Category: Wander Over Yonder

High-Quality Teaser for “The Picnic”

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I personally uploaded the clip to YouTube, in case you can’t see the clip on Disney’s website. :3

A longer and higher-quality preview of the episode The Picnic.

Update: I edited in my own 1080p upload (as opposed to 720p).

Potential Songs in Wander Over Yonder

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I remember reading that Craig McCracken mentioned Wander Over Yonder would have songs in some of the episodes? I think someone had asked him on DeviantArt…don’t really have a proper source for this oops. But I imagine lots of bluegrass.

If someone can confirm this, that’d be amazing.

I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a lot of music in the show.

For one, Andy Bean’s band, The Two Man Gentlemen Band, wrote on their Facebook page, in the context of the title song, that “Andy Bean is writing all the music for the show, too! So there’s much more to come!” In that context, it doesn’t sound like they were “only” referring to scoring (which is certainly one of the hardest jobs in animation). It also says on their homepage, in the same context, that “Our very own Andy Bean is composing all the music for the series, so there’ll be lots more where that came from.” “There’ll be” sounds to me like they are referring to individual songs, not score.

Secondly, there is this interview with Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust from San Diego Comic-Con 2012, where Craig mentions from 4:07 onward that already while writing and boarding the show, he’s been listing to a lot of music similar to the “sci-fi bluegrass” and “sci-fi jug band” (if I understood that correctly) that they’re doing for the show. The score is done after the animation, long after writing and boarding, so he’s quite definitely referring to songs here (probably including the title sequence though).

Update: Confirmation below!

The Steve Lambe Facts

Wander Over Yonder storyboard artist Steve Lambe answered a series of questions on his Tumblr that are pretty interesting to the fan.

Before Wander, he has worked as storyboarder and character designer on a number of well-known shows, and besides his Tumblr, he also maintains a Blogger blog with more links to social media outlets where you can follow his work. His website will probably appear here at some point.

Question: “How well were your art/animation skills when you were about 14 years-old?” —Anonymous

That’s an easy question… I had very little. Most artwork I did at that age were copies of my favorite comics, or sometimes I made my own minicomics. They were terribly violent and terribly drawn… but super fun. I watched tons of cartoons, but was never interested in animation as a career till I was in my early 20s.

Question: “What is the best tablet to use for illustration and animation?” —Anonymous

I use a Wacom 21UX. It was the second generation tablet that had the crappy surface that scratched off with pencil mileage. I eventually tore off the covering, and switched to graphite nibs. It’s been awesome ever since.

Question: “Give us the deets on Wander Over Yonder… PLEASE???”

I did a storyboard for Wander back in early spring. It was an awesome experience, and I felt fortunate to work with such an amazingly talented team. Hope to do more sometime soon.

Question: “I dig the classic styles you use in your art (I’m not sure if it was intentional—but I’m talking about the cartoons of the 60s and 70s). Is this all paper, or digital? Love the comic strips about your boy. My daughter was the same way with paper books I introduced—shredded!” —underzero

Thanks for the kind words, Underzero! I used to work mostly on paper years ago, but after being forced to learn the cintiq at work (hated it in the beginning), I’ve gone completely digital. I still draw on paper in my sketchbook at home, but for work, the pipeline and speed works much better with digital.

That’s hilarious about your daughter with the books btw. I’ve had a few people email me saying the same thing. Maybe we should save those books till they’re 15.

Question: “How do you make your dry brush textures, or rather how do you get that effect in your work?” —manofmissle

Some of the dry brushes I use were ones I scanned from traditional media. Others I found online. Like this snazzy one from Drew Green. He’s got a tutorial over on his DeviantArt about how to make it. Enjoy!

Question: “You know, Dreamworks has been toying with the idea of rebooting some of the Jay Ward franchises. No pressure or anything, but maybe there’s hope for your Underdog designs. :)” —Anonymous

Ha! I read about that over on Cartoon Brew. I doubt Dreamworks would ever be interested in any of these designs, but hey… if they ever do, they know where to find me.

Question: “I just went through your entire blog. You are wonderful, and your art made me smile constantly. I hope you have a lovely day.” —Anonymous

Wow… best email ever!

Wait… Mom? Is that you?

Hah, the premiere hasn’t even aired and I’m already hoping it’ll be renewed for a second season just so the storyboarders can work their magic again!

Composers, Casting, and Miscellaneous Crew

As mentioned in the previous posts, Disney’s fact sheet, IMDb (whatever their source may have been), and the various parties themselves reveal or allege a list of talent involved in the production of Wander Over Yonder.

As proper, albeit prospective, fans, we can’t allow these people to languish at the level of just a fewscore Twitter or Tumblr followers. Hence, I’m publishing this series of posts throughout this week to promote their blogs and social media outlets. Follow away!

This list is necessarily far from compete, but to not unnecessarily curtail its comprehense, I’ll also mention those who don’t maintain such outlets (yet) or haven’t published them where we could find them.

Finally, the fifth and for now last part in the series, devoted to music, casting, and other members of the crew.

imageAndy Bean is the composer for Wander Over Yonder, and being half of the The Two Man Gentlemen Band (also represented on Twitter and Facebook), these two quaint fellows also performed the theme song of the show.

From the image below, it should be clear who Andy Bean is and who, by inference, Fuller Condon.

Because Any is the Wandery one, however, here the pertaining section from the press section of their website.

imageOver the band’s six previous albums, Andy Bean, singer, tenor guitarist & banjoist, and principal songwriter for the band, has developed a knack for writing “smart, funny, sharp-rhyming songs that put them in the company of classics like Louis Jordon and Louis Prima.” (Boston Phoenix) His ten originals on Two at a Time continue in that vein. Foods, beverages, and generally having a good time are the dominant themes.

Now please excuse my more concise style of introduction for the casting crew, who I know much less about.

  • Sara Goldberg, casting director
  • Lauren Rondou (possibly @Tattoome505), casting assistant
  • Jennifer Trujillo, casting coordinator
  • David Wright, executive in charge of casting

Finally, there is also Lakeitcha Thomas, press contact at Disney Channel.

This concludes my series on the crew behind Wander Over Yonder, and I’m looking forward to getting to know more of them soon!

Voice Actors

As mentioned in the last posts, Disney’s fact sheet, IMDb (whatever their source may have been), and the various parties themselves reveal or allege a list of talent involved in the production of Wander Over Yonder.

As proper, albeit prospective, fans, we can’t allow these people to languish at the level of just a fewscore Twitter or Tumblr followers. Hence, I’m publishing this series of posts throughout this week to promote their blogs and social media outlets. Follow away!

This list is necessarily far from compete, but to not unnecessarily curtail its comprehense, I’ll also mention those who don’t maintain such outlets (yet) or haven’t published them where we could find them.

Now the fourth part in the series, the voice actors of Wander Over Yonder.

The four main characters appear to be Wander, Sylvia, Lord Hater, and Commander Peepers, “Lord [Hater’s] … menacing second in charge.” Their voices are Jack McBrayer, April Winchell, Keith Ferguson, and Tom Kenny, respectively.

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According to his IMDb page, Jack McBrayer received Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2008 and 2009, and won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009, all for 30 Rock. You can get to know him better in this 2007 Bullseye interview, and an Entertainment Weekly interview from the same year. It is also pretty easy to find lovely interviews with him on YouTube. (See also his entry in the Wander Over Yonder Wiki.)

imageApril Terri Winchell has been nominated twice for the Annie Awards, again according to IMDb, and what is even better, she has a website and a Twitter account. (See also her entry in the Wander Over Yonder Wiki.)

Additionally, she runs Regretsy, a blog about junk and gems on Etsy that make you go WTF (is that a fair summary?). The site also has a altruistic dimension, and that she links to Rob Paulsen in the sidebar is another good sign. (She has an Encyclopedia Dramatica page, so she must be doing something right, right?)

As for interviews, here’s a lovely one, but you can easily Duck Duck Go more.

I’m so looking forward to all of us bronies doubling as wanderers (if that’s the new term), and recycling all our horsie puns!

imageNext up, Keith Ferguson. Again we are in luck, because he has a website. His IMDb page reveals an Annie Award nomination in 2007 for Foster’s Home and that he’s a vegetarian. Woot! (See also his entry in the Wander Over Yonder Wiki.)

There are not quite as many interviews with him as there are with Jack McBrayer, but here is a funny one. You will easily be able to find a several more.

imageTom Kenny, finally, is actually on Twitter, though his extremely low number of followers almost leads me to believe it’s a fake account.

Best known for Sponge Bob, his IMDb page avers that he won one and has been nominated for two more Annie Awards for the role. (See also his entry in the Wander Over Yonder Wiki.)

In terms of interviews, I recommend Duck Duck Go for reasons of lazy, but here is one with Attack of the Show (who also showed a few friends of mine at January 2012 BroNYCon in a segment on summer 2012 BronyCon, but that’s beside the point).

The fact sheet also mentions three guest stars on the show.

I hope those links are correct.

There is this bit in the show description:

Whether they are reuniting a ferocious flying dragon with her lost egg, freeing the joyful Binglebopolous planet from Lord Hater’s evil rule, rescuing a princess or helping one of Hater’s Watchdogs find his way back to his spaceship, the fearless best buddies can always count on each other. (Emphasis mine)

I think it’s just about possible that this Watchdog is Westley the Watchdog and thus Aziz Ansari. We’ll see.

Stick around for my final post in the series, then about composers, casting crew, and other contributors to Wander Over Yonder.

Artists and Animators

As mentioned in the last posts, Disney’s fact sheet, IMDb (whatever their source may have been), and the various parties themselves reveal or allege a list of talent involved in the production of Wander Over Yonder.

As proper, albeit prospective, fans, we can’t allow these people to languish at the level of just a fewscore Twitter or Tumblr followers. Hence, I’m publishing this series of posts throughout this week to promote their blogs and social media outlets. Follow away!

This list is necessarily far from compete, but to not unnecessarily curtail its comprehense, I’ll also mention those who don’t maintain such outlets (yet) or haven’t published them where we could find them.

And now the third part in the series, the artists working on Wander Over Yonder (minus the storyboarders, who I grouped with the writers in the last post).

The officially sanctioned part of this list is still rather short, unfortunately, but surely the credits of the first episode will soon reveal or confirm more of these talented folks.

image Joe Pitt, whose résumé includes Gravity Falls, was lead character designer “for the early part” of Wander Over Yonder, as he writes on his Tumblr account. He also runs the Straights Against Curves Tumblr and you can follow him on Twitter.

He recently posted a proof of concept of the title sequence, where he credited several more artists who contributed to it.

Vaughn Tada won a Primetime Emmy for his work on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, according to his IMDb entry. In Joe Pitt’s credits it looks like he is storyboard artist, but given the uncertainty, I chose to group him with the artists and animators, so I don’t have to duplicate the explanation of my sourcing in the other post.

David Gemmill also posted his own animator’s perspective on conception and production of the title sequence on his Tumblr. You can also subscribe to him on Blogger. (However, he has since left the show.)

Justin Nichols is elusive! I remember, with a little help from another blog of mine, that there is a Justin Nichols who was junior storyboarder on a number of season 2 and 3 Friendship is Magic episodes and senior storyboarder on Sleepless in Ponyville, but that’s Canada. I imagine Justin Nichols is just a very popular name among artists. IMDb lists two possible candidates. You can find a few rather dusty blogs linked here.

Another recipient of Primetime Emmy and Annie Awards is Chris Tsirigiotis. You can find him on IMDb, Blogger, and Flickr.

Now to the people who are not officially listed but themselves state present or past involvement with Wander Over Yonder.

  • Ryan MacNeil, animator at Mercury Filmworks for the SDCC 2012 preview
  • Hobo Divine, character designer at Disney-ABC Television Group
  • Jenny Goldberg, freelance character designer at Disney-ABC Television Group
  • Shawn Holt, color stylist at Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Leticia Lacy, background painter at The Walt Disney Company
  • Djordje Zutkovic, layout artist at Mercury Filmworks
  • Marc Fortin, lead compositor at Mercury Filmworks
  • Maria Gonzalez, checker at Walt Disney Television Animation
  • Kathy St. Germain, continuity coordinator and animation-digital checker at Walt Disney Television Animation

Stay tuned for the next post on the voice actors of Wander Over Yonder.

Writers, Editors, and Storyboarders

As mentioned in the last post, Disney’s fact sheet, IMDb (whatever their source may have been), and the various parties themselves reveal or allege a list of talent involved in the production of Wander Over Yonder.

As proper, albeit prospective, fans, we can’t allow these people to languish at the level of just a fewscore Twitter or Tumblr followers. Hence, I’m publishing this series of posts throughout this week to promote their blogs and social media outlets. Follow away!

This list is necessarily far from compete, but to not unnecessarily curtail its comprehense, I’ll also mention those who don’t maintain such outlets (yet) or haven’t published them where we could find them.

Here now part two on writers, editors, and storyboarders of Wander Over Yonder—minus Lauren Faust that is, whose Twitter and DeviantArt accounts you can find in my producers post.

Ben Joseph Ben Joseph is credited as associate story editor. There are two of the sort on IMDb, but he seems to be this Benjamin Joseph. You can get into contact with him on Twitter, Facebook, and right here on Tumblr, where he also maintains a list of projects he contributed to, among them CollegeHumor and The Simpsons.

Amy J. Higgins and Frank Angones Amy J. Higgins and Frank Angones, the writers who are already listed on the fact sheet (I wonder whether Amy Keating Rogers has contributed an episode…) seem to have a preference for team work: They describe each other as “writing partner[s].” Those two sources also give some interesting details about their background and motivation for writing. You can follow Amy on Twitter, and Frank on Twitter and Tumblr.

As in the last post, there are again a number of people who are not yet officially listed, so take the following data with a grain of salt. (With regard to the company names, I decided to rather risk inconsistency than incorrectness. Please have a look at the Wikipedia article of the Disney-ABC Television Group for the details of their corporate structures and relationships.)

  • Mark Ackland, storyboard artist and designer at The Walt Disney Company
  • Jay Wade Edwards, storyboard editor at Disney-ABC Television Group
  • Riccardo Durante, storyboard artist at Disney-ABC Television Group
  • Rob Lilly, storyboard revisionist at Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Chris Houghton, character designer, storyboard artist, and storyboard revisionist at Disney-ABC Television Group
  • Steve Daye, storyboard artist at The Walt Disney Company
  • Steve Lambe, storyboard artist at Disney-ABC Television Group

Stay tuned for part three on the artists and animators (minus the storyboarders, of course, who I chose to group with the writers).