Voice actress, writer, advertiser, radio personality. Snarky blue dinosaur alien. All of these titles can be lauded on today’s interview subject. Derpy News is proud to present a short interview with April Winchell, who voices Sylvia in the Disney cartoon Wander Over Yonder. You can get a closer look into her life after the break! Read more →
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The role of the kazoo diminished over the years in the Gents, but it’s back with a vengeance in Wander. Was that by request?
It was. Craig McCracken is a documented kazoo enthusiast. As a band, we mostly set the kazoos aside when we figured out how to take halfway decent solos on our other instruments. But the music for the character Wander needed the certain kind of goofiness that only a kazoo can provide.
The New Straits Times has published an interview with Craig McCracken. The formatting is badly mucked up, but from line breaks and semantical clues, you should be able to tell who is speaking. Below an excerpt.
What was your favourite cartoon as a child? Why?
I always loved Underdog. I’d been into superheroes since I was really young and there was something about Underdog that really spoke to me. He wasn’t who you would expect a hero to be and even though he messed up a lot and it wasn’t easy for him to save the day, he always kept trying and never gave up. I think that theme is something that carries through all of my work, that idea of the underdog. My shows often are about unlikely heroes.
Joshua Ostroff of The Grid just published an insightful interview with Craig McCracken that touches on Lauren’s departure from My Little Pony, Craig’s ambitions with Wander Over Yonder and similarities between the shows, and similar ties to Powerpuff Girls. About her departure:
“It was not an easy decision and she’s not happy about it,” McCracken reveals. “I know there were things she wanted to do with that series that she just wasn’t able to do. It’s difficult trying to make a show like that for a toy company. She had big ideas and I don’t know she was able to get them on the screen, and there’s still some frustration with that.”
While the show hasn’t exactly lost its following in Faust’s absence, it has made a controversial move with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, a spin-off that turned the ponies into teens and made the show sadly gender-stereotyped.
“I don’t think [Lauren]’s the biggest fan of that,” McCracken deadpans. “That’s one of those things would have made her leave anyway. If they had told her you have to turn them into human beings now and they have to go high school, she would have said, ‘No, that’s exactly what I didn’t want to do with this show.’ Lauren’s priority was telling stories and Hasbro’s priority was selling toys. It’s a different way of approaching the work and it was difficult for her to bridge that gap.”
And about Wander Over Yonder and the show’s similarities to Powerpuff Girls:
“But even though he’s a male character, there’s also a lot of flipping of how a typical male hero behaves. Wander doesn’t hit anybody, he’s nonviolent, and loves hugging people. He’s Mr. Friendly and wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s a very sweet and loveable and innocent guy, so even as a male character he doesn’t speak to the typical male stereotypes. I just wanted a hero who could save the day in different ways.”
In that way, Wander feels as subversive as Powerpuff, and when it does play with stereotypes, it piles them on until they’re hilariously meaningless—the first episode literally featured a shark-man on a dinosaur fighting a robot!
Finally, he even teases that Lauren might or will hopefully get her own show again although “Faust’s interest in long-form narrative isn’t possible in ‘an 11-minute cartoony cartoon.’” It’s not entirely clear whether there is something on the horizon or whether it’s just a hope for now.
(Thanks to InC for the heads-up.)
The above image was published a few days ago by The Hub, who seems to be ramping up their season 4 hype. It wasn’t quite newsy enough to warrant it’s own post, but Alpha brony and Five Iron mentioned this image in the episode, so it’s a good fit here. They also plugged SandyCon and RommelCon!
The primary focus of the episode, however, is of course their interview with Lauren Faust that happened when she joined their Mane6 interview at roughly minute 37. Such an interview doesn’t just require a timely post, it also requires both Derpy News categories, My Little Pony and Wander Over Yonder.
Ohmygosh!Ohmygosh!OHMYGOSH! Have we got an episode for you. What started out as a really cool episode to begin with, with us interview Mane6 to talk about the rebirth of Fighting is Magic, turns into an unexpected surprise when Lauren Faust joins our panel with Cyril The Wolf, Decibelle, Calcos, and Robby to discuss her involvement with the game and her time while working on Friendship is Magic.
Thanks to Frith below in the comments for this great summary of the interview!
Marjorie Galas of Variety 411 has published an article based on an interview with Craig McCracken and Andy Bean that touches on a number of new aspects of the history of the show as well as the production and specifically scoring process that we haven’t had the pleasure to read about yet.
Aware of the show’s goal to entertain, Bean is focused on emphasizing the comic timing. The instrumentation is never crafted with funny sounds or gags, rather, it’s staged in a way to set up the jokes and provide a beat to allow the writing and the characters to emphasize the humor. Initially the process took Bean up to six weeks to score an episode. However, he has become more practiced, completing a score within two weeks.
“I don’t work from a complete idea, I’m more like Wander. I just have fun, and weasel my way out of tight spots,” said Bean. “I don’t even have a jug! I make jug sounds with my mouth. Maybe it would be easier if I got one, what do you think?”
Thanks to Andy Bean’s band for the heads-up.