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Ratings Corner: “The Hero” and “The Birthday Boy”

So, after two months in hiatus mode, Wander Over Yonder returned on Disney XD with “The Hero” and “The Birthday Boy” on Monday, March 31st. The two shorts were counted as a single half hour and it drew an extremely disappointing 351,000 viewers placing 27th amongst Disney XD programming. The episodes have yet to air on Disney Channel and it is unknown when and where the next episodes will air. Disney XD, formerly Toon Disney, is available in 80.9 million households and has essentially become the third of Disney’s three channels that bear its name with Disney Junior drawing more viewers thanks to Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

To put this in perspective, MLP’s “Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3” outdrew everything on Disney XD, and it’s the second time in three weeks that MLP has accomplished that. It has to put into question how much faith Disney has in Wander and with Gravity Falls when it comes back. Despite averaging North of 2.4M viewers for its first 14 episodes, it seems like this show might the latest to fall under the trope “Screwed by the Network.”

We won’t put up the season-to-date stats since there is a vast difference between being on the main Disney Channel and being on Disney XD since it doesn’t have as big a reach as the main Disney Channel, nor does it have a bona fide hit. Fans of Young Justice and Green Lantern: TAS might now have some company.


Behind the Scenes of “The Hero” and “The Birthday Boy” with Craig McCracken and Eddie Trigueros

The above is a sketch by Craig McCracken for “The Hero.”

Here’s my rough sketch and the final design of James Marsden’s character, Sir Brad Starlight from THE HERO.

Below the break, you can find a storyboard and animatic of “The Birthday Boy” by Eddie Trigueros.

My episode premiered today! I loved this story so much, I begged Craig to let me storyboard it as well as direct it. The big musical ending was so much fun to draw. I must have listened to this song 200 times, I just can’t get enough of it! The music is by The Two Man Gentleman Band.

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“The Hero” Episode Guide

WOY - The Hero (Fr)

This is a little irregular, as you may have noticed. While “The Hero” is set to air in the US on the 31st of this month, it has already aired in France today. Our friends over at YayPonies managed to snag a TV recording.

You can also find it after the break.

New Synopsis and Air Date for “The Hero” and “The Birthday Boy”

“The Hero” is now slated to air on Disney XD on Monday, March 31 (or Tuesday, April 1, in UTC). The above appears to be a certain Princess Demurra.

WANDER OVER YONDER – “The Hero” – With the help of Sir Brad Starlight, Wander sets out to fulfill his fairytale dreams of rescuing a princess. Guest starring James Marsden (“Enchanted”) as Sir Brad Starlight. This episode of “Wander Over Yonder” will air Monday, March 31 (9:00 PM – 9:15 PM ET/PT), on Disney XD. (DISNEY CHANNEL)

It looks like our earlier interpretation was correct and at least episode premieres will now happen on Disney XD. See also our first post on “The Hero” for another synopsis.

Update: According to a fresh Disney XD press release, both episodes, “The Hero” and “The Birthday Boy,” will air on the same day. (Thanks to Cody and Alison.) Now Zap2it confirms it as well:

Wander Over Yonder: The Hero; The Birthday Boy

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Sir Brad Starlight helps Wander set out to fulfill his dreams; Wander tries to turn an arena of doom into a party palace.

Titles and Synopses “The Hero” and “The Birthday Boy”

Nick and More has published Disney Channel’s February Highlights pres release featuring two new episode synopses. They even have some guest VAs!

Friday, February 21
Original Series – Series Premiere
Wander Over Yonder “The Hero”
(9:00 PM – 9:15 PM ET/PT)

With the help of Sir Brad Starlight, Wander sets out to fulfill his fairytale dreams of rescuing a princess.

Guest starring James Marsden as Sir Brad Starlight and Fred Tatasciore as the Dragon King.

Friday, February 28
Original Series – Episode Premiere
Wander Over Yonder “The Birthday Boy”
(9:00 PM – 9:15 PM ET/PT)

Wander is determined to turn Commander Peepers’ arena of doom into the ultimate party palace for Lord Hater’s birthday.

And… they’re gone. The press release was updated, and as Dan points out in the comments “Looks like Wander has been yanked from the lineup for those two weeks. They’re airing Fish Hooks instead.” The episode will air at some later time then.