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Over the Garden Wall 

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Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.
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Top Rated TV #54 | Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Elijah Wood ...  Wirt / ... 10 episodes, 2014
Collin Dean ...  Gregory / ... 10 episodes, 2014
Melanie Lynskey ...  Beatrice 8 episodes, 2014
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Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.

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English

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3 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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(10 parts)

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16:9 HD
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Although being the main antagonist, the Beast only appears for four episodes. See more »

Quotes

Greg: Look, it's full of black turtles! We're turtle rich!
Greg: [concerned] Y'know, it's kinda funny finding a basket of turtles in an abandoned house, huh?
Wirt: Ha ha, yeah. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...!
Wirt: Greg, not that kind of funny.
Greg: Huh?
[realizing]
Greg: Oh.
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Crazy Credits

The name of Greg's frog listed during the end credits changes each episode based on the running gag that Greg keeps renaming it. See more »

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Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Elijah Wood (2017) See more »

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Nothing's perfect, but this comes close.
7 August 2017 | by benjaminburtSee all my reviews

Over the Garden Wall is a very impressive show. Almost everything is pitch-perfect. It has excellent voice acting, a unique and permeating mood, and it didn't over-stay its welcome.

What most impressed me about Over the Garden Wall is both the atmosphere and themes that the show holds. It has a very Kafka-esque feel to it, and the show is excellent at asking existentialist questions. We are purposefully never told Wirt's motivation, aside from 'getting home,' and each episode begins with little-to-no segue from the previous episode, leading us to question if we are going forward or moving backward from our goal. The dreamlike tone matches perfectly, with odd and off-putting parts of the universe just taken at face value, with no explanation. Just for example, there is an episode where a school-teacher runs a school for animals. After class, she instructs the students to go to bed. The animals pass through a doorway, then there's a cut-away to them entering a doorway wearing nighties. Wirt, too, is there, but the transition is so quick and so dreamlike, yet we take it at face value.

Consider another thing: we never see Wirt eat, and Greg eats only once - a spoonful of potatoes. What a small touch, but despite witnessing several shot of food set before them, we only once see any put into their mouths. Eating, surprisingly enough, often grounds a person in reality.

Another moment that impressed was when Wirt and Greg entered the tavern with people who identified themselves by an occupation or label. The people identify Wirt as 'the Pilgrim, master of his own destiny,' yet this contradicts what we have seen over and over, that Wirt doesn't take control of situations, and is mostly stumbling along from one place to another and playing it by ear.

The only thing I could critique the show on is the animation. It espouses the modern style of having your computer-generated characters walk across mostly still backgrounds. It makes the main characters seem a little rubbery and lifeless at times. But, that's pretty typical for modern animation. I guess I also rolled my eyes at the 'liar-reveal' story of Beatrice, but it didn't take away much from the miniseries as a whole.

I don't believe that any piece of art should ever be considered perfect, as there are always ways to improve. Nevertheless, I believe Over the Garden Wall is superb, telling a charming, folksy story with excellent voice acting, mood, setting, direction, and music.


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