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"Mabel's Guide to Color" is the 10th animated short of Gravity Falls to air between season 1 and season 2. It premiered on February 6, 2014.

Official overview

Mabel's survey on everyone's favorite colors causes a color emergency when she discovers that Grunkle Stan has never seen a rainbow.[1]


The short begins with Mabel giving a not very accurate history lesson about colors. She states that the world was black and white until a wizard named "Crayondalf the Fabulous" gave it color and ended the Depression. Mabel then surveys Pacifica, (Her favorite is hot pink) Grenda (beige), Dipper (Wendy), Soos (Lasers, liquid metal, leopard print, aurora borealis and camouflage ), Wendy (flannel), Candy (Magic poster which is not a color), and even Gompers (burgundy) on their favorite colors. When she gets to Stan, she discovers that Stan has never seen a rainbow. Mabel consults Candy, Grenda, and Dipper on how to show Stan a rainbow. Grenda says that when she drinks expired milk, she sees rainbows, and then drinks a carton of milk. Candy comes up with the idea to reflect a rainbow from the waterfall to the Mystery Shack window. Candy and Dipper hold up a giant mirror and reflect a rainbow into Stan's office window, which is unfortunately very powerful and hurts Stan's eyes, as well as setting fire to a few things in his office. The short ends with Dipper and Soos wrapping bandages around Stan's face and Mabel saying that next week's episode will be about apologizing to your great uncle.


Production notes

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Character revelations

  • According to Mabel's survey, everyone's favorite colors is as follows:
    • Pacifica - Hot pink
    • Grenda - Beige
    • Dipper - "Wendy"
    • Soos - Lasers, or liquid metal, or leopards, Aurora Borealis, camouflage...
    • The Corduroy family - Flannel
    • Candy - Magic vision poster
    • Gompers - Burgundy
  • Dipper is the only one whose favorite color isn't an actual color, but rather, a character from the show.
  • Stan doesn't have a favorite color and he had never seen a rainbow until the end of this short.
  • It is lightly implied that Mabel is a fan of Pink Floyd. The sweater she's wearing has the same triangular prism symbol found on the cover on Pink Floyd's 1973 album "The Dark Side of the Moon".
  • Grenda falls asleep and sees rainbows every time she drinks expired milk.

Series continuity


  • The picture that Candy holds up in the "whats your favorite color" segment is an autostereogram, which means when looked at a certain way will reveal a 3D scene using a two-dimensional image. This one doesn't appear to contain anything though.
  • Mabel refers to the plan which will send a rainbow into Stan's office as the "Roy-G-Biv-A-Tron." Roy G. Biv is an acronym for the sequence of hues commonly described as making up a rainbow.
  • "Mabel's Guide to Colors" was released on Disney Channel's official YouTube channel an hour before it premiered on the east coast. It was posted along with the rest of Mabel's Guide to Life shorts.



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  1. Disney Channel February 2014 Programming Highlights (broken link). Retrieved on November 13, 2020.

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