I have spent the past 24 hours being absolutely blown away by the animated mini-series Over the Garden Wall by Patrick McHale with Cartoon Network.
It's utterly fantastic. The american folk vibe, and eery (sometimes honestly terrifying) currents that run through it invoke a sense of Southern Gothic thrill and German fairy-tale wonder. The atmosphere is thick as molasses, and I can't remember being so swept away in an animated world since I saw Cat Soup for the first time when I was thirteen.
The acting and the writing come together perfectly, making it funny and relatable, while managing to be deeply touching and haunting. Elijah Wood and Christopher Lloyd make up just a sample of the awesome voice talent bringing life to this story.
The 1940s/1950s cartoon energy is something that has been long missing in mainstream animated programming, and the staggering talent in the animation reveals itself in the most subtle and elegant ways.
The few hours I spent watching this 11 episode mini-series is the best animation experience I have had in years. Highly recommended.