Things are always a bit spooky on Disney Channel's new hit animated series Gravity Falls, but the show returns Friday with a special Halloween-themed episode that aspires to even greater chills.
Gravity Falls revolves around siblings Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal) as they spend time with their eccentric great uncle ("Grunkle Stan," voiced by creator Alex Hirsch) over the summer. So how does the show pull off a Halloween episode? Simple: In the twisted town of Gravity Falls, Halloween is also celebrated in the summer, complete with "Jack-o-Melons" and trick or treating in the sunlight.
It's The X-Files meets Twin Peaks — but animated, and for kids. Disney Channel's Gravity Falls, which airs a new episode Aug. 24 at 9:30/8:30c, may be unlike any other cartoon out there. Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal play Dipper and Mabel Pines, siblings who are forced to spend the summer with their eccentric great-uncle in a town where very weird things happen. Creator Alex Hirsch says he conceives each episode like a "little movie," as the show explores its versions of urban legends. We asked him to scare up some reasons why we should investigate Gravity Falls.
It's The X-Files meets Twin Peaks — but animated. Oh, and for kids. Disney Channel's Gravity Falls, which launches tonight at 9:30/8:30c, may be unlike any other cartoon out there for the runny-nose set — and that's the appeal.
Disney, which already reinvented its cartoon brand with irreverent fare like megahit Phineas and Ferb, goes even further down that path with Gravity Falls, the tale of a brother and sister forced to spend the summer with their great-uncle (or "Grunkle") in a town where very weird things happen. Jason Ritter plays bright-eyed youngster Dipper Pines, while Kristen Schaal provides the voice of his eager sister Mabel. Linda Cardellini is on board as teenager Wendy, the older object of Dipper's affections.