The atmospheric craftsmanship of Over the Garden Wall

over the garden wall

By Nathan Woodham

In October 2014, a 10-episode miniseries aired on Cartoon Network called Over the Garden Wall. It aimed to celebrate the Halloween season while telling an emotional and sometimes funny story about siblinghood.

The show stars characters Wirt (voiced by Elijah Wood) and his younger brother Greg (Collin Dean) as they make their way through a dark, surreal wood called The Unknown. There is a lot to be said about the adorable comedy, the visually disturbing antagonist, the haunting story and the pointed yet fitting message about familial love, but more than anything else, the series excels at creating atmosphere.  Continue reading