Why Gravity Falls Will Always Be One Of My Favorite Cartoons.
In this day and age, we tend to binge watch a lot of TV series from their inception thanks to Netflix, HULU, and the internet in general. I often find it takes a few episodes to really get into a show, (like Rick and Morty or Game of Thrones). That was not the case however when I tuned into a show called Gravity Falls.
I began watching Gravity Falls last year on a whim after finishing up the most recent episode of The Last Man on Earth. Within the first 10 minutes, I was hooked. Partly because I related to Dipper right off the bat. Maybe not intelligence-wise, but in his thirst for adventure and science.
In the show, Dipper is on summer vacation with his sister Mabel visiting their Grunklestan in a small town called Gravity Falls. I won't give too many spoilers away, but even from the first episode, you can tell there is a lot more going on in Gravity Falls than meets the eye. I think the shows creator, Alex Hirsch, said it best:
This is really what makes the show so amazing. The animation style is great and the town aesthetics create a creepy/fun atmosphere, but the characters are what really drive the show. I honestly haven't seen a cartoon since The Simpsons that made me really care about each individual person/creature like Gravity Falls does. I can't name one character that annoys me besides the ones who are suppose to. (Damn you, Gideon.)
I don't want to compare this show too much to The Simpsons because the show obviously stands on its own, but a lot of the jokes remind me of when The Simpsons were still in their heyday of comedy. This may also be a reason I connected to the Gravity Falls sense of humor so quickly.
Why Gravity Falls Will Always Be One Of My Favorite Cartoons:
Ultimately, this show reminded me of when I would go on adventures with my sister and late uncle. These would usually consist of indoor, as well as outdoor activities. At one point, we would all gather around the computer after school in the late 1990's and play "Are You Afraid of the Dark - Orpheo's Curse".
It was a mystery game that we beat as a team. Watching Gravity Falls, mixed with those memories, sparked a really special feeling inside of me. I may not be able to go on those adventures with them anymore, but I feel like I'm watching something similar play out in a really familiar way on Hirsch's show. It may just be another cartoon to some, but it feels like so much more to me and I’m filled with joy every time I watch an episode.
If you're reading this and you have no earthly, (or non-earthly) idea of what I'm talking about because you haven't seen the show, I HIGHLY recommend it. Thanks for making such an awesome show, Alex!