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Reviews Comments: Pretty good but could do better Gravity Falls episode/issue review by Spider Fan 14

Don't get me wrong, this is one of the more daring disney cartoons to come out when they stopped making the derivative "X characters go to school" cartoons due to the Getting Crap Past The Radar and a genuine creepy story arc similar to the Disney Afternoon era. The main problem I have with the show is the voice work.

The main three, Dipper, Mabel and Gruncle Stan i find are slightly miscasted or misused. Dipper sounds unconvincing as a kid, I wish they had someone like Zack Shada (Finn) from Adventure Time to do his voice. The jokes about his age in "The Inconviencing" would ring more truthfully. Kristen Schall's Mabel doesn't sound as energetic as in Bobs Burgers and I love her work, its so energetic and manic I can tell how funny an episode will be based on her voice. This is more nitpicky but I think Brian Doyle Murphy from The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack would have made a better Stan, the one they got sounds like an imitation of him. It feels like he would be better if it was a professional VA.

The others are pretty well casted and the humor is great but hit and miss a few times for me. One of the funniest things I've seen was Mabel practice kissing the leaf blower. I've the first two and the convinence store episode and were good. I loved the old man in the second episode's monlouge of how he built robots to avoid emotional problems (funny buy sad if you think about it) but I wish there was more focus on the mystery of the book and the Stan's connection with the vending machine secret lair. Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated did a good job keeping focus with the mystery of the old Mystery Inc and Mr.E himself.

Overall really great with a smidgen of lost focus and technical issues.


  • Lucymae2
  • 28th Jul 12
Well the thing is, this is still Season 1, and they don't want to give everything away too fast. I think there will be more clues later on.
  • Fourthwallbreaker
  • 28th Jul 12
There's absolutely nothing wrong with Gravity Falls. Plus, you got your facts wrong. Jeremy shada plays Finn. If Zack Shada played Dipper, it wouldn't be any different then the guy already playing Dipper. Why? 'Cause Zack Shada is waaaay too old to play a 12 year old.
  • SpiderFan14
  • 29th Jul 12
@ Fourthwallbreaker: If you think GF is perfect and can do no wrong don't bother reading other people's opinions then and don't act immature when someone makes a mistake
  • Rognik
  • 28th Aug 12
I'll admit that Jason Ritter's voice is a bit deep to pull off a convincing preteen, but I try not to let that detract from my enjoyment of the series. I do like that it's not a CrossdressingVoice for once, even if it's too old. Plus, if your biggest complaint is that the voice casting could be better, it's a fairly minor complaint.
  • Wackd
  • 27th Dec 12
According to an interview he did a while back with the AV Club, series creator Alex Hirsch insisted on playing Stan himself because he based the character around his real-life grandfather and had a very specific voice in mind. Same goes for Soos.

I've never found Jason Ritter's voice distracting, especially because I knew kids at age 12 who went through puberty a bit early and ended up with deep voices.
  • GallowsNoose
  • 14th Aug 13
@Spider Fan 14, I wouldn't say he was acting immature. He was merely disagreeing there. Besides, I like the show and don't agree with you, but I still wanted to read other people's opinions. It happens.
  • DarkCyberWolf
  • 14th Aug 14

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