18 Fun Facts About Gravity Falls
The rumors were all true: Gravity Falls is coming to an end after just two seasons. It wasn't canceled, though; showrunner Alex Hirsch had a definite end to the series in mind, and it has now reached its natural conclusion. Bummer. The final episode, “Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls,” will air on February 15. To tide you over until then, here are a few mysteries we've unraveled about the show.
1. Soos is based on Jesus Chambrot, a college friend of series creator Alex Hirsch.
“Jesus was of indeterminate age—we knew that he was a few years older than the rest of my friends at CalArts but we never knew how old for sure,” Hirsch has said. “We figured maybe 20, 22? Then one day he took off his hat, revealing he was bald. It was vaguely traumatizing for all involved. Out of respect we never asked him.”
2. Dipper and Mabel are loosely based on Alex and his twin sister, Ariel.
Some of Ariel’s character traits that have shown up in Mabel include a love of boy bands, a bit of boy craziness, and, in general, just being “goofy and nuts and full of love.” Hirsch said he takes particular pleasure in “taking my memor[ies] of growing up with my sister and fusing them with some kind of magic weirdness. The relationship between the twins is very much based on my relationship with my twin sister.”
3. Mabel’s fantastic sweaters are also rooted in real life.
In particular, a lime green troll doll sweater that Hirsch’s sister wore in elementary school. “[The sweater had] a gem sticking out of the belly and actual hair that stuck to it, and I just remember, even though I was very young, being like, ‘This is unusual. It is weird that she is wearing this in public.’” But there’s more to the sweaters than fond memories of tacky childhood knitwear. Hirsch felt that Mabel’s character is so fun-loving and bubbly, she wouldn’t wear the same outfit week after week like cartoon characters in many animated series do.
4. Grunkle Stan may seem too good to be true, but he is based on Alex Hirsch’s grandpa—gold chain and all!
Here’s Stan’s doppelgänger, Hirsch's grandfather, with the young Hirsch twins. Even the “Grunkle” part was inspired by a great aunt who called herself “Graunty Lois.”
5. There's a link between the name “Dipper” and acne.
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According to Hirsch, Dipper’s distinctive forehead birthmark really was a naturally occurring phenomenon—sort of. “There was a kid in my high school who had horrendous acne, and I took great pleasure in mapping out his face like the constellations. Without him knowing, I would draw his daily weird acne cluster, and think, ‘Hmm, this could be Orion.’ And one day he just had a perfect Big Dipper on his forehead.”
6. Gravity Falls itself was inspired by Boring, Oregon.
As a child, Hirsch remembers taking road trips and being “enchanted” that there was a town called Boring (which dubs itself "The Most Exciting Place to Live"). "Gravity Falls is partially from what I imagine Boring might be like. Or maybe the opposite of Boring, Oregon, would be Gravity Falls."
7. Jason Ritter almost got replaced.
Ritter shot the pilot for Gravity Falls, but by the time Disney picked it up, he had already committed to another show. That show wouldn’t allow him to work on Gravity Falls simultaneously, so he had to let Dipper go. Fortunately for fans, Ritter’s other show got canceled, and he was able to step back into the role since the Falls folks hadn’t found a replacement for him yet.
8. Kristen Schaal was the first choice for Mabel.
“In terms of Mabel, I knew from the get-go that it’s got to be Kristen Schaal or there’s no show,” Hirsch said. “I would’ve just stopped working. If we hadn’t gotten her, I would have probably quit.”
9. Smart Waddles was voiced by Neil deGrasse Tyson—and he's just one of many celebrity voice cameos.
In one episode, Mabel’s pet pig Waddles eats a mushroom powder that turns him into a super genius who has built a machine that allows him to talk. That genius? Neil deGrasse Tyson, of course. If you have an ear for voices, you may also have heard John Oliver (Wax Sherlock Holmes), Nathan Fillion, (Preston Northwest), Lance Bass (member of the boy band Sev'ral Timez), J.K. Simmons (Stanford Pines), Alfred Molina (Multi-Bear), and Louis C.K. (The Horrifying Sweaty One-Armed Monstrosity).
10. There's a Homestar Runner Connection.
If you were a fan of the Internet cartoon Homestar Runner and find that Gravity Falls humor is also right up your alley, there may be a reason for that: Homestar co-creator and voice actor Matt Chapman was a writer for the show.
11. Alex Hirsch writes all of the ciphers himself.
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They’re usually inserted into the show at the last minute. Here’s a list of all of them thus far.
12. You Can Listen to the Theme Song in Reverse.
You’ll hear a whisper that tells you how to unravel the cipher at the end of each episode. They change as the ciphers change—the one above drops the hint to “Switch A and Z.”
13. You're not imagining those references to Twin Peaks.
Since they’re both supernatural-based shows that take place in the Pacific Northwest, Hirsch and his writers thought it would be fun to sneak in a few design references.
14. Between seasons one and two, the creative team took a road trip up the Oregon coast.
They stopped at every tacky tourist attraction they could find, including “Confusion Hill” and “Trees of Mystery.” Though they did this after the series started, they were surprised (and pleased) at how well they had nailed some of the more subtle aspects of these Mystery Shack-like stops.
15. There’s an animated version of Hirsch in every episode.
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At the end of the theme song, we’re shown a stack of Polaroid pictures showing the twins’ various summer shenanigans. There’s one underneath some others at the very top that’s not even entirely in the shot, but you can just make out the red goatee that represents Mr. Hirsch.
16. There's not a grand scheme connecting Gravity Falls to Rick and Morty.
Some fans have noticed references to Gravity Falls appearing on the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. Interesting? Yes, but don't read too much into it—it's simply because Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland once worked on the Disney show FishHooks with Alex Hirsch. "We both dreamed one day of having our own weird TV shows, and we would talk about ways in which we would childishly abuse this power," Hirsch told Entertainment Weekly. "For some reason, the universe has blessed us with our mad wishes ... We started putting little Easter eggs in our shows that sort of connected the two. Our motivation for that is primarily to freak people out and blow their minds. The impression of a grand brilliant design is probably more something that the fans have invented."
17. Another hidden thing to watch for: The letter "H."
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According to the Disney Channel's Facebook page, the appearance of the letter "H" throughout the series is no mystery: They're subtle nods to "Hirsch."
18. There's more weirdness to come.
It’s unfortunate that the show is ending, but don’t worry—Hirsch has some new tricks up his sleeve for the new animated series he's developing for Fox. “I’m cooking up some brand-new weirdness,” he has said.
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The Disney Channel's Gravity Falls is probably the best new animated series of the year. The combination of sophisticated storytelling, a creepy over-arching mystery (complete with backwards-masking in the opening, cryptic clues scattered through the episodes and a six-fingered hand on the cover of a forgotten tome), and the genuine emotion of the show's two main characters, Dipper and Mabel, has made it a hit with both its intended audience of kids and with adults.
Now, with the news that Mabel would be adopting a pig this week -- which, if you haven't watched the show, I assure you is a pretty huge deal -- I had the opportunity to speak to show creator Alex Hirsch and find out a little bit more about how much of the show was influenced by his own life, the surprising references to David Lynch's Twin Peaks and, yes, Mabel's truly amazing collection of sweaters.ComicsAlliance: Presumably, your sister never dated a guy who turned out to be six gnomes, but I am a little curious as to how much of the show is based on your own experiences growing up.
Alex Hirsch: Well, the first thing is to start with my sister. When I came up with the show and pitched it to Disney, the thing that I was most excited about -- sort of tied in excitement with being able to tell stories with magic, monsters and mayhem -- was to make fun of my sister for twenty stories a year. I was really excited to mine my comedic relationship with my sister, to deliver her weirdness to America, and that's probably the core of the series.
When me and my sister were growing up, we just had very different personalities. I was sort of analytical and took myself too seriously, and she was sort of goofy and nuts and full of love -- too much love, she had a crush on a different guy every week. And of course I would just be off in the corner, silently judging and saying "I don't know about these guys." One of the joys of the show has been taking my memory of growing up with my sister and fusing them with some kind of magic weirdness. The relationship between the twins is very much based on my relationship with my twin sister.
CA: It's a really kind of refreshing relationship, because as different as they are, they're not conflicted at all. They seem to genuinely like each other.
AH: That's an interesting thing, because that's something that, as people have been watching the show and we've been getting fan reactions, we've gotten a huge amount of fan correspondence about saying "Thank you! Thank you for having siblings that don't hate each other!" Everyone is so used to that, because storytelling is about conflict and so is comedy, so the natural place for the writer is to have characters constantly snipe and dig and dis each other. I think the funny thing is, Dipper and Mabel actually do that. They actually fight and poke and prod each other constantly, but it's in a loving way.
Dipper will knock Mabel off of a chair or Mabel will completely undermine the purpose of something Dipper's trying to accomplish, but they both do it with smiles on their faces. They enjoy each other's company even though they get on each other's nerves, and I think the underlying fact that they love each other means that we can get away with that stuff and it'll never feel mean-spirited.
CA: While we're talking about Mabel, I do have on my notes two words written and underlined: Mabel's sweaters.
CA: I love those. I love that they're different every time there's a scene change and that you can mark the passage of time. Was that something that's in any way inspired by reality?
AH: My sister, when we were in Elementary school, had one particular lime green fuzzy troll doll sweater with a gem sticking out of the belly and actual hair that stuck to it, and I just remember, even though I was very young, being like "This is unusual. It is weird that she is wearing this in public."
I was always so amused and delighted by that that I thought it would be fun to put it in the show. As far as the constant changing, it's such a standard cartoon trope that every character has their same blue shirt and same shoes that they wear in each show, and I just thought that Mabel's character is so ADD and so fun-loving that she would not be confined to one outfit. We and the artists have a lot of fun coming up with all of her sweaters on a weekly basis, and occasionally putting symbols in the sweaters that might thematically relate to things. It's very in character for her.
CA: I was really fond of the one that just had a 3.25" floppy disk on it.
AH: [Laughs] That was her sleep shirt, and it was one of those things where I remember when we were kids, you'd have a big shirt that you'd sleep in, and if it was big, it probably wasn't yours. It was a hand-me-down, and our thought was maybe Mabel's dad was at some Windows '95 conference or something and got some promotional shirt in a bag that he never wanted to wear, and that became Mabel's sleep-time shirt. We like coming up with histories and digging into where these characters are from.
CA: I know so many people who would be 100% into an art book that was just the story of Mabel's sweaters.
AH: The origin of each one! One funny thing was, when we had a wrap party, we got the whole crew and everybody together to premiere the first episode. My sister came down, she lives in San Francisco, and she brought THE sweater from elementary school. With a lot of peer pressure, we were able to talk her into putting it on, and it's funny. When she was a kid, it was huge, now it finally fits her.
CA: You talked about infusing the relationships with magic, and that's one of the things that I really like about the show and that I think kids as well as older viewers can really respond to. It takes those childhood problems and presents them with a sort of magic realism.
AH: Sure, yeah.
CA: Obviously you've go the episode with the Gobblewonker that's about spending time with your family, and "Dipper vs. Manliness" is a really good example, too. Is that difficult to approach, or does it flow naturally from exaggerating those childhood problems?
AH: It is a challenge in terms of writing. I'd say that my sensibilities lean more towards straight comedy, but my feeling was that if I was going to do a kids' show, if I'm going to be working on a kids' network, I'm not going to be able to go full-on crazy hardcore intense comedy, because that won't be allowed here. So my feeling was, if I can't be this crazy intense super-comedy, I'll be as funny as I can but I'll try to be something else. I'll try to be... how about sweet and sincere?
I'll try to have some magical realism and do my best at doing stories that have some emotional truth to them, because that would round out the entertainment meal. It's one of those things where I've pitched to other networks before and I've talked to people in different studios, and I think there's sort of a fear in some places, particularly at networks that have an over-emphasis on being cool or trying to follow what they think the zeitgeist is this minute. There's a fear of sincerity, and a fear of characters being emotionally invested. There's kind of a "can't the characters all just be kind of sassy jerks who don't learn anything?"
I was raised in the '90s. I love Seinfeld. You know what I mean? I love it. But I kind of thought it would be an interesting challenge and it would be a rewarding challenge to create something that had stories with some kind of, not melodrama, but drama. Personal drama. And in terms of infusing it with magic and stuff, that's a challenge. It's a challenge figuring out how to take a conflict that's internal and how to externalize it with some sort of visual metaphor, and how to make that adventure fit with our world. That's the challenge of writing on the show, and sometimes we do it better than others. It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun.
CA: Was there any particular episode that fans responded to along those lines?
AH: Yeah. I mean, really, all of them. We've gotten a great response to one of our recent episodes, "Double Dipper."
Dipper clones himself to try to have someone help him out over-planning this perfect moment with the girl he has a crush on, Wendy. The fans really loved how funny and crazy it was that he made these clones, but they also loved that even though he and the clones end up getting in a fight, at the end, he and the main clone end up sharing a soda together on the porch and having a talk about life.
That was something they never saw coming, that the biggest, most shocking surprise is that instead of being evil, his clone is kind of reasonable and they share a moment and grow a little bit. I think that both informs the story and it's also surprising. It's also funny. Sometimes a sincere moment is the most surprising thing you can write.
CA: One thing I wanted to make sure to ask you about, this is another one that got double-underlined on my notes: There are a lot of surprising references to Twin Peaks on the show.
CA: That's something I'm a huge fan of, and something that, on the adult side of things, deals with very adult issues in a way that has that same kind of magical realism to it. Is there a lot of crossover between Twin Peaks fans and Gravity Falls fans?
AH: Twin Peaks fans have existed for decades, and Gravity Falls fans are only just beginning, so the crossover... I haven't seen a Venn diagram, but more people picked up on it than I ever thought. I love Twin Peaks, and because the show takes place in a similar Pacific Northwest location and has some of these magical themes, I thought it would be funny to... not even parody it, but acknowledge with some design choices that influence. I've been very surprised and pleased that people have picked up on it and embraced it.
CA: The distinct look of the show is really cool. I loved the club that's shaped like a Club, which was where one of those Twin Peaks references came in.
AH: That was one of those things where "How about we make it look like a David Lynch nightmare? That might be a fun change of pace."
CA: Chris Haley and Eugene Ahn, who do the Gravity Falls Gossiper Podcast, are two good friends of mine.
AH: Ah, those fellas. You know, I'm a little worried about them. I think you need to get them some girlfriends or something, because, uh... [laughs] I am so excited and delighted and amazed that they care enough to put in the kind of fan love that they put in. To even make a podcast, I mean... my goodness. When we wrote these episodes, we didn't know if anybody over the age of seven would be watching them, and man, is it rewarded. The kind of fan outpouring that we've been getting already has been great, and they were cool enough to ask me to do some Grunkle Stan for their podcast. That was a lot of fun.
CA: I haven't listened to that yet because I just got caught up on the show this weekend.
AH: It's a little rambly. I have a hunch that next time Stan speaks publicly, it'll be a little more polished.
Gravity Falls airs every week on Friday at 9:30 Eastern on the Disney Channel. It's well worth checking out!
Gravity Falls is one of the well-loved shows on Disney Channel. Taking the lead in the show is Mabel Pines, a young girl who’s full of charm, vibrant energy and optimism. Mabel and her twin brother Dipper live in Gravity Falls in Oregon with their great uncle Stan where the adventures happen.
Mabel has a personality that’s oozing with whimsical nature and adorable spirit. She is sweet and kind to a fault, which also oftentimes gets her into trouble. Her little brother Dipper who’s younger by a mere five minutes, is the more serious type. He is more calculated, thinks logically, and fortunately for Mabel, he always comes to her rescue.
Mabel often finds herself in trouble, and different sorts of adventures with naïve yet enthusiastic personality so young children can easily relate to the characters. But apart from her positive outlook in life, young girls also adore Mabel Pine’s charming fashion style, often making her a subject for cosplays and Halloween.
See more Gravity Falls inspired costume guides here.
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How to Make a Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls Costume
Mabel’s unique ensemble consists of an oversized sweater, skater skirt, headband, black flats and white socks. Putting together Mabel Pines costume is easy with this DIY guide.
Mabel’s statement fashion piece is her oversized sweater, often with a cowl-neck style. The sweater is always in bold and vibrant color and often comes with a cute graphic. Typically, Mabel’s sweater is adorned with an image of a falling star, which is just apt for her kind and sweet image.
Mabel is known for wearing a stylish headband. You can wear any headband, but if you want to be more like her, you’d pick one that matches the color of your sweater.
Mabel pairs off her sweater with a skater skirt most of the time. In fact, you’d hardly see her wearing anything but a skirt – not shorts, not pants. You have the option to wear any skirt, but if you’re looking for a skirt that’s closely to Mabel’s consider opting for a purple or eggplant-colored one with a skater style. Mabel likes to color-coordinate so make sure that the headband’s color matches with the sweater, while skirt’s color contrasts with the skirt.
To finish off Mabel Pines look, wear a pair of black flats (a typical pair of black school shoes should work) along with a pair of short white socks.
Mabel has long brown hair that she always wears down. If your hair isn’t brown or long, consider wearing a wig to create a more convincing look.
Mabel always has flushed cheeks so make sure you put some blush on. Also, put a layer or two of mascara to make your eyes pop, just like Mabel’s.
Lastly, Mabel isn’t Mabel without the braces on. If you don’t have braces, you can always purchase fake ones at a really affordable price.
You can be a Mabel Pines for a cosplay with minimal effort because most of the items in her staple garb are easy to find. Lastly, make sure to attend the event with a sunny and vibrant personality to portray a convincing Mabel Pines cosplay!
About Mabel Pines
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