Okay, this isn’t easy to say, but I have a confession to make.
This isn’t easy.
I’m a big fan of the cartoon Gravity Falls.
Yes! That’s right! I admit it, and I’m not ashamed! It’s a really fantastic cartoon, channeling the weird humor of the cult classic “Courage the Cowardly Dog”, but smarter and, yes, funnier. “Courage” relied on essentially the same plot week after week. “Gravity Falls” is, by contrast, really a wild card in terms of what to expect. It has character development, great characters, an interesting story, and terrific animation and voice acting (the voice actress who plays Mabel is especially a treat to listen to).
Also, the AV Club reviewer for the show is the same guy who reviews “Justified”, and he’s great, so that’s cool too.
If you want to get your best introduction to the show, watch the pilot episode, “Tourist Trapped”. The big twist of the episode is an absolutely perfect set up for the show. Throughout the episode it seems as if you’re watching a typical kids cartoon – kind of cute but nothing you’d show anybody over ten, maybe 12, or so. But the twist is HILARIOUS, unexpected, and completely logical given what we know of the episode up to that point, and it sets up the template for the show to come in spectacularly funny fashion.
The reason I bring this up now is because a new episode just aired, and it was a complete game-changer for the plot. I just wanted to say that the end of the episode, where Mabel is challenged to either make the logical choice or trust Grunkle Stan, was the best type of dramatic moment, because I honestly didn’t know what Mabel would do. And THAT is good storytelling.
Whew. Got that off my chest.
I don’t expect to talk about this show a lot, but for what it’s worth if you’re any fan of cartoons I whole-heartedly recommend it.