As long as I could hold a pencil, I was drawing and telling stories and making jokes. I've just been lucky that no one ever stopped me, and now I can do that for a living.— Alex Hirsch
The most unpopular Alex Hirsch quotes that will activate your desire to change
I feel like the best kids shows aren't just for kids.
The best kids shows have something in it for everyone. As you grow up, you're increasingly proud to be a fan of the show, rather than getting to an age where you suddenly become embarrassed that you ever liked it because it's only for seven-year-olds.
I remember as a kid being scared of the things that go bump in the night, but I was way more scared of adults.
A sibling is a friend for life, but they are a friend for life that you are forced to have. And like anything that you are forced to do, occasionally people will drive you crazy.
Once you train an audience to look for significance, they start to find it everywhere.
You can look at a finale as chance to make an impact or a statement, to shock people or shoot a big cannon and make a loud noise.
Everyone has days where they don't get their way, where you have to go to bed early or you have too much homework to do or you can't eat the candy that you want or you miss your favorite TV show and, in those moments, you just want to tear the whole world down.
When I was 12 years old, I was obsessed with codes, conspiracies, and secret messages. I would record TV commercials with SoundRecorder.exe on Windows 95 and reverse them to see if I was being subliminally influenced to watch Pokémon by Japanese spies.
When you're doing an animated series, you tend to pitch storyboards.
You write a script and then you draw a comic version of that script and put it up on big boards, and then you pitch it to a big room of executives and writers.
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with UFOs in particular, and the paranormal.
I grew up in the '90s, which is when The X-Files was at its zenith.
I've always just loved drawing and loved cartoons.
Growing up, I loved Disney films, I loved The Simpsons, and I was a big fan of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes and the way that they would have weird fantasy and then down-to-earth funny character comedy.
There is a very specific, unique brand of rivalry that exists between twins.
You're always wondering who the Alpha twin is.
Some people could say, "I'd like something that's super dramatic and miserable and made me cry and made me sad forever" but that's not my taste.
Your family, even though you love them, they can get on your nerves.
You spend so much time together.
I believe that one of the reasons Gravity Falls is such an unusual place, maybe part of the reason that the stoplights switch on and off at random times and cell phones don't get proper reception and compasses spin wildly - is because of the strange kinetic influence of the UFO buried just underneath everyone's feet.
I absolutely love television. What's so great about TV is that I can tell 20 stories in a year. If I was working at a feature studio, I'd tell 1% of someone else's story, over the course of four years.
I think twins can sometimes be shoved into the same mold and they can start to feel like they're not being given a chance to develop their own identities.
The most relevant misadventure that I had, as a kid, is when I remember being pretty convinced that leprechauns were real and that I was going to catch one.
I've always loved The Simpsons, just because it was really, really funny.
As a kid, you love the characters. You know that the dad is dumb and frustrated, and you know that the boy is smarter than everyone else around him and is constantly getting into mischief.
I thought that was the coolest thing in the world, the idea of somebody trying to solve mysteries. I would see conspiracies in everything. I think I believed in leprechauns longer than any of my fellow classmates because I tried to catch them.
I built a leprechaun trap that was made to look like a tiny hotel.
There was a ramp where the leprechaun could walk into the hotel, see a Lego pot of gold on the other side, try to reach it, fall through a trap door, go through a tube, wind up in a biscuit tin, and be trapped. My mom, encouraging my madness, told me that the leprechaun might escape and that I needed a shot glass of whiskey down there to keep him occupied while he was in there.
The concern about what's too violent or what's too scary is something that I just completely don't let enter into my creative process. I feel like, if I spend a lot of time trying to worry about whether it will appeal to everyone and who will like it and who won't, and I try to please everyone, I'll just spread myself too thin and lose my mind.
Gravity Falls has transformed the children of America into an army of Dippers.
I couldn't be more proud!
In terms of creative engagement, I just love being able to produce, produce, produce. You don't always get it perfect, but it has much more of an improvisational element, and you learn.
Think about how rare it is that you exist at all.
Also think about time this way: If something exists, even for a second, then forever in the future that thing “existed”, and forever in the past that thing “was going to exist”. So to even be conscious for a millisecond is a kind of immortality, but you have more than a millisecond. You have minutes. Hours. Months. A year? Years! This is a gift.
If you ask anyone in animation, how long they've been into animation, they'll pretty much always tell you that it's since they can remember, and I'm no exception.
Gravity Falls is a show about mysteries and magic but first and foremost it's a show about characters.
My goal with Gravity Falls is to make people as paranoid and insane as I was as a child, and I'm delighted to see it's working!
I try to be a man of mystery. I try to keep the various projects I'm up to as close to the vest as possible until it's time to reveal them.
I'm a very relentless individual and have a lot more insanity coming.