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The Owl House is an animated fantasy-comedy, created by Dana Terrace. The series premiered on January 10, 2020 on Disney Channel.

Overview

The series follows self-assured teenage girl Luz, who discovers a portal to another realm where humans are not well-liked.

Luz partners with a rebellious witch named Eda and her diminutive demon sidekick, King, who was indeed once a king and is searching for a way to restore his titles and glory. Despite not possessing any magical abilities of her own, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda's apprentice and learning the ways of magic.

Picking up immediately after season one, season two will "find our heroes working together to return Luz to the Human Realm, help Eda confront her inner demons, and search for the truth about King's past".

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Production

The Owl House was created by Dana Terrace, previously worked on Gravity Falls as a storyboard artist and later a director on the 2017 DuckTales reboot. The show was originally scheduled for release in 2019, but was delayed to early 2020. The animation is provided by Rough Draft Korea, Sunmin Image Pictures, and Sugarcube Animation.

The visual design of the show was inspired by various European painters including Remedios Varo, John Bauer, and definitely Hieronymus Bosch, who was best known for his surrealistic depictions of hell. Dana Terrace also took a lot of inspiration from Russian architecture as well as medieval church art.

The second season, consisting of 21 episodes, will begin airing on June 12, 2021. It was renewed for a third season ahead of the season two premiere and was later confirmed by Dana Terrace to not only be shorter, but also be the last season.

Marketing

The first trailer premiered on June 10, 2019 during the show's Annecy 2019 panel, which was uploaded onto the Disney Channel's YouTube channel.

The intro was released at the On San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2019, while the outro was released on October 4, 2019.

Reception

Critical reception

The Owl House has received a positive reception from critics. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media rated the show 4 out of 5 stars and said putting different elements together made the series quirky and likable. It was also described as well written and animated, and speculated that "the show likely will be one you will want to watch alongside your older kids and tweens, giving you the opportunity to discuss these kinds of themes as they come up." LaughingPlace.com's critic praised the series for its unique visuals and voice acting, stating "The performances fit together beautifully as the diversity in their delivery showcases the characters’ unique roles in the Demon Realm." Collider's Dave Trumbore gave the series' first episode a 4-star rating, feeling that the episode "has got a dark, yet darkly comic edge to the whole thing." The conservative evangelical Christian religious television network, called the Christian Broadcasting Network attacked the show, declaring it was part of a "witch agenda to make witchcraft look positive," an assessment that a writer for The Mary Sue called "hyperbolic," and stated that a "rebellious Latina witch" is, to those like CBN, "probably the scariest thing," while stating that the show sounds like "a ton of fun." While Kevin Johnson of The A.V. Club was critical of the series, stating that they were not "buying the developments between Amity and Luz," and praised Eda's character, Ben Bertoli was more positive. He wrote that Terrace and those working on the job had done a great job creating a fantasy world, relatable characters, and predicted a "big animation fandom." Additionally, Nick Venable wrote that fans of Gravity Falls and Steven Universe would love the series because the "otherworld-ness of The Boiling Isles immediately asserts itself" while the show makes "relationships feel genuine and tactile," following in the footsteps of those shows. At the same time, Colin Hickson of Comic Book Resources praised the series, while noting that the opening of the series would give "any Gravity Falls fans a major sense of déjà vu."

LGBTQ+ representation

The Owl House has been praised for featuring several characters who are LGBTQ+, in particular the growing romance between the characters Luz Noceda and Amity Blight.[2][3] On July 7, 2020, series creator Dana Terrace implied this, when responding to a fan who posted a screenshot from the upcoming episode "Enchanting Grom Fright" on Twitter which showed one of the characters in the show, Amity Blight, putting her hands on the shoulders of Luz Noceda and looking into Luz's eyes. Claiming "there is no heterosexual explanation" for Amity's action, Terrace responded, "there really isn't". On August 8, 2020, the episode, written by Molly Ostertag, aired, and it featured a scene in which Luz and Amity dance together while casting spells to defeat "Grom," a demon that manifests as their deepest fears. The animation supervisor for the show, Spencer Wan, referred to their intimate dance as "the gay thing" and the first time he got to "do anything even remotely queer."

On September 2, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Dana Terrace confirmed that Amity is intended to be a lesbian and that Luz is bisexual.[4] The two girls represent Disney's first animated LGBT+ regular characters.[5] Additionally, in the episode "Understanding Willow", one of the main characters (Willow Park) is shown to have two dads. Some noted that beginning of the show's second season, which began airing in 2021, continued to build up the relationship between Amity and Luz, with Luz reciprocating Amity's feelings at the end of "Escaping Expulsion". Others praised Amity's character evolving outside her "relationship with Luz." In the episode "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", Amity kisses Luz on the cheek.

On July 24, 2021, the series introduced Raine Whispers in the episode "Eda's Requiem." Raine is Disney's first non-binary character as Raine goes by they/them pronouns. The character is voiced by trans and non-binary actor Avi Roque.[6]

In the episode “Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door”, Luz and Amity officially become a couple.

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Trivia

  • This is the first Disney work with an LGBT protagonist. While previous Disney works had LGBT characters, all of them were side characters.
    • Amity is the first openly gay Disney character, as previous gay Disney characters had their sexuality implied rather than shown.
    • Luz is the first openly bisexual Disney lead character.
    • Dana Terrace confirmed Luz is bisexual, while Amity is confirmed to be a lesbian.
    • "Eda's Requiem" introduced Raine Whispers, who is confirmed to be the first non-binary character in a Disney work.
  • With this series, Dana Terrace is the sixth woman to create a series for Disney Television Animation, after Sue Rose (Pepper Ann), Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins), Daron Nefcy (Star vs. the Forces of Evil), Krista Tucker (Fancy Nancy), and Nicole Dubuc (The Rocketeer).
  • This is the second series where Alex Hirsch is featured in a magical setting, opposite to his past series, Gravity Falls, which is magical but paranormal.
    • He also voices demons such as King in this series or Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls.
    • It also featured a kid (Luz in this setting, Dipper and Mabel Pines in Gravity Falls) who travels into a place where it was alive with magic.
  • The first letter of each episode title in each season spells out a phrase:
    • Season 1: "A witch loses a true way."
    • Season 2: "Seek the key fea..."
  • Once scene of each episode also contains a freeze-frame of an eye code in Cyrillic alphabet in the background and reads a sentence:
    • Season 1: "Two witches torn apart, now alone. Two Hearts of Stone. A curse of feather and mud, a betrayal of blood".
    • Season 2: "Seething Seas And Puppet Strings, He No Longer Dreams Of..."
  • Due to Disney Channel in Italy shutting down prior to the series' premiere in Italy, the series ended up premiering its entire first Season in Italy on February 5, 2021, on Disney+, making this the first time a Disney Channel series has had its premiere on Disney+ instead of Disney Channel.
  • This is the second animated Disney series where the main character of the show gets wound up in another world. The first being Anne from Amphibia (later Sasha and Marcy).
  • In 2021, it won the Peabody Award for "Children's & Youth Programming".

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Media
The Owl HouseThe Owl House: Witch's Apprentice
Characters
Luz NocedaEda ClawthorneKingHootyOwlbertAmity BlightWillow ParkGus PorterLilith ClawthorneEmira and Edric BlightBoschaBat QueenPrincipal BumpEmperor BelosKikimoraTibblesAlador and Odalia BlightHunterGwendolyn ClawthorneBria, Gavin, and AngmarMattholomulePhilip WittebaneRaine WhispersCamila NocedaVee
Episodes
Season One: "A Lying Witch and a Warden" • "Witches Before Wizards" • "I Was a Teenage Abomination" • "The Intruder" • "Covention" • "Hooty's Moving Hassle" • "Lost in Language" • "Once Upon a Swap" • "Something Ventured, Someone Framed" • "Escape of the Palisman" • "Sense and Insensitivity" • "Adventures in the Elements" • "The First Day" • "Really Small Problems" • "Understanding Willow" • "Enchanting Grom Fright" • "Wing It Like Witches" • "Agony of a Witch" • "Young Blood, Old Souls"

Season Two: "Separate Tides" • "Escaping Expulsion" • "Echoes of the Past" • "Keeping Up A-fear-ances" • "Through the Looking Glass Ruins" • "Hunting Palismen" • "Eda's Requiem" • "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door" • "Eclipse Lake" • "Yesterday's Lie" • "Follies at the Coven Day Parade" • "Elsewhere and Elsewhen" • "Any Sport in a Storm"

Locations
The Boiling IslesThe Owl HouseHexside School of Magic and DemonicsBonesborough Public LibraryEmperor Belos' CastleConnecticut
See also
Witch's Wool CapeThe Good Witch AzuraCoven SystemSpell CircleHooty and the Parliament Owls AngelicPortalPhilip Wittebane's diary


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