Wednesday, 14 November 2012
The Disney Channel is synonymous with kids' shows and cartoons (Kim Possible, Hanna Montana, etc). As always, the appeal changes with age and with each successive generation. Rarely will you ever find Disney shows, especially animated ones, that appeal to all ages... unless there's something wrong with me.
Gravity Falls is an animated TV series that's actually funny and clever. The show follows the adventures of 12-year-old twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines, whose summer plans are ruined when their parents send them off to their Great Uncle Stan in the town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. "Grunkle" Stan lives in and runs The Mystery Shack, a tourist trap which overcharges unlucky visitors for a glimpse at the world's most bizarre museum. Little do Dipper and Mabel know that there really is something very strange going on and they must rely on one another to find their way in this unfamiliar town.
Most animated shows in the US are "kiddified" (Dora the Explorer), stoner (Spongebob Squarepants), or just really out there (Adventure Time). Gravity Falls is just the right kind clever and funny. It doesn't stray from what it is trying to do. Think of Scooby Doo and the X-Files with just the right amount of comedy that caters to everyone, independent from pop culture references (I'm looking at you, Family Guy).
It's a new show that premiered earlier this summer. So far, it's the most watched cartoon in Disney's history and has garnered them the most viewers they've had in quite a long time. You should give it a try.
Have you watched Gravity Falls? Do your kids watch it?