I feel like this show is too good for the Disney Channel. Ever since i was a child i avoided everything on Disney because is was never funny or entertaining to me in any way. But THIS is fantastic. The animation is excellent (especially on the opening sequence), the character designs are cute, and it is legitimately funny and entertaining. Sure, some little jokes are misses, but it is easily forgivable. Overall, this is a very clever program, and quite a divergent endeavor for the Disney Channel. Probably one of the best animated shows on television right now!
There was a time where I used to think that Disney Channel was full of generic teen sitcoms and other garbage, though I was quite impressed with this little show that I honestly think I've been missing out on for quite a while!
There is really not much bad to say about this show, really. The animation is smooth, cute, and easy on the eyes, just as much as the humor is clever and original. The story is odd, though in a way that keeps you intrigued and wanting more, which is perfect for a show about mystery. Along with that, the characters are charming, funny, easy to relate to, and likable.
In full, it's a show that's worth keeping on, and watching! It even makes me miss the days of Toon Disney.
This is not only the best modern cartoon, but also the best cartoon of ALL TIME (in my opinion). That's right, I think this show is better than the classics as well. It's just THAT good. The premise is original and interesting - two twins stay at their great uncle's shack where he sells useless stuff. But then one of the twins finds a book that that explains why gravity falls is no ordinary town. What happens next? Watch this brilliant show and find out.
Anyway, the animation is gorgeous unlike problem solverz and the jokes are some of the best I've ever heard (Butt Island :P). The characters are all really unique, loveable and even relatable.
I just can't believe that the creator of this epic show worked on that lame show fish hooks.
So overall, Gravity falls is an awesome show that is loved by smart people with a sense of humour such as myself and many others and hated by idiots with a horrible sense of humour like coolguy121212.
Go watch this show, it's way better than that overrated show my little pony: friendship is magic (even though I like that show). It's the best thing that Disney, or any company has ever made.
The first season currently just ended, and I'm excited for Season 2. The episodes you should NOT watch are The Legend Of The Gobblewonker, The Hand That Rocks The Mabel, The Inconveniencing, Dipper vs Manliness, The Time Traveler's Pig, Little Dipper, Boss Mabel, The Bottomless Pit, Boys Crazy, Land Before Swine, Dreamscapcapers, and Gideon Rises. But everything else is okay. However the characters look kind of poor. The bad episodes bring it down to an 8, and the character designs bring it one more point down. So it's a 7. 10 - 2 - 1 = 7 out of 10. That's not that bad.
This is one of the few shows on Disney Channel that is actually good. I nice break from there terrible live action sitcoms, which make me want to punch there actors in the face. I'll try to give a review of the show in my perspective.
Plot: The show follows two co-protagonists, fraternal twins, Dipper and Mabel. During summer break, they are sent to the strange town of Gravity Falls by there parents, in order to be more welcome to the outdoors. The twins are sent to live with there great uncle, Stanford Pines. Little did they know, this town holds darker secrets un-comprehensible by man. What do I think of the plot? It's fairly simple, which is good. To be honest, it's a very plot driven show! However, the plot development can be pretty slow, considering the season finale had a huge plot twist which made my jaw drop!
Characters: The characters are very fun and likable, too. You have Dipper, which to be honest, is the only character that actually has some character progression. It's nice to witness how he matures more throughout the show. Mabel is the twin sister, and the silly one of the protagonist duo. I never thought she was annoying, and in fact, she can be pretty ditsy and adorable at times. "Grunkle" Stan is an interesting character, being that the show hints towards him being more than what he's shown on the outside. That's all I can say about the main, more "focused" on characters.
Humor: I understand that humor is a very sensitive subject, as people have different tastes. In my opinion, the humor in this show is hit-and-miss. Don't worry, though, it's not corny or stupid like most of the Disney sitcoms.
Animation: This, by far, has to be the best animation I've seen in a cartoon show! It's sort of unique in it's own way, and can be very detailed and atmospheric!
These are the basic factors I can touch up upon in this review. Overall, it's a very fun show to watch and it's very interesting! I recommend it to anyone who is in to the mystery, thriller, or so genre!
UPDATE: When I first reviewed this show, I thought it stood out from all the other shows on Disney Channel, and that is what I reviewed. Now looking back at the first season, I think of it as a show that stands out among all those on TV currently, especially in the animation category.
As I stated previously, Gravity Falls has balanced comedy, sci-fi, and mystery without botching one of them. Throughout the first season, the show has continuously done this, although the mystery aspect has stood out from among the rest. Question after question is asked, and the smaller ones are answered while the bigger ones keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you on a cliffhanger. This is what has gotten me hooked to the show and has probably got anyone else hooked as well. You know the mystery aspect stands out when entire websites about conspiracies on the show have formed and tumblr is consumed with thousands of comments about the mysteries.
However, after watching TV for a number of years, I know that a show and its vision is nothing without its original show runner. Alex Hirsch sounds like he already knows the answer to every question the show has asked, and probably the ending to the series as well. It seems like he is so committed to entertaining the viewer that he takes the time to created hidden codes and messages in the show, and from what I've seen writes almost every episode. From many shows that I've watched in the past, it seems like they are so promising, but collapse once the creators and show runners go on to other projects. Seth MacFarlane and Stephen Hillenbrand are examples. However, I have never been more confident that Hirsch will stick with the series and answer all of the questions the series has presented, unlike the answers that Lost never provided.
These days, I mostly turn on Disney Channel for only Gravity Falls. After seeing some preview for a seemingly horrifyingly bad show called Liv and Maddie, which happens to be ANOTHER live-action show on Disney, Gravity Falls will probably be the only Disney show I watch from now on. It won't be a merchandise creator or get as much attention as Phineas and Ferb, but it will obtain a loyal group of followers that come with a critically successful show. Many great things are happening with this show, and I can't wait for the second season to start.
OLD It all started with High School Musical, which happened to be the most successful Disney Channel movie ever. Then they thought-Hey, if all our new shows have songs in them, then they will all be successful. So they cancelled every show that wasn't about singing-ADJL, Kim Possible, and replaced it with Hannah Montana, Shake it Up, and (gasp) Austin and Ally. Even Phineas and Ferb, Disney's best show for the past 5 years, has a song in every episode. Well, now we have Gravity Falls. I happened to watch a rerun of the pilot episode, and halfway through the episode, I was thinking the same way I was thinking the first time I watched P and F, that the jokes were clever, the characters were solid, and there was no music. Gravity Falls is the first show I've seen that has combined comedy, mystery, and sci-fi without botching one of them. And this will probably make the show a hit in the future because it has something to please everyone. The comedy I thought was pretty good. No random jokes and no potty jokes were included, which pretty much ruin a show. The mystery behind the town I thought was pretty intriguing, as well as the sci-fi, as I had never really seen it an animated show, especially on this channel. The characters, I thought, were pretty normal and typical. Dipper is always looking for adventure, and is down-to-earth. Mabel is the typical ditzy glitter girl, while Uncle Stan is a great character as the owner of a tourist trap. Overall, what I've seen of this show is pretty good so far, but hopefully the songs don't come along and take half of the episodes time.
this show is a very bad show. Its unfunny and immature. Nobody i know likes it. It also teaches kidz bad thingies liek blood in dipps or whatever his name is book. Also it is unoriginal with stupid things like triangles with hats and stupid books with numbers and an hand. This show dropped from a 9.1 to a 7.8 on imBD for a reason. Its bad. Soon it will be a 1/10, Nobody should like it or watch and I hope it getz cancllect in the furtcha. Watch betta shoes leik gud lack sharlie or shak it up.
If you're the kind of person that enjoys these more "avant-garde cartoons," then you'll defiantly like Gravity Falls. When I say "avant-garde;" I'm talking about these kinds of cartoons that establish irrational conditions with equally silly characters, but utilizes them in a smart way with quick-witted dialogue. These are the kinds of shows that can entertain both children and adults, whilst keeping the child demographic blissfully ignorant of the more raunchy jokes inserted into the script (at least I should hope so).
I speculate that this "genre" of cartoon erupted some time in the 90s with shows like Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, but I've also seen a similar style used in select episodes of Scooby Doo and Spongebob Squarepants.
Actually, now that I think about it, Disney's been producing somewhat racy cartoons since the beginning, though I'm not entirely sure if the kind of hidden jokes used in a cartoon from the 30's is in the same grade as what I'm referring to with Gravity Falls.
The show also utilizes an aspect I'm noticing in a lot of more recent shows: secrets. Adventure Time does this with a mysterious runic code and ambiguous numbers that get sprinkled into just about every scene, and even live-action shows like Arrested Development and Community do this, though not necessarily with numbers and made up languages, but rather with recurring gags and vague references from two seasons ago. I love these kinds of shows because they don't talk down to their audience.
Besides the clever script, the animation is very attractive as well. I know it's not that classic Disney Animation that everyone and their grandmother knows and loves, but let's face it, that died with The Princess and the Frog and the last episode of The Emperor's New School.
I know that when people criticize Gravity Falls, they often say that it uses somewhat clich scenarios, and while I do agree with this to an extent, you do have to keep an open mind and understand that this show is on Disney Channel. In my opinion, the writers deal with these necessary child-friendly story lines quiet astutely, and the fact that the show houses such entertaining and original characters makes it all the more enjoyable to watch.
Do I feel that being hosted on Disney is crippling Gravity Falls' potential? Absolutely. As a 16 year old, I haven't turned on Disney Channel since Kim Possible was canceled, and so I can't accurately compare Gravity Falls to the more recent content that's out there (I watch everything online now), but from what I've heard, I can safely say that this show is an immaculately ingenious gem among the other brain-dead waste that is being shoveled down the throats of today's youth.
Since Disney Channel has gone downhill, Alex Hirsch came and probably saved bored teenagers on a lonely summer day from watching Jessie or Shake it Up, by giving them a completely random show that actually has a good plot and no cheesy or dumb jokes. Gravity Falls is probably the best cartoon yet in 2013, and hopefully it will continue to be as awesome as it is now. I honestly wish it was showed more often, rather than watching Dog with a Blog or some other show that literally makes me want to jump out a window.
Catchy music, amazing plots, clever dialogue, well developed and likeable characters, a bit of every genre, and flawless preformance in the season finale. What does this not have?
On the downside... I admit, I didnt really like Dipper VS Manliness... And some of the characters personalities were overused, like Greedy Stan, although he seems to be quite deep if you look through his laziness and greedy attitude. Carpet Diam, although one of my most favorite episodes, has the overused mind swap plot. And the smile dip was amusing but unnerving and creepy. However, everything else was BEAUTIFUL. I cant wait for the next season!
You'd expect something stupid, since this is Disney we're talking about, but this show actually won me over. It's a clever mix of humor and supernatural mystery. This is the kind of show anyone could enjoy, not just 9 year olds. The characters are likeable and the weird things that happen really grab your attention. I just hope that this show gets renewed, since Disney's been known to lack proper judgement.
This show is one of Disney Channels bests. I do have to admit that it feels like its on the boarder line of a family show and an adult adventure. Still, this feeis enjoyable. watching and almost every character is enjoyable. Fingers crossed for season 2 to come.
The amazing writing of Gravity Falls creates memorable and clever characters; While the cryptograms and the clever story arc creates an air of mystery. This is the best tv show i have ever watched. I highly recommend it!
I feel that I perfectly summed up this show in a comment I left on Youtube a few weeks ago on the theme song video:
Disney, recently you have been on a downfall. I mean, you have had a decent show here and there (Kim Possible and Phineas and Ferb) but the good shows on your channel are few and far between. But I do admit Gravity Falls is a great show. The story arcs are interesting, the humor works well with the limitations of Disney, and I'll be honest these are some of the funniest and most likable characters on a cartoon. In my own opinion this is the best cartoon since Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.
This show is saving Disney, I'm like obsessed with it. It's like the first show aside from iCarly and drake and of Dan Schneiders show where the siblings don't always fight. It's hilarious and worth watching. I mean they even got Kristen shcaal and tj miller ! The rest of the cast is perfect I'm so glad we have this show and if u don't like it u need a doctor
To tell you the truth, when I saw the announcement of the show, my head though the title was "Gravity Yeah thing go mixed in my head. One thing that makes this show funny is the way the old man named Grunkle Stan who fouls people with made up stupid fictional stuff kingmaker the customers emptying their wallets like Mr. Krabs who's always cheap. 4 parodies I remembered seeing but 3 of them are nostalgia references. One was a parody of Konami's DDR in the episode "The The 3 nostalgia ones
- Dream Phone (Board game)
In the episode "Carpet Diem," you'd see Mable and her friends playing Calling All Boys: Preteen Edition, that would be the parody of it. I fist herd of the Dream Phone when I saw this funny video 4 on the Cinemassacre Youtube Channel.
- ABBA (Swedish pop band)
In "Dipper vs. Manliness" Dipper is listing to an album that's a parody of it. The parody would be titled BABBA
- Street Fighter
In "Fight Fighters" (including the title is a parody), you'd see Dipper playing Fight Fighters, a parody of it in an arcade.
It is a killer hit of this 2013. But if you can't because it's on Disney Channel, it's also on Disney XD.
Kids cartoons often aim to be something crazy, unique, and a thing no one has seen before to stand out from the crowd. Gravity Falls takes a slightly different approach. Using a good setup of super natural folk tales as a stage, Gravity Falls tells a simple strait story with some strong quality in writing, characters, and great looking art to boot. It has been a while since I've seen a show focus purely on quality leaving behind the attempts to 1 up the wacky scale, and that really pays off in their favor.
Perhaps the best part about this show is just the genuine feel of everything. Most of this is based around childhood memories the maker had (with the addition of supernatural events) and it really shows from all the little details of the small town in the middle of the woods to the way the characters interact with eachother, especially the way the twins bounce off eachother as characters. Perhaps the worst episodes are just the ones that separate them just because of how fun they are together. Even the lessons of the day hit a nice genuine feel, not going over the top on the cheese but not just spitting back in the lesson's face. If you're looking into this show for your kids, this is one of the least offensive shows you can give them, both to you and to them.
If you just want a fun cute adventure and have even the slightest bit of inner child left in you, I highly recommend this show. It's one of the best I've seen in years.
This so was such a pleasant surprise. The trailers annoyed me. It looked like another Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Which for me was less than descent. This show though was good. Its not just strange for the sake of being strange. Also it doesn't over due it. The characters are fleshed out and the stories are really interesting. It writes some love letters to the mystery genre. When they have a murder episode that is so amazing. The chases they have are these crazy fun rides as they use all kinds of camera angles. And the theme song in the intro is very catchy it's one of those songs that you never mind listening to again. Also in the intro it hints at all these different plot lines. Maybe I just like the show so much because I've seen this idea go wrong before but this show is really funny. Quick note to the characters Stan is funny with all his business scams. Wendy just always chill Dipper is really clever and you like the chemistry between him and the other characters. Final thing is great show cartoon network this is how you do it right.
I think this cartoon is nice. Not like Phineas and Ferb make me bored to watch (but all season in my computer) , Gravity Falls is good plot, every episode different theme to make me always watch and wait the new episode
When I first saw the trailers for Gravity Falls - These were my first thoughts -
It's gonna be stupid and laugh-tracked all the way
Soos is a fat ***.
Mabel is a thin ***.
Dipper is a boring jerk boy.
Wendy is a stereotypical teenage girl.
Grunkle Stan is a Mr. Krabs ripoff.
The show is gonna suck. HARD.
I'd like to say that all of the above are wrong. Gravity Falls is my favorite show. It has romance, action, suspense, (CLEAN!!) comedy, and, the biggest quality, MYSTERY. This show literally kicks Scooby Doo's ASS! All of the characters are likeable (Unless they are meant to be unlikeable), the plots are interesting, and the show itself is just AWESOME. Screw Fish Hooks and Phineas and Ferb - this show is SO MUCH BETTER THAN BOTH OF THOSE. I'll admit I DO like Phineas and Ferb, and it is an okay show, but it is far behind the greatness of Gravity Falls. My main beef with P&F is that it abuses formula. This show doesn't. It also is very intelligent and smart, something modern TV shows fail at TERRIBLY (I'm looking at YOU, Nick Studio 10!)!
So, what are you waiting for?
GO GET OUT OF YOUR COMPUTER CHAIR AND WATCH SOME GRAVITY FALLS DAMNIT!!!!!
This show is actually good considering where it's from (Disney, then again the creators are not Disney breed so that has something to do with it. This is a great show to watch and kill time with. You will laugh but not every moment is pure hilarity. Well worth the watch.
To the guy who posted below me with the low score. It's cool you don't like the show but what kind of moron COMPLAINS that this show is not kid friendly and then goes on to say that they want to see one of the characters get raped? Really.... You (user name: YellowRaven2715) got some serious pedophile issues buddy. Maybe that's why your scanning Disney so hardcore?
When I first heard about this show, I got very interested in it like it was something I would really like to watch. This show is the only show that currently airs that I actually look forward to watching new episodes and even old episodes I've watched several times already. It's actually funny, no laugh tracks to tell you when to laugh at unfunny jokes. It's got a great premise. Dipper and Mabel are really believable characters and have the best sibling relationship I've seen on TV. The theme song is awesome and I've watched it repeatedly, it never gets old. Dipper is my favorite character because he is awesome. Mabel is sweet and Soos is hilarious.
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