If you haven’t watched Disney Channel’s “Gravity Falls,” you are definitely missing out on one of the best shows on all of television. We love the show and never miss an episode. The show is centered around twelve-year old twin siblings: Dipper, a bit of an awkward boy (voiced by Jason Ritter), and Mabel, his highly imaginative sister (voiced by Kristen Schaal).
During the summer, the pair have been sent to live in Gravity Falls, a fictitious Oregon town. There, they live with their unethical and very greedy Great-Uncle Stan (voiced by Alex Hirsch). Grunkle Stan, as he is called by the two kids, owns the Mystery Shack, a store that could be described as basically a seedy tourist trap. Dipper and Mabel befriend the Mystery Shack’s employees: Soos, an offbeat but lovable man-child (voiced by Alex Hirsch) and part-time teenage employee Wendy (voiced by Linda Cardelini).
“Gravity Falls” is something that your entire family can enjoy together as the show is extremely well done in every way. There are many things that go into making a great show, and this one has it all. That being said, there are a couple of things that deserve extra attention, starting with the the top-notch voice acting. I can’t imagine that anyone could do Dipper justice, with his paranoid outlook and anxiety, the way Jason Ritter manages to do, and the chemistry with Kristen Schaal, as Mabel, is simply perfect. Alex Hirsch, who also created the show, voices both Stan and Soos. He does an amazing job pulling off the dim-witted Soos and the rugged and raspy voiced Stan.
The stories are written so that adults can enjoy them alongside their children. I’ve already mentioned that Alex Hirsch is the show’s mastermind. He has a twin sister himself, so I would imagine his unique experiences are part of the what makes the writing so special. The show has a new monster/event every week but many times reference old episodes.The animation of the show has a very interesting look compared to most cartoons, and each character on the show has a very distinct trait that really stands out. The series is genuinely witty and charming. Once you take the time to watch the first couple of episodes, you can’t help but fall in love with it.
- “Tourist Trapped”
- “The Legend of the Gobblewonker”
- “Head Hunters”
- “The Hand that Rocks the Mabel”
- “The Inconveniencing”
- “Dipper vs. Manliness”
These episodes are the first six of the series, so it’s the perfect way to jump into the show if you haven’t seen it. Watching the series from start to finish is a must in my opinion, so it’s great that they included them in chronological order. The cost of the DVD is worth it for the the six episodes themselves, but once you get into the series a bit, there is something extra that might make the cost even more worthwhile: the included “Mystery Book: Journal #3.” I won’t get into the importance of the books too much, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone new to the series, but it’s important to note that the series basically revolves around them. The “Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales” DVD is available today, October 15, 2013.
I had a very difficult time choosing only a couple of video clips with the review. There are so many that would be excellent choices, but here are a couple of my favorites:
Film Clip: Holy Matri-gnome-y
Description: Mabel finds out her friend, Norman, is a bunch of gnomes who are in search of a queen.
Description: Dipper discovers the matador man cave!
“Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales” DVD Review