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.
- Matthew Rhys as Emperor Belos
- Isabella Rossellini as Bat Queen
- Mae Whitman as Amity Blight
- Tati Gabrielle as Willow Park
- Bumper Robinson as Principal Bump
- Issac Ryan Brown as Gus Porter
- Parvesh Cheena as Tibbles
- Eden Riegel as Boscha
- Cissy Jones as Lilith Clawthorne
- Jorge Diaz as Mattholomule
- Robin Atkin Downes as Adegast
- Erica Lindbeck as Emira Blight
- Ryan O'Flanagan as Edric Blight
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 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. 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. The two girls represent Disney's first animated LGBT+ regular characters. Additionally, in the episode "Understanding Willow", one of the main characters (Willow Park) is shown to have two dads.
- 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.
- The first letter of each episode title in Season 1 spells out the phrase, "A witch loses a true way."
- Each episode also contains an eye code in Cyrillic alphabet and reads "Two witches torn apart, now alone. Two Hearts of Stone. A curse of feather and mud, a betrayal of blood".
- Due to Disney Channel in Italy shutting down prior to the series' premiere in Italy, the series ended up premiering its entire first Season on 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.
- "The Owl House: Disney Animated Series' LGBTQ+ Relationship is No Longer Subtext". Comic Book Resources (August 9, 2020). “Luz and Amity began as rivals, but The Owl House has slowly built up a friendship between the two girls. Once Luz learned that they share many of the same interests, she has tried to befriend Amity. Since then, their relationship has continued to grow, with more clues being dropped that feelings could be brewing. While fans are aware of Amity's feelings for Luz, they will have to wait and see if and when Luz makes her feelings known as well.”
- "The five TV shows you should be watching this week – "The Owl House" (Disney Channel)". Los Angeles Times (August 10, 2020). “For me, “The Owl House” has found its stride as Luz has started exploring magic school and meeting other teen witches. The latest episode was prom-themed and featured a memorable dance/fight sequence; its revelation that one of the show’s main characters is bisexual was a bonus, and a significant milestone for LGBTQ representation on a Disney show.”
- Terrace, Dana (September 2, 2020). "Amity is intended to be a lesbian and Luz is bi. I apologize for my original post which was worded vaguely. Romantic threads are fun and I love how many people are connecting to that storyline but my personal taste as a storyteller will never allow me to write a full on romance saga. THAT BEING SAID... Me and the crew are having a crap ton of fun developing this thread in season 2. All the ins and outs of these storylines we're keeping track of... Feels like we're knitting." (en-US).
- Variety (August 17, 2020). "'The Owl House' makes history with Disney's first bisexual lead character". NBC News.