abbykpoplover99 asked: Have you noticed in the episode "Irrational Treasure" there are small triangles everywhere? They're at that angel statue in the cemetery, in the tunnel, and on Pacifica Northwest's grandfather's statue.
I remembered the angel statue’s triangles and the one on the Museum.
but not the tunnel’s so I went back and looked. I didn’t think they were meant to symbolize Bill/ACE/Eye of Providence, rather it was probably just an aesthetic design choice. But after seeing that tunnel’s and nathaniel northwest’s statue, and then the other triangles starting coming back to and… well…
*edit: And of course we already knew about the bill. But maybe all those other triangles aren’t just random design shapes after all.
sixteen6stars asked: what do you think of moville mysteries it was a cartoon series from 2002 it was kinda like gravity falls
I can’t say I’d heard of it until I read this ask so I decided to check it out. I can see why you’d draw parallels. The episode I watched involved a lucky… jockstrap. And that aspect of the mundane having supernatural properties is very similar. But if I had to describe Moville Mysteries I probably say it’s more like a combination of The Weekenders/Beetlejuice. It even reminds me a bit of Pepper Ann, which is admittedly kinda weird to say, since Pepper Ann is like one in a million. Moville just feels more like a slice of life cartoon of kids getting up to weird shenanigans… which actually is a pretty accurate description of Gravity Falls… and every other cartoon ever. LOL.
Um, anyway, rereading your question I feel like I’ve gone on a bit of a tangent, so I’ll just say Moville’s pretty entertaining from what I’ve seen. I like the main characters, and some parts made me laugh. Thanks for telling me about it!
Anonymous asked: Pictures at the end of the title sequence seem to be from the episodes, and it seems that we've seen all/almost all of them now in an episode... Do you think Season 2 might have new pictures in the sequence corresponding to New episodes?
I think that would be a neat idea. I also think it’d be really cool if the photos shown in the opening changed too since 4 of those things have been addressed so far. (Probably 5 after the next episode airs.)
Regarding Gravity Falls and Fingers:
I wanted to make an attempt to clear this up for some folks, as it’s apparently still a topic of debate/discussion.
As quoted by Michael Rianda (writer and creative director for the show):
“In the character design phase, the character designers thought that some characters looked better with five fingers and some looked better with four. They were right, the characters do visually look better that way, but we should have been consistent for various reasons. Our bad. Just pretend they all have five.”
You can find this, as well as responses to various other questions, in this thread on Reddit.
Basically, the overall build of the character seems to determine how many fingers they’re going to have. As far as I’ve noticed, characters with large/wide arms (relative to their body) and no discernible wrist (i.e., no change in width from arm to hand) tend to always have five, while characters with more slender arms (and no wrist) tend to have four. In special cases, where the character actually has a defined wrist (where their hands are wider than their arms), it ends up coming down to clothing (Deputy Durland’s arms are visible - he has five. Robbie’s arms are hidden under a baggy hoodie, which creates a rounded cutoff point at his wrist - he has four).
Animation errors have had these fluctuate, such as Robbie’s five-fingered hands taking out the backmasked CD. There’s also been the extreme case of two different numbers of fingers on either hand of the same person.
If the character designers were to try and force five fingers on every single character, you would run into what I call the “Kids Next Door” effect, where there ends up being just too much hand, thus throwing off the balance of the design. They would need larger hands just to fit the lines in. Now, with a show where the five main characters are addressed as numbers rather than names, this is really unavoidable, but still no less awkward.
When it comes to the idea that only all the “kids” of Gravity Falls have four fingers, it’s really anyone with exceedingly slender arms, because if you were to force another line on a part of a drawing that small, you would just have a black blob rather than being able to tell their fingers apart.
In closing, the only remaining “finger” mystery of Gravity Falls is the six-fingered hand portrayed on the books. Many of us are already aware of the owner of those hands due to a leak, but then we don’t yet know the context of that leak, and so at this moment, must still consider it unresolved.
Six fingers is the only finger number that is unnatural, and requiring explanation. Everything else is just aesthetics.