In­evitable Re­turn

Cre­ator Alex Hirsch talks about the long-awaited sec­ond sea­son of Dis­ney’s how the cult se­ries is evolv­ing to meet ex­pec­ta­tions. By Tom McLean. — and

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Acult hit, Grav­ity Falls’ re­turn has been long awaited by fans of the se­ries about twins who ex­pe­ri­ence strange do­ings on sum­mer va­ca­tion in the town of Grav­ity Falls, Ore. The se­ries re­turns with its sec­ond sea­son Aug. 1 on Dis­ney Chan­nel and Aug. 4 on Dis­ney XD.

Cre­ator Alex Hirsch, who drew upon his own ex­pe­ri­ences as a kid in cre­at­ing the spooky se­ries, is both re­lieved and ex­cited that the sec­ond sea­son is fi­nally com­ing to pass — giv­ing the show’s fans some­thing new to talk about. What are the broad strokes of what we will see in sea­son two and how have things changed since sea­son one? I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you! A lot of big se­crets and sur­prises this sea­son, and twists and turns in the story, which make it dif­fi­cult to de­scribe as we don’t want to spoil any­thing. But I can tell you that sea­son one left us on a cliffhanger: The kids’ un­cle was re­vealed to have some se­cret ma­chin­ery un­der his shack and some con­nec­tion to the mys­te­ri­ous book that Dip­per had been keep­ing with him the en­tire sea­son. This sea­son, we dig deeper into the mythol­ogy of the town. We learn more about the com­plex past of some of the char­ac­ters and how they’re con­nected to big future events that are loom­ing on the hori­zon of the se­ries. What are some of the cre­ative chal­lenges you found in sea­son two? From a pro­duc­tion point of view, our team has never been stronger. We had an amaz­ing team in sea­son one, but when you’re try­ing to put to­gether a team for the first time on a TV se­ries, you’re try­ing to con­vince a bunch of strangers to go to an un­charted is­land that none of them have ever seen or heard of be­fore. When you’re do­ing a sec­ond sea­son, ev­ery­one’s al­ready seen the show, so you have the luxury of hir­ing peo­ple who are al­ready fans and al­ready un­der­stand the tone. We def­i­nitely amped up the am­bi­tion of some of our episodes this sea­son. They’re more like movies, just in terms of de­tail and ac­tion and in­ven­tion, and our team is up to the chal­lenge. This show has a bit of a cult fol­low­ing. Was that a sur­prise for you? What were some of the re­sponses you’ve got­ten from the fans? When we were first start­ing, I had no idea if peo­ple would even watch the show, let alone tat­too char­ac­ters from it onto parts of their bod­ies. I could not have pos­si­bly pre­pared my­self for the de­gree of sweaty, crazed en­thu­si­asm that would fol­low the show. I’m very hum­bled and grate­ful for the fan re­sponse, par­tic­u­larly as we had a big hia­tus between sea­son one and sea­son two. We needed a lit­tle break af­ter sea­son one, and the ques­tion was: Will the fans fol­low us? Will they wait? We re­cently did an event at the L.A. Film Fes­ti­val, and I re­mem­ber think­ing: ‘Gosh, it’s been a year since sea­son one. Will any­body even show up?’ And, of course, it was sold out im­me­di­ately, with ra­bid fans that came to get things signed and give me their fan art and tell me sto­ries. For an ex­tended ver­sion of this Q&A, visit An­i­ma­tion­Magazine.net.

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