Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales, a Review

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Disney, Features, The Disney Review

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Published on October 19, 2013 at 2:00 am with 3 Comments

George: Gravity Falls debuted on the Disney Channel in 2012 and seemed to be an unlikely hit. When Disney offered a review copy, I jumped on it, mainly because it’s a popular show with my boys. It’s been described as X-Files meets Eureka for kids. Gravity Falls is about Dipper and Mabel Pines, fraternal twins that are sent to spend the summer with their great uncle Stan (called Grunkle Stan). Grunkle Stan runs the Mystery Shack, a local museum/shop of the weird.


Jeff: I like your almost use of the term “museum of the weird,” George. Because that is exactly what the Mystery Shack is…a museum of weird stuff! Like George, I jumped on the chance to review this. I caught it when it premiered back in 2012, and have seen most of the episodes. The DVD set collects only six of the episodes from the series, but man, do I love it!


George: The transfer quality is good. I was surprised at a few points where the image pixelated. Not sure if it was my DVD copy or the transfer. The stories are a lot fun and hint at the amount of mysteries throughout the rest of the series and hopefully what will come. I’ve mentioned that it can be compared to X-Files with a comedic bent in the storytelling . The lead and ancillary characters are well thought out and play well in the confines of the story. Some of the antagonists are quite odd and reminded me a little of the characters from The Regular Show. 

Jeff: I think it has the right combination of “normal” characters and “odd” ones, which help balance it out. While it may not be as consistently smart as Phineas & Ferb is, it certainly has a lot of charm and is quite hilarious. No, that wasn’t just your DVD, as I did see a bit of pixelization as well on mine, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the episodes at all.


George: Sadly, there are only six episodes on the disc, which is half of the 2012 season. The episodes are: Tourist Trapped, the Legend of the Gobblewonker, Headhunters, the Hand that Rocks the Mabel, the Inconveniencing, Dipper VS. Manliness. I’m a little confused as to why Disney would release only six episodes except for the fact that they can get more money from more discs being sold. The main bonus was the inclusion of a mini Mystery Journal.

Jeff: Having a copy of Mystery Journal #3 was pretty cool, but I definitely would have liked the entire season on the disc. Even if not, some special features would have been great, too. The voice acting on this show is top notch, so maybe showing the actors in the studio recording would have been great. But again, even without that, I enjoyed the disc quite a bit…I just wish it was longer!


George: So, in some roundabout way, we’re both saying that we really love the show but we’re not too enthused about the Gravity Falls DVD release. I was surprised that the disc was pretty lackluster in the features section. There were a few Easter Eggs but they didn’t do much besides show a screen image or a character. It would have been pretty interesting to see a featurette about the origins of Gravity Falls or some of the mysteries.

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  • DobbysCloset

    I had Gravity Falls confused with Schweitzer Falls for a moment and was waiting for the Backside of Water Joke.

    The show sounds wonderful, Scooby Doo meets the Skeptical Inquirer.. I have neither children nor television service and am woefully out of touch, though Netflix and YouTube have treasures of their own.

    DVD releases are indeed in a sorry state. The manager at my pawn shop says they’re obsolete. The ticket books of media. The library is in flux between hard copies of anything and promoting new technology and English Second Language materials, so I would have to wait in line behind thousands of children for any kids’ product…

    I no longer buy DVDs unless I’m going to watch them over and over (which at least kids will do) and they have commentaries and special features. It takes me a week to work my way through “20,000 Leagues,” with the commentary, without the commentary, new squid, reject squid. I bought “John Carter” because I’d waited fifty years for it, but I’ve not bought “Magnificent Oz” yet…even though I’ve got a lovely deluxe Oz package for the 1939 movie.

    Thanks for a lovely moment of morning confusion. I will be thinking about how I always thought the back side of water was just an innocent observation; now I will wonder if the Backside of Water has fart jokes attached to it. Perhaps your boys know the answer?

    • Freddie Freelance
      I had Gravity Falls confused with Schweitzer Falls for a moment and was waiting for the Backside of Water Joke.

      Now I want “The Backside of Gravity” to be part of “Gravity Falls”, maybe as a local investigative journalism show that Dipper wants to be on, or a celebrity gossip show that only covers local celebrities and is hosted by Soos.

  • Nymo

    As a Gravity Falls fan, I had to pick up the DVD regardless, especially to help support the show and tell Disney through my dollars that I want to see more of Gravity Falls (Even bought kids meals at Subway just to get Gravity Falls lunch bags).

    It is a bit of a bummer to see Disney release the series in “volumes” rather than by full seasons, but I guess they’re just following the typical kids animated show release where they bring it out a few episodes at a time with little to no extras. Hopefully, if there’s enough sales, I’d like to see them do a full, proper season one Blu-Ray with behind the scenes features.

    Also would have like to see more “mystery”. Aside from the little easter egg animations, there’s not much hidden in this release. Didn’t really see any hidden messages similar to the codes at the end of each credits or any other hidden surprises. The journal #3 and box are nice, but was hoping for a bit more from this half-season release.

    Still: The episodes look good, and kinda fun to hear the show in multiple languages.