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Two Weird Old Men! (And their puppets)

Me & Matt Chapman goofing around between takes for the credits tag in Sock Opera. For those of you that don’t know, Matt Chapman writes on Gravity Falls (Co-wrote “Into The Bunker” with me) and also makes a hell of a good McGucket puppeteer. (Oh, and he’s also Strong Bad, incidentally) 

Puppets by Puppet Extraordinaire Nicole Mitchell (Her blog: http://dearquatty.blogspot.com)

“-and then you called me ‘Toots’ and I was just like, naaaaah…”

“Toots?!”

“I know, amazing right?”

“More like amazing that you didn’t punch me unconscious.”

“Shoot, yeah! That could’ve saved a bunch of hassle… Okay, 'you ever do it again and I’ll straight-up exorcise you with a fist to the face. Deal?”

“Deal.”

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I’ve been working on this super fun project on and off for a while now. Animated my human design of Bill Cipher!

Best viewed full screen in HD, but every computer’s different. Also, GIF version:

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So I just noticed something about “Sock Opera” while I was re-watching this scene

It’s been shown that Bill can’t exist in the real world without a vessel. The only times he’s shown up have been when people have fallen asleep - in this scene, for example, Dipper is shown yawning before Bill shows up to offer him a deal, and after Bill leaves it shows Dipper waking up - even though we weren’t shown a scene of Dipper actually falling asleep in the first place. When it comes to Bill, the line between the waking world and the dreaming world can be blurred.

Every time I watched “Sock Opera”, I was bothered by the sudden implementation of the password lockout screen - the episode shows Dipper trying hundreds, if not thousands of password combinations before the lockout screen appeared. Most computers only give the user a handful of tries - usually around three to five - before locking out the person putting in the password. Why did Dipper get so many tries before he was locked out?

Easy - because he wasn’t locked out. Right before the computer locks him out, he’s shown yawning. He even closes his eyes for a moment. Right after the computer locks him out, Bill conveniently appears. After Bill takes possession of his body, the color reappears in the scene and Dipper’s body falls to the floor and Bill/Dipper gets up and opens his eyes, signifying the return to the real world.

My theory is that there never was a lockout screen. Bill invaded his mind when he was asleep, for the second time in the episode - and created a scenario that would make Dipper desperate enough to say yes to his deal.