A truly sad announcement from “Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch today as the artist told his Tumblr followers that the series’ next two episodes will be its last. In the official posting Hirsch stated, “There are so many shows that go on endlessly until they lose their original spark, or mysteries that are cancelled before they ever get a chance to payoff.” Hirsch added, “But I wanted Gravity Falls to have a mystery that had a real answer, an adventure that had a real climax, and an ending that had a real conclusion for the characters I care so much about. This is very unusual in television and a pretty big experiment, and Disney for their part has been enormously supportive.”
“Alex Hirsch had a masterful plan for the stories and characters of Gravity Falls and, through 40 episodes and 17 shorts, he and a team of outstanding writers, artists and actors consistently delivered an inspired and unique story,” Disney said in a statement released today. “Alex made the decision to conclude the story at this time, and while we’re disappointed we all won’t have the opportunity to explore more of the Gravity Falls world, we respect his creative vision.”
The Emmy award winning show was first introduced to fans back in 2012. The adventure-comedy follows twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines as they spend the summer with their great uncle, Grunkle Stan. Their adventures take place in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon where the show gets its name.
Upon their arrival, Grunkle Stan enlists the siblings’ help in running The Mystery Shack, a fun tourist trap he owns that overcharges unsuspecting customers. Although Dipper and Mabel quickly discover The Mystery Shack itself is a hoax, they sense there is something strange about their new town, and together they begin to unlock the secrets of Gravity Falls.
The series, created and executive-produced by 2007 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate Alex Hirsch (“Fish Hooks,” “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”), is a production of Disney Television Animation. Set in the Pacific Northwest woods, the series features supernatural elements of adventure and mystery, inspired by the real-life summer trips shared by Hirsch and his twin sister while visiting relatives as kids.
Thrust into their new summer home, the fish-out-of-water twins try to adapt to their weird surroundings, especially Grunkle Stan, whose insatiable appetite for money drives him to spin every opportunity into a financial advantage. While Dipper grumbles about the prospect of the same boring routine of working at Grunkle Stan’s hokey shop, his extremely optimistic sister seizes the chance to seek out an epic summer romance.
However, summer becomes much more interesting for the siblings after Dipper inadvertently uncovers a cryptic journal that offers insight into the strange and wondrous mysteries of Gravity Falls. Before long, Dipper begins noticing the town’s idiosyncrasies, and with the book in tow and his enthusiastic desire to vanquish evil, he sets out to investigate the village secrets. Trapped together in the small isolated town, the siblings quickly realize they need each other to battle the imminent mysteries lurking in Gravity Falls.
Smart and conventional, Dipper Pines can’t wait to leave adolescence in the rear view mirror. A born adventurer at heart, Dipper can’t sit still and is always looking for the next riddle to solve. His scrupulous attention to detail comes in handy when he is off figuring out the mystery of the day, but sometimes his overzealousness leaves others questioning his credibility. He is wise beyond his years, and his refusal to sit still when there are puzzles to be solved leaves him restless in everyday situations.
Mabel Pines is a buoyant and energetic optimist who skips through life with a braces-filled smile and an assortment of extremely colorful knit sweaters. It is her outgoing personality and fearless curiosity that comes in handy when Dipper needs help solving a mystery, even if she isn’t always aware of it. Mabel lives in a world of pre-teen novels, and her fixation on finding her one true love occasionally lands her in sticky situations which ultimately require her brother’s help. Still, despite the weirdness in Gravity Falls, Mabel is always a “glass half full” kind of girl.
Grunkle Stan is a gruff and miserly salesman who has finally managed to set up shop in a town with enough unsuspecting customers to sell his worthless knickknacks. His flair for showmanship is oddly hypnotizing, and thus he is able to make money by peddling the bogus trinkets and baubles in his store. His work ethic is mainly driven by his desire to make money, so when he’s not generating an income, he’s usually at home watching television. Even though he sends the twins on unpredictable and outrageous errands, he always has their best interests at heart and loves them unconditionally.
You can read the official TUMBLR post to fans, the show stars Jason Ritter (“Parenthood,” “The Event”) as Dipper Pines, Kristen Schaal (“The Muppets,” “The Flight of the Conchords”) as Mabel Pines, Alex Hirsch as Grunkle Stan and Soos and Linda Cardellini (“ER,” “Freaks and Geeks”) as Wendy.