mickey and sylvia // all about us- he is we (feat. owl city) // i want to hold your hand- the beatles // whatever the weather- dionysos
“I’ll Be Fine” Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes | “Hold Up” Beyoncé | “This Head I Hold” Electric Guest | “Curuncula” Psapp | “Someone Like You” Adele | “Turn It Around” Lucius | “Shake It Off” (feat. Von Smith) Postmodern Jukebox | “Love Is Strange” Mickey & Sylvia | “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It” Jake Bugg | “Hey Mami” Sylvan Esso | “Since I Left You” The Avalanches | “I Won’t Let You Down” OK Go