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A lot of unusual activity surrounds the rural town of Gravity Falls, and the inhabitants are only part of the reason why.

Over the summer holiday, twins Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal) visit their great-uncle Stan (creator Alex Hirsch) to help him run his tourist attraction, ‘The Mystery Shack’. When Dipper finds a strange journal that offers clues to the curious happenings in Gravity Falls, the twins try and help the town with the aid of Grunkle Stan and ‘The Mystery Shack’s’ other employees, Wendy (Linda Cardellini) and Soos (also voiced by Hirsch).

While definitely an animation aimed at kids, Gravity Falls has much to make it appeal to people of all ages. The humour is often clever, many lines from Grunkle Stan going over the heads of younger viewers but cementing the comedy for the older ones. If the laughs and bizarreness aren’t enough, the more linear second season goes deeper into the questions raised in the first and, like all good mysteries, keeps you invested until the secrets are revealed. And what secrets they are!

With homo-erotically charged police, crazed inventors and a myriad of ghosts and ghouls, the bizarre populace of Gravity Falls can only be improved by the host of great voices, including the likes of T. J. Miller (Silicon Valley), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) and Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty). Although any show with Kristen Schaal as a main character will always get my attention.

Regardless of affinity for the cast, I suggest watching a few episodes as you may be surprised at how much appeals in the show, particularly with the addition of a certain pet pig, Waddles.

 

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