Intergalactic warrior Star Butterfly arrives on Earth to live with the Diaz family. She continues to battle villains throughout the universe and high school, mainly to protect her extremely powerful wand, an object that still confuses her.
The offbeat adventures of Courage, a cowardly dog who must overcome his own fears to heroically defend his unknowing farmer owners from all kinds of dangers, paranormal events and menaces that appear around their land.
Christopher Lloyd and Elijah Wood appeared in Back to the Future Part II (1989). See more »
Now, to find someplace to wait out this rain.
[about an abandoned house]
As long as it's not that old, broken down...
[cutting Greg off]
[seeing the house Greg was talking about]
It's perfect! C'mon Greg!
[Wirt starts running off toward the house]
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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 »
an awesome work of imagination for kids and adults
As I was watching Over the Garden Wall with some friends, I found
myself commenting, more than once, how charming this would be/is for
kids. It's got anthropomorphic creations (birds and horses and other
things that talk, pumpkin-headed farmers, frogs in a band on a
river-bank, magical and funny and weird dreams, or a dream, from a
child), and yet it has a sophistication to the writing that kids
appreciate; one might think that they will only take in the
lowest-common denominator - put on whatever, it's fine, it's for kids -
but this is smart stuff. This is also really great for adults, the ones
at least who can tap a little into their childhood sense of awe,
because of the humor and irreverence. Over the Garden Wall is like
taking Adventure Time, transferring the other-worldly into early 20th
century Americana, folk tales, even some Alice in Wonderland (the
structure for me is very Wonderland, especially with a young character
getting lost and on a series of episodes), and adding some songs as
well that are reflective of the period.
The story follows Wirt and Gregory (Elijah Wood and the young Collin
Dean, who has been on Adventure Time a couple of times), brothers who
seem to be lost in the woods and are trying to find their way home.
Their main adversary appears to be 'The Beast', who is being stalked by
the Woodsman (Christopher Lloyd in a wonderful part - you can't always
tell if he's good or bad or both). As one can imagine, or hope for, a
lot of wild and crazy things happen to these young people, such as the
pumpkin farmers (what are they digging for in the farm?), the frogs on
the boat (and suddenly there may be some singing from Gregory's frog,
who's name always changes), and John Cleese as both the possibly
deranged landowner of a spooky mansion and an old woman. Even Tim Curry
gets a good character as 'Auntie Whispers', who is 'protecting' her
niece, a possessed girl.
The creators of 'Garden Wall' suffuse many scenes with some nightmarish
moments, but it's all with a light, absurd touch, and a lot of this is
helped immensely by Collin Dean's performance and the writing for the
character of Gregory. This is a little kid who has zero filter; he'll
say the truth of something no matter what, even if it's a moment
(especially if it is) when the smart thing would be to lie or shut up.
That's where so much humor comes in - also watch and listen how he
sings ever so cheerfully at times - since in many scenes Wert is trying
to get by on a fib or a lie or a trick, or doesn't have that sense of
boundless optimism. It's one of the most charming acting voices for an
animated character in as long as I can remember, and accentuated by the
gigantic pupils - made to make him look cute as a button - and
head-gear (he's an elephant, after all!)
There's a real sense of play and, equally, danger (the final episode
with the Beast, Auntie Curry), and I found myself laughing a lot, but I
also found I took this story a little more seriously than I would an
Adventure Time or something else with Patrick McHale's name on it. It
takes from some folk tales and fairy tales, but it has an identity all
its own. It's creepy and weird and adorable and heartfelt, and it
carries both the awe and innocence of being a little kid and the
disillusionment of being a teenager like Wert. And did I mention the
songs are a lot of fun and contribute to the atmosphere? It's like
taking in old ragtime songs (some of the time) and giving them an
animated, pop-up book feel. It's tremendous, semi-subversive stuff for
kids, and a joy for adults.
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