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

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Gravity Falls pitch pilot.JPG

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).

Gallery

The pitch pilot

References