Gravity Falls Vlogs: Fight Fighters

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  1. yeah parents usually show their kids the stuff they watched growing up; i grew up on gilligan’s island and the little rascals along with pokemon so it’s likely that kids whose parents were gen-Xers have seen old shit like that

    • ThatGuyInTheHeadband

      Not to mention I watched a lot of Looney Toons and Hannah Barbara shows growing up, so was familiar with references and even cameos of people and things I never knew about. (Only knew of Don Knotts from Scooby Doo until I descovered TV Land)

      • Anthraxinternational

        Have you ever watched Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law or The Venture Bros? I think you’d really enjoy it. They’re basically a love/hate letter to anyone who grew up with Hannah Barbera.

  2. BrainDeadGentlemen

    The guy who designed the video game characters also designed the characters for the Scott Pilgrim vs the World video game.

  3. Winners never lose!

  4. Andre Temple-Young

    The Fight Fighter sprites were made by the same guy who did the sprites for the Scott Pilgrim vs The World game

    • Paul Robertson. I remember watching that episode for the first time, and had the sinking feeling it was him, only to be confirmed by the end credits. He has a distinct look and bounce to his sprite animations. He even has some short movies on Youtube, but just to warn you they may contain gore, nudity, and down right creepy-weird-trippy stuff.

  5. I think kids know what Street Fighter is, even if they never played it. As for Mario, they still make Mario games, and kids can buy and play the NES games on their Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, Also, you can play SNES and N64 games on the Wii and Wii U. Nintendo is good with getting newer generation of kids playing their older games.

  6. Ironically, Street Fighter V got announced this week.

    • Seeing Dipper get pretty brutally beaten up at the end of this one kinda made me notice how incredibly often Dipper and Mabel are at risk of dying horribly. Thus far, they’ve been attacked by Gnomes and a robotic Loch Ness monster, a group of wax figures have tried to murder them, a pair of elderly ghosts almost trapped them in teenager-themed eternal torment, run along the roof of a train, and that’s all just the tip of the “holy crap, we could have died!” iceberg; it gets way more dangerous as it goes forward. (Including someone almost taking an axe to the gut at the hands of one of our protagonists).

  7. Does Doug know the translation of the tattoo on Rumble’s back? It’s so stupid, but also utterly hilarious.

    • That joke is stupid. It’s a waste of time for the animators, it’s immature and does’t even make much sense…

      …I still laughed at it though! XD

      • I’m pretty sure it’s a reference to people who get tattoo’s of random chinese/japanese characters thinking that they say something really cool but since they can’t actually read those characters, the words could say anything and they would never know.

        My family always jokes about it. We have a cousin who has a Chinese character on his arm that he says means “Love and Family” or something like that, but we always joke that it says “Thanks for the money, stupid American” or something like that.

  8. Also the episode I used to get my friends into Gravity Falls

  9. I have a 7 year old sister, and she’s obsessed with Nintendo, Mario, Sonic, and Pokemon in particular. I also know that all those old arcade games are still around in restaurants and such.

    Also, my 17 year old sister and I are huge fans of your show, and while we were watching it one day, the little one came up and asked to know what was so funny. We let her watch it with us and after it was over my teenage sister and I just sighed and said, “We’re going to Hell, aren’t we?”
    Cue little one saying, “No you’re not, only bad people go there!”

  10. Poor Oppa, forced to live in Doug’s pants! I learned about Street Fighter from both this website (or rather the former website) and from Let’s Play’s on Youtube but I’m in my late late teens so you have a good point, Rob.

  11. Now I must defeat the world’s greatest Fight Fighters! Take me to the Soviet Union!

  12. In an interview, or possibly a podcast with Hirsch on it, I remember a story of Hirsch explaining how influential the Simpsons were on the show. One of the things he brought up was how he watched episodes when he was a kid, and knew there were references to things that went over his head that he didn’t know. In a Dipper fashion he felt extra special when he caught a reference on the show meant for an older audience because he felt ‘in the know’, which isn’t his words I’m just paraphrasing. So I definitely feel like that inspiration and feeling came across on Gravity Falls. I think it also mentioned what the Walker brothers said too though, even though knowing the reference makes the joke funnier, the action itself is funny enough on its own to enjoy

  13. I have two things to say:

    First, about this episode and your commentary on the kids perception on retro culture references like the Street Fighter ones, I think I can answer that. One of my cousins married recently and his son-in-law really loves videogames. One day, at his house, I was looking the games that he was playing on his tablet, and I was somewhat surprised by the fact that most of them were games that I played when I had his age, things like Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Megaman X, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past… he also loves fighting games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, and even though he only played the latest ones, he was fully aware about the mythology of the series. I think that the 2000’s generation already is (and the next ones will be) so saturated with information from things in the internet like the wikias and social medias that things like that will be not uncommon for them.

    The other thing is about the triangles and eyes. There are some easter eggs on Gravity Falls that (up until now) are completely useless for the main story, except for some funny jokes or things like that. But the eyes and triangles matches with one phrase said by “you know who, no spoilers” on the 19th episode of the first season, about he “knowing everything”. Also, he is by far my favorite character, lol.

  14. I Believe that those cultural references theren´t any diference from those Tex Avery Shows we used to watch whith references from cultural stuff from the 1950s.
    I remeber to see adults giggling with Buggs Bunny and Donald Duck walking around old actors that I dont knew at the time.

  15. It’s interesting that you guys questioned if kids would get the retro jokes of this show.

    I know there was a scrapped episode that was going to be a parody of Labyrinth, with Mabel watching the movie too much, pissing off Dipper, wishing him away as a result, but getting way too distracted by the hot David Bowie-like Goblin King to properly rescue her brother. Also it would reveal that Dipper actually hated this movie because he’s scared of puppets.
    (informations about the episode here:

    For someone who grew up with Labyrinth, this premise sounds fantastic! But it had to be scrapped because they thought most kids wouldn’t get the joke. And it’s true. I don’t think the great majority of kids from now are aware of Labyrinth.

    Still, what a missed opportunity.

    • I was so disappointed when I heard that they planned this episode and it got canned because someone thought that kids wouldn’t get the reference. Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies and this sounded like a great concept for an episode. Ultimately, I don’t think it matters if kids get the reference or not; if the episode is well written it’ll still be funny even if you don’t get the reference. Shows I watched as a kid made references to things I didn’t know all the time; hell, Tiny Toon Adventures once did a whole plot reference to Citizen Kane, a movie that I can practically guarantee that the kids ten and under who were that show’s target audience were not familiar with. But that still worked because the episode was well written and funny in the way it reworked the plot of that film to work in the show’s universe. If anything, kids might have been inspired to seek out and watch the film Labyrinth because they liked that episode of Gravity Falls, if it had gotten made, bringing that film to a whole new audience. If only…

      • Considering the things they get away with Season 2, perhaps with Season 3 we can get a David Bowie episode…

        • True, this show has always gotten away with some surprising things, but the ante has really been upped on that front in Season 2(I think it’s probably to do with the show being switched to Disney XD and the rules being a bit looser on the satellite channels). Maybe eventually this plot will get taken out of mothballs.

      • ShakespeareanInsults

        I loved the Labyrinth! I’m actually glad they made a tiny reference to it in one of Mabel’s shorts. But hey, consisting anything can happen in Gravity Falls, there could something about the Labyrinth.

  16. Ultra Street Fighter 4 came out not too long ago.

  17. Really, nothing to say at all about the Stan and Mabel plot in this episode? Admittedly it maybe isn’t as memorable as Dipper’s story, but it’s still really funny and has some pretty great moments. My particular favorites being Mabel’s sweater with the crossed fingers on the back and Stan’s line, “Studies show that keeping a ladder inside the house is more dangerous than a loaded gun. That’s why I own ten guns, in case some maniac tries to sneak in a ladder”. Frankly, I’m a huge fan of pretty much anytime Stan and Mabel are doing something together in this show.

  18. You fight like a girl, who is also a baby!

  19. “OW your pixels are really sharp” this episode has been the best so far being a gamer

    • There’s another one related to gaming that I think I like even more then this one, despite having far more interest in the kind of games featured in this episode then the ones in the later episode. Its actually legit creepy, mainly for it being something far more likely to actually having a chance to happen.

  20. I got to wonder if they are watching the scenes that play during the credits or just not talking about them, cause I don’t recall them ever talking about them, but the one in this one(the SMB2 and Pacman homage) was one of my favorite parts and gave one of my hardest laughs I had in a while, mostly form the “It’s a me, A Mabel” just killed me. The episode itself was really great, I love the attention to detail and actual effort put in to be accurate to the game and games in general, like how people play them and the motions, instead of the usual way of just showing people mashing buttons and acting unnatural.

  21. They’ve put out 4 Street Fighter games since ’08, not counting crossovers, kids KNOW what it is. lol They even announced a new one THIS WEEK. You guys are the ones who don’t know Street Fighter any more, not the kiddies. XD

  22. Boys! Why can’t you learn to hate eachother in secret? Like girls do!

  23. I like this episode but it’s not one of my favorites like it is for you guys, I guess its because I never played street fighter all that much(more of a smash bros guy), it was still pretty funny and I like the morale of don’t start fights with pathetic teenagers, in other words don’t start fights with teenagers.

  24. I’m pretty sure my 12 year old sister has never played “Street Fighter.” However, she played the original “Mortal Kombat” at a friend’s house and fell in love with it. Guess what she’s getting for Christmas.

  25. “Wish I could do that.”

    I was born in 1995 and knew very little about Street Fighter until I saw the Nostalgia Critic review.

  26. um what happened to episode 9?

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