Where’s wally

Waldo in other countries

As said, Wally was changed to Waldo for the North American releases. His name was also changed in many other countries outside of Britain, though in several cases the name Wally was retained.

CountryName
AustraliaWally
BrazilWally
CroatiaJura
DenmarkHolger
FranceCharlie
IndiaHetti
GermanyWalter
IcelandValli
IrelandWally
IsraelEffy
NetherlandsWally
NorwayWilly
PolandWally
PortugalWally
RussiaУолли (Wally)
South AfricaWally
South Korea월리 (Wally)
SpainWally
Sri LankaHetti
SwedenHugo
United KingdomWally
United StatesWaldo

Over time more characters were added to find in each scene:

  • Wilma, Wally’s friend first appeared in the Ultimate Fun Book, and was replaced by her identical twin sister Wenda in the Where’s Waldo: The Magnificent Poster Book.
  • Odlaw, Wally’s arch-nemesis, made his print debut in Where’s Waldo: The Magnificent Poster Book. He appears nearly the same as Wally, except that his clothes are yellow and black striped instead of red and white; his glasses have a blue tint to them; and he has a moustache. Although we are told «his bad deeds are many,» he is not depicted in the books doing anything particularly nasty. However, in the animated television show , he is frequently seen to be attempting to steal Wally’s magical walking stick. Note that the name ‘Odlaw’ is simply ‘Waldo’ spelled in reverse.
  • Woof, Wally’s dog, first appeared in The Ultimate Fun Book, where he was identified as Wenda’s dog. Only his tail can be found with the exception of the final page of Where’s Wally: The Wonder Book, which depicts all of Woof.
  • Wizard Whitebeard, first seen in The Fantastic Journey. His signature is his exceptionally long beard, which is often the key to finding him. In his first appearance, he was responsible for sending Wally on a quest to discover the truth about himself, and he has tagged along on Wally’s travels ever since.
  • The Wally Watchers are Wally’s devoted fan-club. There are lots of them (25 appear in most books, though there are 99 of them in the Ultimate Fun Book), and they turn up wherever Wally goes. They first appeared in The Ultimate Fun Book.

Appearances

  • The Ultimate Fun Book!, 99 Waldo Watchers
    • Title page — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «A Message From a Megastar» — 42 Waldo Watchers
    • «A Great Moment of Romance» — 4 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Muddy Swamp Jungle Game» — 1 Waldo Watcher
    • «The Wonderful Portrait Puzzle» — 6 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Wild and Wacky Waldo Fun Show» punch-out pages — 4 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Ultimate Fun Book Sticker Collection» sticker pages— 6 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Ultimate Fun Book Counter and Cards» punch-out page — 6 Waldo Watchers
    • «Ding-Dong! What a Dog Fight» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Beat of the Drums» — 13 Waldo Watchers
    • «Oh, What a Lovely Maze!» — 13 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Fun Goes On and on and on and on and on…» — 99 Waldo Watchers
  • The Magnificent Poster Book!, 99 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Monstrous Monsters» — 14 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Castle siege» — 15 Waldo Watchers
    • «On The Beach» — 6 Waldo Watchers
    • «Military Parade» — 8 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Nasty Nasties» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «Land of Sports» — 18 Waldo Watchers
    • «Unfriendly Giants» — 5 Waldo Watchers
    • «Among the Pirates» — 14 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Future» — 5 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Land of Waldos» — 7 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Old Friends» — 5 Waldo Watchers
  • Where’s Waldo? (special edition), 25 Waldo Watchers
    • «On the Beach» — 6 Waldo Watchers
    • «Ski Slopes» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «Camp Site» — 4 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Train Station» — 3 Waldo Watchers
    • «Museum» — 3 Waldo Watchers
    • «At Sea» — 1 Waldo Watcher
    • «Safari Park» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «Department Store» — 4 Waldo Watchers
  • Where’s Waldo Now?, 25 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Stone Age» — 1 Waldo Watcher
    • «Fun and Games in Acient Rome» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «On Tour with the Vikings» — 4 Waldo Watchers
    • «The End of the Crusades» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «Once Upon a Saturday Morning» — 4 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Last Days of the Aztecs» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «Being a Pirate» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «Having a Ball in Gaye Paree» — 4 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Future» — 4 Waldo Watchers
  • The Fantastic Journey, 25 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Gobbling Gluttons» — 5 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Battling Monks» — 3 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Great Ball-Game Players» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Ferocious Red Dwarves» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Nasty Nasties» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Knights of the Magic Flag» — 4 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Unfriendly Giants» — 2 Waldo Watchers
    • «The Land of Waldos» — 5 Waldo Watchers
  • Where’s Waldo in Hollywood (special edition), 25 Waldo Watchers
    • «Fun in the Foreign Legion» — 4 Waldo Watcher
    • «A Tremendous Song and Dance» — 7 Waldo Watcher
    • «The Wild, Wild West» — 2 Waldo Watcher
    • «The Swashbuckling Musketeers» — 8 Waldo Watcher
    • «Dinosaurs, Spacemen, and Ghouls» — 2 Waldo Watcher
    • «Robin Hood’s Merry Mess-up» — 2 Waldo Watcher

Videos

The Meanie Genie of Aladdin’s Lamp
When a Genie starts causing trouble in Lampsmania, Wally takes the case and travles to the legendrary city. There he finds out that the genie will distroy Lampsmania unless Wally is able to find Fernwick, the man who created the genie’s first lamp. So now Wally (and Woof) have to set out on a quest for the old lamp maker.
The Merry X-mas Mix Up
Wally and his friends learn that Santa’s gift list has been scrambled. So it’s up to Wally, Woof, Wenda, and the gang to help straighten things out or else Christmas may be canceled.
Around the World in a Daze
A journey filled with surprises is in store, when Wizard Whitebeard sends Wally on yet another assignment. Wally, Woof and Wenda set out to help a famous explorer break a world record on a trip around the globe. However problems arise as they try to keep one step ahead of the explorer’s scheming rival. Odlaw also trails along, hoping to steal Wally’s magical walking stick.
The Birthday Blow-Out
Wally travels to Birthday Land where cakes reach high into the sky, and gumdrops fill the landscape. Wally and Woof search for a stolen Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake recipe.

History

The first Where’s Wally book, titled Where’s Wally was published on September 21st, 1987. Other titles in the series include Where’s Wally Now? (1988), Where’s Wally?: The Fantastic Journey (1989), Where’s Wally? In Hollywood (1993), Where’s Wally? The Wonder Book (1997), Where’s Wally? The Great Picture Hunt (2006), andWhere’s Wally? The Incredible Paper Chase (2009). There have also been numerous sticker and activity books based on the series. Where’s Waldo was briefly turned into an animated series for one 13 episode season airing on FOX in 1991. The books have been published in over 20 countries with the title character’s name altered to Charlie, Hugo, and Effy, among others. In addition to the main character several secondary characters populate the books including Waldo’s dog Woof, his friend Wilma, and his enemy Odlaw. As of March 2014, the Where’s Wally page has over 4.4 million likes and its account has over 20,000 followers.

Fighting[edit | edit source]

  • WALDERP stats:
    • First Form
      • Power: 500k
      • Toughness: 300k
      • Max HP: 150M
      • HP Regen: 45k
    • Second Form
      • Power: 900k
      • Toughness: 600k
      • Max HP: 300M
      • HP Regen: 90k
    • Third Form
      • Power: 1.5M
      • Toughness: 1M
      • Max HP: 600M
      • HP Regen: 150k
    • Fourth Form
      • Power: 2.2M
      • Toughness: 1.5M
      • Max HP: 800M
      • HP Regen: 230k
    • Fifth(Final) Form
      • Power: 3M
      • Toughness: 2M
      • Max HP: 1B
      • HP Regen: 300k
  • Recommended Stats to Defeat Titan:
    • Manual
      • Power: 4M~6M
      • Toughness: 3M~4M
    • Idle
  • Titan Skills:
    • Walderp (Simon) Says
      • Do what he says when he says «Walderp says» or die! Boom!
      • He will always tell you to use a certain attack against him — regular, strong, piercing, or ultimate.
      • If he does not say «Walderp says…» then you must use a different attack than the one he mentions. Not attacking also counts as getting it wrong.
      • This skill is used in a pattern of 5 attacks and then 1 Walderp Says, meaning once every 18 seconds.

Episodes

My Left Fang
Wally and Woof goes to the land of the Nasty Nasties to help a vampire named Fang.
Forest Women
Wally and Woof goes to save the magic forest from Fred and his evil knights who deside to destroy the forest.
It’s A Gruel, Gruel World
Wally and Woof goes to the land of Gobbling Gluttons to help Chef Baker Cook.
The Great Ball Game
Wally and Woof goes to the land of Great Ball game to help King Fussifuss find his missing trophy.
Draining the Deep
Wally and Woof goes to the Land of The Deep Sea Divers to help stop the ocean from draining.
The Underground Hunters
Wally and Woof goes to the Land of The Underground Hunter to find Wizard Whitebeard’s lost scroll.
The Unfriendly Giants
Wally and Woof goes to the Land of The Unfriendly Giantsto to help the people with «big» problem.
A Stone Age Story
Wally and Woof goes back in time to the stone age, and help the bear and the animals get back to their job!
The Land of the Carpet Flyers
When there is trouble in the Land of the Carpet Flyers, Wizard Whitebeard sends Wally and Woof to help Rugnesh.
The Living Exhibits
Wally, Woof and Wenda go to a museum where everything is alive.
Ahead of the Future
Wally and Woof travels into the future to help Robot 9 from being scrapped.
Viking Fling
Wally and Woof accompany Miss Pixie to the Land of the Vikings to retrieve the Magical Musical Golden Horn.
The Land of the Lost Pyramid
Wally and Woof travel to the Land of the Lost Pyramid

Cast and Crew

WallyTownsend Coleman
NarratorJim Cummings
Wizard WhitebeardBrad Garrett
Odlaw
Woof
Additional Voices
Joe AlaskeyJack AngelJeff BennettGreg BergerSusan BluCarol ChanningCam ClarkeBrian CummingsJennifer DarlingJeannie EliasPat FarleyMaurice LamarcheMary McDonald LewisMichele MarianaJohn MarianoChuck McCannPat MusickAlan OppenheimerRob PaulsenJan RabsonRoger RoseSusan SiloFrank Welker
Created by Martin Handford
Executive ProducersAndy HeywardMartin HandfordPeter OrtonKate Fawkes
Produced byPeter Aries
Story EditorBill Mathney
Theme SongJeff Barry
Music ScoreMichael Tavera
Animation ProductionSei Young Animation Co. Ltd, The Waldo Film Company, DIC Entertainment, Hit Entertainment

Related Memes

YouTube Parodies

On December 10th, 2007, YouTuber imponderables uploaded a video titled «Waldo Ultimatum» which parodies the Bourne Ultimatum films by replacing Jason Bourne with Waldo (below, left). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 310,000 views. On June 29th, 2009, YouTuber Hitler Rants Parodies uploaded a video titled «Hitler can’t find Wally/Waldo» which features an actor dressed at Hitler yelling in German with English subtitles that indicate he’s angry about his inability to find Waldo. As of March 2014, the video has gained over 970,000 views.

On August 17th, 2011, YouTube channel The Online Musical uploaded a video titled «Where’s Waldo?: The Musical» that explored the lives of secondary Where’s Waldo characters such as Wenda and Wizard Whitebeard (below, left). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 107,000 views. On February 28th, 2012, YouTuber Joule Thief uploaded a video titled «Waldo the Movie» that imagined Waldo was a secret agent specially trained to blend in (below, right). As of March 2014, the video has gained over 1.1 million views.

Flash Mobs

Where’s Waldo flash mobs, in which groups of people in red and white striped clothing converge onto an area to recreate a page from one of the Where’s Waldo books, have occurred in many cities across the US and UK.

On November 11th, 2006, a Where’s Waldo flash mob occurred in San Francisco, California. A video of the mob was uploaded to YouTube by sfmallon the same day (below, left). As of March 2014, the video has over 800,000 views. On June 18th, 2011, the Street Performance World Championships in Dublin, Ireland tried to break the world record for the biggest mob of people dressed like Where’s Wally. There was over 3,600 people dressed as Wally in attendance, effectively breaking the world record. The same day YouTuber bittacraic uploaded a video of the Wallys dancing to the Village People song «YMCA» (below, right).

Robot Finds Waldo

On August 8th, 2018, YouTuber redpepper uploaded a video entited «There’s Waldo is a robot that finds Waldo.» The video features a robot using Google’s AutoML vision Service to search a Waldo painting and find the character. The post (shown below) received more than 215,000 views in one week.

According to The Daily Dot, «its creator used 62 different Waldo heads and 45 Waldo head and body images» to program the robot, using Python and AutoML.

Loot[edit | edit source]

Item levels are base drop levels without challenge or set rewards.

  • Gold 4,000,000 — 5,000,000
  • Wanderer’s Cane lvl 10 — guaranteed, with 1% flat chance of The Candy Cane of Destiny lvl 0 instead
  • Wanderer’s Cane lvl 10 — 0.5% base chance, with 1% flat chance of The Candy Cane of Destiny lvl 0 instead
  • Wanderer’s (set):
    • Wanderer’s Hat lvl 4 (0.5% base chance)
    • Wanderer’s Chest lvl 4 (0.5% base chance)
    • Wanderer’s Pants lvl 4 (0.5% base chance)
    • Wanderer’s Boots lvl 4 (0.5% base chance)
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    • StooB s’rerednaW lvl 4 (0.5% base chance)
  • A busted copy of Wandoos XL lvl 20 (0.5% base chance)
  • Ascended Forest Pendant lvl 50 (0.5% base chance)
  • Fanny Pack lvl 10 (if Wanderer’s (set) complete, 0.01% base chance)
  • Dorky Glasses lvl 10 (if S’rerednaW (set) complete, 0.01% base chance)
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Other editions

Where’s Waldo? was re-released in 1997 in an updated «special edition» version to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inital publication. The special edition relocated Waldo in each scene, updated various items and inserted new characters to spot – including Woof, Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard, Odlaw and the Waldo Watchers. This version has since become the standard 2nd edition version – replacing the original first edition in book stores and subsequent releases.

The book’s original release was in 12.5 x 10.1 inch hardback book. Since the initial release there have been subsequent paperback editions (12.2 x 9.7), «big book» editions (16.1 x 13) and «mini» editions (6 x 4.6) which came with a special magnify glass.

The «On The Beach» scene was re-released as a poster in The Magnificent Poster Book!. New characters, such as Wenda and Wizard Whitebeard, were inserted into the image for the poster along with other minor changes to scene.

Production

In the early part of the 1980s Martin Handford was working as a freelance illustrator, specializing in drawing crowd scenes. After seeing some of Handford’s artwork, David Bennett, a business associate and an art director at Walker Books in England, contacted the artist about developing a children’s book showcasing his singular talent. It was only then that the character Waldo was conceived. Waldo was created to provide a link between each crowd scene and provide a focus and purpose for the book. Handford explained in a 1990 interview that «a book full of crowd scenes has no central theme, but adding a wacky character for the reader to look for adds a purpose to each page. That’s who Waldo is — an afterthought.»

Handford first began working on the book in 1985. Handford illustrated each the 12 scenes for the book — working at time for more than eight weeks to create just one of the two-page Waldo spreads. David Lloyd, a Walker Books editor, helped Handford polish the minimal, yet nessesary, text found in the postcards throughout the book. Handford insists there is no science behind where Waldo was hidden in each page. He says that as he would work his way through a picture, and simply add Waldo when he came to what he felt was «a good place to include him».

When Handford first designed his leading man, he named him Wally — a shortened formed of Walter or Wallace but commonly used in Britain as a slang term for a somewhat spacey person. However the American publishers of the books felt the name would not resonate with the North American readers; so when the book was finally published there in 1987, the character was renamed Waldo (different name changes worldwide were made in other countries, such as Charlie for France and Walter for Germany, see the table below).

Despite being «an afterthought» to tie Handford’s illustrations together, the public responded to the character of Waldo. Handford stated «as it turns out, the fans were more interested in the character than in the crowd scenes.» The success of the book and character led to more than 7 subsequent Waldo book by Handford — along with numerous additional publications, an animated television show, an internationally syndicated comic strip and countless other merchandise and spin-off productions.

After two years of development, the book was finally released in September 1987. However Handford did not sit on his laurels after the book hit stores. A follow-up book, Find Waldo Now, was released less than a year later in September 1988.

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