A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The stories appeal to a kid's sense of curiosity and imagination and put a fun spin on the idea of the supernatural. The twins share a sweet relationship despite their personality differences and always have each other's back when danger befalls them.
Positive Role Models
Stan's not the ideal role model, and he's known to put his love of money before the kids' needs. But he does care about them and tries his best to show it in his own way. Mabel and Dipper don't always see eye to eye, but they set aside their differences to work toward common goals.
There's an Asian character and a Latino character, but most of the cast appears to be White.
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Violence & Scariness
Close encounters with supernatural creatures (zombies, lake monsters, etc.) and brushes with other mysteries of the forest make for some tense moments. There's no violence, but the kids' adventures lead to some mishaps like falls and crashes.
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"Butt" and "heck" are as strong as it gets.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gravity Falls Shorts are micro-episodes of a cleverly written cartoon series with humor that will appeal to many ages. The generally spooky feel and the characters' run-ins with monsters and supernatural beings may be too much for kids who are sensitive to this kind of scare, but the short nature of the episodes means no one is in peril for very long. "Butt" and "heck" are as strong as the language gets.
Is It Any Good?
Despite the three-minute run time of each episode, this series manage to retain many of the best parts of its longer counterpart. Gravity Falls Shorts has all the humor and charm of the regular-length series, with jokes and gags that a wide range of audiences will find amusing. Investigated anomaly #82, for example, looks into the guy who only faces to the left. Older viewers will appreciate the satirical references to things like overdone movie tropes while younger kids will find fun in Dipper's constant misadventures and Mabel's blunt teasing. Beware, though, letting kids burn through micro-episode after micro-episode could set up a problematic habit of wanting to watch "just one more." With only 17 episodes available, this isn't an issue that will last too long but it's something to be mindful about.
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