Apparently, Cartoon Network has never had an animated miniseries. That changes next week, when Over the Garden Wall premieres.
Over the Garden Wall is the creation of Adventure Time storyboard artist, writer and creative director Patrick McHale, and was developed from an award-winning animated short he produced called Tome of the Unknown.
The miniseries features the voice talent of Elijah Wood and Collin Dean as brothers Wirt and Greg, who find themselves lost in a mysterious forest and must find their way home.
Wood, of course, you know as Frodo in the big-screen trilogy treatment of The Lord of the Rings. Dean has appeared in Fox’s sitcom The War at Home as well as Hotel Transylvania, and is a Gilbert resident. The East Valley Tribune recently interviewed the 9-year-old actor about his role in the upcoming miniseries and other work.
Christopher Lloyd also stars as a wise old Woodsman, and Two and a Half Men’s Melanie Lynskey is a cranky bluebird. Both characters reportedly aid Wirt and Greg in their travels.
The miniseries’ storybook look was inspired by folk art and classical illustrations, and its soundtrack includes songs rooted in Americana as well as guest voices including Chris Isaak, Bebe Neuwirth, John Cleese, Tim Curry and others.
The 10-part miniseries will premiere at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, and unfold over five consecutive evenings on Cartoon Network.