If you appreciate any good cartoon, be it Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears, Adventure Time, Star v.s, My Little Pony, Rick & Morty, Regular Show, you name it– this post is for you. Because even if this isn’t your personal favourite show, I think the animated fandoms could form an alliance to help out our WOY friends.
You might’ve heard, but this show about an orange space peanut travelling the universe and helping anyone in need is getting prematurely cancelled by Disney. This isn’t like Gravity Falls, where the crew decided or at least could agree it was time to end. In fact, Craig McCracken and the WOY team pitched more involved stories for season 3 of the show, but were denied out right.
Fact is, the team is resigned to their fate, but would love to continue.
The part of this that stings for me is that this show started just like Gravity Falls and Steven Universe– imagine if those shows were cancelled right before they could actually get into the story. That’s what this is. I mean, who knows just how involved the story arc really is, but after everything they’ve done in this show, they deserve the chance to try.
The fans are desperately trying to gain support for their petition as well as trying every means of contact to get Disney to see there’s still interest.
If you haven’t seen much of this show personally, that’s okay. You don’t have to to support another great cartoon. If you are ever interested, an episode called My Fair Hatey is pretty much the total package for this show, and will give you a good idea as to what the fuss is about.
With that said, I thought I’d make a small list of reasons why we should all help support the show.
1. Craig McWho?
This guy’s been around a while. Whether you grew up with Foster’s Home in the 2000s or PPG in the 90s, he probably had a hand in your childhood. He created all these great shows, and worked on a number of others including Dexter’s Lab, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Chowder, and Regular Show, just to name a few.
Bronies might know him as Lauren Faust’s husband– the wonderful cartoonist responsible for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Fun fact: McCracken here designed the costumes for the Wonderbolts!
All this to say McCracken is sort of a veteran of the industry now, and I think it’s fair to say he’s earned his flannel. I feel like Disney should know this guy and his team aren’t giving them anything but quality.
2. The Animation
Watch any episode of this show and you’ll find some stellar animation. Even in a lot of the stills you can see the movement because this is a show that puts a lot of care into every move. The colours and character designs just make it that much more visually satisfying.
Give a few youtube clips a look and tell me you don’t see what I’m talking about. It’s fluid, and I’m pretty sure a lot of you will find those thick outlines pretty nostalgic. Back in the day it was the style, at least for the most part, from Johnny Bravo to Dexter’s Lab to Codename: Kids Next Door. 90s kids and 00s kids alike can find show Wander would fit right in.
3. The Spirit
Maybe other fans could sum it up better, but I think the most crucial thing to understand about Wander Over Yonder comes from an episode called The Wanders. Essentially, Wander’s personality is fractured into a whole bunch of pieces, and Silvia (blue horse looking one) puts him back together piece by piece.
“The helper seeks to help because he knows what it is to be helpless.”
Wander’s indomitable drive to help anyone who needs it is what’s really key to all this. His upbeat spirit defines the tone for the show and his most important relationships going forward.
There’s something incredibly endearing about that, as well as intriguing. Wander’s past will forever remain a mystery if things stay the way they are. Bottom line is, whether the or not the petition will really make the difference, we can help each other out. Wander Over Yonder has a decently sized fandom, but not as big as some of the other ones, and certainly not as big as all of us combined.
I should also mention there are no fees to this and you don’t even have to put your real name if you don’t want to