Hey! Long time no see, eh? This post is gonna be.. Fangirl-y.
I’ve decided to do a post on my absolute favourite cartoon of all time:
Over The Garden Wall
Where to start, where to start.. Well, an introduction to the show might be necessary, so let’s do that!
(This post will solely be focusing on an introduction to the show, and why it’s so incredibly amazeballs. No spoilers here!)
The story features two half-brothers, Wirt and Gregory, who have become lost in a mysterious wood called The Unknown. They come upon a grim Woodsman whose job involves cutting down “Edlewood” trees that he grinds into oil in his mill, which he then uses to keep his lantern constantly alight. He warns the boys of The Beast, a terrible creature that haunts the woods in search of lost children. The two brothers must find their way home before The Beast finds them. The atmosphere in The Unknown is generally menacing although there are many moments of playful whimsy. Many of the episodes are rooted in folktales and children’s stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries while the style of animation and storytelling borrow heavily from early cartoons. The series is inspired by myths and old wives’ tales that have been passed down throughout the years.
And that’s pretty much all the introduction you need. Don’t want to give too much away, because in my opinion, it’s best to just jump right into it without too much information.
This show has touched my soul in ways I didn’t think it was possible for cartoons to do. But this is so much more than a cartoon. It’s a work of art. Instead of using words, I’ll just leave you with some background art:
The story itself is wonderful, beautiful and makes you think, if you dig just a little deeper. It’s a dark, funny and witty tale. Some of the scenes are very creepy, just giving you a fair warning. But I personally LOVE creepy “children’s” cartoons. Those are the best! Not only is the story and artwork of the series great, the music is fantastic too. The whole show has a fantastic soundtrack that’s mainly inspired by early 20th-century Americana, though it takes the time to include opera and showtune-style pieces as well. I highly suggest giving the soundtrack a listen! Both the songs and the instrumental music (it’s available as a whole album on Spotify btw! I listen to it constantly. Into the Unknown is so beautiful.. *shudders*).
You might be thinking, Emilie- this is all very beautiful and sounds interesting, but can I watch it now? Isn’t it better to wait for autumn? Well young padawan. You could wait and postpone the experience of a lifetime, or just watch it now! I say there isn’t a right time of year to watch this, just watch it whenever you feel like it. It will, however, make you very excited for autumn with all of the pumpkins, beautiful rustic colors etc.
I’ll restrain myself and stop the rambling here. I hope I’ve convinced you to watch this beautiful show. Trust me, you will not regret it. And please DM me if you’ve/when you’ve watched it so we can talk about and discuss it!
Autumnal greetings from the Unknown,
Psst. Can we just talk about these OTGW inspired pins by TinyForester? How ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIDORABLE (yes that is now a word) ARE THEY?