Twice now I’ve had these weird dreams where there was a new episode of Gravity Falls, but everyone had different voices that sounded terrible.
Like…Robbie sounded like Eddie Deezen.
And that just does NOT work.
last-chance-gas-station: There's a post going around that in the new GF episode, Soos asking the goth chick outside of not!Hot Topic if she's a girl or not is transphobic. What do you think?
…Wow, some people will really dig for anything, won’t they? Heaven forbid we possibly have fictional characters just look one way or another without some over-sensitive shmuck that never learned how to love themselves projecting political affiliations, gender identities, or sexualities onto them, regardless of how the character is intended to be, or how their characterization is handled, because otherwise, these teenage “special snowflakes” that have bastardized the concepts of gender identity and sexuality by turning it into a goddamn fashion trend wouldn’t have something to complain about.
For those extra-special people that think this is an issue: No. It is NOT transphobic. If the person had identified one way, and Soos insisted otherwise, then THAT would be transphobic. The situation as presented in the show is light-heartedly poking fun at the amount of makeup associated with the “goth” subculture (which often includes the use of dark lipstick and eyeliner, regardless of gender identity). Having previously been a “goth chick” for over a decade of my life (and still having a lip ring, and a wardrobe featuring an unhealthy amount of horror movie t-shirts to this day), I’m pretty sure that was just a goth teen (or possibly an emo one, as the two subcultures have a discernible amount of crossover in terms of fashion). Take it from someone that has personally suffered the existence of conflicting shades of black clothing. Meanwhile, the show has already poked fun at Robbie for wearing eyeliner TWICE now, and his hoodie was even prominently featured in the store window. I would have hoped the GF fan base was smarter than this, but then I remember who I’ve been disappointed to find out has included themselves in it rather recently. I have little doubt who is likely spearheading such ignorant, knee-jerk commentary (I’m not giving any names).
Again: It is a critique of “goth” fashion, which has been known to carry a certain level of androgyny.
Only the last two here are women.
There is absolutely NOTHING to suggest that the person Soos was talking to was trans in any way, shape, or form. This whole thing is just another example of dumbass kids who have no idea what they’re even talking about.
How about letting a cartoon just BE a cartoon for a goddamn change?
givinginandsigningup: So tena, can we agree that the season 2 opener made Grunkle Stan at least 100x more badass than before?
Oh, gosh. When he whipped out the brass knuckles, that was so unbelievably badass, and when he finally admitted to knowing about the town, my jaw must have hit the floor. I was surprised, though, at the sudden outpouring of “hot grunkle” posts.
For me, personally, Stan had already managed to surpass Mabel in terms of which characters I love the most before season 1 even ended, but now it’s pretty much concrete. Stan is a total BAMF.
bumblebeanytuna: So I caught the second half of...whatever the most recent Gravity Falls episode was, Soos and the Real Girl I think? Even though it's jumping ahead quite a bit, but anyway...wow. Was that Paul Robertson animation? I swear to god that Ken lookalike seemed like it was ripped straight out of the Scott Pilgrim game. This show is incredible.
You are correct! Paul Robertson also previously did animation for the show, in the “Fight Fighters” episode.
It was awesome to see his work being featured again (even if things didn’t end so well for Rumble McSkirmish this time around…)
And of course, Morty pops up behind me with:
"Well, of course it’s not legal. He married a miner."
Wait, so…is Stan legally married to that old miner machine now…?
HIS FUCKING HOODIE IS RIGHT THERE
Also available in teal.
lunarprincessyue: Hnnngh and the Ring reference omg
I KNEW I COULDN’T BE THE ONLY ONE TO NOTICE THAT.
tigerdude51087: Soos and the Real Girl ending Cipher translated: WINNING HEARTS BY DAYLIGHT! POSSESSING ROBOTS BY MOONLIGHT! HER EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS A REAL FRIGHT! SHE HAS THE ONE NAME GIFFANY!
It was nice to see more Paul Robertson pixel animation as well. :3
The REAL Inspiration Behind the Hoo-Hoo Animatronic Band
Contrary to what many people may be thinking, the animatronic band featured in this week’s episode (“Soos and the Real Girl”) is NOT a nod to the popular indie PC horror game, Five Nights at Freddy’s.
The episode would have already been written and at least recorded before season one of Gravity Falls even finished airing on television, and thus long before Five Nights at Freddy’s came onto the internet scene.
The theme of children’s restaurant animatronics gone bad has been a trope for quite a while (remember Chubby Cheese’s from Dexter’s Laboratory? Or Bloaty’s Pizza Hog? The Capicola Gang?), and was first inspired by the most notable animatronic animal band, The Rock-afire Explosion. It was the first to feature life-size characters, and was created by an inventor named Aaron Fechter.
Long before Chuck E. Cheese’s merged and took over, absorbed, and renamed all restaurants, the popular destination for kids having birthday parties was known as Showbiz Pizza. Fechter and his company, Creative Engineering Inc., created and operated in-house animatronic bands for various Showbiz Pizza outlets, beginning in 1980.
The Rock-afire Explosion was comprised of three stages:
The stage to the left is that of the character of Rolfe deWolfe, and his puppet, Earl Schemerle. They performed before, and between, each stage show. This was likely part of the inspiration for the badger character from tonight’s episode-
-which was then combined with the way Chuck E. Cheese’s redesigned their “Chuck E." mascot to be more appealing to the target demographic of children in the mid 1990’s:
The hillbilly bear animatronic was based on Billy Bob Brockali, who took up the right side stage of the Rock-afire Explosion:
He is also the very obvious inspiration behind the unnerving “Bear-O” puppet that Mabel owns.
The female robot possessed by Giffany was inspired by Mitzi Mozzarella, who was the lone female animatronic in the center stage of the Rock-afire Explosion:
The large-clawed rats wearing stumps are not a nod to the surprise “Foxy” character in Five Nights at Freddy’s, but are instead inspired by baby Choo-Choo the bear, who was part of the center stage diorama, and would dance along to the songs:
Beginning in 1990, all Showbiz Pizza locations were converted into Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants after the unification of both companies. This was due in smaller part to the North American Video Game Crash of 1983, but mostly because both venues were seeing a dramatic decrease in profits: Particularly on Showbiz Pizza’s behalf, as they opened far more restaurants than the company could afford to maintain.
After the unification, the Rock-afire Explosion characters were retired, and the animatronics were redressed as the Chuck E. Cheese band, Munch’s Make Believe Band (which were greatly lacking in build quality, as well as overall character). With their larger, circular eyes, less-complicated construction/operation, and more lifeless expressions, it is far more likely that the Five Nights at Freddy’s characters were based on the newer Chuck E. Cheese band than the original Rock-afire Explosion.
So, to recap:
The animatronic band in “Soos and the Real Girl” was inspired by THESE guys:
NOT by THESE guys:
And the Five Nights at Freddy’s band was more than likely inspired by THESE guys:
EDIT: For anyone that wishes to know more about the history behind the Rock-afire Explosion, the 2008 documentary, The Rock-afire Explosion, can be viewed for free on Hulu (many thanks to iammister86 for pointing this out!).
Guys, tonight Gravity Falls is airing a new episode, Soos and The Real Girl. It will have creepy animatronics. This is not a Five Nights at Freddy’s reference! The episode was written too long ago, and it has been in production too long for that. Creepy animatronics are an old trope, and Alex Hirsch (the creator) has posted a few pictures that this is something he has thought about for a very long time.
It’s like the taco in “Fight Fighters” all over again.
They were writing, recording, and animating season 2 before season 1 even ended.
Neil Cicierega - Unused Gravity Falls Theme
Here is what could’ve been
Gravity Falls is on Disney now and it looks amazing. They asked me to send in theme music a year ago, I sent in a couple demos, and they didn’t end up going with mine. Oh well! Here’s one of them.
I still love this!
holy SNAP this is radddd
Gravity falls headcanon tho
Pacifica’s parents used to make her compete in beauty pageants and that’s why her hair’s so big. Mabel finds out and she asks a million questions about it “like with the sparkly dresses and everything?” And she begs Pacifica to teach her everything. Pacifica used to hate pageants but with Mabel it’s fun. Mabel bedazzels her dress.