Disney Channel travels to 'Gravity Falls'

Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00 AM Written by 

gravity_falls_blogDisney Channel's "Gravity Falls" debuted with a sneak preview earlier this month ahead of its time slot premiere Friday at 9:30 following a rerun of the show's pilot episode at 9 p.m.

Disney's description of the series:

Gravity Falls is just west of weird, slightly east of eerie and always north of normal, in a fresh new comedy series that follows city kids and twins Dipper and Mabel Pines who are sent to spend the summer with their eccentric Great Uncle Stan (aka Grunkle Stan) who runs a tourist trap called The Mystery Shack in a remote northwestern town where nothing is what it seems. There are creatures in the forest, there are monsters in the lake and even time traveling adventures.

Series creator/executive producer Alex Hirsch, who also voices "Grunkle Stan," said he was inspired to write a story about twins by his own relationship with his twin sister, Ariel.

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"Growing up with a twin you have a best friend and a worst enemy built into one," he said. "That always seemd like an interesting relationship for a TV show."

Friday's 9:30 p.m. episode, "Tourist Trapped," features a take on the Loch Ness Monster legend and an ending out of a "Scooby-Doo" episode but Hirsch said that's not representative of the series.

"I've always been aware of 'Scooby-Doo' but I would say the show is much more influenced by half-hour comedies like 'The Simpsons' than something like 'Scooby-Doo,'" he said. "The big difference is ['Gravity Falls'] is much more focused on the characters than it is on the mysteries. It probably has more of a character comedy aspect to it. As fun as 'Scooby-Doo' is, it's kind of the same every week.The bad guy always pulls off the monster mask and it turns out to be Old Man Jenkins. We have one or two episodes that riff on that cliche but we really are from episode-to-episode a very different show. Our third act mysteries run the gauntlet from fake monsters to real monsters to real time travel. Our show is more varied and weirder even than 'Scooby-Doo.'"

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