Over the Garden Wall

Over the Garden Wall

DVD - 2015
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From creator Patrick McHale, one of the minds behind Adventure Time. Cartoon Network's first every animated mini-series. It follows the story of two brothers, Greg and Wirt, who find themselves in a strange forest. Along the way, they meet a bluebird named Beatrice who helps them navigate the strange land in the hopes of making their way home.
Publisher: [Burbank, California] :, Cartoon Network,, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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dnurgitz
Nov 11, 2018

I didn't know about this mini-series until I saw it at the library. What a gem!

The voice acting is perfect, the background art is amazing and the series really delivers the atmosphere perfectly through the narration, music and colours. It's suitable for younger viewers but they won't understand the deeper meaning behind the story. (But that's OK). There are many references to mythology, fables, old music and cartoons and it's chock full of symbolism. It's so well done, you could write essays on the interpretation of what happened.

Watch it at least twice. It's short enough for that but worth ever second spent.

VaughanPLAlyssia Oct 13, 2018

Perfect viewing for a cozy fall day. Over the Garden Wall can be a kids show, but can easily be an adult show as well—and some parts are genuinely scary! It has all the woods and pumpkins and spookiness that you want from fall entertainment. It’s also quite weird in an Alice in Wonderland sort of way. The animation is beautiful, the music is nostalgic, and the dialogue is funny and heartwarming. I couldn’t stop watching it; I watched the whole thing in one sitting (easy to do as the episodes are short) and now I’m itching to watch it again.

SPPL_Anna Mar 22, 2018

Over the Garden Wall is the perfect way to spend an autumn afternoon, just the right level of spooky and nostalgic, with the weirdest thru-line I've encountered in a cartoon miniseries.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 22, 2018

A charming and spooky series and some of the best storytelling I've seen on television. I wish there was more, but at the same time, it's pretty perfect as is. A perfect treat for a chilly autumn day.

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jkilling
Feb 13, 2018

Such a beautiful production. The music, themes, images, characters and plot are all reminiscent of something, but at the same time the series is like nothing you have ever seen. Without trying to sound hokey, the whole thing is heart-felt. You can't watch it and not care. I am sure that my kids would enjoy it if I let them watch it today, but I am going to wait until they are emotionally mature enough to actually experience it. Like Coraline, this is more than just a show, it is a joy to watch when your spirit is feeling a little thin.

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gobula
Dec 21, 2017

This show is adorable and amazing, and that's a rock fact!

LPL_KevinC Oct 10, 2017

I missed the boat on Over the Garden Wall when it originally aired on Cartoon Network in 2014, and I never got into its spiritual sibling, Adventure Time, but I’m delighted that the show finally crossed my path on a recent, lazy Sunday afternoon as the Summer had begun fading into Fall. The anthology of ten, ten minute episodes works best when watched together as it tells the story of half-brothers, Greg and Wirt and their adventures making their way home through ‘The Unknown,’ a strange, fairytale land. Over their travels the two encounter fantastic and grotesque characters, including witches, magical turtles, re-animated skeletons masquerading as a village of pumpkin people, a human family cursed to live as bluebirds, and a soul sapping beast lurking in the everpresent woods. The fable-like themes of the show, along with the muted, autumnal color palatte make for a cozy, Fall viewing. My only complaint with the series is that due to the short runtime of the installations, not enough time is given to the denouement of the story and the end feels a bit rushed even if the results are still satisfyingly heartworming.

Library_Jill Sep 23, 2017

A sometimes-cute, sometimes-scary, sometimes-strange, and sometimes-heartwarming miniseries that is perfect for curling up and watching on a cool, autumn evening. Brothers Greg and Wirt try to find their way home through a creepy and dangerous forest where they encounter all sorts of unusual characters, and not everything is as it seems. I watched this on a friend's recommendation, and was hesitant at first when I realized it was a Cartoon Network show, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and story.

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the_bookwyrm
Aug 07, 2017

"Lead through the mist by the milk-light of moon, all that was lost is revealed..."

The moment you hear this song, you're drawn into the mystery of the Unknown and follow the journey of Wirt and Greg, two brothers who find themselves lost in the woods.

I followed this miniseries when it was initially broadcast on Cartoon Network, and I urge you to go in completely blind. Don't read any synopsis of the ten episodes, don't look up any images or spoilers. Don't even read past this post--just go in blind. The fun is in the mystery of the world. I will say that you should prepare for some frights, but it's all part of the atmosphere.

I found the best time to watch this show around October/November, just as Halloween has settled in OR as it lingers and autumn's chill turns into what will be the bite of winter. Have a night-in with a blanket and a cup of your favorite hot drink to amp up the experience--the total run time is about the same as a feature film, so you won't be sitting for too long.

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SnoIsleLib_MikeH
Jun 08, 2017

Beautifully-animated, Emmy-winning miniseries that combines heartfelt emotion and haunting creepiness. For fans of "Gravity Falls" who crave something that's more lyrical, a tad darker, and just as clever. That's a rock fact! Not for younger kids, as certain episodes may be too terrifying.

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Kathleen B Nayman Sep 12, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There can be some intense scenes for younger children.

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Kathleen B Nayman Sep 12, 2015

"Potatoes and Molasses." - Greg

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