Cartoon Network’s 2014 miniseries Over the Garden Wall has aged into required fall viewing. Swirling together early-20th-century designs, folk music, and an earth-tone color palette, the show’s nine episodes are the animated embodiment of an autumnal chill in the air. While creator Patrick McHale continued the story in a series of comic book one-shots and limited runs, the original odyssey, which followed lost brothers Wirt and Greg as they navigated a parallel world known as the Unknown, remains the ideal, and it overflowed with visuals and original songs.
So even a morsel more of Over the Garden Wall would be something of a treat — and this year, fans are in luck.
On Tuesday, The Blasting Company, Justin Petrojvic and Josh Petrojvic’s “nouveau-gypsy band” and the suppliers of Over the Garden Wall’s memorable tunes, released a new EP of song “sketches” from the show’s production that have never seen the light of day.
Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of OTGW's release 6 years ago, we will be releasing 6 songs that never made it into the show. They are just sketches, not fully produced. We will be releasing them on Nov. 3 https://t.co/XLDsP3y6tX— The Blasting Company (@blastingcompany) November 1, 2020
The release includes six new tracks: “When Me and My Brother Had a Row,” “Accordion Lullaby,” “The Tithing Man,” “Sketch of the Unknown,” “The Blacksmith’s Song,” and “Wirt’s Clarinets.” The songs range from short 30-second sound experiments to a three-minute piano ditty that rambles through the shadowy, pastoral paths of the Unknown.
After creating the series, McHale went on to direct an adaptation of the game Costume Quest for Amazon. His next credit is as a co-writer of Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio. But could there be more Over the Garden Wall in the future?
In a new interview with Inverse, McHale says that he doubts he’d ever make another Over the Garden Wall miniseries, “but there’s a sort of spiritual successor that I absolutely want to make. I love the miniseries format. It can be very grueling making a TV show, so it’s nice when there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Over the Garden Wall is currently streaming on Hulu.