Patrick McHale (artist)

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Patrick McHale
Patrick McHale in 2014 at New York Comic Con - Photo By Peter Dzubay.jpg
McHale at 2014 NYCC
Patrick Nolen McHale

(1983-11-17) November 17, 1983 (age 35)
OccupationAnimator, storyboard artist, filmmaker, writer, creative director
Years active2007–present
Known forThe Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
Adventure Time
Over the Garden Wall

Patrick Nolen "Pat" McHale (born November 17, 1983) is an American writer, storyboard artist, animator, songwriter and independent filmmaker. He is best known for being a writer and creative director on the animated series Adventure Time[1] for Cartoon Network, which he contributed to during its first five seasons, and creating his own Emmy Award-winning mini-series, Over the Garden Wall.[2] along with being the creative detector on Adventure Time, he also did storyboard In between‘s for the show. For example, he would over look most of the storyboards from season’s 1-3. Doing episodes like, “What is Life?”, “The Other Tarts”, “Death in Bloom”, and so much more.

Life and career[edit]

Early career[edit]

McHale graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006 with a BFA in Character Animation. He began his professional career at Cartoon Network Studios in 2007, as writer and storyboard artist on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. He helped to create ten episodes in total.[3] The one-shot character Punsie McKale was inspired by and modeled after McHale.

After leaving Flapjack, he joined fellow CalArts alum and Flapjack storyboard artist Pendleton Ward to help develop Ward's Adventure Time short into an animated series. Once the show got picked up, McHale stayed on board as the show's creative director through the show's second season. He then moved to New York City with his wife and fellow filmmaker Jiwook Kim. He continued to freelance for the show in the capacity of writing some songs and providing input on story outlines. This lasted until the middle of season five.

Tome of the Unknown and Over the Garden Wall[edit]

In October 2011, he started work on the eight-minute animated short Tome of the Unknown,[4] which was produced as part of Cartoon Network's Shorts Development Program. Unlike the other pilots, released online on Cartoon Network Video, the film was selected to be showcased during the festival circuit throughout 2013 and early 2014. It received The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.[5]

The short became the basis for a ten-part miniseries Over the Garden Wall, which premiered over five consecutive nights in November 2014. Tome of the Unknown was streamed online in May 2015. McHale won a National Cartoonists Society Reuben award[6] as the creator of Over the Garden Wall, in the category for TV Animation.[7] The series won an Emmy for Best Animated Program.[8] That same year, McHale's Over the Garden Wall won Best Animated Feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.[9]

In 2016, McHale received an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids as the creator and a writer of the Over the Garden Wall comic book featuring the characters first appearing in the television series.[8]

Other works[edit]

In early 2015, McHale self-published his first short novel, Bags, via Etsy.[10]

In 2015, Frederator Studios announced that McHale would direct an 11-minute adaption of Costume Quest.[11]

In 2017, director Guillermo del Toro announced that McHale is co-writing the script to del Toro's stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio.[12]


Short films[edit]


Year Title Role
2007–2008 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Writer and storyboard artist
Adventure Time Creative director (Seasons 1–2), story, writer and storyboard artist ("The Enchiridion!")
2014 Over the Garden Wall Creator, executive producer, story, writer, storyboard artist and songwriter
2015–2016 Gravity Falls Voice role as Hectorgon; 3 episodes


Year Title Role
2014 Blackford Manor[14] Writer and voice director
2019 Costume Quest[11] Director


  1. ^ "Adventure Time (TV Series 2010–2018)".
  2. ^ "Patrick McHale". IMDb.
  3. ^ "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (TV Series 2008–2010)".
  4. ^ "Tome of the Unknown (2013)".
  5. ^ "2014 Award Winning Films Announced". 9 February 2014.
  6. ^ "'Song of the Sea,' 'Over the Garden Wall' Win Reubens". 26 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Reuben Awards Winners 2015".
  8. ^ a b "Over The Garden Wall". Television Academy.
  9. ^ "'Small People with Hats,' 'Over the Garden Wall' Top Ottawa 2015". 19 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Patrick McHale on Etsy". Etsy.
  11. ^ a b Moser, Cassidee (15 May 2015). "Adventure Time Studio Creating Costume Quest Cartoon".
  12. ^ "Guillermo del Toro's Stop-Motion Movie 'Pinocchio' Adds 'Over the Garden Wall' Creator". 23 January 2017.
  13. ^ "'The Zombie' by Patrick McHale". 27 July 2016.
  14. ^ CartoonHangover (28 August 2014). "NEW CARTOON: "Blackford Manor" (Cartoon Hangover Shorts # 10)" – via YouTube.

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