Gravity Falls

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Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls logo.png
GenreMystery
Comedy
Fantasy[1]
Created byAlex Hirsch
Directed byJohn 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",[2] composed by Brad Breeck
Composer(s)Brad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes30 (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 time20-24 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel (2012-present)
Disney XD (2014-present)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080p (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
GenreMystery
Comedy
Fantasy[1]
Created byAlex Hirsch
Directed byJohn 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",[2] composed by Brad Breeck
Composer(s)Brad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes30 (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 time20-24 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel (2012-present)
Disney XD (2014-present)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080p (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, 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 of America first episode 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 as Disney XD is considered the new home for the series.[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 that 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 characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
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

Production[edit]

The series, created, directed and executive-produced by 2007 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate Alex Hirsch (Fish Hooks, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack), 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 Alex Hirsch in which 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."[2]

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]

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.

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
201240th Annie AwardsProduction Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[25]Ian WorrelNominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[26]Kristen SchaalWon
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Animated Show[27]Gravity FallsNominated
41st Annie AwardsBest Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience[28]Gravity FallsNominated
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[28]John AoshimaNominated
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production [28]Alonso Ramos-RamirezNominated
Golden Reel AwardBest Sound Editing in Television: Animation[29]Gravity FallsNominated
PAAFTJ Television AwardsBest 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 SeriesAlex Hirsch for “Gravity Falls”Nominated
Best Voice Actress in an Animated SeriesKristen 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 ChannelWon
2014Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Animated Animal Sidekick[30]WaddlesNominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in AnimationIan Worrel for "Dreamscaperers"Won
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Animated Show[31]Gravity FallsNominated
201542nd Annie AwardsBest Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience[32]Gravity FallsWon
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[32]Rob RenzettiNominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast ProductionLuke Weber, Alonso Ramirez Ramos, Neil Graf & Steve HeneveldNominated

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 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Gravity Falls Season 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "iTunes: Gravity Falls Main Title Theme (from "Gravity Falls") - Single". iTunes. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  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. ^ a b Hirsch, Alex (22 July 2012). "Tweet by Alex Hirsch regarding age of twins". Retrieved 28 January 2015. @LightPhillip Mabel is older by 5 minutes. She uses this as an excuse to tell Dipper "I'll tell you when you're older" It drives him nuts 
  15. ^ "Verified Twitter of Alex Hirsch Stating Wendy's Age". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Neil deGrasse Tyson Voices a Pig In Disney’s Gravity Falls"
  17. ^ "Alex Hirsch's AMA on Reddit Aug. 15, 2013". Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Why Gravity Falls Is the Smartest Cartoon on Television". Adam Warrock (AKA Z) at Wired.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Gravity Falls – Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. June 29, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  20. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 12, 2012). "Gravity Falls". Variety. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  21. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 11, 2012). "Review: Bouncy, weightless fun with 'Gravity Falls'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ Blum, Matt (June 28, 2012). "Gravity Falls Rises to the Level of Disney Channel’s Best". Wired Magazine. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ "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. 
  25. ^ Beck, Jerry (3 December 2012). "Annie Award Nominations 2012". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  26. ^ Beck, Jerry (2 February 2013). "Annie Award Winners". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  27. ^ Lewis, Casey. "Teen Choice Awards Nominations Announced! Who Made The Cut This Year?". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  28. ^ a b c Amidi, Amid (2 December 2013). "Complete List of 2013 Annie Award Nominations". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "The 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards Nominees (Television)". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  30. ^ 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. 
  31. ^ "FIRST WAVE OF "TEEN CHOICE 2014" NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  32. ^ a b Amidi, Amid (1 December 2014). "Annie Award Winners". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  33. ^ "Schedule". Family.ca. July 6, 2012. 
  34. ^ "What's On TV". Disney UK. September 7, 2012. 
  35. ^ Gravity Falls - Sneak Peek - Disney Channel on YouTube
  36. ^ "Gravity Falls - Disney Channel Asia". 
  37. ^ "New show debuts on Disney Channel today". Times of India. September 16, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Gravity Falls" UK Promo: New Episodes on YouTube
  39. ^ "Gravity Falls on 7mate, Sydney, Guide for 21/4/14". http://www.guidetv.com.au/. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  40. ^ "'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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