Featuring beautifully crafted animation, endearing characters & a storybook narrative, Over the Garden Wall is a little masterpiece of perfectly balanced content & form. The sense of humour, the emotional maturity & the episodes of genuine surrealism (to say nothing of the thematically rich narrative with its allusions to Dante's Inferno) results in something that could almost be described as Twin Peaks for children.
Prepare to be surprised by this charming ten part mini-series courtesy of the guys at Cartoon Network. Over the Garden Wall is every bit as endearing as its cutesy-looking characters may indicate, but there are also sinister and mature tones at play here giving the adventure crossover appeal that both children and adults can enjoy. The only thing better than the zany dialogue is The Blasting Company's OST. Beautiful.
really cute, really fun, and a little more thought-provoking than i had expected. also, it draws from some classic horror films and includes some scary elements of its own -- all dressed up in a children's show! very impressive. i would have loved this to death if i had seen it as a kid.
Two brothers wander in the woods. They seem lost, but it also doesn't seem that important. But what's that over there? OVER THE GARDEN WALL is like falling headfirst into a storybook. It's told over ten chapters where you'll meet strange characters, hear amusing songs and steer clear of a threatening presence dubbed "the Beast." This is the kind of story that makes adults feel young and kids feel old.
This is an incredible miniseries in terms of its creepy humor, its nostalgic original soundtrack, and its fantastic story. It manages to keep true to the traditional elements of fairy-tale lore while providing something wildly original, with characters that you'll immediately fall in love with. The only downside of it is how short the series is.
8 - A superbly atmospheric, whimsical and imaginative miniseries that, despite falling into some of the traditional pitfalls of children's animation (overdone exposition, forced happy ending(s) and predictable plot turns), provides enough charm, genuine bite, and resonance through masterfully-constructed allegory to more than adequately compensate for these relatively minor shortcomings. Just lovely.
4.2 stars. A fine, scampy promenade through a palimpsest of ye olde Americana. There is perhaps the question of whether the show is haunted by the racist spectre of Fleischer animation as Yussef Cole wrote last year of 'Cuphead', but - to its credit - 'OtGW' doffs its pointy hat at studios from all over, including Ghibli. I'm sure most viewers will relate to Wurt but wish to be more like Greg. Ain't that just the way