This one is an animation but also fits into the trippy or Giggles category, “Gravity Falls” is a Disney creation – take out the plot line, the animation alone is phenomenal – stunning and award winning (no surprises there) add the plot on top and you’ve got a surprisingly creative masterpiece. The first few episodes set the scene of all the supernatural animated brilliance to come. It is an innovative and colourful satirical show that compliments Rick and Morty fans very, very well. Although its not as insane, it is one that can be watched by all ages and the hints to drugs and profanities are done subtlety but pretty hilariously accurate. Its worth noting that Justin Groiland (the creator & voice of BOTH Rick and Morty) is good friends with the creator of this show (Alex Hirsch) –and Groiland himself even does a cameo appearance in a few episodes.
They have some similar animation styles – i cant even imagine the fun these lads would have on set – fuck! Coming up with the incredible ideas for different episodes. Alex Hirsch – the creator of this beautiful show has brought to our attention that this is wholly completed in two seasons and contrary to popular want of the public for them to continue it on they maintained integrity and said that it was always to only be a two part season and written to perfection and he wouldn’t want to ever detract from that by milking the cash cow – lot of admiration for that man. I found this show when there was only a few episodes out and have been in love with it since! Bare with it the first few episodes aren’t as epic or well scripted but they’re setting the scene, this is something i tell people upfront, to start with perhaps either episode 5 “The Inconveniencing” or episode 9 “The Time Travellers Pig” as they’re some of the best episodes and also then they give you a more truthful depiction of the show as the first 3/4 episodes aren’t as enticing. So then you’ve got a solid look at what the show will be and can start from the beginning assured that it gets significantly better.
The show follows two kids ( Dipper and Mabel Pines ) who are shipped off to their uncle Stan’s house in the mysterious setting of the Town “Gravity Falls”.
You start to really appreciate the animation in it, the base characters are quite simplistically drawn but the surrounding locations are increasingly detailed. (Again this is a series where the animation beyond the base characters gets mind-bogglingly brilliant.) It is in leagues with Rick & Morty – both incredibly intelligent, witty and brilliant – one of my top 10 ultimate favourite shows – a solid 8.9 on IMDB and 91% on rotten tomatoes. Trust me, there is a reason for these ratings. I cannot recommend this enough – the story on a whole is actually a lot bigger & more intelligent than you’d think but you have to stick with it, The animation of the surrounding woods is pretty damn magical too.
We’ve got Mabel Pines, an eccentric but kind soul, and her brother Dipper who’s character is a little more complex, and then a load of other intergalactic creatures that we happen upon in the series.
There are many many cameo’s in this series as there is no limit to the amount of strange and eccentric characters that can dip into episodes. For instance, Mabel’s pet pig “Waddles” is voiced by none other than THE Neil DeGrasse Tyson. To name a few we have Nathan Fillion, Nick Offerman, John Oliver…. I’ve made a little gallery here so you can click and enlarge to see who’s portraying these lovable and quirky characters :
This show quite subtly caters to the pharmaceutically enhanced, Mabel comes across some “Smile Dip” and pays no heed to the warnings..
and finds herself somewhere extremely interesting, some pretty hilarious and relatable acid references – she’s literally sitting on the ground of this shop tripping balls – something which does not go unnoticed by her friends.
Different themes and adventures are explored in each episode with an over-riding story arc. Although you don’t realize it a few episodes in, all of the crazy rambunctious shenanigans are actually inextricably linked, you just don’t see all the links at first sight. In one episode they discover a time machine and have far too much fun, this episode in particular has some seriously Rick Sanchez humour.
We’ve got some big nods to Justin Groiland’s team with some very Rick and Morty futuristic times – there’s several fan theories linking the two universes together, something i’ll give you evidence of a little further down the post.
Along with some entirely unnerving encounters
There is a gigantic plot involving a malevolent triangle named Bill Cipher who’s conspiracy runs deep and penetrates the entire two seasons. Don’t let his simplistic appearance fool you, this thing is off the charts in psychopathic tendencies. (Its reads a very ‘Illuminati-esque’ conspiracy)
We’ve got some spaceships floating about
& eerily spooky islands
Along with a few journals of mystery that will legit keep you up at night pondering its secrets, this is a show that you can watch with kids of any age whilst babysitting or hanging out. There are some adult jokes but they are insinuated or suggested and go right over the heads of anyone below 16. Since Rick and Morty is something you couldn’t watch with any kids, Disney’s “Gravity Falls” picked up a serious paycheck as the series is adored by people of all ages, kids included. So dive in and enjoy.
So smoke up + enjoy the magic
It’s thoroughly enjoyable high or sober, the first time i watched the series i was sober, as it was coming out weekly so everytime a new episode was out i would watch it immediately, rewatching on the other hand was normally stoned, since the episodes are so short (same length as Rick and Morty) binge watching them on the weekends with a bitta herb is perfect.