From fairy tale tropes to singing frogs, to witches and heroic quests, this quaint, animated miniseries captures the feeling of a perfectly whimsical eternal autumn. At ten episodes, each only twelve minutes long, OTGW is a quick, extremely satisfying watch.
The animation is simple, with bright, autumnal colors and unique character designs; it is used to the fullest to inject a heavy dose of fantastic realism into an otherwise realistic narrative. The music for the series was well chosen and well written and fit each character or sequence beautifully. I believe that I’ve listened to The Highway Man’s Song at least twenty times.
The narrative itself is surprisingly bittersweet and optimistic, even as it follows a loose outline of Dante’s Inferno and includes elements of traditional Halloween horror stories.Besides being cute and fun to watch, it’s unique and engaging, allowing the viewer to simply sit back and enjoy the show for what it is: a whimsical Halloween themed fairy tale.
It’s especially poignant if you have siblings.
The villain of the series is exactly my favorite type of monster – a force of nature, inhuman creature, that allows its power to speak for it, rather than acting as a human villain. The Beast is vaguely reminiscent of Nyarlathotep in design, though it may be a coincidence.
Overall, this series was wonderful to watch, and I’ve rewatched it many times. It may be light on the horror, but the atmosphere is so distinctly Halloween and so pleasantly whimsical that it remains interesting all the way to the end, which satisfies everyone.