Over the Garden Wall

Over the Garden Wall

Dave author picEver wonder what might happen if Adventure Time’s Jake and Finn ended up in an Enid Blyton novel? Then Over the Garden Wall is the show – or ten-episode miniseries, if you prefer – for you!

That’s a slight over-simplification of what’s going on here. Over the Garden Wall shares with Adventure Time a fondness for off-kilter humour (though never quite as Dada as AT) and irreverent conversation, but the dynamic between its two leads – step-brothers Wirt (Elijah Wood) and Greg (child actor Collin Dean; fantastic) is leagues from Jake/Finn. Wirt has all the worrywart tendencies of the old-timey illustrated children’s books the series is clearly paying homage too, while Greg has all the weirdo jokes you’ve come to expect from Cartoon Network. Their dynamic is funny, familiar …and yet totally unique.

The real reason to watch Over the Garden Wall, though – aside from stellar voice-acting contributions from the likes of Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd and James Earl Jones – is its gorgeously animated world. This is where Blyton comes in; the world is modelled on the delicate English fantasies of, say, The Faraway Tree, with a hefty dose of Southern U.S.A. charm and a splash of gothic horror. Definitely worth a watch.

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