We discuss whether there will be a Wendell and Wild 2, a sequel to the Netflix film Wendell and Wild, and will contain spoilers.
Wendell & Wild is directed by Henry Selick and co-written by Jordan Peele. The theme of grief carries that emotional weight and is powerfully explored through the stop-motion animation. However, the direction of the story is a bit messy. The pacing of the film felt rushed because the character introductions were cut short and not explained. At some points, the story with Kat is placed on the back burner because of the other storylines being explored.
There is a connection with the underworld to Wendell & Wild that is also a weak link to Kat because they use her to bring them back to the Land of the Living. Anything is possible through animation, so her theoretical demons manifest into physical beings for her to see. Unfortunately, Kat blames herself for her parent’s death and carries this with her. She goes to a new boarding school and discovers that she has different powers that link her to the underworld.
It has strong themes of grief and guilt that come through in the stunning animation. Kat’s feelings are manifested in Wendell and Wild, but they’re never fully explored. It’s almost as if her storyline is cut short because of situations at the school, in the underworld, and in the corporate business. We only get to know the character through her trauma and not as a young girl trying to process it fully.
There could have been strong emotional moments for her, but the weight of her grief is tossed away through her anger. She does care but it’s executed poorly throughout the film. It’s as if the story wasn’t there to service the lead character and her monsters. They wanted to show how monsters manifest in other ways through her grief, and that’s why this didn’t come together as it should have.
Wendell & Wild sequel potential release date
There is no potential release date for Wendell & Wild 2 because Henry Selick and Jordan Peele worked on this film for quite some time. The stop motion animation does take time to work on, and there have been no discussions with Netflix as of now.
Wendell & Wild sequel cast – who might be in it?
- Jordan Peele
- Keegan-Michael Key
- Lyric Ross
- Angela Bassett
- Tamara Smart
- Ramona Young
- James Hong
Wendell & Wild sequel plot: what could Wendell & Wild be about?
The sequel to Wendell & Wild could potentially be about Kat moving on from her parent’s death and treating her connection with them as something positive. Her link to the underworld could still be spooky but also connect her to Wendell and Wild in a fun way. The sequel will show that she is calling upon the spirit world as something natural that happens, and she can talk to her parents whenever she wants to. She could be brought into the Underworld as a “hellmaiden” and work with Wendell and Wild.