Gravity Falls: Dipper’s Guide to the Unexplained

Synopsis: Dipper Pines investigates some of the stranger mysteries of Gravity Falls, Oregon in six two minute shorts.

Rating: ★★★★

I love Gravity Falls. I have been head over heels in love with the show since I first watched the episode ‘Tourist Trapped’ that featured a gnome puking a rainbow. I’ve watched ‘Dipper vs. Manliness’ and ‘Double Dipper’ so many times I practically have the damn episodes memorized. I have even cosplayed Mabel with a bedazzled grappling hook and have the far off dream of creating a Gravity Falls theme camp for a regional Burning Man event called Camp Gobblewonker. I love everything about Gravity Falls and will sing its praises to anyone that will listen.

For those that don’t know, Gravity Falls is an animated show on the Disney Channel set in a fictional town in Oregon called Gravity Falls. Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to live with their great uncle (often contracted to ‘Grunkle’) Stan, who runs a tourist trap called the Mystery Shack that boasts about the weird and strange that exists in the town. However, Dipper and Mabel quickly discover that there are indeed weird and strange things about the town. If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks or Welcome to Night Vale, Gravity Falls might just be up your alley.

It just makes me REALLY sad that season 2 is so far off. Like, probably post Dragon Con 2014 far off.

Luckily for Gravity Falls fans like me, Dipper’s Guide To The Unexplained exists!


Dipper’s Guide To The Unexplained is a series of six shorts that take place somewhere in season 1 and are done in the style of an amateur documentary. Like… real amateur because Dipper is only twelve and probably doesn’t have access to a digital camera. In the shorts, twins Dipper and Mabel Pines investigate various oddities in Gravity Falls, Oregon that don’t already have an explanation in the show. These mysteries can range from silly (like the weird little monster eating all of Dipper and Mabel’s Summerween candy) to terrifying (THE TOOTH) to just plain weird (The fact ‘Lefty’ got on the Disney Channel blows my mind).

Which, really, is everything I love about Gravity Falls.


Gravity Falls is silly, weird, and sometimes terrifying, but still has a lot of heart at the end of the day, and I feel like Dipper’s Guide to the Unexplained is a perfect example of that. It is definitely the cliff notes version of everything that makes Gravity Falls great. If you’re a fan of the show, six two minute shorts may not completely tide you over until season two, but they sure will bring a smile to your face.


If you’re not familiar with the show though, Dipper’s Guide To The Unexplained is a great place to start. Watching all the shorts will take about twelve minutes out of your day, but I promise they will be twelve minutes well spent. Some things might be a bit confusing if you haven’t seen the show, but hey, all the more to drag you into the best show on the Disney Channel with.


Oh, and if you’re worried that two minutes is not long enough for the show to have it’s signature ending puzzle, worry not. Keep an eye out for those last frames of the shorts. It’s literally a blink and you’ll miss it sort of thing, but well worth it if you watch them all.


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