The Disney Channel's Gravity Falls has quickly become one of my favorite TV shows. In fact, I've often been heard remarking, as I have about so many other pieces of pop culture, that the only possible way it could be better was if it was also Street Fighter II.
And now, it looks like that's actually happening. In this week's episode, set to air Friday at 9:30 Eastern, Dipper brings his favorite video game character to life so that he can win a fight with a skinny jean-wearin' romantic rival. And the character in question? Rumble McSkirmish, who boasts a design by Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game and Mercenary Kings artist Paul Robertson and interacts with the world in a decidedly Capcom-esque fashion. Check out a few clips after the cut!
Sharp-eared video game fans may recognize Rumble's voice actor as Brian Bloom, who voiced Varric in Dragon Age 2 and no doubt gained considerable experience with the genre as the voice of Captain America in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 -- oh, and appeared in and co-wrote the A-Team movie and then played Cap on Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
The real gold, though, is seeing how his video game logic applies to the (very, very slightly) more realistic world of the rest of the show. I'm pretty surprised that Dipper looks for food in the refrigerator, though. You'd think someone that familiar with how to feed video game characters would know that you only find whole turkeys by smashing up oil cans.
Given that we've already seen references to Street Fighter, Donkey Kong and an incredible tribute to Final Fight, I'm looking forward to seeing what other bits of gaming history will pop up in this week's episode. And also to seeing Robbie get the Hundred Hand Slap right upside his head.
Gravity Falls' "Fight Fighters" episode debuts Friday, September 14 (9:30 – 10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
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