Wander Over Yonder
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Flashy, funny intergalactic cartoon will appeal to kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Some trash talk like "you fool."
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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?
- Premiere date: August 16, 2013
- Cast: April Winchell, Jack McBrayer, Keith Ferguson
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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