“Gravity Falls’” voracious fanbase, including its almost 8,000 subreddit subscribers, zealously dissects each secret that creator-exec producer Alex Hirsch weaves into each episode.
“The more obsessive, weird stuff I hide, the more people find it and they love it,” Hirsch says. “It’s like a message in a bottle that’s returned a thousandfold by weirdos of the Internet.”
Based on Hirsch’s childhood summer adventures with twin sister, Ariel, the Disney Channel comedy breaks the mold with its half-hour format.
This structural difference allows Hirsch to tell multi-layered stories with richer themes that are more akin to “miniature movies” than other animated children’s shows.
“When you’re drawing from observation and experience, whether you intend to or not, you’ll create a more relatable cartoon,” Hirsch says.
— Maane Khatchatourian