Gravity Falls Kids Movie DVD
Welcome To Gravity Falls!
Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle (Grunkle) Stan. Upon arrival, Grunkle Stan enlists the siblings¡¯ help in running The Mystery Shack, a self-owned tourist trap that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel¡¯s upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love.
But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town¡¯s mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own: one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls.
Includes All 40 Episodes!
I first heard about Gravity Falls around 2013-ish because my sister loved the show, but it wasn’t until about a year later in 2014 (shortly before season 2 started) that I finally gave it a shot myself, I fell in love with it almost immediately, it was funny, had really likeable characters, and there was a mystery aspect to the show that kept me interested. During 2014-2016 I was absolutely obsessed with the show and would even go so far as to say it was my favorite show during that time period. After a few episodes into the second season I finally decided to stop watching random episodes out of order and actually get caught up from the beginning, and from then on I watched every new episode shortly after they aired (as I had no access to Disney XD), and was actually excited to see where the story went, which was a first for a cartoon for me. I can’t even tell you how many YouTube videos I watched discussing theories about where the show would go next, which is something I almost never do for any other shows, but I was just that interested. It was a great show from beginning to end, and even at its weakest episodes it was still enjoyable. Kids can enjoy the show, but I honestly think it will appeal to teens and adults just as much, if not more. If you’ve never watched the show but are interested I can’t stress enough how much I recommend picking this up; also if it is your first time watching, don’t look anything about the show up, don’t read anything about it, don’t watch any videos about it, because you will get spoilers, and for a first time viewing no spoilers is the best way to go in. Also for this boxset specifically, don’t watch any of the extras or listen to any of the commentary tracks until you’ve watched the entire series, because they don’t hesitate to go into spoiler territory, and I mean like major spoiler stuff, during the commentary for the first episode they mention a huge reveal that happens near the end of season 2, so keep that in mind. It’s honestly a miracle this boxset even happened, as much as I really wanted a Blu-ray boxset of the show (or at least a DVD one) because I’m a sucker for physical media, I didn’t actually expect it to happen, because this is Disney we’re talking about, I don’t know if they have something against full series releases of their shows or something, but it seems to almost never happen, but I’m glad it happened for Gravity Falls.
Actors: Jason Ritter,Alex Hirsch,Kristen Schaal,Linda Cardellini
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 7
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release in: 2018
Why Gravity Falls Is the Smartest Cartoon on Television
While trying to convince my wife to join the rest of the family in watching the latest episode of Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls, I was asked to describe the show. I went on to tell of an animated series that combines the warm family element of Phineas and Ferb and outlandish characterization of Adventure Time with the snowballing conspiracies of the X-Files and Twin Peaks’ patently surreal setting. In short: a pair of quirky but supportive siblings head to an isolated town to spend the summer with their great uncle, and mystery ensues.
That served to get her attention. Just as it had captured mine.
There comes a time in every dad’s life when he must admit that he’s a slave to nostalgia. But the first step is, of course, simply admitting you have a problem. After that point you learn to meter your you-kids-today-have-it-so-easys and your back-in-my-days. If you’re really lucky you can also eliminate the bulk of your they-don’t-make-’em-like-they-used-tos.
The truth is, on many levels, they make them better than they used to. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the realm of children’s entertainment — specifically cartoons.
Gravity Falls represents many things; it’s a visual triumph powered by witty writing and a stellar voice cast, but it’s also a continuation of Disney Television Animation’s epic legacy. From The Gummi Bears to Darkwing Duck to Gargoyles, these properties blended varying amounts of adventure and humor, but their greatest asset was an unwavering level of quality. The continuing saga of Dipper, Mabel, Grunkle Stan and their extended cast of eccentric Oregonians is all this and more. Aided by the literal decades of advancements in animation technology since that television “Golden Age,” the show boasts both a new-school focus on plot and characterization and Disney’s historic attention to detail.
Not only does Gravity Falls reap the rewards of Disney Animation’s might, it also manages to incorporate standouts from other classic and contemporary properties. Creator Alex Hirsch cut his teeth as a writer for Cartoon Network’s wonderfully weird The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack alongside such creative heavyweights as Pen Ward and J.G. Quintel. He also contributes to another amazing modern day Disney animated television series, Fish Hooks.
Aaron Springer, the director responsible for, among other things, the exquisite “Dipper vs. Manliness” episode is similarly known for his writing and storyboard work on groundbreaking series like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dexter’s Laboratory. And that doesn’t even touch on Gravity Falls‘ phenomenal collection of actors!
While Hirsch himself serves as the voice behind the characters of Stan and handyman-child Soos, Kristen Schaal (Toy Story 3, The Daily Show) and Jason Ritter (son of the late John Ritter) fill the roles of the Mystery Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines while Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) rounds out the principle cast as their co-worker Wendy. All this combines to make Gravity Falls a veritable study in entertainment history.
While all the aforementioned behind-the-scenes talent helps solidify Gravity Falls as a technical triumph, the expressive dialogue and rock solid animation don’t exist merely for their own novelty. Each element of a script, a character, a story arc instead serves to power forward a rich and nuanced narrative. Yes, there are hilarious jokes that punctuate the show’s off-kilter sense of humor, but in Gravity Falls nothing happens by accident.
Those ever-present woodpeckers often spied in establishing shots? They turn out to be a proper plot device (not to mention one of the best gags) in the episode “Irrational Treasure.” The mysterious book that Dipper discovers in the show’s debut? “The Hand That Rocks the Mabel” shows us that it’s not the only one of its kind.
A hallmark of the modern intelligent television cartoon series is environmental cohesion – when Friendship Is Magic introduces a minotaur or Regular Show throws in ghost truckers you accept it as part of the expanding story-world – but Gravity Falls instead relies on a complex system of foreshadowing and callbacks that, in retrospect, seem to have been firmly in place since its inception. When an unexplained background character that inexplicably popped up in various pivotal scenes turned out to be Time Anomaly Removal Agent Blendin Blandin attempting to eliminate in-show paradoxes, I wasn’t exactly surprised but I was no less impressed.
Elements like Blandin are likely what make Gravity Falls such an engaging experience; the series actively encourages viewers to speculate, to investigate all the strange goings-on in this quaint northwestern town. Long before Manly Dan was revealed to be the father of Mystery Shack employee and auburn-haired object of Dipper’s affection Wendy, fans of the show had already connected the dots based on a photo of her brothers briefly shown in “Double Dipper” and a shot of Dan’s three sons from “The Legend of the Gobblewonker.”