Wonder Park’s New Trailer Raises Even More Questions About Its Eponymous Theme Park

The joy of Wonder Park, which remains a mystery to us all.
The joy of Wonder Park, which remains a mystery to us all.
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When Wonder Park, the embattled Paramount and Nickelodeon animated film, released its first trailer, we had some concerns. Now, we have even more.

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The original question, which still stands, is: how does the theme park in this movie (which may or may not actually be named Wonder Park) get its denizens? The whole thing seems to be run by animals and one small child, so it stands to reason that they’re not exactly running a business here with robust ticket sales, safety regulations, and concession stands. Did these animals kidnap a buncha people?

Now, after seeing the second trailer for Wonder Park, I have even more questions. Specifically: what is the history of theme parks in this world? Per this trailer, we get more of the actual story outline of the film, which stars the voices of Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, and John Oliver, among others. The young heroine, June, creates a theme park in her backyard, to disastrous effect. Defeated temporarily but not in spirit, June absconds to the woods? I guess? And finds… the real theme park she imagined, built IRL, and probably also constructed in detail in Rollercoaster Tycoon? And it’s buried in the forest, watched over by talking animals, one of whom is John Oliver.

Okay, uh, how does a theme park get buried in the forest? Provided this isn’t some profound act of imagination on the heroine’s part, this suggests a world with such a history that a theme park could be very old, and could go not just abandoned but forgotten long enough for it to be almost entirely reclaimed by vegetation. What apocalyptic terror would be necessary to create these conditions? What, but some awful act of violence or disaster, could create such a rift in collective memory? Whither is your history, Wonder Land? What has become of you?

Oh, yeah, and this movie looks pretty cute, too. It comes out on March 15th, and in the meantime stick with us at io9, where we come from the future and overthink cartoon movie trailers.

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I say this as someone who over-analyzes the shit outta things, but all the same: You’re looking way too much into this.

The first trailer made it pretty clear that June abandoned the idea of her childhood dream park, likely due to a combination of her one attempt wrecking the neighborhood and her just growing up and wanting to leave behind “kiddie” stuff like all kids do at some point. That resulted in the “real” Wonder Park shutting down and becoming decrepit, allowing the Chimpan-zombies to take over.

Given that the caretakers of the park were June’s stuffed animals brought to life, the attendees to the park would be whatever June used as generic townspeople, plus any other random creatures living in the magic fairytale land. Or hell, maybe it was just the stuffed animal creatures June had that are the only patrons. It’s not like the park needs to pay an electric bill or property tax.

Now, you could ask where the actual magic that made all this a possibility comes from, but given how this kind of plot has been done a gazillion times in kids movies and books, I just kinda accept it as a thing that happens nowadays.