Over the Garden Wall, a recommendation

While not strictly Lovecraftian, I’d like to offer my strong recommendation of the recently released animated mini-series “Over the Garden Wall” on the Cartoon Network.  Here’s the wikipedia summary of the plot –

The series centers around two brothers, Wirt and Greg, who become lost in a strange forest called the Unknown. In order to find their way home, the two must travel across the forest, adrift in time, with the help of the {suspicious} Woodsman and Beatrice, an irritable bluebird who travels with the boys in order to undo a curse that has affected her whole family.

I fear you will read this and think it hopelessly twee, but in reality it draws from a deep wellspring of folklore and especially 19th century Americana, foregrounding the some of the more macabre and terrible undercurrents of that era, and packaging it in a beautifully animated world of perpetual Autumn.  (Avoid the episode descriptions on wikipedia as they give away major plot points!)  Call of Cthulhu aficionados should take special note of episode 2 – Hard Time at the Huskin’ Bee for a particularly New England horror.  Likewise, the Beast is a genuinely eerie and malevolent force that should inspire all manner of ideas in presenting certain Mythos entities.  Keepers looking for Dreamlands inspiration might find some help here as well.  The whole of the series (all ten 12 minute episodes) is available on iTunes and likely elsewhere.  I enjoyed it immensely.

One comment on “Over the Garden Wall, a recommendation

  1. Agreed! This was an absolutely wonderful series…

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