“All That Was Lost Is Revealed”: Motifs and Moral Ambiguity in Over the Garden Wall

  title={“All That Was Lost Is Revealed”: Motifs and Moral Ambiguity in Over the Garden Wall},
  author={Kristiana Willsey},
  journal={Humanities research},
Pointedly nostalgic in both its source material and storytelling approach, Over the Garden Wall’s vintage aesthetic is not merely decorative, but ideological. The miniseries responds to recent postmodern fairy tale adaptations by stripping away a century of popular culture references and using motifs, not to invoke and upset increasingly familiar fairy tales, but as an artist’s palette of evocative, available images. In privileging imagery and mood over lessons, Over the Garden Wall captures… 
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