Over the Garden Wall (2014)
Description: Somewhere, lost in the clouded annals of history, lies a place that few have seen. A mysterious place called The Unknown… Two Brothers, Wirt and Greg find themselves lost in the strange woods, adrift in a time. With the help of a shadowy Woodsmen and a foul-tempered bluebird named Beatrice, they travel through the foggy land in Hope of finding a way home.
Creators: Katie Krentz, Patrick McHale
Stars: Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey
All of the names that Gregory (Collin Dean) names his lucky frog (Jack Jones) are: Kitty, Wirt, Wirt, Jr., George Washington, Mr. President, Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Cucumber, Greg, Jr., Skipper, Ronald, and Jason Funderberker.
The phase of the moon in the show was meant to match up with the phase of the moon on the night each episode originally aired.
In episode two, “Chapter 2: Hard Times at the Huskin’ Bee”, Gregory (Collin Dean), Wirt (Elijah Wood), and Beatrice (Melanie Lynskey) pass through Pottsfield, a town full of skeletons. This is a portmanteau of Potter’s Field, a term for a graveyard for people who can not afford to buy a burial plot.
There were originally supposed to be eighteen episodes.
The first mini-series created by Cartoon Network.
Originally, the Unknown was supposed to be a Limbo world, and The Beast (Samuel Ramey) was supposed to be a guide for Wirt (Elijah Wood) and Gregory (Collin Dean) to bring them back to life.
After the opening titles in each episode, a distant train horn can be heard. The boys meet this train in episode nine, “Chapter 9: Into the Unknown”.
Based on the award-winning animated short Tome of the Unknown (2013).
Although Wirt (Elijah Wood) and Gregory (Collin Dean) arrive in The Unknown on Halloween and return to the real world only a few seconds later at the end of the mini-series, it was originally planned for the boys to come back on Christmas day.
During the epilogue at the end of episode ten, “Chapter 10: The Unknown”, Lorna (Shannyn Sossamon) can be seen reading a book called, “The Tome of the Unknown”, which is also the name of the short story on which this mini-series was based.