Gravity Falls pitch pilot (found episode of animated series; 2010)


Gravity Falls (pitch pilot)
A screenshot from the pilot.
A screenshot from the pilot.
Status Found
Date found 3 Aug 2016
Found by Alex Hirsch

Some time in 2010, animator Alex Hirsch began work on a pitch pilot for what would soon become the hit Disney mystery series Gravity Falls. Created in Adobe Flash, the pilot ran for 12 minutes[1][2] and was essentially a cut-down version of the first official episode, "Tourist Trapped".

Availability

In a Reddit IAMA conducted by Alex Hirsch, when asked if the unaired pilot would ever be released, he replied that it "would be like showing you awkward photos from my high school prom," and that he wouldn't want it to be seen. Additionally, the pilot used licensed songs that Hirsch didn't have the right to use commercially, meaning that there may have been legal problems with releasing it, on DVD or otherwise.

Despite that, on July 25th, 2016, Alex revealed that if the puzzle that was a part of the unofficial Cipher Hunt was completed, then he would release the pilot online.[3] It was completed about a week later[4], and on August 3rd it was released on The Mystery of Gravity Falls' site under the username of RETURNBACKWARDS and the password of TOTHEPASTAGAINTHREE.[5] It was also uploaded to Youtube with little to no difficulty or conflict (albeit private).

The Pilot itself

References

  1. 2013 Reddit IAmA by Alex Hirsch, creator of Gravity Falls. Retrieved 02 Sep '13.
  2. gravityfalls.wikia.com article on the unaired pitch pilot. Retrieved 02 Sep '13.
  3. Tweet from Alex Hirsch Retrieved 02 Aug '16.
  4. Tweet from Alex Hirsch Retrieved 02 Aug '16.
  5. The Mystery of Gravity Falls website Retrieved 03 Aug '16.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

11 months ago
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YAAY
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Anonymous user #2

11 months ago
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It was halarious. Who knows why Hirsch never wanted it realeased?
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Anonymous user #3

11 months ago
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That was fantastic!
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MinamiKousaka

11 months ago
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YAY!!! XD
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Anonymous user #4

9 months ago
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waaat
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Anonymous user #5

7 months ago
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The pilot was great
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Anonymous user #6

6 months ago
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No
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Anonymous user #7

6 months ago
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and the ovni episode
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Anonymous user #8

4 months ago
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I'd like a season 3, but hey at least we have this!!
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