Gravity Falls

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Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls logo.png
Genre Mystery
Adventure[1]
Comedy[2]
Fantasy[2]
Created by Alex Hirsch
Directed by John Aoshima
Aaron Springer
Joe Pitt
Rob Renzetti
Matt Braly
Stephen Sandoval
Sunil Hall
Creative director(s) Michael Rianda (Season 1)
Voices of
Opening theme "Gravity Falls Main Title Theme",[4] composed by Brad Breeck
Composer(s) Brad Breeck
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 31 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Alex Hirsch
Producer(s) Tobias Conan Trost (line producer)
(season 1)
Brian Doell (line producer)
(season 2)
Rob Renzetti (supervising producer)
Running time 20-24 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Release
Original channel Disney Channel
Disney XD
Picture format 480i NTSC
1080i HDTV
Audio format Stereo
Original release June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15) – present (present)
External links
Website
Production website

Gravity Falls is an American animated television series created by animator Alex Hirsch[5] for Disney Channel, now on Disney XD. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines (voiced by Jason Ritter) and his twin sister Mabel (voiced by Kristen Schaal) in the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, while on summer vacation. At the start of the series, twins Dipper and Mabel are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle (or "Grunkle") Stan, in the mysterious town full of unexpected situations that involve various paranormal and supernatural creatures. 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 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 solve the imminent mysteries that surround them. The series officially premiered on the Disney Channel in the United States on June 15, 2012.[6][7][8]

Series creator Alex Hirsch first coined the concept for the show in an 11-minute low-budget student film which he made at the California Institute of the Arts.[9] Hirsch was called in to do a pitch for the Disney Channel for a show based on the short pilot.[9] The Disney Channel bought the idea and started airing the series in the summer of 2012. The series was inspired by Hirsch's own childhood experiences with his twin sister during their summer vacations.[10]

On May 31, 2014, it was announced that the second season would air on Disney XD and Disney Channel.[11] On June 14, 2014, it was confirmed that season 2 would premiere on August 1, 2014 on Disney Channel,[12] with the rest of the season airing first on Disney XD as Disney XD is considered the new home for the series.[13]

On June 12, 2015, it was announced that J.K. Simmons would be joining the main cast of the show as Stan's twin brother. It was also announced that the show would be returning for the second half of the second season on July 13, 2015 with the episode "A Tale of Two Stans".[3]

Overview[edit]

For their summer vacation, 12-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are dropped off from their home in Piedmont, California to the fictitious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to live with their Great Uncle Stan Pines (often shortened to Grunkle Stan). Things are not what they seem in this small town, and with the help of a mysterious journal that Dipper finds in the forest, they realize that their everyday lifestyle has changed. With appearances from Wendy Corduroy, Dipper's crush; Soos Ramirez, friend of Dipper and Mabel and handyman to Grunkle Stan; plus an assortment of other characters, Dipper and Mabel always have an intriguing day to look forward to.[14]

Cast and primary characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Dipper Pines (voiced by Jason Ritter)[14] – The 12-year-old[15] twin brother of Mabel Pines, but 5 minutes younger than Mabel.[16] He solves mysteries in Gravity Falls using a journal marked "3," which he discovered in the woods. Dipper has trouble sitting still and is restless in mundane situations. Other characters question his credibility because of his zeal. He is wise beyond his years and cannot wait to grow up and become a man. He sometimes overthinks possible scenarios and obsessively makes lists. Between seasons, Dipper hosted a series titled "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained." It is revealed in one episode that Dipper has a crush on Wendy. In another episode it is revealed that he likes bubblegum pop music. Dipper got his nickname from a birthmark on his forehead that is shaped like the Big Dipper. His real name has not yet been revealed.
  • Mabel Pines (voiced by Kristen Schaal)[14] – The 12-year-old[15] twin sister of Dipper Pines, Mabel is 5 minutes older than Dipper.[16] Mabel is an eccentric, buoyant, and an energetic optimist, who wears colorful sweaters and enjoys arts and crafts. Her outgoing personality often helps Dipper solve mysteries, though her silliness is often seen as a burden. Mabel enjoys preteen novels and seeks out romance stories, especially involving vampires. She once went out on a date with Li'l Gideon, but their romance did not continue after Li'l Gideon attempted to kill Dipper. In the episode "Irrational Treasure", Mabel is made an official U.S. congresswoman by the eighth-and-a-half president, Quentin Trembley, with a political platform of "legalizing everything". She wins a pet pig in the episode "The Time Traveler's Pig" and names it Waddles. She makes guest appearances in "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained," but also has her own series titled "Mabel's Guide to Life."
  • Stanford "Grunkle Stan" Pines (voiced by Alex Hirsch)[14] – The great uncle of Dipper and Mabel Pines, best characterized by his selfishness and abrasiveness. He runs and lives in The Mystery Shack, a tourist trap billed as "the world's most bizarre museum." Grunkle Stan is a salesman first and foremost, putting most of his effort into showmanship, and is eager to sell the Shack's wares at high prices. Because of his drive to make money, his methods of obtaining it aren't always legal. Stan wears a fez (the symbol on which has changed through the episodes), carries around an 8-ball topped cane, and infrequently wears an eyepatch over his glasses. He frequently sends the twins on what they consider to be outrageous errands, but he is protective of them and loves them unconditionally. Despite his age and physique, Stan is physically fit enough to fight back when threatened, even against Gravity Falls' monsters. Behind his vending machine, he has a hidden staircase containing a large hidden device powered by encrypted information in the three journals. Stan has the first journal, Li'l Gideon had the second, and Dipper has the third. Eventually, Stan collects all three after Li'l Gideon's arrest. He later returns the third journal back to Dipper.
  • Jesus "Soos" Alzamirano Ramirez (voiced by Alex Hirsch)[14] – The Hispanic handyman at the Mystery Shack. A friend of Dipper and Mabel, Soos is a portly, hamster-like, lovable man-child who desires to be where the action is. He often drives the twins around town when they need. He's rather clumsy, not the brightest in the group, and is often making mistakes. Despite this, he has a wide variety of talents, including engineering, DJ-ing and pinball, and enjoys bonding with Dipper by doing "boy stuff" such as heating hot dogs in a microwave until they explode. He says "dude" after almost every sentence. In "Blendin's Game," his birthday was revealed, July 13. It was also revealed he didn't have a healthy relationship with his father, and admires Stanford Pines as the father figure he lacked.
  • Wendy Corduroy (voiced by Linda Cardellini)[14] – A mellow, tomboyish, "cool" 15-year-old[17] girl who is a part-time employee at The Mystery Shack. She is Dipper's crush, and several episodes focus on his misguided attempts to impress her. Wendy has stated that she had many boyfriends in the past — so many, in fact, that there is one ex-boyfriend with whom she cannot remember ever breaking up with. Wendy is the oldest and tallest child in her family, and her father is Manly Dan, one of the local lumberjacks of Gravity Falls. She has many friends. Her most recent ex-boyfriend is Robbie, whom Dipper despises. Wendy almost always stands up for Dipper in front of Robbie.
  • Waddles (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) - Neil DeGrasse Tyson as guest) – Mabel's pet pig. She won Waddles at the fair, and ever since then the two have been inseparable. It is shown that Waddles enjoys spending time with Mabel just as much as she enjoys spending time with him. In "Summerween", Waddles allows Mabel and her friends Grenda and Candy to dress him up as a businessman and take humorously captioned pictures of him in the style of "lolcat" internet memes.
  • The Author (voiced by J.K. Simmons)[3] - Stan's six-fingered long-lost identical twin brother. He returns from an unknown and mysterious place through a portal underneath the Mystery Shack in "Not What He Seems" after thirty years. It is assumed that he has been missing since 1982.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 20 June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15) (preview)
June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29) (premiere)
August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)
2 TBA August 1, 2014 (2014-08-01) (Disney Channel)
August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04) (Disney XD)
TBA

Production[edit]

Gravity Falls is created and executive-produced Alex Hirsch, who came up with the concept for the show while studying at CalArts. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation. Set in the Pacific Northwest woods, the animated series features supernatural elements of adventure and mystery, inspired by the real-life summer trips shared by Hirsch and his twin sister while visiting relatives as kids.

"Mabel is going to be one of the breakout characters of the show. I really owe it to my sister and her many quirks. When we were growing up, my sister was obsessed with the boy band ’N Sync. She even broke her toe jumping up and down during one of their concerts. So, we did a show about a boy band, and of course, I had to get Lance Bass to do the voice of the singer. I had my sister fly down to meet him. She also always wanted to have a pet pig when we were kids, so I gave Mabel a pet pig on the show and she can live vicariously through her. She owes me big!"

The town of Gravity Falls was inspired by various towns and national parks in which Alex Hirsch has spent time, particularly Boring, Oregon. As Hirsch has commented, "We passed a sign for Boring, Oregon. We never went there, but I was positively enchanted with the idea that there was a town called Boring, Gravity Falls is partially from what I imagine Boring might be like. Or maybe the opposite of Boring, Oregon, would be Gravity Falls."[4]

Ciphers[edit]

At the end of every episode, there is a ciphered text in one of many substitution ciphers:

Season 1

  • Caesar cipher which is hinted at by a voice in the opening sequence, which played backwards says "three letters back",[18] this cipher was used in episodes 1-7
  • Atbash cipher which is announced in an episode in Caesar cipher that it will be used this time,[18] this cipher was used in episodes 7-13
  • A1Z26 cipher is a simple substitution cipher decoded by substituting the nᵗʰ letter of the alphabet for given number was used in episodes 14-19
  • A combined cipher is a mix of two or more ciphers seen in the show. The first time such cipher has been used is at the end of "Gideon Rises." It's solved by converting to letters using the A1Z26 cipher, then flipping the letters with the Atbash cipher, and finally by using the Caesar cipher. Season 2's combined ciphers start with the Vigenère cipher.
  • A substitution cipher where each letter is substituted with an integer that corresponds to the letter's place in the alphabet from 1 to 26.
  • A symbol cipher appears in the 2 part season finale. It also frequently appears in the journals. The symbols for J, Q, X, and Z are currently unknown.

Season 2

  • Vigenère cipher which is used in the end credits like all the other ciphers. The keyword for the cipher is hinted at by subtle clues in the episode. The voice at the end of the theme song hints at this cipher so when played backwards it says "Key Vigenère."

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Gravity Falls has received critical acclaim from television critics.[19] Brian Lowry of Variety stated, "The show has a breezy quality that should play to kids, and tickle some twinges of nostalgia among their parents." [20] Los Angeles Times Robert Lloyd referred to the program as "..gently twisted, with some Disneyfied action and heart-warming folded in".[21] In his review, David Hinckley of New York Daily News called Gravity Falls, "quirky and endearing", and offered praise for the character of Mabel Pines.[22] Matt Blum, writing for Wired, favorably compared the show to Cartoon Network's animated program Regular Show and Disney Channel's animated program Phineas and Ferb, hailing Gravity Falls as "clever, strange, and somewhat poignant".[23]

Ratings[edit]

A special preview of the series following the Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine was watched by 3.4 million viewers.[24] The series garnered high views on its fifth episode, which aired on July 13, 2012, and attracted 3.6 million viewers. On March 15, 2013, the episode "The Deep End" was watched by 4.5 million viewers after the premiere of Wizards of Waverly Place‍‍ '​‍s The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, becoming the highest rated episode of the series so far. WatchMojo.com ranked "Gravity Falls" as the third best cartoon of the 2010s.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 40th Annie Awards Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[25] Ian Worrel Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[26] Kristen Schaal Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show[27] Gravity Falls Nominated
41st Annie Awards Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience[28] Gravity Falls Nominated
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[28] John Aoshima Nominated
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production [28] Alonso Ramos-Ramirez Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television: Animation[29] Gravity Falls Nominated
PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Animated Series ”Gravity Falls” Nominated
Best Directing for an Animated Series “Gravity Falls” John Aoshima for “Tourist Trapped” Nominated
Best Writing for an Animated Series “Gravity Falls” Michael Rianda & Alex Hirsch for “The Inconveniencing” Nominated
Best Voice Actor in an Animated Series Alex Hirsch for “Gravity Falls” Nominated
Best Voice Actress in an Animated Series Kristen Schaal for “Gravity Falls” Nominated
Best Artistic/Visual Achievement in an Animated Series “Gravity Falls” Phil Rynda (production design), Ian Worrel (art direction), Chris Houghton & ‘C’ Raggio IV (character design) & Mark Garcia (storyboard) for “Fight Fighters” Nominated
Best Main Title Theme Music (New Shows Only) “Gravity Falls” Disney Channel Won
2014 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Animal Sidekick[30] Waddles Nominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Ian Worrel for "Dreamscaperers" Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show[31] Gravity Falls Nominated
2015 42nd Annie Awards Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience[32] Gravity Falls Won
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[32] Rob Renzetti Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Luke Weber, Alonso Ramirez Ramos, Neil Graf & Steve Heneveld Nominated
5th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Animated Series Gravity Falls Nominated

DVD releases[edit]

Collection Included episodes Release date
Six Strange Tales "Tourist Trapped", "The Legend of Gobblewonker", "Headhunters", "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", "The Inconveniencing", "Dipper vs. Manliness" October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)
Even Stranger "Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure", "The Time Traveler's Pig", "Fight Fighters", "Little Dipper", "Summerween", "Boss Mabel", "Bottomless Pit!" August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)

Broadcast[edit]

Disney Channel[edit]

The series preview in Canada on June 15, 2012 and premiered on July 6, 2012.[33] The show started broadcasting in the United Kingdom and Ireland on July 20, 2012 as a preview and officially premiered on September 7, 2012.[34] In Australia and New Zealand it previewed on August 17, 2012 and premiered on September 24, 2012.[35] It also premiered in Southeast Asia on October 27, 2012.[36] In India it premiered on September 16, 2013.[37] In the Middle East region, the series was previewed on October 19, 2012, and premiered on November 10, 2012.

Disney[edit]

In the United Kingdom it previewed on July 19, 2012 and premiered on September 7, 2012.[38]

Other[edit]

In Australia, the show is also aired on Disney XD and 7mate [39] while in Chile, the show is aired on Canal 13 on November 24, 2013 under its programming block CuBox. In the Philippines, the show is broadcast on TV5 beginning on May 4, 2014 while in Brazil, the show began airing on Rede Globo on May 10, 2014.[40] In Indonesia, the show is broadcast on RCTI on August 17, 2014.

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