Over the Garden Wall.


(Yes, it requires all-caps and bold letters).

“Over the Garden Wall” is a five-episode, ten-chapter miniseries that aired on Cartoon Network last week, and it was practically perfect in every way. It tells the tale of Wirt and Gregory, two brothers who find themselves lost in the woods, struggling to find their way back home while trying to avoid the wrath of a mysterious Beast. On the way, they meet an array of strange characters, talking animals, powerful witches, and dancing pumpkin-skeletons. The balance between the macabre and the whimsical is utterly perfect, played out with 19th century sensibilities and 1920s music and artistry. It’s a love letter to grim fairy tales and hipster aesthetics, with a nod to so many other works that I absolutely adore: a little bit of Poe, a little bit of Verne, Miyazaki and Gaiman and Scarry, oh my!.

Seriously, I’ve had “Potatoes and Molasses” stuck in my head for nearly a week now and I ain’t even mad. My boyfriend and I spent the entire final chapter with tears dripping down our faces. At one point in the finale, I actually gasped with shock, an impressive feat since I’m always analyzing things as authors do. The amazing ability to get these characters into your heart so quickly and have them linger well after the fact was just incredible. Well-crafted, well-written, well-intentioned. Just plain brilliant.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch “Over the Garden Wall” yet, I highly recommend you do. I personally can’t wait for it to come out on DVD. I can’t remember the last time I looked forward to a DVD release in this age of On-Demand and Netflix, but this is something that needs to be owned and rewatched and cherished. I’m hoping for books, too, because the art has such a simple beauty to it. If you were fortunate to catch the even, what did you think? Did you fall in love with it as we did?

So fantastic to feel this enamored with a show as I have “Over the Garden Wall,” and I even love the fact that it was given to us in one fell swoop, making us fall in love and then leaving us with that warm feeling, instead of dragging itself out for its charm to begin to fade.



    • We might have entirely missed it if not for one preview at the end of something Ken was watching late one night on Adult Swim. It seems incredibly fortuitous because it would have been tragic to have missed it entirely. Pure magic.

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