This was a difficult choice to make. There is so much beauty in the world! I saw how people chose animals, paintings, books… I love all of these and adore this window into their world so that I can enjoy their perspective and bring a bit of that into my own. I put this off, waiting for the right inspiration to hit. Time growing shorter and shorter, I had a generic idea to fall back on – and I was more than halfway through writing it out, though I wouldn’t have been happy with it. After work and putting the kiddo to bed, I turned on the TV looking for my comfort shows when there it was – one of my all-time favorites. Gravity Falls.
Gravity Falls is a Disney cartoon that starts off a bit goofy, but quickly jumps into the realm of conspiracy theory, inter-dimensional threats, magical possibilities and impending doom, dangerous but love-able cryptids, ethics, mortality, and much more while also juggling the problems of the mundane. There are coded messages hidden throughout the show that are left to fans to decipher, details from the beginning that very much influence the end, counter-stories within that one can only glean on the second – third – thirty fifth rewatch. There are also connections to other shows (the creator Alex Hirsch is a very good friend of Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, and there are a huge amount of connections and references between shows, despite Gravity Falls having ended before Rick and Morty began). This is far more than just a children’s show.
This show had me “feeling all the feels”. I initially felt dumb for being so affected by a kids’ show, but it really stuck with me long after I finished the series. I had to watch it again to figure out why this Disney cartoon mattered so much to me. And again. And again. AND AGAIN.
Gravity Falls was written in a very intentional way, so that everything matters. As an amateur writer, I aspire to this level of craftmanship. Though even more, the show artfully dances between the morbid macabre and dopey humor without missing a beat, and it does so gracefully! This show encapsulates everything I want to make, in a medium I had never before considered. I adore this show, it is one of a prized few that I will rewatch over and over until the day I die. Or the day the internet goes out due to an apocalyptic event, though that may also be the day I die.