Gravity Falls: Deep Woods is a fanmade series of full-length animatic episodes that follow the events of Gravity Falls. They are put together by MysterySeeker and a team of various amateur artists and voice actors. As stated by MysterySeeker, the first three episodes of the series will actually take place in between the events of the show. The following episodes will take place in the next summer, and will incorporate an overarching story. The first three, however, will be simple one-offs.
Due to this being fanmade and not containing network restrictions of a TV station, every episode is written and made to be as long as it feels necessary to be. This means episodes won't be restricted to 22 minutes like a normal episode of Gravity Falls would be. Of course, this means an episode could be longer or shorter than that given time.
The first episode, Quest for the Northwest, has been released in two parts, the first one in January 2017 and the second one in June 2017. It takes place after the events of The Stanchurian Candidate and before the events of The Last Mabelcorn. The gnomes are revolting against Jeff, because he's a terrible leader, and give him an ultimatum: Either he finds them a new queen by sundown or they will depose him. At the same time, during the parade honoring the election of Mayor Cutebiker, Dipper and Mabel help Pacifica escape her parents' watch and have fun.
The second episode, Deep-Rooted Misunderstanding, was released October 31st 2018. The episode takes place in parallel to Quest for the Northwest. During one of his squabbles with his brother, Stan ends up accidentally releasing the Mother Plant, a plant-like monster. While Dipper and Mabel have gone to the Northwest Parade, it's now up to Stan and Ford to get rid of the monster.
The next episodes are a two parter called the Tales from Weirdmageddon. They are currently still in very early development.
Quest for the Northwest provides examples of:
- Absentee Actor: Quest for the Northwest takes place somewhere after The Stanchurian Candidate. However, among the main characters, only Dipper, Mabel and Soos make an appearance.
- A Day in the Limelight: Pacifica is, along with Dipper and Mabel, the main character of Quest for the Northwest.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: At the end of Quest for the Northwest, Mudflip is grabbed by an eagle to be eaten offscreen. The gnomes pause for a moment, then cheer.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Parodied. During the end credits of Quest for the Northwest, Jeff is crowned and becomes Queen Jeff the First. And yes, he's wearing a Pimped-Out Dress during the whole scene. The actual crowning consists of throwing mud at his face.
- Bag of Kidnapping: The gnomes use one to kidnap Pacifica. Dipper and Mabel are able to find the culprits easily, because of the huge traces they leave while dragging it.
- Bound and Gagged: It briefly happens to Pacifica when the gnomes kidnap her. However, she quickly escapes and kicks their butts.
- Call-Back: Jeff and the gnomes use their "Norman" disguise to interact with Pacifica.
- Call-Forward: Since the episode was written after the show's finale, some references to events happening after are made.
- At the end of Quest for the Northwest, Pacifica gives to Mabel a unicorn soft toy she won during the afternoon. The same one that Mabel hugs in her sleep at the beginning of The Last Mabelcorn.
- After that, Pacifica also jokes that she would go visit the twins at the Mystery Shack (or, as she called it, "that rundown hut") "maybe when the world ends". Yeah, about that...
- Cerebus Retcon: In the canon series, Pacifica often accompanies her parents during public events, such as "Pioneer Day", in which she promotes the Northwests' accomplishments. However, Quest for the Northwest gives a different interpretation of Pacifica's feeling about being used as a mere tool to boost her family's reputation.Pacifica: "And my parents drag me to these big publicity things where all I'm supposed to do is wave and watch everyone else have fun... Dad wants me to take over the family's business someday, but I'm not sure if I want to do that, you know?"
- Continuity Nod: A lot of references to canon episodes are made.
Dipper: "Now is still not the time to talk about the Lamby Dance!"
- The gnomes still haven't found a new queen, although Jeff reminds them they almost got the one with the pompadour when they mention it.
- The first episode starts with a parade celebrating the election of Mayor Tyler Cutebiker. At some point, the kids have fun around a statue of the late Mayor Eustace Befufftlefumpter.
- Quest for the Northwest makes several references to the events of Northwest Mansion Mystery.
- Pacifica mentions that she has minigolf practice every day.
- At some point, in the first episode, Dipper disguises himself as Pacifica to distract her butlers and prevent them from finding her after she ran away. He comments that this might be the most embarassing moment of his life. Mabel retorts that nothing will ever top the Lamby Dance.
- While talking with Jeff in the forest, the characters come across a "Snadger".
- Continuity Snarl: Dipper is at first rather cold towards Pacifica, even though they left on good terms in Northwest Mansion Mystery. Word of God acknowledged it and admitted that they didnt anticipate that it would be this noticeable. But once they realized it, when starting to put the scenes together, it was too late to change it.
- Damsel in Distress: In Quest for the Northwest, the gnomes kidnap Pacifica to make her their new queen. However, it leads to a Damsel out of Distress moment.
- Damsel out of Distress: About a few minutes after being captured, Pacifica manages to break free and beats up the five gnomes. She mentions that the self-defense lessons she had to take finally paid off.
- Disguised in Drag: In the first episode, in order to help Pacifica escape her butlers, Dipper has to disguise himself as her.Dipper: "This might be the most embarassing moment of my life."
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Mudflip is anticlimactically defeated when an eagle grabs him in the middle of his speech, presumably to eat him offscreen.
- Extreme Omnivore: Mabel eats gnome beard hair at some point.
- Foreshadowing: A plant-like monster can be seen watching Dipper, Mabel and Pacifica in the woods near the end of Quest for the Northwest.
- Hammerspace: Pacifica is able to pull a pepper spray and later a plush toy out of it.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: After losing the gnomes' support, Jeff becomes so ineffectual that Pacifica is able to defeat him and his four buddies all by herself. The heroes actually spend the second part of Quest for the Northwest helping him regain his lost leadership out of pity.
- Jerkass Ball: Dipper grabs it during the first part of Quest for the Northwest, as he is rather cold towards Pacifica and is quick to show No Sympathy to her when she hesitates to go have fun with them as her parents wouldn't want her to do it; despite knowing what kind of parents she has. However, he does warm up to her during the episode.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Pacifica doesn't have friends and her parents favor their responsabilities and the maintenance of the family's good name over her. They often drag her at the parades they throw to boost their reputation, but force her to only wave at the crowd and look pretty in order to give the impression that their family is perfect; something they later use for commercials.Pacifica: "And my parents drag me to these big publicity things where all I'm supposed to do is wave and watch everyone else have fun..."
- Noodle Incident: One gnome mentions several times giant spiders, who apparently captured his family. We never find out exactly what happened. Probably for the best.
- Reality Ensues:
- Jeff, disguised as "Norman", talks creepily to Pacifica and after a one-minute conversation ends with: "Now that we got to know each other... How about we go for a walk into the dark part of the forest?" She answers by throwing tear gas at him with a pepper spray.
- The twins and Pacifica train Jeff to be a better leader for a good twenty minutes and most of the training doesn't have anything to do with actual leadership. The other gnomes are not impressed.
- Ship Tease: A brief moment between Dipper and Pacifica at the end of Quest for the Northwest. He even blushes a little.
- The Starscream: Mudflip the Gnome is the leader of the revolt against Jeff in Quest for the Northwest.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- Pacifica gets to have fun with Dipper and Mabel in Quest for the Northwest.
- During the montage of the three kids having fun, they take slices of pizza belonging to the "Free Pizza" guy... and just after that they bring him a full pizza.
- Trophy Child: During the parades her parents throw to boost their family's reputation, Pacifica's role consists of waving to the crowd and looking pretty. The Northwests most likely use her to give themselves the image of an ideal family.
Deep-Rooted Misunderstanding provides examples of:
- Call-Forward: Ford uses the crossbow he will give to Mabel in The Last Mabelcorn.
- Continuity Nod:
- Once again, there are references to canon episodes.
- There is Mabel Juice in the fridge.
- Inside the shack, a framed picture representing Stan and the wax statue of himself can be seen as part of a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
- At one point, Ford falls into the Bottomless Pit while chasing one of the monsters.
- Gorney appears at some point. Spit by one of the plant monsters that ate him. He mentions that he's already been traumatized when asked if he's fine.
- And there are also references to Quest for the Northwest.
- When Stan and Ford search the town looking for the last plant monsters, the Northwest's butlers are seen placarding 'Missing' posters for Pacifica.
- The 'Missing' posters also appear a few times in the background, as well as the advertising posters of the parade, on the buildings they are passing by.
- The eagle that grabbed Mudflip at the end of the first episode passes by while Stan, Dipper and Mabel watch the sunset. Still carrying a screaming Mudflip.
- Once again, there are references to canon episodes.
- Monster of the Week: The Mother Plant is the threat of the episode.
- Mook Maker: The Mother Plant can create other plant monsters.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Subverted. During their final confrontation, Ford starts to wonder if, maybe, the creature that spent her time fleeing them is not really dangerous. Then it turns out that she simply pulled out a Wounded Gazelle Gambit and attacks him the second he drops his guard. Stan agrees. Then he sees that the Mother Plant's minion has eaten a child when the monster spits the kid out.
- Sequel Hook: Some of the Mother Plant minions are revealed to have survived and take her eye before leaving into the forest.
- Shout-Out: At one point, a plant monster eats a gnome. The gnome bursts out of its chest à la Chestbuster.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Stan and Ford cooperate to try to get rid of the Mother Plant, while constantly bickering with each other during the whole operation.
- Tempting Fate: When they start chasing the Mother Plant, Stan mockingly says to Ford that there's no way an "oversized potato" can be dangerous. They then come across plant-like monsters she created.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: During the final confrontation, the Mother Plan cowers in fear, making Ford wonder if she's really that dangerous. Then, the second he drops his guard, she attacks him.