Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls
Genre Mystery
Created by Alex Hirsch[3]
Directed by John Aoshima (Season 1)
Aaron Springer (Season 1)
Joe Pitt (2012-2014)
Rob Renzetti (2014)
Matt Braly (Season 2)
Stephen Sandoval (Season 2)
Sunil Hall (Season 2)
Larry Leichliter (Season 1)
Creative director(s) Michael Rianda (season 1)
Voices of
Opening theme "Gravity Falls Main Title Theme",[4] composed by Brad Breeck
Composer(s) Brad Breeck
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Alex Hirsch
Producer(s) Tobias Conan Trost (line producer, season 1)
Brian Doell (line producer, season 2)
Suzanna Olson (line producer, season 2 episode 12; 14–20)
Rob Renzetti (supervising producer)
Running time 20–24 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney Channel (season 1)
Disney XD (season 2)
Picture format
Audio format
Original release June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15) – February 15, 2016 (2016-02-15)
External links
Production website

Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel then later transitioned to Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016.[5][6][7] Created by Alex Hirsch, 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, Dipper and Mabel are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle (or "Grunkle") Stan (voiced by Hirsch), in a mysterious town full of paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. The kids help Stan run "The Mystery Shack", the tourist trap that he owns, while also investigating the local mysteries.

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.[8] Hirsch was called in to do a pitch for Disney Channel for a show based on the short pilot.[8] 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.[9]

On June 14, 2014, it was confirmed that season 2 would premiere on August 1, 2014 on Disney Channel,[10] and on August 4, 2014 on Disney XD, with most of the season two episodes airing first on Disney XD, as it is considered the new home for the series.[11] On November 20, 2015, Hirsch announced that the series would finish with its second season, stating that he chose to do it for the show to end with "a real conclusion for the characters". The show culminated with a one-hour finale titled "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls", that aired on February 15, 2016.[12][13]

On February 8, 2016, Disney XD aired a half-hour special titled Gravity Falls: Between the Pines, hosted by Hirsch and Gravity Falls character Time Baby. The special elaborated on the production of the show, giving fans an inside look behind the scenes. It was rebroadcast on March 26, 2016 as a "Post-Finale Edition" but did not contain any new information. A 68-hour marathon aired on Disney XD from February 12, 2016, up until the finale on February 15, 2016, with the entire series airing in order. Due to only having 39 episodes before its airing, the show was looped four times to fill the 68-hour slot.[14][15]

Hirsch has stated he remains open to continuing the series with additional episodes or specials.[16]


For their summer vacation, 12-year-old Dipper and his twin sister Mabel Pines are dropped off from their home in Piedmont, California to the fictitious town of Gravity Falls, Roadkill County, Oregon to live with their Great Uncle Stan Pines (often shortened to Grunkle Stan), who runs a tourist trap called the 'Mystery Shack'. 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 begin unraveling the local mysteries. With appearances from Wendy Corduroy, Mystery Shack cashier; Soos Ramirez, 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.[17]

Cast and primary characters




SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
120June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15)[note 1]August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)Disney Channel
220August 1, 2014 (2014-08-01)[note 2]February 15, 2016 (2016-02-15)Disney XD



Prior to working on the series, series creator Alex Hirsch's primary inspiration growing up was the popular animated sitcom The Simpsons, where he observed that "animation could be funnier than live-action. That animation didn't have to just be for kids. That it could be satirical and observational and grounded in a sense of character interaction". Hirsch graduated from the California Institute of the Arts, and was hired to work as writer and storyboard artist for the Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, where he was paired up with Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time. Afterwards, he moved on to co-develop the Disney Channel animated series Fish Hooks; shortly before he pitched (and was subsequently green-lit) Gravity Falls.[23]


Gravity Falls's main production offices are located at Disney Television Animation in Glendale, California.

Hirsch explained in an interview with The A.V. Club during production of season 1, that a typical episode is conceived in a room reserved for writers, where a simple synopsis is presented, and from then on dramatic structure is defined, and the plot is modified to include a character-driven subplot, which Hirsch expresses as "the hardest thing ... to find a character story that actually uncovers, explores, or pushes tension—on something our characters care about—that is properly explored via the magic or monster or impossibility of the week."[23]

B- and A-stories are created, and are given to a writer to produce an outline, which is then subsequently checked-off by Hirsch for feedback. The writer produces a draft from these edits, where more notes may be given. Hirsch states that he and creative director Mike Rianda may personally create a draft for themselves before a final script is produced, in which the dialogue from the draft received from the writer is majorly revised; Hirsch states that the revising process "is not a discredit to our writers—it's just we have a very particular vision. In particular, I usually rewrite almost all of Dipper's dialogue and most of Mabel's dialogue, just because I have them in my head. Me and Mike will stay up for about 24 hours prior to the delivery of every script. We'll take the weekend, we'll work all night, we'll drink Red Bull, we'll sleep on the couch in shifts like maniacs, we'll slap each other in the face."[23]

A script is delivered, which then gets translated into a storyboard, where feedback is received from Hirsch to the board artists if a certain element, such as a gag, doesn't work. Afterwards, a pitch for the episode is given to the network, where they do a read-through, and then the episode is either checked out by the network, or retooled in the small amount of time allocated before an animation studio must receive something to work with.[23]


The first twelve episodes of Gravity Falls aired in a regular weekly slot on Disney Channel starting in mid-2012, but subsequent episodes were broadcast without similar regularity; it took until August 2013 to broadcast the remaining eight episodes of the first season. The second season began airing a year later in August 2014, transitioning over to Disney XD, but again without any regularity to when new episodes would be first broadcast. According to Disney XD, as each episode took about six months of work to complete, they opted against stockpiling episodes to show weekly but instead take advantage of the serial nature of the show, broadcasting each episode as it was completed and making an event out of it.[24]


At the end of every episode, there is a ciphered text in one of many substitution ciphers:

Season 1

Season 2


Critical reception

Gravity Falls received critical acclaim. 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."[26] Los Angeles Times Robert Lloyd referred to the program as "...gently twisted, with some Disneyfied action and heart-warming folded in".[27] 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.[28] 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".[29] Erik Kain of Forbes called Gravity Falls "the best thing on TV at the moment".[30]


A special preview of the series following the Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine was watched by 3.4 million viewers.[31] 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. ranked Gravity Falls as the third best cartoon of the 2010s.

Later moving on to Disney XD, the episode "A Tale of Two Stans" became the highest-rated telecast ever on Disney XD, with 1.91 million viewers.[32] The series finale "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls" beat that record, being watched by 2.47 million viewers in the United States.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 40th Annie Awards Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[33] Ian Worrel Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[34] Kristen Schaal Won
2013 2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show[35] Gravity Falls Nominated
41st Annie Awards Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience[36] Gravity Falls Nominated
Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[36] John Aoshima Nominated
Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[36] Alonso Ramos-Ramirez Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Television: Animation[37] Gravity Falls Nominated
PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Animated Series Gravity Falls Nominated
Best Directing for an Animated Series John Aoshima for “Tourist Trapped” Nominated
Best Writing for an Animated Series Michael Rianda & Alex Hirsch for “The Inconveniencing” Nominated
Best Voice Actor in an Animated Series Alex Hirsch Nominated
Best Voice Actress in an Animated Series Kristen Schaal Nominated
Best Artistic/Visual Achievement in an Animated Series 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 Won
2014 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Animal Sidekick[38] Waddles Nominated
66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Ian Worrel for "Dreamscaperers" Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show[39] Gravity Falls Nominated
2015 42nd Annie Awards Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience[40] Gravity Falls Won
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[40] Rob Renzetti Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Luke Weber, Alonso Ramirez Ramos, Neil Graf & Steve Heneveld Nominated
5th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Animated Series[41] Gravity Falls Nominated
67th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation[42] Alonso Ramirez Ramos for "Not What He Seems" Won
British Academy Children's Awards International[43] Production team of Gravity Falls Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show Gravity Falls Nominated
2016 43rd Annie Awards Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience "Not What He Seems" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Matt Braly for "Northwest Mansion Mystery" Won
Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Ian Worrel and Jeffrey Thompson for "Xpcveaoqfoxso (Weirdmageddon)" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Alex Hirsch, Shion Takeuchi, Josh Weinstein, Jeff Rowe, and Matt Chapman for "Not What He Seems" Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon Gravity Falls Nominated
Peabody Awards Children's Programming[44] Gravity Falls Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Animated Gravity Falls Nominated
44th Annie Awards[45] Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Shion Takeuchi, Mark Rizzo, Jeff Rowe, Josh Weinstein and Alex Hirsch for "Weirdmageddon Part 3: Take Back the Falls" Pending
Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Kevin Locarro, Andrew Sorcini, Nancy Frazen and Tony Mizgalski for "Weirdmageddon Part 3: Take Back the Falls" Pending

DVD releases

Collection Included episodes Release date
Six Strange Tales "Tourist Trapped", "The Legend of Gobblewonker", "Headhunters", "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel", "The Inconveniencing", "Dipper vs. Manliness" October 15, 2013
Even Stranger "Double Dipper", "Irrational Treasure", "The Time Traveler's Pig", "Fight Fighters", "Little Dipper", "Summerween", "Boss Mabel", "Bottomless Pit!" August 26, 2014


Disney Channel

The series began airing on Disney Channel Canada on September 1, 2015, following Corus Entertainment's acquisition of Disney Channel rights in Canada. In Canada the show began airing on Disney XD starting on December 1, 2015, following the launch of Disney XD.The show started broadcasting in the United Kingdom and Ireland on July 20, 2012 as a preview and officially premiered on September 7, 2012.[46] In Australia and New Zealand it previewed on August 17, 2012 and premiered on September 24, 2012.[47] It also premiered in Southeast Asia on October 27, 2012.[48] In India it premiered on September 16, 2013.[49] In the Middle East region, the series was previewed on October 19, 2012, and premiered on November 10, 2012. In Brazil, the first episode premiered as a sneak peek on September 30, 2012, before starting its original run on October 6, 2012.[50]


The series preview debuted in Canada on June 15, 2012 and premiered on July 6, 2012 on Family Channel, until January 2016 when it moved to the local Disney XD channel following Corus Entertainment's acquisition of Disney Channel rights in Canada from Family's owner DHX Media.[51] In Australia, the show airs on Disney XD and 7mate[52] 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 also began airing on Rede Globo on May 10, 2014.[53] In Indonesia, the show premiered on RCTI on August 17, 2014.[54]


  1. The first episode of season 1 premiered as a series preview. The series made its official premiere on Disney Channel on June 29, 2012.
  2. This first episode of season 2 premiered on Disney Channel. The second season officially began on August 4, 2014 on Disney XD, the new network for the series.


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