Wandering Wenda (also known as The Wide World of Wandering Wenda) is a 2017 Canadian animated series from Breakthrough Entertainment (previously known for Atomic Betty and Jimmy Two-Shoes) that aired on CBC Kids. It is the Animated Adaptation of the children's book Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop's Wunderground Washery, which was written by the legendary Canadian author Margaret Atwood (who works on the series as an executive producer).
Aimed at preschoolers and kids just learning to read, Wandering Wenda teaches kids about words, sounds, and language through the adventures of Wenda and her friends Wesley the woodchuck and Wu, as they travel the world on all sorts of wild, weird and wonderfully exciting adventures jam-packed with alliteration featuring every last bit of vocabulary from each letter in the alphabet that the writers could possibly jam into 26 episodes of 8 minutes of children's television.
This was the final children's cartoon to be produced by Breakthrough Entertainment before they sold the rights to most of their animated kids' library to 9 Story Media Group in 2018.
This cartoon provides examples of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Words using the featured letter are jammed into most sentences.
- All There in the Script: In "The Obnoxious Otters of Ottawa" the female opera singer is not named but end credits call her Olivia Orinoco.
- Alliterative Name: Most of each episode's one-shot characters will have them. Recurring character Wesley Woodchuck too. Wenda and Wu do not have last names.
- Alliterative Title: The series itself and every single episode.
- Big Head Mode: All characters are drawn this way.
- Big Book Of Everything: Wu has one that literally goes by that name, which he uses to define words the other characters don't understand.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: One appears in "The Yarn of the Yukon Yeti".
- Birthday Episode:
- in "The Bewildering Balloon Bandit Burglary", it is Wu's birthday.
- Intrepid Ice Explorers is about getting a birthday present for an Inuit girl named Ila.
- Canada, Eh?: Wenda quips "impressive eh?" while in Iqualuit after using the gloom to create an igloo with Wordplay.
- Catchphrase: Wenda has "Wordplay will save the day!", which she uses before changing a word to effect her environment in some way.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: It repeatedly happens to Wu.
- Creator Cameo: Margaret Atwood herself appears in the intro and interacts with Wenda, and then appears at the end to close the book that signifies the episode is over.
- Crossdresser / Disguised in Drag / Harmless Lady Disguise: In episode D, Wu asks Wes why he is wearing a dress (it is green ans has a nametag saying Debi) and Wes says it is a disguise and he likes the design.
- Fairy Godmother: She asks Wenda to Make a Wish... and was actually created by Wenda in thee first place because F is the letter of the day.
- Hell Hotel: It's the setting of "A Haunted Holiday at the Howling Hog Hotel".
- Here There Be Dragons: The episode "The Disco Dragon of Detroit" has a "HERE BE DRAGONS" sign which Wenda opens (thinking it a decoy) to find an actual dragon behind it. The Duchess of Disco emerges from the "HERE BE DRESSING ROOMS" door beside it after asking if they opened the dragon door.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Wenda and Wu are human, while Wes is a woodchuck.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In the episode "The Zany Zookeeper's Zoo of Zombies", Wenda loses her zoom shoes as she is sucked into Dr. Zero's zeppelin through a tube. This results in Wenda being barefoot which disgust Dr. Zero to where Wenda is given bunny slippers to wear.
- The Narrator: The show features a comedic narrator who jams in just as much alliteration
- Once per Episode: Every episode begins with "a word from our sponsor", which is the narrator showing off the featured letter of the episode.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Done in "The Warbling Wereworm of Wessex".
- Quirky Curls: Wenda has orange ones.
- Reality Warper: Whenever Wenda shouts, "Wordplay will save the day," RUN. She can arbitrarily pick any word pertaining to anything in her vicinity (noun, verb, it doesn't matter) and substitute the letter (or letters, like 'qu' one time) of the day to alter its spelling and manifest whatever the new things she spells is. This can either erase the previous topic from existence or supplement it with the new topic.
- Sidekick: Wesley and Wu.