Gravity Falls is an American animated television series created by Alex Hirsch, produced by Disney Television Animation originally for Disney Channel from June 15, 2012, to February 15, 2016.
Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle, Grunkle Stan Pines, in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Grunkle Stan has the kids help him run The Mystery Shack, the tourist trap that he owns. The twins try to adapt to the weird surroundings but sense that there is something strange about Gravity Falls and begin to unlock its secrets. When Dipper uncovers a cryptic journal that offers insight into the town's mysteries, he and Mabel use it and their enthusiastic desire to vanquish evil to battle the imminent mysteries that surround them.
Why It Mysteriously Rocks
- The animation is beautiful, as if it was similar to Regular Show, but with enhanced visuals.
- Very likable and unique characters, such as Dipper, Mabel, Stan, Ford and Wendy.
- Handyman Soos is a hilarious and entertaining comic relief who also shows off-beat intelligence and does what he knows is right.
- Intelligent, mature and witty humor.
- Unlike Phineas and Ferb, (although that's a great show too) episodes don't follow the same formula all over again and they all actually feel rather unique.
- Great writing and very creative episodes, such as Not What He Seems, The Last Mabelcorn, Northwest Mansion Mystery (MOST of the Gravity Falls fans ship Dipcifica thanks to this episode) and the Weirdmageddon three-parter finale.
- All-star voice actors, for example Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal.
- Has a great grasp on mystery, darkness, horror and adventure.
- Awesome villains, such as Bill Cipher and Gideon Gleeful.
- Entertaining action, such as the final battle in Weirdmageddon: Part 3.
- Clever hidden messages, such as Bill Cipher's final message and the codes in the ending credits of each episode.
- Laughable and Hilarious one-liners, such as "It's funny how dumb you are!".
- It not only focuses on the supernatural side, but it also focuses on the relatable growing pains of adolescence.
- Pretty solid intro.
- Funny parodies, such as Rumble McSkirmish, a parody of Ryu from Street Fighter.
- The background design is visually beautiful for being created in Photoshop.
- The series ended in a very high positive note in Weirdmageddon where all the characters get a nice conclusion to their stories.
- Gideon Gleeful is no longer evil.
- Bill Cipher is defeated for good (though he might return as stated in Bill Cipher's hidden message).
- Soos being in charge of the Mystery Shack while Stan and Ford went out together.
- Dipper and Mabel become teenagers, turning 13 while saying goodbye to their friends and heading home while they might visit each other next summer.
- Thanks to this, the crew members Matt Braly, Dana Terrace and Shion Takeuchi, made their own show called Amphibia, The Owl House, and the first upcoming Netflix adult animated series made by one of the crew members of the show, Inside Job.
- Includes content that feels out of place in a kids show, such as jumpscares, on-screen deaths and this.
- A few bad episodes, like Dipper vs. Manliness and Roadside Attraction, but even those aren't too bad.
- A few of the characters like Stanley, Dipper and Mabel can be unlikable occasionally because of their occasional selfishness, and the way they both treat Dipper, but Dipper himself can also be annoying at times and the way he treats his crush Wendy can be creepy occasionally.
- Bill Cipher was very underutilized, despite being the main antagonist. He's only appeared in seven episodes of the series. (Not counting as appearing as pictured)
- Since the show is animated at 23.976 frames per second, in different regions, the audio is sped up by 4% which made the characters mouths out of sync with their lines.
- Heck not only audio errors, the show suffers a lot from animation errors!
- Alex Hirsch used his own grandfather for the inspiration for Grunkle Stan, and derived "Grunkle" from his great aunt Lois insisting on people calling her "Graunty Lois."
- Alex Hirsch based the entire series from his childhood summers he would spend with his twin sister, Ariel.
- The Mystery Shack is based on the Oregon Vortex, a mystery attraction that Alex Hirsch visited while visiting Oregon during his college years.
- The character Dipper is based off the show's creator, Alex Hirsch, and the character Mabel is based off of his twin sister Ariel.
- According to Alex Hirsch, Dipper and Mabel's names are their parents' middle names.
- All the backgrounds for the show are created using Adobe Photoshop.
- The character Soos, is based off from an old college buddy of the show's creator, Alex Hirsch named Jésus Chambrot.
- Dipper and Mabel Pines are from Piedmont, California, the place where show creator, Alex Hirsch, is from.
- Giffany, a one time antagonist from the episode "Soos and the Real Girl", became a popular Disney villian and internet meme ever since the episode aired, possibly due to her anime inspiration, pixel art appearance and the pre-existing Gravity Falls fan base.
- Some of the characters in the show have taken inspiration from Alex Hirsch's family and friends. For example, Mabel is based on Alex Hirsch's twin sister, Ariel, Soos is based on his friend from college, Jesús Chambrot, and Alex used is own grandfather as an inspiration for Stan. Some of the locations in the show are based on Alex's expiriences as well, for example, The Mystery Shack is based on the Oregon Vortex, a tourist trap that Alex Hirsch encountered while visiting Oregon during his college years.
- The show is assumed to reside in a parallel universe to Rick and Morty, because Stan's coffee mug, notepad and pen fly through a portal Stan is monitoring in one episode, and the same three items are seen falling through a portal in the background in an episode of Rick and Morty.
- Unlike most Western animated TV series where characters have either 4 or 5 fingers, Gravity Falls manages to mix characters having either number.
- The show is very popular in Russia, to the point where Alex Hirsch himself attended a fan convention in Russia. It also has a large amount of fanart coming from Japanese and South Korean artists.
- It's quite popular in Canada and France as well.
- It should be noted that unlike many American comedies, it does not rely on the French Jerk sterotype as much. It does have some toilet humor, but not too much. It is a Disney made cartoon show after all.
- Many of the characters are remarkably smart, educated and observant. Which would appeal to the French. It also pokes fun at rich snobs, rednecks and high society, who are all Acceptable Targets in France.
- Anti-Americanism is commonplace and rather widespread in both Canada and France. Gravity Falls takes Eagleland type 2, (America the boorish) to a whole other level. That would explain it's general appeal in both countries.
- In 2017, the series was banned in Kenya for adult-oriented humor, including depictions of same-sex couples.
- In South Korea, the show is named: "Dipper and Mabel's Mystery Adventure".
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