okay but for real this episode is so important to me because
Dipper loves his sister. I mean, obviously, right? But this episode is ABOUT MABEL, and *Dipper is all about Mabel* this ep. He supports her, he cheers her on, he wants her to WIN, he comforts her, he puts her first! Even when they run into a genuine paranormal event *all he cares about* is how they can *help her win*! Because some mean girl was a butt to his sister, and he wants her to beat them.
Even better, this is pretty consistent for him. He puts her first- even if sometimes he hesitates, or they clash a little, she MATTERS to him, and he wants her to be happy. And that matters a lot to me because in a lot of fictional siblings hoods, they do that dumb fighty-angry thing, or the sister is kind of just an accessory to the brother. But Dipper is perfectly happy to be kind of a background element to his sister taking the stage sometimes.
The actual first episode of the *show* was about Dipper and Mabel trusting each other and relying on each other, and clarifying that them working as a team is the most important thing. It forms the core of the show, and It is honestly a big part of why I adore this goofy toon.
James Lopez, a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman), is currently trying to raise money for his traditionally animated project Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo is a steampunk short film which Lopez is hoping will help save the cause of 2D animation, and possibly lead to a TV series or film. So, if you’re interested in badass steampunk ladies or traditional animation, may I recommend you give a dollar or two. Hullabaloo's IndieGogo page is over here, visit to donate and learn more! And I’ll conclude with the plot:Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
Together, Veronica and Jules learn that Jonathan Daring has been kidnapped by a mysterious group of influential persons, who seek to use his latest invention for nefarious purposes. These villains are wealthy and influential and neither Veronica nor Jules can stop them openly. But determined to save her father and holding true to the family creed that technology should be used for the good of all, not the greed of some, Veronica assumes the secret identity of “Hullabaloo”, a goggled crusader who uses wits and science to combat evil and oppose the nefarious conspiracy that has taken her father.