Right when they said Disney XD had nothing left to offer, an animated anthology about two twins in a Twin Peaks-like town comes out of the blue and shows us its creativity. Gravity Falls is a series that aims itself towards the young audience, but is not afraid to hit them with adult humor, and at times, disturbing images. That smart, dark humor is just what our young audiences need. Even as an adult, I find myself charmed by its humor and its exciting plot.
The series focuses on twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who move in with their great uncle in Oregon during a summer vacation and experience weird and paranormal phenomenons in this new world. They find that their Grunkle Stan has been keeping a big scientific secret from the whole town for a number of years. After forty episodes, the series now comes to an end.
What a lot of Disney XD shows have in common is that they don’t try to be like classic Disney, but instead, more of their own creations. Some of these shows don’t quite hit that mark, but GF has known since episode one what it was going to be. It knew its entire story, how it was going to present it and that it wanted to be dark and jokey for kids and adults. Not every joke was timed perfectly but when they got them right, it made me believe that not all animated shows have lost their charm.
Creator, Alex Hirsch, based a lot of these characters off of people he knew in real life and you can tell that he and the other writers care about these characters. I think a lot of us can feel a younger version of ourselves in these kids. Over the years, we’ve seen Dipper and Mabel come across ghosts, zombies, shapeshifters, gobblewonkers, wizards, and also go through coming of age moments. I’ve learned to like them and these other zany characters more as the series went on. I won’t lie, the series finale wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be. The dark humor is what gave the series a lot of its appeal. It actually came out a lot jokier than I thought, but without giving too much away, it ends perfectly.
The series is full of hidden messages and cryptograms that you really have to squint your eyes for. Whenever I watched an episode for a second time, I often came across moments that made me think “that’s pretty damn smart” or “that’s even funnier when you rewatch it”. It makes me sad to see that such an inventive show has ended after just two seasons, but at the same time, it makes me happy knowing it knew when to stop when its time came. Not too early and not too late. I thank these guys for giving us all something to laugh at for the last 4 years. Hirsch says he has other plans that he’ll be working on in the future, so I think we can all look forward to that. I think what they should do is give Soos his own spin-off show: Better call Soos.