A masterclass of art and autumn pilgrimage
Take your potatoes and your molasses, we talk about Over The garden wall one of my favorite series, and in all fairness, one of the best short-lived series ever. The main characters of Wirt and Greg, followed by what I would call travel companions, Beatrice the Blue Bird and Jason Funderburker (Greg’s Frog), are on a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage can be summed up as “a journey, often to an unknown or foreign place, where a person sets out in search of a new or expanded meaning about oneself, about others, about nature or about a higher good, through experience ”. This journey through the series is a fantastic example of how television can transport us to an experience of art, comedy, and fall joy.
From the Serie’ the description: “Somewhere, lost in the obscure annals of history, is a place few have seen. A mysterious place called The Unknown … Two brothers, Wirt and Greg find themselves lost in the strange woods, adrift in the With the help of a shadowy lumberjack and an angry bluebird named Beatrice, they travel through the misty land in hopes of finding a way home. “
From the often cheerful to haunting soundtrack to the animation style, Above the garden wall is a master class on “fall vibes” or the fall aesthetic that makes you want to live in a cabin surrounded by moss, dark leaves, and at least one babbling brook. Take the second episode, for example. It’s a perfect take on the weird but wonderful orange undertones of the pumpkins that city dwellers use for faces and bodies. A touching look at the transcendent part of life that is the inevitability of death, not only from the dialogue but from the way these Pottsfield characters are drawn. They look like period Halloween decorations and artwork, a kind of throwback to 1920s aesthetics mixed with New England-inspired fall vibes. And no matter the destination, the characters of Above the garden wall present a piece of it all in the stages of their pilgrimage.
The actors lending their voices to this series, from Elijah wood like Wirt to Christophe lloyd like The Woodsman, are obviously included in what makes it all come together so well. The voices match so well with the way the story is presented, the way the characters develop over the episodes, and how it really presents the personality in the mix of a pilgrim’s journey, especially the Wirt’s journey.
For me, I focus on three main characters of Above the garden wall (Wirt, Greg & Beatrice) as a perfectly realized representation of different but important versions of a pilgrimage. Greg represents the freedom of childhood, Wirt represents the confusion and sometimes distrust of childish behavior that can occur growing up, and Beatrice represents an age after Wirt who left behind a curious nature and the joy of a journey. instead of gravitating towards familiarity and respect for the social expectations of adulthood (every man for himself only). These three characters work so well together, exchanging ideas and expectations about each other, forcing each other to think about something they otherwise wouldn’t have. As a creator, Patrick McHale (also, a big thumbs up to the developer of the series, Katie krentz) would describe the series as the brothers visiting small pockets of stories, it makes sense that each has an individual piece or lesson that they bring to the pilgrimage that Wirt is going through. Trying to find a way out and back home, he is stuck between two parts of himself, one that embraces childhood and adolescence and the other that eagerly awaits the independence that comes with it. adulthood.
The music of Above the garden wall is a character in itself, the energy brought by the beautifully haunting melody of some jazz sounds and great bands mixed with folk tones, all thanks to the composers Josh kaufman and Justin rubenstein. The vocal talents of Jack Jones singing could turn any green leaf into a beautiful shade of orange and I would suddenly wear a sweater while shopping for decorations at a vintage store. Inspiration for visuals in moments as iconic as The Highwayman comes from past performances such as Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher, besides being sung by the talented Jerron “The Blind Boy” Paxton. Besides the fantastic song and composition, seeing frogs dancing slowly in large clothes on a river boat will always fill my heart with joy.
Similar to the vibes of the song “Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants, Above the garden wall connects with those who find a deep love for visuals and characters. I feel like I’m on my own journey with them, even after my hundredth viewing. For a series to relate to an audience in the same way that a painting or a song can say the same about the importance of every detail. I get tattoos for random things, but mostly my series loves like Twin peaks To fuzzy area, and the next on my list would be based on Above the garden wall. It’s time for people to realize the cultural impact that a show like this has had and will continue to have year after year, fall after fall. In Greg’s words, a wise kid wearing a tea kettle, “Isn’t it like that?”, Now with love, will watch Above the garden wall you pumpkin obsessed bastards!