A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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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