Wander Over Yonder

Common Sense Media says

Flashy, funny intergalactic cartoon will appeal to kids.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Lord Hater's attempts at galactic domination are usually foiled by his inability to dismiss Wander, suggesting he hides a soft spot for his chipper tagalong despite the insults he hurls at him. There's some mild potty humor, like references to a character's bathroom habits.

Positive role models

None of the characters is truly evil, even Lord Hater, whose bark always proves worse than his bite. Emperor Awesome's excessive vanity is more comical than annoying, and Wander's persistent optimism never fails to put a positive spin on whatever chaos erupts.

Violence & scariness

Comic book-style wallops don't really hurt anyone. Lord Hater dons special gloves to make his punches more powerful, and he emits electricity from his hands. A dinosaur singes his surroundings with fire breath and burns through objects with ocular laser beams while his swinging tail clears a path behind him. Catapults hurl flaming skulls into oncoming armies.

Sexy stuff

Emperor Awesome is often seen flexing his sizable muscles or drawing attention to his rounded buttocks, but the animation style makes this less offensive than it otherwise would be.

Language

Some trash talk like "you fool."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wander Over Yonder has a lot of destruction and flashy violence, but characters usually aren't hurt. The show's villain is comically un-villain-like at times, and the story's hero is an overly optimistic simpleton who deals in joy and good deeds. While there aren't any notable messages to be taken from the content, there's equally little harm to the superficial laughs, which are nicely suited to the show's 15-minute timeframe.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

WANDER OVER YONDER is an intergalactic adventure cartoon about a chipper space traveler named Wander (voiced by Jack McBrayer), who visits different planets with his trusty steed Sylvia (April Winchell) to spread fun and joy among the residents. Often his travels bring encounters with Lord Hater (Keith Ferguson), the universe's supreme villain bent on dominating the masses with his army of Watchdogs and right-hand man, Commander Peepers (Tom Kenny).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Emmy winner Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) introduces a new cast of comical characters in Wander Over Yonder. It's a show that's very comfortable in its role and doesn't try too hard; instead, it generates laughs in opposing personalities, nonstop action, and silly scenarios, all of which will appeal to kids.

By far the show's greatest asset is the lovable yokel, Wander, whose unwavering positive attitude in the face of Hater's impatience will amuse older viewers as well.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters in this show. Is Lord Hater really evil? Does he ever show a kinder side? Why does he dislike Wander?

  • Kids: How do you deal with peers who are unkind to you? Is it difficult to stay positive around people like that? To what degree is it true that sharing happiness with others brings you some, too?

  • How well does this show's animation style suit its content? Does it soften the violence at all? Did any of the characters' clashes frighten you?

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Parent Written byBCarter327 November 1, 2013
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13
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BAD for kids!

I can NOT stand this show! It reminds me of all the reasons I DONT let my kids watch cartoon network and always point them towards The Disney Channel... This is a MAJOR fail by Disney, it is just like all the crappy, weird cartoon network cartoons. Bright colors, mind melting. Lots of character interactions that make me uncomfortable as a parent of kids 7 and under. I REALLY hope Disney does not continue down this BAD CARTOON road. Fish hooks is not any better!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written byBrandon Espinoza October 4, 2013
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7
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Wander over Yonder review

I think it's one of Craig McCracken's finest series he has made for Disney Channel. I love the characters, setting, plot, all of it. There's nothing bad about it. It gets you excited when you watch it, you know Wander will put a smile on your face.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old September 23, 2013
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2
QUALITY
 

Love it! Watch it now!!

I have no idea why the heck people hate this show! It is so good! Wander, the quirky and positive main character, with his best friend, Sylvia, are quite a dynamic duo. It is so cute! Wander is obsessed with helping people, and can't stand being mean and fighting. Wander is a little oblivious to Lord Hater's, well, hate, for him. Overall Wander is and excellent role model, and is so sweet! Excellent show for people of all ages. I am twelve, and I absolutely love this show. It cracks me up every time!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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