I decided to post this in the TV section because this thread is mostly about the cartoon series Wonder over Yonder.
The message of the series seems to be to treat others with kindness not hate. Which is a great message that I totally agree with and would normally support... but I really don't this show.
Aside from the fact that it has a good message there's really nothing else good about it. Wonder is annoying and inconsistent. I can't tell if he's completely clueless about Lord Hater and just defeats him on accident or if he actually knows that Hater is a bad guy and intentionally does the things he does to attack him with kindness. Some times it looks intentional other times it looks like a total accident. Some times it seems like he knows Hater is a bad guy other times he seems totally clueless.
Plus the villain's name is Lord Hater... Hate-er He has the word hate literally in his name. And he looks like a spoof of Skeletor from Masters of the Universe. He couldn't be any more obviously a villain unless he wore a t-shirt that says "I am the Villain" on it. (Which I actually did in a movie I made in high school which is available on my YouTube channel.) I wouldn't really have a problem with this except... well 80's cartoon villains had better plans than this guy... What is it exactly that he's trying to do? Actually that's the wrong question, I know what he wants to do but HOW exactly does he plan to do that. I don't ever see him do anything. I mean even Power Rangers villains are more active than this guy. They try the same thing over and over again expecting different results but at least they do things. This guy seems to only talk about taking over the universe but never seems to mention how exactly he plans on doing that. No wander he's so easily defeated by a guy who has never actually attacked him.
The show seems over the top cheesy. Like it should be directed at a much younger audience. Like the preschool age kids. Yet this show is targeted at older kids. They couldn't of made a more mature show with the same message?
Here are just some ideas that I think would make the show better.
First of all, make Wonder intelligent. They can keep his attitude just make him clearly and consistently realize that bad things happen and have him intentionally fix those problems in an intelligent way. Don't just make him fix stuff without even realizing it was ever broken.
Secondly tone down Lord Hater... A LOT. Don't make him a universe conquering dictator with an army at his command who for some reason doesn't actually do anything evil. That's way to big of a villain for something like this. Just make him like a school yard bully... except instead of a school yard he's a fellow traveler like Wonder, he's just mean. Have him actually do some bad things that Wonder can fix instead of something so big it's totally not believable and is never shown.
Instead of a huge army of Eye ball men, how about just the one.
Either that or move the show to Disney Jr.
I like the message I really do. I just think the way they're going about it is a little too silly for the intended audience. I mean it's OK to be a little silly but if you go to far I don't think anyone believes the message anymore. Like I look at this show and rather than thinking oh it's teaching kids about kindness, I'm thinking if someone went up against an army like that in real life he'd be shot in an instant. Rather than thinking oh Wander's really nice I'm just thinking he's an ignorant moron totally obvious to his surroundings.
A better way to put it is that I don't think the show is really teaching kids to be nice to others. I think it's trying to but failing. I think what it's really teaching them is that the only way to be happy is to be totally ignorant of all the evil happening around you. I don't like the idea that you can't be nice and intelligent. It has to be nice and ignorant or intelligent and bitter.
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