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Alex Hirsch

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Alex Hirsch
Alex Hirsch and Grunkle Stan puppet at San Diego Comic-Con International 2013.jpg
Born Alexander Robert Hirsch
(1985-06-18) June 18, 1985 (age 32)
Piedmont, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles
Nationality American
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Storyboard artist, producer, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active 2008–present

Alexander Robert "Alex" Hirsch[1] (born June 18, 1985) is an American animator, storyboard artist, voice actor, and television producer. He is best known as the creator of the Disney XD animated television series Gravity Falls, where he voices some of the characters. He has previously worked as a storyboard artist on the Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and the Disney Channel series Fish Hooks.

Career

Hirsch is most known for creating the series Gravity Falls for the Disney Channel. He provides the voice of Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man McGucket and Bill Cipher, as well as many other minor characters featured throughout the show.

Hirsch first started out as a writer and storyboard artist for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, where he worked alongside and befriended fellow animators J. G. Quintel (who would go on to create Regular Show) and Pendleton Ward (who would go on to create Adventure Time).

Hirsch later moved on to be the writer, storyboard artist and creative consultant for Fish Hooks, which he also developed for television alongside Maxwell Atoms, where he portrays Clamantha, her father, Fumble, one of the fish police and a Ferret.[2]

In 2013, Hirsch provided the voice of Officer Concord the Juice Time Juice Box Flavor Cop in the "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror" episode of Phineas and Ferb, also on Disney Channel.[3]

In late 2015, Hirsch provided a cameo in the music video for "Dance Bitch" by Allie Goertz.[4]

On January 6, 2016, Variety revealed that Hirsch signed a development deal with Fox Broadcasting Company to make a new animated series.[5]

It was revealed on August 16, 2016 that Hirsch is now co-writing the new live-action Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu alongside Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel writer Nicole Perlman.[6][7]

Personal life

Gravity Falls was inspired by Hirsch's own childhood experiences with his twin sister during their summer vacations. He places many of his real-life experiences in the show, like living in Piedmont and trick-or-treating with his sister as kids.[8] Mabel Pines, one of the lead characters of Gravity Falls, was inspired by his twin sister, Ariel Hirsch.[2] In the series Mabel gets a pet pig, just like his sister had always wanted when she was a kid.[9]

Hirsch is a graduate of Piedmont High School. In 2002, as a junior, he won the high school's annual bird-calling contest and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, demonstrating the call of the great blue heron.[10]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Director Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
2006 Off the Wall[11] Yes Yes Yes Yes Wallby Short film
Imaginary Friend[12] Yes Yes Yes Yes Wally
2018 Untitled animated Spider-Man film No No Yes No Story writer
TBA Detective Pikachu[6] No No Yes No First live-action feature film involvement

Television

Year Title Producer Writer Storyboard
artist
Actor Role Notes
2008–2009 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack No Yes Yes No
2010–2014 Fish Hooks No Yes Yes Yes Clamantha
Fumble
Additional voices
Also creative consultant and co-developer
2012–2016 Gravity Falls Yes Yes Yes Yes Grunkle Stan
Soos Ramirez
Old Man McGucket
Bill Cipher
Additional voices
Creator, writer and executive producer
2013 Phineas and Ferb No No No Yes Officer Concord Episode: "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror"
2015 Rick and Morty No No No Yes Toby Matthews Episode: "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez"
2016 Wander Over Yonder No No No Yes Old Man
Soosy Du
Additional voices
Episode: "The Cartoon"

Video games

Year Title Role
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Additional voices
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Additional voices[13]

References

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  2. ^ a b "Disney Channel Medianet". Disney Channel Medianet. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Alex Hirsch – Voice Actor Profile at Voice Chasers". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  4. ^ Katz, Jessie (January 6, 2016). "'Rick and Morty' Cartoon Now Has Its Own Dance Concept Album". Billboard.com. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 6, 2016). "'Gravity Falls' Creator Alex Hirsch Developing Animated Series at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Chitwood, Adam (August 16, 2016). "'Pokemon' Movie Lands Marvel Vet Nicole Perlman, Alex Hirsch as Writers". Collider. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  7. ^ Pedersen, Erik (December 14, 2016). "Legendary Taps Herbert W. Gains As EVP Physical Production, Hires Two SVPs". Deadline. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Adams, Erik. "Gravity Falls' Alex Hirsch previews the show's new season by recapping its first". AV Club. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Larsen, Peter. "'Gravity Falls' brings quirky comedy to Disney Channel". The Orange Country Register. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Alex Hirsch on Twitter". Twitter. 
  11. ^ "Disney Channel Medianet". 
  12. ^ "Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) – Imaginary Friend". 
  13. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 

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