Since this past year, I’ve been slacking off on watching various shows/movies. Sounds kinda funny considering I’m all about reviewing movies and shows too, right? Needless to say, I’ve been catching up on tons of content I’ve missed for a while; whether that be through video release or the divine gift to the masses that some people refer to as “Netflix”. Among those things was a charming animated dark faerie tale called “Over the Garden Wall.” This mini-series/movie (either works, depending on who you ask) involves two boys lost in a strange otherworld full of anachronistic people, horrible creatures, and some really catchy music numbers.
It’s not exactly easy to nail down what Over the Garden Wall is. Is it comical or dramatic? Is it merely an homage to the works of yesteryear or the expectation of tomorrow? Is it a tongue-in-cheek folktale or something right out of The Twilight Zone? And this doesn’t even cover a lot of the mini-series’ countless mysteries that countless fans are still trying to figure out. That combined with the questions above, people are still coming back for more. From a small cult hit to a recognized Emmy winning masterpiece, it’s likely one that will endure for a while yet. But this begs the question, why? Well, I’ll certainly do my best to try to figure it out!
NOTE: This review contains heavy spoilers. While this mini-series has been out for almost a year and was recently released on DVD, you have been warned.
One could say we’re living in a new animation renaissance! Great new cartoons have breached the age old “Animation Age Ghetto” that lasted from the ’70s into the late ’00s… at least one could debate. One of the cartoons that I think broke the mold was Adventure Time! On the surface, it’s a goofy tale of a boy and his really weird dog. But really, there is so much more to the show than that!
Speaking of which, does that synopsis remind you of anything? Because it should! Adventure Time is basically “A Boy and His Dog” meets light-hearted faerie tale adventure. When the series first revealed to be after a supernaturally-driven nuclear apocalypse, I was stunned. The show had teased it everywhere! Nuclear bomb casings, leftovers of old society, you name it! It wasn’t until season two when they really exploited it beyond some cameo easter eggs, in my opinion. But, the show isn’t great for an awesome back story, it’s great for so much more. The awesome back story for the world is my excuse to write about Adventure Time during Nuclear Apocalypse month!
But, back on topic, Adventure Time is truly a unique show. The characters have developed in a lot of interesting directions over time. And dare I say, most of them have grown up a little from all the experiences they’ve come across. Now, I’m biased towards the character story driven episodes, as I feel they really pushed the show beyond goofball slapstick adventure. The show has made me laugh, cry, jump in fright, and even fume in rage. Sometimes, this happened all in the same episode! But no matter, Adventure Time has proven that it can display a wide variety of themes, emotions, and concepts.
So… Come along with me and the butterflies and bees. We can wander through the forest and do so as we please… Where was I? Oh yeah, my top (and bottom) Adventure Time episodes; in lists of 5 no less! Let’s take my warped opinions with a grain of salt and travel to the magical land of Ooo!
Please enjoy another review from the Vaults. Yes, this was back when I thought going by “Necrotik” was edgy and stuff… Old shame? No matter, enjoy!
“ANGRY BUNNEH KNOWS DA TRUFF!” – A tired me trying to be funny while watching this.
Collaboration with my werewolf friend!