I’d like to take a moment to talk about something important to me.
When people think about cartoons, they often think Spongebob or Looney Tunes. Which is fine, because these are great programs, but right now we’re in the middle of a cartoon renaissance. Especially on Cartoon Network.
These guys are pushing some serious artistic boundaries. Aside from heavy hitters, Adventure Time and Regular Show. They’ve got a host of other great shows. Steven Universe, Clarence, and many others are not only brilliantly funny but contain some beautiful artwork as well. These shows tackle some personal subjects and don’t shy from teaching people a thing or two about being human.
Cartoon Network recently premiered a mini-series called Over the Garden Wall. It’s simultaneously heartfelt, adorable, terrifying, hilarious and overall, extremely well crafted.
I was, in short, blown away by the series. It’s got some great casting, Elijah Wood being a headliner of sorts.
The series sports an interesting style, it is at times reminiscent of older 50’s era cartoons, and at others, more modern. It’s wonderfully written and follows the story of two young brothers lost in a dark and increasingly more gothic forest. Along the way they encounter some fascinating characters, some so bizarre and creepy that describing them here would spoil the fun.
The show gets pretty dark too. Like really dark. It’s great. Just go watch it.
I hear the creator Pat McHale confirmed a second series? Just kidding, but I hope so. (Perhaps not a second series, but I figure the reception of OTGW might open the door to a longer form production.)
So, what I’m trying to say is, if you don’t watch cartoons because you think it’s childish or whatever, this series might change your mind. Or don’t I guess, but surely you’d be missing out on something truly special.