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The "Gravity Falls Main Title Theme," composed by Brad Breeck, is the opening theme song played over the title sequence to Gravity Falls. The official theme song is available on iTunes for $0.99.[1] Beginning with "Northwest Mansion Mystery," a shortened version of the theme is used in episodes that are longer than usual episodes.[2] The "Weirdmageddon" episodes uses a corrupted version of the song.


Versions

Regular version

This is the regular main title used in every episode of season 1 and most season 2 episodes. It's 41 seconds long and plays right after the cold opening.

Shortened version

A shortened version of the main title —15 seconds long instead of the regular 41— is used in episodes that are longer than usual.[2] These are:

Weirdmageddon versions

The Weirdmageddon story arc episodes use corrupted versions of the theme song, along with apocalyptic opening sequences showing the destruction and weird changes Gravity Falls suffers during the event, like an up-going waterfall or Paul Bunyan's statue coming alive, and many Bill images and references.

"Weirdmageddon Part 1" uses an opening sequence replacing every single main character with Bill and his friends. In this apocalyptic version, Dipper is the only character normally in the opening screen that still appears: he's seen as a human skeleton wearing the blue and white pine hat that appears instead of the normal horned monster skeleton, even if only as a resemblance. Bill Cipher's page is seen with a hole where Bill's picture should be, nodding to the fact that he has finally entered Gravity Falls' world.

"Weirdmageddon Part 2" uses a shortened version of the corrupted theme song and opening sequence.

"Weirdmageddon Part 3" also uses the corrupted song and sequence, but it has the regular images for introducing Dipper, Mabel and Stan. The same version of the theme song is used in the split version of the episode known as "Weirdmageddon 4: Somewhere in the Woods."

Rock version

In "Weirdmageddon Part 3," during the Shacktron's battle against Bill's Henchmaniacs, an extended rock version of the song featuring an electric guitar solo is used.[3]

Gravity Paws version

A Gravity Falls series finale commercial[4] with the Gravity Paws puppies recreating the series' opening aired during Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XII.[5] The song features dog barks and howls.

Textless Version used in some area

In some areas, the opening title was changed with text-missing. For example, in Germany (S1E1-S1E13) and Italy (S1E1-S2E9), the following were removed and kept blank:

  • "GAS" on the gas station sign
  • "GRAVITY FALLS" on the water tower
  • "SPEEDY BEAVER" on the bus
  • "BE AMAZED" and the whole "DANGER" sticker
  • "CASH" on Stan's cashier
  • "SALE" sticker on the eye-jar
  • "Boyz" on Mabel's magazine

In France, a textless version was used after adding the following:

  • "ESSENCE" on the gas station sign
  • "GRAVITY FALLS" on the water tower
  • "SOTEZ EMERVEILLES!" on the "BE AMAZED!" sign and "DANGER" sticker

While in some areas such as Poland (S1E1-S1E13), Israel (S1E1-S2E17), Taiwan & Hong Kong (S1), "MABEL" on Mabel's sweater was also removed and kept blank.

What probably caused this is that Disney wanted every version had their own languages on the opening, but few did.

Unused and alternate theme songs

Dan Cantrell's Demo

A demo reel of music for the show was released in 2011 by Dan Cantrell,[6] with singers chanting the title of the show. The demo was 3 minutes and 44 seconds long. It can be assumed Dan was asked to create the demo as he had made music for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack which Alex Hirsch worked on too and was therefore given the offer to. The demo was later disposed of in favor of Brad's work. At some point the demo was taken down from Dan's Vimeo page and was thought lost, until it was rediscovered on a foreign website and reuploaded.[7][8]A snippet of the demo was also uploaded in 2014 by the vocalist for the demo, Pilar Díaz. [9]An upload on YouTube of the demo from February 2012 was also rediscovered, making it one of the first Gravity Falls related videos ever posted online.[10]

Neil Cicierega's versions

Neil Cicierega also made two theme songs for the show. [11][12][13] One was an instrumental and the other lyrical.[14] These were not used in favor of Breeck's work.

Bread Breeck's Demos

Brad Breeck had also composed an alternate theme song which would eventually be used in the 2014 San Diego Comic Con trailer for the then-upcoming season. In the Gravity Falls box set released in 2018, Brad played a snippet of a never before heard alternate theme song which was never used. In 2020, he released a video about how he made the theme song and later uploaded to iTunes and Spotify 9 never before heard alternate theme songs which he had developed. [15][16] The songs released were:

In addition to these, a demo of the regular version of the song, which featured a different melody, was showcased in Brad's original video about how he made the theme. In 2020, the unnamed version was found in the ProTools session of the theme song which Brad released. It was uploaded to YouTube that can be listened to it here.[17][18]

"You Made Me Realize" misconceptions

The main theme is often mistaken for the song "You Made Me Realize," due to its strong similarities to the real "You Made Me Realize" song Breeck wrote for MTV's Awkward. "Made Me Realize" is commonly mistaken for the extended version of the Gravity Falls theme song. It is also stated on Breeck's website that the two songs are indeed different, and not related to each other.

Sightings

  • Intro: "Gravity Falls Main Title Theme"

Trivia

See also: List of allusions

Bigfoot in the Gravity Falls theme song.

Regular version

  • There is a quick glimpse of a large, hairy figure that appears to be Bigfoot.
  • Towards the end of the song, a whisper plays and sounds like "I'm still here." But if it is played backwards, the whisper is revealed to be "Three letters back." This is how one solves the cryptograms at the end of each episode.
    • In "Double Dipper," a new message is whispered: "Switch A with Z." It is an explanation to the "ATBASH" cipher.
    • Starting in "Bottomless Pit!," the whisper changes to "26 letters," a reference to the "A1Z26" style substitution cryptogram, which uses numbers to stand for letters of the alphabet.
    • In Season 2, starting with "Scary-oke," the whisper is now "Key Vigenère," referring to the fact that the cipher at the end is a Vigenère cipher that requires a keyword hidden in each episode.
    • In "Not What He Seems," the whisper is changed to "not what he seems."
  • Towards the end of the theme song when the title shows up, a stamp can be seen near it. The number 618 can be seen on it, which is a reoccurring number in the show.
  • In the episode "Little Dipper", right before cutting to the theme song when the Pines are discussing what else to watch on T.V., Mabel states that 'the theme song is [her] favorite part'.
  • The cryptogram at the end of the song is "Stan is not what he seems."
  • The television version of the song features the whisper and a flashing scene of a journal page of Journal 2 with Bill on it. But the animatic version has no whisper and instead of the journal page, a six-fingered hand with the number 3 and astrological symbols all over it appears.

The photographs in the Gravity Falls theme song.

  • As the pictures are thrown down, several of the antagonists in the show can be seen, including the Gravity Falls water tower, a gnome, Gideon Gleeful, Blendin Blandin, the Summerween Trickster, and the Pterodactyl.
  • Additional pictures portray mythical creatures from North American folklore, including the Fiji Mermaid, the jackalopes, and the Bat Boy.
  • The bottom half of Alex Hirsch's face is seen in one of the many photos between the jackalopes and the Hand Witch's hand.[19]
  • On some international airings of the show, and on SAP, the whisper at the end isn't heard.
  • Dipper's bag has a sticker that says Piedmont on it, referencing the birth city of Alex Hirsch.
  • Dipper seems to be inspecting some runes or symbols before he is startled by the skeleton. The symbols look similar to the ones in the game "Mystery Shack Mystery."
    • The symbols are (from top to bottom) the Norse runes for U, M, O, and A.
    • The runic symbol for "O" (as mentioned above) is from Elder Futhark. It is "odal" and means real estate, or non-movable property. It is the last symbol in the futhark.
  • In two different scenes, Dipper appears to have much thicker eyebrows.
  • At the end of the theme, Bill Cipher's entry page in Journal 2 flashes, even to the point that the lines of the character seem indented into the screen and fade from the outside in after the screen goes black.
  • There are some changes between the animatic and the official theme song:
    • In the animatic version, Mabel and Dipper arrive on a "Fast Dog" bus. It is changed to "Speedy Beaver" in the final version.
    • One of the photos appears to be a robot, but was replaced with the Summerween Trickster.
    • The photo of the gnome has a bite out of it on the right side.
    • There is a picture of three spaceships and a monster, but they were replaced with the picture of the pterodactyl and a clawed hand. (The picture of three spaceships is flashed on Bill Cipher's body in 'Dreamscaperers'.)
    • The totem pole is on the left hand side of the Mystery Shack in the animatic version, while it is on the right hand side on the final version.
  • The matrix in the Opening Ending Image[20] represents a scalar, rotation and translation matrix (also known as a transformation matrix), used to perform linear transformations.
  • A clip towards the end of the Gravity Falls theme song shows gravity rising and falling (hence Gravity Falls) with Mabel lying on the ground and Dipper reading the journal. This is an allusion to episode 11 of Season 2 "Not What He Seems," and it even references the theme song directly with a rising black 8-ball in both clips, although the Twins are sleeping in the actual episode.
  • Beginning with "A Tale of Two Stans," the full title sequence has the picture of a pterodactyl replaced with a picture of Ford Pines holding Journal #1.
  • Much of the animation was done by James Baxter, best known for animating Ariel, Belle, Rafiki, and Quasimodo among other characters.
  • The Lumberjack seen in the opening bears a striking resemblance to the real life Paul Bunyan statues located around the Pacific Northwest. Another one is see in the episode Roadside Attraction.
  • The Lumberjack also looks similar to a lumberjack character that appeared in a student film Alex Hirsch made in 2005 called "On a Roll."

Weirdmageddon versions

  • The title card flickers from "GRAVITY FALLS" to "JUDYLWB IDOOV," which, using the show's Caesar cipher, translates to "GRAVITY FALLS." The water tower's inscription also changes to "JUDYLWB IDOOV."
  • Instead of Bigfoot appearing for a frame, there is a walking pine tree. This may be due to the fact that the Pines are the ones hiding now, instead of the paranormal phenomena. It may also be just a switch of the places of Bigfoot and the pine trees in the normal version.
  • Where it would normally say "Created by Alex Hirsch," in the apocalypse version it says "Created by Bill Cipher."
  • When the first apocalyptic version is played backwards, Bill can be heard saying the words "I'M WATCHING YOU NERDS." The second one has him saying only "I'M WATCHING YOU!" sounding much angrier. The final one says "Good bye Gravity Falls," since it's also the final episode of the series.
  • The man at the stamp at the end is replaced with his skeleton.
  • The pictures are all replaced to have Bill on every one. He also does the same poses as the pictures. (Not counting one of them)
  • The weathervane with a ? mark and four letters saying "what" is replaced with a picture of Bill's body and four letters now spelling his name. He can also be heard laughing in the background.
  • 8 Ball, Teeth, Keyhole and Hectorgon all replace Dipper (Although his skeleton can be seen), Mabel and Stan, in the intro. Keyhole running with a box full of keys and the keys falling out is similar to how Stan runs with the cash register and dollar bills fall out. Hectorgon tipping his hat over also replaces Stan moving his eye patch to his left eye.
  • The monster in the campfire scene is replaced with Bill. The people now camping in the same scene are now Grenda Grendinator, Sheriff Blubs, Manly Dan, and Tyler.
  • The page which formerly held Bill inside is now ripped with the rip in the shape of Bill's body.

Cryptograms

  • During the theme song, there is a cryptogram that reads "VWDQ LV QRW ZKDW KH VHHPV." Once decoded it reads "STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS."

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Breeck, Brad (March 12, 2013). Gravity Falls Main Title Theme (from "Gravity Falls") - Single (mp4). Apple Inc..
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hirsch, Alex (February 18, 2015). Tweet Number 567917384545095680. “We shortened the theme this week to make the ep longer. We wont always do that but when we do expect a bigger episode!”
  3. Gravity Falls - Weirdmageddon 3 Take Back The Falls Soundtrack: Shacktron Battle. YouTube. DeeBechy (February 20, 2016).
  4. Gravity Paws - Opening Theme Song - HD. YouTube. The Mystery of Gravity Falls (February 7, 2016).
  5. Sunny Chanel (Feb 7, 2016). Wonder and Company:GRAVITY PAWS: THE CUTEST SUPER BOWL WEEKEND COMMERCIAL YOU DIDN’T SEE. Retrieved on November 2, 2016.
  6. Cantrell, Dan (2011). Gravity Falls Music Demo.
  7. https://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/kzjllu/the_lost_now_found_gravity_falls_theme_song_youve/
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAJiPGhALmI&ab_channel=ThatGFFAN
  9. https://vimeo.com/109848968
  10. https://youtu.be/9dCqhlKMdXM
  11. Gravity Falls unused opening by Neil Cicierega. YouTube (July 5, 2012).
  12. Gravity Falls Intro - Lemon Demon Version (July 15, 2012).
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpYBdOMh4GM&ab_channel=NeilCicieregaMusic
  14. Gravity Falls Unused Theme Songs. imbillcipher (February 17, 2014).
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PioeeX5LjGY&ab_channel=BradBreeck
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hnzOXAqDkM&ab_channel=BradBreeck
  17. https://youtu.be/zmTJ6nHW0fI
  18. https://youtu.be/kmDVoXEcH9s
  19. Hirsch, Alex (May 19, 2014). Tweet Number 468179437054222336. Retrieved on November 27, 2014. ““@GravityWiki: I spy with my little eye... @_AlexHirsch in the opening theme song! https://twitter.com/GravityWiki/status/467909173988970496” Blast! I've been discovered!”
  20. Opening Bill Cipher Wheel.png

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