Producers and Directors

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.

Let’s start with part one on producers and directors of Wander Over Yonder.

Lauren Faust and Craig McCracken by newyorkx3I will assume that everyone already knows and follows Lauren Faust and Craig McCracken on Twitter and DeviantArt (you better!), but let’s start with them anyway.

Craig McCracken is the creator and executive producer of Wander Over Yonder (IMDb also lists him as writer and director) and can be found on DeviantArt and now also on Twitter. As mentioned a few days ago, he must’ve started the conception of of the show more than six years ago and already promoted Wander at SDCC 2007. (See also his article in the Wander Over Yonder Wiki.)

Lauren Faust is a similarly renowned fount of creativity. At the same Comic-Con she promoted her Galaxy Girls next to her husband’s Wander sets, but when she went on to pitch them them to Hasbro—possibly in 2008 or even earlier—they instead won her over for a redesign of My Little Pony. The rest is history (or rather herstory), at least until, in 2011, she made the hard decision to quit pony for undisclosed reasons. Rob Renzetti left out of solidarity with her. She would later describe it has a painful but necessary step (not verbatim). A side effect was that she could work as coproducer and story editor on WOY. Her Twitter and DeviantArt handles are an homage to her favorite pony, Firefly. (See also her article in the Wander Over Yonder Wiki.)

Dave Thomas is supervising director Wander Over Yonder. For about a decade, he used to work for Nickelodeon, but switched over to Walt Disney, where he was greeted with Craig’s fluffy, new series. He maintains a blog on Bogger that you can subscribe to. According to Joe Pitt’s post that I reblogged here, he also worked on storyboards, at least for that proof of concept of the title sequence.

Next up, director Eddie Trigueros. Eddie also worked for Nickelodeon for several years before switching to Walt Disney. You follow his artistic adventures, you can subscribe to his blog too.

Alex Kirwan is listed by Joe Pitt as art director of the proof of concept title sequence, but I could not confirm that he generally occupies this position. He also worked on the backgrounds. Both his website and IMDb entry indicate that he won a Primetime Emmy for his work and earned six more nominations for both Emmy and Annie Awards. Here is also a Tumblr you can follow.

Then there are a number more people who state that they are involved in the production but are not listed on the fact sheet. There is no reason to assume that they are in error, but please consider these semi-confirmed.

  • Lisa Furlong Jones, line producer at Walt Disney Television Animation
  • Clint Eland, president and founder of Mercury Filmworks (may or may not be directly involved with WOY)
  • Jamie Mason, director at Disney-ABC Television Group
  • Mike Penketh, producer Walt Disney Television Animation
  • Lianne Shattuck, director at Walt Disney Television Animation

Don’t miss the next post on the writers, editors, and storyboarders that have already been revealed.

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