"Wendell and Wild"
After an 13-year absence, which found him working on unrealized projects for Pixar and Disney, director Henry Selick finally returns with Wendell and Wild, a family friendly supernatural chiller that represents a collaboration between the stop-motion animation auteur and Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Written by Selick and Peele, Wendell and Wild finds the two eponymous demons fleeing their hellacious home dimension to build their dream amusement park in the rundown town of Rust Bank. They seek help from the teenager who appears to them in a nightmare as a “hell maiden,” Kat, an orphan forced to live and study at an all-girls Catholic school. In return, Kat wants Wendell and Wild to bring her parents back from dead. But Kat, Wendell and Wild soon must with two unscrupulous private prison operators who have their own plans for Rust Bank. The voice cast is led by Lyric Ross as Kat, Keegan-Michael Key as Wendell, Jordan Peele as Wild, Ving Rhames as Wendell and Wild’s father Buffalo Belzer, James Hong as the school’s principal Father Best, and Angela Bassett as one of Kat’s teachers, Sister Helley. Wendell and Wild is now available to stream on Netflix. Henry Selick previously directed the stop-motion animated The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline. He also directed the live-action Monkeybone.
Aired: Nov. 15, 2022.