Gravity Falls

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Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls logo.png
GenreMystery
Fantasy
Supernatural
Comedy-drama
Adventure
Action
FormatAnimated series
Created byAlex Hirsch
Directed byJohn Aoshima
Aaron Springer
Joe Pitt
Creative director(s)Michael Rianda
Voices of
Opening theme"Made Me Realize" by Brad Breeck
Composer(s)Brad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Alex Hirsch
Producer(s)Tobias Conan Trost
Rob Renzetti (supervising producer)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original runJune 15, 2012[1] – present
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls logo.png
GenreMystery
Fantasy
Supernatural
Comedy-drama
Adventure
Action
FormatAnimated series
Created byAlex Hirsch
Directed byJohn Aoshima
Aaron Springer
Joe Pitt
Creative director(s)Michael Rianda
Voices of
Opening theme"Made Me Realize" by Brad Breeck
Composer(s)Brad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Alex Hirsch
Producer(s)Tobias Conan Trost
Rob Renzetti (supervising producer)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original runJune 15, 2012[1] – present
External links
Website
Production website

Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel. The series was created by Alex Hirsch,[2] a former writer for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Fish Hooks. The first episode aired as a preview on June 15, 2012[1][3] and the series officially debuted on June 29, 2012.[4]

On July 29, 2013, it was officially renewed for a second season by Disney Channel.[5]

Plot[edit]

For their summer vacation, 12 year old twins Dipper and Mabel are dropped off from their home in Piedmont, California to live with their Great Uncle (usually shortened to "Grunkle") Stan in Gravity Falls, Oregon. 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.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Antagonists[edit]

Minor[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Gravity Falls series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Season premiereSeason finale
120[10]June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15)August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)[11]
2TBASummer 2014 [12]TBA

Ciphers[edit]

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

The season 1 finale encodes a message with all three of these ciphers.

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.[14] 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 reaction[edit]

The series has received positive reviews from critics.[15] 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." [16] While the Los Angeles Times Robert Lloyd referred to the program as "..gently twisted, with some Disneyfied action and heart-warming folded in".[17] 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.[18] 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".[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
2012Annie AwardProduction Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[20]Ian WorrelNominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[21]Kristen SchaalWon
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Animated Show[22]Gravity FallsNominated
2013Annie AwardBest Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience[23]Gravity FallsNominated
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[23]John AoshimaNominated
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production [23]Alonso Ramos-RamirezNominated
2013Golden Reel AwardBest Sound Editing in Television: Animation[24]Gravity FallsPending
2014Kids' Choice AwardsFavoite Animated Animal SidekickWaddlesPending

Broadcast[edit]

Disney Channel[edit]

The series preview in Canada on June 15, 2012 and premiered on July 6, 2012.[25] The show started broadcasting in the United Kingdom and Ireland on July 20, 2012 as a preview and officially premiered on September 7, 2012.[26] In Australia and New Zealand it previewed on August 17, 2012 and premiered on September 24, 2012.[27] It also premiered in Southeast Asia on October 27, 2012.[28] In India it premiered on September 16, 2013.[29]

Disney XD[edit]

In the United Kingdom it previewed on July 19, 2012 and premiered on September 7, 2012.[30] The show will premiere on the new channel Disney XD in Australia on April 2014.,

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Watch the Series Preview of Gravity Falls Friday, June 15". Disney. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ BETTER GRAB SOME SUNGLASSES, THE FUTURE AROUND HERE IS BRIGHT, Disney Channel Medianet
  3. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 12, 2012). "TV Reviews – Gravity Falls". Variety. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ promo on YouTube[dead link]
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 29, 2013). "'Gravity Falls' Renewed by Disney Channel for Second Season". Zap2It. Disney press release. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Gravity Falls". Disney Channel Media Net. May 2012. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "The Inconveniencing". Gravity Falls. Season 1. 13 July 2012. Disney Channel.
  8. ^ "Verified Twitter of Alex Hirsch Stating Wendy's Age". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Alex Hirsch's AMA on Reddit Aug. 15, 2013". Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Confirmation for season 1 consisting of 20 episodes Alex Hirsch on Twitter. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  11. ^ Pitt, Joe (2013-07-11). "Promo poster for season finale". Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  12. ^ Hirsch, Alex. "Alex Hirsch Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Why Gravity Falls Is the Smartest Cartoon on Television". Adam Warrock (AKA Z) at Wired.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "Gravity Falls – Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. June 29, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 12, 2012). "Gravity Falls". Variety. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 11, 2012). "Review: Bouncy, weightless fun with 'Gravity Falls'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Blum, Matt (June 28, 2012). "Gravity Falls Rises to the Level of Disney Channel’s Best". Wired Magazine. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ Beck, Jerry (3 December 2012). "Annie Award Nominations 2012". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Beck, Jerry (2 February 2013). "Annie Award Winners". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  22. ^ Lewis, Casey. "Teen Choice Awards Nominations Announced! Who Made The Cut This Year?". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c Amidi, Amid (2 December 2013). "Complete List of 2013 Annie Award Nominations". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "The 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards Nominees (Television)". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  25. ^ http://www.family.ca/schedule/
  26. ^ What's On TV | Disney UK
  27. ^ Video on YouTube
  28. ^ "Gravity Falls - Disney Channel Asia". 
  29. ^ "New show debuts on Disney Channel today". http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/. September 16, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Gravity Falls" UK Promo: New Episodes on YouTube

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