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Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an American animated television comedy series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD.

The show was created by Daron Nefcy, who served as a storyboard revisionist for Wander Over Yonder. She is the first woman to create an animated series for Disney XD. Dave Wasson serves as director and Jordana Arkin as story editor, while both co-executive produce the series.

The series' sneak preview premiered on January 18, 2015 on Disney Channel before premiering on its original network Disney XD which premiered on March 30, 2015. The series officially premiered on May 29, 2015 on the "Disney XD on Disney Channel" block, and came to an end on May 19, 2019.

Plot

Main article: Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode list

Star Butterfly is a magical princess from the dimension of Mewni. On her fourteenth birthday, she receives the family heirloom wand. However, after she accidentally sets fire to her castle, her parents decide that a safer option is to send her to Earth as a foreign exchange student. There, she befriends Marco Diaz and lives with his family while attending Echo Creek Academy. Star and Marco must deal with everyday school life, while protecting Star's wand from falling into the hands of Ludo, a villain from Mewni who commands an army of monsters.

In the third season, Star returns to Mewni after she discovers that magic is disappearing throughout the kingdom. When Star discovers that her family’s history is linked to the use of dark magic and may be responsible for the monster mayhem in Mewni, she must dig deep and confront Ludo to save Marco, her family, and the kingdom.

The fourth season follows Star and Marco as they continue their adventures in Mewni and explore new dimensions. However, as things change in the royal palace, Star soon learns that running the kingdom is far more complicated than she once thought.

Cast and characters

Books

Main article: Star vs. the Forces of Evil (Joe Books)

Joe Books released a comic mini-series called Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Deep Trouble. It was intended to run for eight issues, but four issues were ever released. The series is written by one of the show's board artists, Zach Marcus, and illustrated by character designer Devin Taylor.

Home video releases

While the show lacks any physical home video releases, Star vs. the Forces of Evil has been mostly avalible for purchase on digital platforms such as Amazon Prime. [1]

Despite not being present at launch, all 4 seasons of Star vs. the Forces of Evil were added to Disney+ on December 12019, less than a month after the debut of the streaming service. The show was, however, part of the launch lineup for the European and Japanese versions of Disney+, but only the first two seasons are available in Europe.

Reception

Star vs. the Forces of Evil was very well received with both critics and audiences, with some calling it, at the time, the best Disney TV animated show since Gravity Falls. Many critics have praised the show for its originality, unique art style, and memorable characters as well as its rich and deep lore and its writing of the relationships between charcters, particulary between Star and Marco. The first few episodes of the show were a little criticized for its lack of focus but many agreed that the show got better as it went on.

However, reception towards the last few seasons, particularly the final episode, Cleaved, was much less positive, with many fans agreeing that the ending of the show felt extremely abrupt and unsatisfying due to lack of build up of any tension during these seasons towards the ending chosen for the show, and instead seeming to focus more on the romantic relationships between the teenage characters through out the last season, leading many to believe that a fifth season was originally planned, and was already in development, but ended up being rejected by Disney, and, as a likely consequence, most of its elements had to be either cut or reworked into Season 4.

One of the most discussed and praised elements from show, among fans, is the relationship between Star and Marco with many fans considering it the main focus of the show and pairing them romantically in a similar way to how Kim Possible fans paired Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable while the show was airing.

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Trivia

  • The show was originally under the title name Star and the Forces of Evil.
  • The show was originally scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014 before it was pushed back to January 2015.
  • The show was originally going to be a Disney Channel original series, but it was announced in Fall 2014 that the show would be a Disney XD series. However, the series began airing in re-runs on Disney Channel in September 2016. It currently airs on that network as part of the Disney Channel Weekend Mornings programming block.
  • Daron Nefcy's influences for Star vs. the Forces of Evil are primarily Japanese TV shows, such as Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Magic Knight Rayearth, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Unico (which features a pink unicorn). Her Japanese influences mainly come from widely intense shows with female leads.[2]
    • Daron Nefcy also based Star Butterfly on Anime heroines she admired.[2]
    • Daron also based the show on her love of indie comics and fantasy novels, such as Scott Pilgrim and the Dungeon series.[3]
  • Originally, Star Butterfly was going to be a fourth grader but the executives wanted the character to be a little bit older. While it was different than what Daron Nefcy wanted, it did allow the show to play around with concepts that fall more in line with the teenage audience of Disney XD.[2]
    • This is also likely what lead the show to have a higher focus on the lore of the Butterfly Family and the romantic relasionship between Star and Marco, as none of these concepts are refrenced in Daron Nefcy's earlier versions of the show.

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Media
Star vs. the Forces of EvilStar and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every DimensionComic Books
Characters
Star ButterflyMarco DiazPony HeadLudoRiver ButterflyMoon ButterflyGlossaryckFerguson O'durgusonAlfonzo DolittleJackie-Lynn ThomasJanna OrdoniaBrittney WongMr. and Mrs. DiazOskar GreasonMiss SkullnickTom LucitorLaser PuppiesJeremy BirnbaumBuff FrogBuff Frog's TadpolesMonster ArmPrincipal SkeevesPrincess SmooshyToffeeMeteora ButterflyMina LoveberryEclipsa ButterflyHekapooOmnitraxus PrimeRhombulusLekmetKellyLove SentenceMariposa Diaz
Episodes
Season One: "Star Comes to Earth/Party With a Pony" • "Match Maker/School Spirit" • "Monster Arm/The Other Exchange Student" • "Cheer Up Star/Quest Buy" • "Diaz Family Vacation/Brittney's Party" • "Mewberty/Pixtopia" • "Lobster Claws/Sleep Spells" • "Blood Moon Ball/Fortune Cookies" • "Freeze Day/Royal Pain" • "St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses" • "Mewnipendance Day/The Banagic Incident" • "Interdimensional Field Trip/Marco Grows a Beard" • "Storm the Castle"

Season Two: "My New Wand!/Ludo in the Wild" • "Mr. Candle Cares/Red Belt" • "Star on Wheels/Fetch" • "Star vs. Echo Creek/Wand to Wand" • "Starstruck/Camping Trip" • "Starsitting/On the Job" • "Goblin Dogs/By the Book" • "Game of Flags/Girls' Day Out" • "Sleepover/Gift of the Card" • "Friendenemies/Is Mystery" • "Hungry Larry/Spider With a Top Hat" • "Into the Wand/Pizza Thing" • "Page Turner/Naysaya" • "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown" • "Raid the Cave/Trickstar" • "Baby/Running with Scissors" • "Mathmagic/The Bounce Lounge" • "Crystal Clear/The Hard Way" • "Heinous/All Belts are Off" • "Collateral Damage/Just Friends" • "Face the Music" • "Starcrushed"
Season Three: "The Battle for Mewni" • "Scent of a Hoodie/Rest in Pudding" • "Club Snubbed/Stranger Danger" • "Demoncism/Sophomore Slump" • "Lint Catcher/Trial by Squire" • "Princess Turdina/Starfari" • "Sweet Dreams/Lava Lake Beach" • "Death Peck/Ponymonium" • "Night Life/Deep Dive" • "Monster Bash" • "Stump Day/Holiday Spellcial" • "The Bogbeast of Boggabah/Total Eclipsa the Moon" • "Butterfly Trap/Ludo, Where Art Thou?" • "Is Another Mystery/Marco Jr." • "Skooled!/Booth Buddies" • "Bam Ui Pati!/Tough Love" • "Divide" • "Conquer"
Season Four: "Butterfly Follies" • "Escape from the Pie Folk" • "Moon Remembers/Swim Suit" • "Ransomgram/Lake House Fever" • "Yada Yada Berries/Down by the River" • "The Ponyhead Show!/Surviving the Spiderbites" • "Out of Business/Kelly's World" • "Curse of the Blood Moon" • "Princess Quasar Caterpillar and the Magic Bell/Ghost of Butterfly Castle" • "Cornball!/Meteora's Lesson" • "The Knight Shift/Queen-Napped" • "Junkin' Janna/A Spell with No Name" • "A Boy and His DC-700XE/The Monster and the Queen" • "Cornonation" • "Doop-Doop/Britta's Tacos" • "Beach Day/Gone Baby Gone" • "Sad Teen Hotline/Jannanigans" • "Mama Star/Ready, Aim, Fire" • "The Right Way/Here to Help" • "Pizza Party/The Tavern at the End of the Multiverse" • "Cleaved"

Objects
Royal Magic WandDimensional ScissorsMagic Instruction BookStar's Notebook of Spells
Songs
I'm from Another Dimension Closing ThemeShining StarSpace UnicornAwesome FeelingToo Little Too LateWaiting for MeJust FriendsThe Ballad of Star Butterfly
Locations
MewniEcho CreekEcho Creek AcademySt. Olga's Reform School for Wayward PrincessesDiaz House
See Also
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