Should I Toon In? Gravity Falls
Greetings all, make sure you have your rucksacks packed with disposible cameras, garlic, and magnifying glasses because we’re going to be taking a trip out to Gravity Falls, Oregon. Why would we want to go to Gravity Falls you might ask? Because that’s the setting of the newest cartoon on the Disney Channel and that’s also the show I’ll be taking a look at on this edition of Should I Toon In!
Gravity Falls is an animated show based around the adventures of Dipper and Mabel Pines, twin siblings, who were sent to visit their Great Uncle Stan for their summer break. Uncle Stan lives in the town of Gravity Falls where he runs The Mystery Shack, which is billed as the World’s Most Bizzare Museum but in reality is just a crappy tourist trap designed to bilk the tourist marks out of their money. Now just because Gruncle Stan’s shop might be a bit of a scam doesn’t mean that something odd isn’t going around in the quiet town of Gravity Falls! Something dark… something sinister… something WACKY!
The only way I can describe this show is take a show like Eerie Indiana (Does anyone remember that show?) and completely turn it on it’s ear as a high energy comedy. And the comedy itself feels very well rounded. There’s quite a lot of visual gags from the subtle to fast paced and crazy. Some of the expressions on the faces seem to remind me The Regular Show for some reason, but while I find the Regular Show to become grating really quick I didn’t find that to be a problem with Gravity Falls. Perhaps that’s because along with the visual gags there’s also a lot of dialouge based comedy which is often lacking from shows that rely heavily on insane visual jokes. Also, while there’s a lot of very high energy performances and jokes it’s never pushed past the point where it ceases to be funny and just becomes annoying
The setting of the show is a huge plus. What could be a better setting for a show like this but an eerie little town out in woods out in the middle of nowhere? A place that you can make any sort of odd thing happen from the undead to gnomes! The setting of the show even slips over onto the creepy side which makes a great counterpoint to the zany comedy.
Don’t get me wrong, the setting is great, but what really makes the show stand out are the characters. Even after only 3 episodes, (heck it really only took one episode!) I found myself really liking the characters of the show.
Dipper is the “Mulder” of the show. He’s the one that seems to have no trouble believing that the Living Undead wants to date his sister or that a giant sea monster is lurking benieth the waves in the lake. Dipper is a much more serious character and much of his humor comes from that. “Something creepy is going on here, my mosquito bites spelled out the words BEWARE!”, to which it was pointed out that it actually spells BEWARB, which apparently is considerably more normal.
On the otherside of the coin you have my favorite character, Mabel Pines. In Mable you might be reminded of Louise from Bob’s Burger’s and there’s a good reason for it. Kristel Schaal voices both characters and she puts every bit of energy into Mabel as she does with Louise. However, while Louise is a bit of a… well… psycho, Mabel is the opposite. She’s hyperactive, kind, cheerful and optomistic… to a crazy degree. Yet while other characters with similiar traits in other shows come off as annoying as all hell, Mabel comes off as just plain funny. One of her first lines delievered in a hyper cheerful way, “I love this attic! I have SO MANY SPLINTERS!” cracked me completely.
There are some fun secondary characters like Gruncle Stan who plays a great gruff swindler yet somehow manages to stay likeable. There’s Soos, the handyman who works at Gruncle Stan’s tourist trap who’s simple and quite frankly stupid, yet in an idiot savant sort of way. Then there’s Linda, the mellow teen who also works at the shop. She hasn’t been given much character development there but somehow I get the impression she could end up being an awesome character on the show, but time will tell on that.
As I proof read this article I realize throughout this review I’ve used the word “energy” quite a few times. There’s a good reason for that. For one, I didn’t feel like going to www.Theasuraus.com to look up synonyms. The other reason is because that’s the thing I noticed the most about this show. Everything in the show has this wonderful high energy charm that manages to keep a good pace without becoming distracting or hyperactive.
I’m not sure what else I can say about this show because so much of the show comes off as indescriblable. There’s just so many funny lines. When Dipper goes off to save his sister from the undead Smoo hands him a shovel and says “This is for the zombies.” then he hands him a bat and says, “And this is for any pinatas you find. Better safe than sorry.” It’s such a random thing and Dipper’s reaction to this make it literally a laugh out loud moment. Oh and the reveal at the end of the first episode is just epic. And after the reveal, it just continues to get funnier. You need to go check this one out as soon as you can.
So, to sum up: “Should I Toon In?”. Well, f my now the answer is obviously then you clearly have reading problems. But anyway, let me state it plainly, YES. Yes you should. It’s one of the best new cartoons I’ve seen since My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, with the acception of The Legend of Korra, which I suppose I should write up a review on soon since Book 1 is over with. Gravity Falls has tons of laughs, very likable characters, a fun premise and a great setting. New episodes of Gravity Falls airs on Disney Channel, both regular and HD, on Fridays at 9:30pm, and knowing the way cable works they probably reair about 1000 other times a week as well. Please feel free to send me your thoughts on the show below in the comments section or to email me at: SuperfriendEd@Gmail.com.
Btw, I had to google image search for a picture of Dipper and Mabel Pines. I had forgotten to turn on “Safe Search”. My eyes… the goggles DO NOTHING.
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