WondLa
Genre
Based onThe Search for WondLa
by Tony DiTerlizzi
Developed byBobs Gannaway
ShowrunnerBobs Gannaway
Starring
ComposerJoy Ngiaw
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Production
Executive producers
ProducerTony Cosanella
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28) –
present (present)

WondLa (originally called The Search for WondLa) is an animated sci-fi fantasy television series based on the books The Search for WondLa, A Hero for WondLa, and The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi, produced by Skydance Animation and developed by Bobs Gannaway, who also serves as the showrunner and executive producer with DiTerlizzi, John Lasseter, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. The cast includes the voices of Jeanine Mason, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, Gary Anthony Williams, Chiké Okonkwo, D. C. Douglas, and Alan Tudyk.

The series premiered on Apple TV+ on June 28, 2024.[1]

Premise

Eva, a curious, enthusiastic and spirited human teenager, is raised in a state-of-art bunker by M.U.T.H.R, a robot caretaker. On her 16th birthday, after an attack on Eva's bunker, she finds herself on the surface of a strange planet called Orbona, which is inhabited by aliens, covered with other-worldly fauna, and has no other humans to be found. Eva is joined by Otto, a giant tardigrade, and Rovender, a cantankerous alien, to help find humans, her home and her true destiny.[1]

Voice cast

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"Chapter 1: Doors"Andrew L. Schmidt and Micah GunnellBobs GannawayJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)
2"Chapter 2: Lifeforms"Andrew L. SchmidtLauren Bradley and Bobs GannawayJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)
3"Chapter 3: Bargain"Lawrence GongKyle McVey and Bobs GannawayJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)
4"Chapter 4: Ghosts"Lawrence GongGrace DavisJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)
5"Chapter 5: Captive"Philip PignottiMario Carvalhal and Bobs GannawayJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)
6"Chapter 6: Bridge"Phillip PignottiAdam GalenJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)
7"Chapter 7: Ruins"Lawrence GongChristian Magalhaes and Bob SnowJune 28, 2024 (2024-06-28)

Production

Development

In February 2021, it was announced that Apple, in partnership with Skydance Animation, was creating a television adaptation of The Search for WondLa to stream on Apple TV+. It was originally set to be written and executive produced by showrunner Lauren Montgomery with Chad Quant, Tony DiTerlizzi and Skydance Animation head John Lasseter attached as executive producers.[3] It has been confirmed that the series was given a two-season order as Montgomery left the project and has been replaced by Bobs Gannaway, one of Lasseter's Disney-era colleagues. Lasseter's son, short-film director Bennett Lasseter, was brought on as a consultant on the show.[4][5] On April 30, 2024, Apple and Skydance announced the cast and the premiere of the series to be set on June 28 with seven episodes of the first season releasing on Apple TV+.[1]

Animation

Animation provided for the series is made by Icon Creative Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[6]

Music

Joy Ngiaw, composer of Skydance Animation's short film Blush, was announced to compose the score for the series in January 2024.[7]. The Season 1 soundtrack was released by Milan Records on June 28, 2024.[8].

Release

The series premiered on June 28, 2024 on Apple TV+.[1]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 50% approval rating with an average rating of 5.1/10, based on 6 critic reviews.[9]

Notes

  1. ^ Archive audio from Luck

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Milligan, Mercedes (April 30, 2024). "Apple TV+ Brings Animated Fantasy-Adventure 'Wondla' Worldwide in June". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 1, 2024.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z – WondLa on Apple TV+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 15, 2024.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 17, 2021). "Apple & Skydance Animation Set Multi-Year Feature Film & TV Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  4. ^ deCourville, Nick (August 5, 2022). "Apple TV+ Looking for Pixar Magic as It Delivers First Major Animated Feature 'Luck'". The Mac Observer. Retrieved December 19, 2023.
  5. ^ Keegan, Rebecca; Giardina, Carolyn (July 27, 2022). "John Lasseter's Second Act". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  6. ^ Zahed, Ramin (June 19, 2024). "Eva in Wonderland: 'WondLa' EP Bobs Gannaway Tells All About the New Apple/Skydance Adventure". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 28, 2024.
  7. ^ "Joy Ngiaw Scoring Skydance Animation's Apple TV+ Series 'WondLa' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved January 15, 2024.
  8. ^ Danoff, Owen (June 27, 2024). "Listen To The World Of WondLa With Two Tracks From The Apple TV+ Series". ScreenRant.
  9. ^ "WondLa: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 3, 2024.