Gravity Falls

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Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls logo.png
GenreAdventure[1]
Comedy[2]
Mystery[2]
Fantasy[1][2]
FormatAnimated series
Created byAlex Hirsch
Directed byJohn Aoshima
Aaron Springer
Joe Pitt
Rob Renzetti
Matt Braly
Creative director(s)Michael Rianda (Season 1)
Voices of
Composer(s)Brad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Alex Hirsch
Producer(s)Tobias Conan Trost
Brian Doell
Rob Renzetti (supervising producer)
Running time20-24 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel (2012 - present)
Disney XD (2014 - present)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original runJune 15, 2012 (2012-06-15) – present (present)
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls logo.png
GenreAdventure[1]
Comedy[2]
Mystery[2]
Fantasy[1][2]
FormatAnimated series
Created byAlex Hirsch
Directed byJohn Aoshima
Aaron Springer
Joe Pitt
Rob Renzetti
Matt Braly
Creative director(s)Michael Rianda (Season 1)
Voices of
Composer(s)Brad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Alex Hirsch
Producer(s)Tobias Conan Trost
Brian Doell
Rob Renzetti (supervising producer)
Running time20-24 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel (2012 - present)
Disney XD (2014 - present)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original runJune 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[3] for the Disney Channel. 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. In each episode, Dipper and Mabel fall in unexpected situations that involve various paranormal and supernatural creatures. The series officially premiered on the Disney Channel in the United States on June 15, 2012.[4][5][6]

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.[7] Hirsch was called in to do a pitch for the Disney Channel for a show based on the short pilot.[7] 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.[8]

On May 31, 2014, it was announced that the second season would air on Disney XD and Disney Channel.[9] On June 14, 2014, it was confirmed that season 2 would premiere on August 1, 2014 on Disney Channel,[10] with the rest of the season airing first on Disney XD.[11]

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 (often shortened to Grunkle Stan). Things are not what they seem in this small town, and with the help of a mysterious journal Dipper finds in the forest they realize that their everyday lifestyle has changed. With appearances from Wendy, Dipper's crush; Soos, 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.[12]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Antagonists[edit]

Minor[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiereSeason finale
120June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15) (preview)
June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29) (premiere)
August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)
2TBAAugust 1, 2014 (2014-08-01) (Disney Channel)
August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04) (Disney XD)
TBA

Ciphers[edit]

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

Season 1

Season 2

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

A special preview of the series following the Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine was watched by 3.4 million viewers.[17] 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.

Critical reception[edit]

The series has achieved critical acclaim from critics and viewers alike.[18] 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." [19] While the Los Angeles Times Robert Lloyd referred to the program as "..gently twisted, with some Disneyfied action and heart-warming folded in".[20] 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.[21] 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".[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
2012Annie AwardProduction Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[23]Ian WorrelNominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[24]Kristen SchaalWon
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Animated Show[25]Gravity FallsNominated
Annie AwardBest Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience[26]Gravity FallsNominated
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[26]John AoshimaNominated
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production [26]Alonso Ramos-RamirezNominated
Golden Reel AwardBest Sound Editing in Television: Animation[27]Gravity FallsNominated
PAAFTJ Television AwardsBest Animated Series”Gravity Falls”Pending
Best Directing for an Animated Series“Gravity Falls” John Aoshima for “Tourist Trapped”Pending
Best Writing for an Animated Series“Gravity Falls” Michael Rianda & Alex Hirsch for “The Inconveniencing”Pending
Best Voice Actor in an Animated SeriesAlex Hirsch for “Gravity Falls”Pending
Best Voice Actress in an Animated SeriesKristen Schaal for “Gravity Falls”Pending
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”Pending
Best Main Title Theme Music (New Shows Only)“Gravity Falls” Disney ChannelPending
2014Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Animated Animal Sidekick[28]WaddlesNominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in AnimationIan Worrel for "Dreamscaperers"Won
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Animated Show[29]Gravity FallsNominated

Broadcast[edit]

Disney Channel[edit]

The series preview in Canada on June 15, 2012 and premiered on July 6, 2012.[30] The show started broadcasting in the United Kingdom and Ireland on July 20, 2012 as a preview and officially premiered on September 7, 2012.[31] In Australia and New Zealand it previewed on August 17, 2012 and premiered on September 24, 2012.[32] It also premiered in Southeast Asia on October 27, 2012.[33] In India it premiered on September 16, 2013.[34] 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.[35]

Other[edit]

In Australia, the show is also aired on 7mate [36] 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.[37] In Indonesia, the show is broadcast on RCTI on August 17, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gravity Falls - Common Sense Media". Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Amazon.com: Gravity Falls Season 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ BETTER GRAB SOME SUNGLASSES, THE FUTURE AROUND HERE IS BRIGHT, Disney Channel Medianet
  4. ^ "Watch the Series Preview of Gravity Falls Friday, June 15". Disney. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 12, 2012). "TV Reviews – Gravity Falls". Variety. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ promo on YouTube[dead link]
  7. ^ a b Brooks Barnes (August 17, 2012). "An Undercurrent of Darkness, Even at Disney". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Christina Radish (2012). "Creator Alex Hirsch Talks GRAVITY FALLS, How He Ended Up Making a Show for the Disney Channel, His Love for TV Animation and More". Collider. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "TV Guide - First Look: Disney XD Premieres New Gravity Falls Shorts". Wicked Local West Bridgewater. May 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  10. ^ "Twitter / _AlexHirsch: The Shack is Back! Gravity Falls Season 2 premieres Aug 1st 9:00 PM on the Disney Channel, fools!". Twitter.com. 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Second Season of "Gravity Falls" Premieres Friday, August 1 on Disney Channel and Monday, August 4 on Disney XD". The Futon Critic. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Gravity Falls". Disney Channel Media Net. May 2012. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "The Inconveniencing". Gravity Falls. Season 1. 13 July 2012. Disney Channel.
  14. ^ "Verified Twitter of Alex Hirsch Stating Wendy's Age". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alex Hirsch's AMA on Reddit Aug. 15, 2013". Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Why Gravity Falls Is the Smartest Cartoon on Television". Adam Warrock (AKA Z) at Wired.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Let it Shine' Premiere, + US Open, 'WWE Friday Night Smackdown', 'Common Law', 'Fairly Legal', & More". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Gravity Falls – Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. June 29, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  19. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 12, 2012). "Gravity Falls". Variety. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 11, 2012). "Review: Bouncy, weightless fun with 'Gravity Falls'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  21. ^ Hinckley, David (June 29, 2012). "New animated Disney series 'Gravity Falls' rises to an endearing level of tween cool". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ Blum, Matt (June 28, 2012). "Gravity Falls Rises to the Level of Disney Channel’s Best". Wired Magazine. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  23. ^ Beck, Jerry (3 December 2012). "Annie Award Nominations 2012". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Beck, Jerry (2 February 2013). "Annie Award Winners". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Lewis, Casey. "Teen Choice Awards Nominations Announced! Who Made The Cut This Year?". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  26. ^ a b c Amidi, Amid (2 December 2013). "Complete List of 2013 Annie Award Nominations". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "The 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards Nominees (Television)". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  28. ^ Shenton, Zoe (2014-03-30). "Kids' Choice Awards winners: One Direction, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake and more". 3am & Mirror Online. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  29. ^ "FIRST WAVE OF "TEEN CHOICE 2014" NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  30. ^ "Schedule". Family.ca. July 6, 2012. 
  31. ^ "What's On TV". Disney UK. September 7, 2012. 
  32. ^ Gravity Falls - Sneak Peek - Disney Channel on YouTube
  33. ^ "Gravity Falls - Disney Channel Asia". 
  34. ^ "New show debuts on Disney Channel today". Times of India. September 16, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Gravity Falls" UK Promo: New Episodes on YouTube
  36. ^ "Gravity Falls on 7mate, Sydney, Guide for 21/4/14". http://www.guidetv.com.au/. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  37. ^ "'Gravity Falls: Um Verão de Mistérios' estreia na telinha da Globo dia 10" ['Gravity Falls: A Summer of Mysteries' debuts on the small screen of the Globe on the 10th]. Globo.com (in Portuguese). May 8, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 

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