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Good Stuff: Wander Over Yonder

WARNING: In time I might be incredibly enraged with the possibility of taking my clothes off. If that happens in this post, please reply with “Stop it”. Thank you, take care out there, and enjoy.

A compelling and optimistic space cartoon and Disney just kills it off, Old Yeller style. [LAUGHS] What a bunch of dicks.

Wander Over Yonder is something of an well played marvel in Disney. Visual wise, it was like the squash and stretch era of Tom and Jerry, Popeye, and Looney Tunes was back with a vengeance with the cosmic exuberance that is Super Mario Galaxy and (somewhat) Star Wars. Story wise, as of season 2, it was a show that wanted to basically give Looney Tunes a overall story arc and they pulled it out without fail, I can’t lie. In the end, there was hints of a season 3 and I have the teaser clip of it right here. Enjoy.

True hype, if I say so myself. But alas, before the finale, hell before the second season, ever appeared on screen, Disney pulled a dick move and cancelled it on the fans after many were just getting into it thanks to the actual build up the show was giving thanks to Lord Dominator, the main villain and overall drive of the season’s story arc (a personal favorite Disney villain, to me).

Originally posted by mdbjc

While kind of an idiot, this one was a lovely villainous idiot

Granted, there were a few hiccups in the show. Not saying any of the episodes were terrible (except one), but some lacked the campiness and comedic perfection that other episodes bring. Just saying, I think a few episodes could have been better in jokes and/or development than they already were, and again, there was only one truly bad episode. Then again, every show has that one truly bad episode, so I won’t and shouldn’t hold it against the WOY.  I mean, this was created by Craig McCracken, a godfather of cartoon cartoons that gave us not only The Powerpuff Girls (NOT the 2016 version) but Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, two of the most well done and imaginative shows imaginable (pun intended). Those shows, while good, had one or two bad episodes in their run (apologies to Lauren Faust), so that doesn’t mean a carton like this is tarnished of being perfect. There is a difference between flawlessness and perfection, mind you, and this show is perfect.

Originally posted by wanderin-over-yonder

One episode was basically a He-Man reference. Come now

For Wander Over Yonder, I finally saw how good cartoons like this gets the death sentence. First, the budget is cut and, as of a majority, their animation is transferred to another (cheaper) studio. Next, the show is moved to a secondary channel (I.e. Disney XD, Nicktoons). Then the cartoon is given irregular air time to make way for sitcoms and less quality shows. Until finally, it’s done and it disappears without anyone being the wiser. While I admittedly am moving on to seek new shows, I’d hate for something as lively and pretty memorable as Wander Over Yonder to go out the exact way, at least without a little more of a fight.

Originally posted by zimzamspaceman

Same can’t be said for “that” reboot, though. Hoo-wee, somebody needs to end that hot mess.

I understand this from Disney’s perspective, they basically want money and WOY wasn’t giving much fruit to them, but that show could’ve raked in more popularity and achievement if they just gave it more of a chance like many of their other cut offs so I’ll just say “FUCK YOU, Disney” and carry on. Wander Over Yonder is always something I’m willing to go back to because nearly every episode is just a genuine joy to see and always put me in a better mood now matter how down I’m feeling. That’s the thing to take away from this show, with its overt optimism and comedy, it dedicates its day to try putting a smile on your face like its titular character. That’s something I want more cartoons like this to do, seriously driven or not (I’m looking your way, LOUD HOUSE). As for the #SAVEWOY movement out there, stay strong and no mercy in the name of what you love and wish to succeed. As for me, let’s say Disney’s gonna receive a package soon, and it ain’t cookies, but I digress. Check out Wander Over Yonder, for it will chuckle your belt buckle.

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Fuerza Aerea Colombiana, AC-47T Spooky (local designation “Fantasma” - Ghost) basically the Vietnam-era aircraft stretched, with new engines, aerodynamic refinements, FLIR infrared camera and modern avionics, one unit temporally armed with a 30mm cannon from a Mirage V fighter (third picture) which proved to be too powerful for the air frame.

In service since the early 90’s, and extremely successful in mowing down guerrilla formations, I saw one of these in action the Halloween night of 1998, so I can attest to their worth.

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1970 C U R T I S

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z66wVo7uNw

“The first solo album by the former leader of the Impressions, Curtis represented a musical apotheosis for Curtis Mayfield – indeed, it was practically the ”Sgt. Pepper’s“ album of ‘70s soul, helping with its content and its success to open the whole genre to much bigger, richer musical canvases than artists had previously worked with. All of Mayfield’s years of experience of life, music, and people were pulled together into a rich, powerful, topical musical statement that reflected not only the most up-to-date soul sounds of its period, finely produced by Mayfield himself, and the immediacy of the times and their political and social concerns, but also embraced the most elegant R&B sounds out of the past. As a producer, Mayfield embraced the most progressive soul sounds of the era, stretching them out compellingly on numbers like “Move on Up,” but also drew on orchestral sounds (especially harps), to achieve some striking musical timbres (check out “Wild and Free”), and wove all of these influences, plus the topical nature of the songs, into a neat, amazingly lean whole. There was only one hit single off of this record, “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Down Below We’re All Going to Go,” which made number three, but the album as a whole was a single entity and really had to be heard that way. In the fall of 2000, Rhino Records reissued Curtis with upgraded sound and nine bonus tracks that extended its running time to over 70 minutes. All but one are demos, including “Miss Black America” and “The Making of You,” but mostly consist of tracks that he completed for subsequent albums; they’re fascinating to hear, representing very different, much more jagged and stripped-down sounds. The upgraded CD concludes with the single version of “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go.”

Bruce Eder