THOUGHTS ON WANDER OVER YONDER’S STATUS ON THE ANNIES
What a night! I was honestly a bit nervous and excited (well seeing that I was rooting for Wander’s nominations). So here are my overall thoughts.
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children: ADVENTURE TIME
Best Directing for a TV/Broadcast Production: PEARL by Patrick Osborne
Best Character Design for a TV/Broadcast Production: TROLLHUNTERS - Victor Maldonado, Alfredo Torres and Jules Rigolle
3 NOMINATIONS; 0 WINS
Ouch! Well, so much for trying to sway more on Wander since it’s still cancelled. Well, I guess Disney doesn’t want to bring it back just because it lost all of the Annies.
I don’t think it’s that over, Wander fans. Remember, just because we lost doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. It’s alright that it lost to these three other noteworthy shows that do have much hard work like ours.
Trollhunters getting a few wins seemed a first for a Netflix series (well okay it’s made by DreamWorks Animation, and Anton Yelchin’s death did build its own support system), plus Pearl’s Directing win was pretty obvious since they thought he had much bigger creative juices in exploring different formats including Google Spotlight Stories. And as for Adventure Time, I guess animators and artists liked the more experimental episodes nowadays since it had a stop-motion bit that felt funny and well-crafted (correct me if I’m wrong). So congrats to them, and be sure to thank them and support their works too!
And the MOST important thing to also remember: Disney doesn’t care whether their shows or films win an award or not (but at least a win does boast extra recognition, hence why they focus more on their films like Zootopia and Moana than their animated shows). And Wander Over Yonder NOT winning any of them DOESN’T affect their thoughts on whether it’s still noteworthy to revive based on the wins. They can only decide by the influence of its MONEY, REVENUES, RATINGS, SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ, and CHANGE OF MANAGMENT if any exec is interested in Wander and the creator as well.
Let’s not forget some things here:
- KIM POSSIBLE Got a few nominations for some individual achievements in 2003, 2006, and 2008. The show was cancelled in 2005. It got nominated in 2003 and 2006, they didn’t win any of them. But then got a revival order in late 2005, and got another nomination in 2008 for Best Animated Show. It also didn’t win that. The only award it won was a Daytime Emmy for Best Sound Mixing. That’s it.
- HEY ARNOLD Wasn’t nominated for some of the Annies throughout its original run. Same for the Emmys. They were nominate for the Kids Choice Awards, but didn’t win (lost to Spongebob in those years). They only won two: Young Artist Award (voiec of Helga, Francesca Marie Smith), and ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (Jim Lang, composer). That didn’t affect Nickelodeon’s thoughts on the show. They had other shows in their plate. And eventually, in the mid 2010s, Nick decided to allow Craig Bartlett to make The Jungle Movie through its fandom buzz and nostalgia market booming. All without many awards for the Emmys and the Annies.
The Annie Awards (as well as many Award Shows) are just a popularity contest, not a big factor in the studios and execs’ thoughts on what to do with these works that get many wins or have none at all. They do however use the wins to boast publicity and morale to the studio and company, but not necessarily on whether to bring it back or not. The money is what the companies expect the most above everyone else. Whether the show makes lots of revenue, they would pay attention to secondary support (the fans, the buzz, etc.). But if not, they know they got other shows to fill in unless something of a financial/big support buzz shows up through mails and petitions plus purchases that they may reconsider a bit.
So Wanderers, don’t let these loses turn you down from continuing to #SaveWOY. And please DON’T send inappropriate comments/messages to the winning artists/animators and shows just because they beat Wander. They’re in the same boat in making animated shows just like the Wander crew as they are into other shows in the meantime. Instead, give them a kudos to their hard work and also support them if you want to.
So let’s move on from the Annies, enjoy the other parts that you may have had a blast seeing one of your favorite shows or films win at least an Annie. Or that their nominations are actually much more than just a waiting list.
And let’s continue our efforts to #SaveWOY for the many days, months, and years to come!
But hey, at least Wander still won 3 Annies throughout its original run, including The Breakfast!