Disney’s ‘Gravity Falls’ is the animated show you need in your life
Unless for some reason you have a predilection for watching the Disney Channel, there is a very small chance you know about one of the best shows of the last few years.
You may be saying to yourself: “There’s no way you are going to convince me that there is anything on Disney Channel that I would ever watch, unless Phineas and Ferb somehow got renewed for more seasons.” Unfortunately for the world, Phineas and Ferb is officially over and actually not the hidden programming jewel to which I was referring.
Gravity Falls is an animated high concept comedy targeted to ages 12 and up. However, before you assume that I’m one of those people who constantly wears Disney character apparel, invites you to play Facebook games, and likes my own Instagram posts, let me give you somewhat of an explanation as to why Gravity Falls is such a great show.
First and foremost, the writing on Gravity Falls is spectacular. For those of you who are familiar with the phenomenal show Rick and Morty on Adult Swim, the writing style seems very similar. The main characters are a young boy named Dipper and his twin sister Mabel who are on their summer vacation staying over their Great Uncle (frequently shortened to just simply “Grunkle”) Stan’s place in Gravity Falls, Oregon. The plot of the show revolves around the fact that Gravity Falls is far from normal. Stan owns and lives in The Mystery Shack, a tourist trap that frequently acts a foil to the rest of the town in its apparent lack of supernatural presence. Other characters include Coos, a middle-aged “mole of a person” who works as the general maintenance staff, and Wendy, a red-headed teen who is the cashier and serves as Dipper’s love interest.
But what really makes the show so appealing is that it is just such a compelling story with characters that are not only loveable, but personable too. In a way, the show does share some elements of the other show Kristen Schaal appears in (Bob’s Burgers) by gradually revealing more and more about characters throughout the progression of the series to allow viewers to become invested in as well as having cute and meticulously done artwork throughout the series jammed packed with Easter eggs for serious and casual fans alike.
Did I mention how awesome the theme music is? Imagine if you added a youthful, adventurous enthusiasm to the already peppy theme of The Office and voilà: you would have the formula for the Gravity Falls main title theme.
Having something like Gravity Falls to fall asleep to is great, because if you are like me, there’s nothing like a calm, happy show to gently fall asleep whilst watching. Similar programming includes Ratatouille, Chopped, and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.
In conclusion, as much as it may seem weird to take the time to watch a Disney show, I strongly recommend you give it a shot, because you may just like it. With mid-terms coming and your brain about to be disintegrated from the influx of studying and then complete withdraw from intellectual stimuli, there is a good chance the kid in you will lap up the wonders of Gravity Falls.
Or, you may hate it, and in which case, I implore you to tell me so in the comments, and give me relevant suggestions as to what I should spend my time writing instead.
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