The Owl House

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The Owl House
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Genre
Created byDana Terrace
Voices ofSarah-Nicole Robles
Wendie Malick
Alex Hirsch
Theme music composerT. J. Hill
Opening theme"The Owl House Main Theme"
Composer(s)T. J. Hill[3]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19
Production
Executive producer(s)Dana Terrace
Producer(s)Wade Wisinski
Stephen Sandoval (supervising producer)
Editor(s)Kevin Locarro
Jenny Jordan (assistant editor)
Rachel Vine (story editor)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10) –
present (present)
External links
Website
Production website

The Owl House is an American animated fantasy television series created by Dana Terrace and produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 10, 2020.[4][5][6] In November 2019, the series was renewed for a second season prior to the series premiere.[7]

Plot[edit]

Luz Noceda is a teenage human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to another world instead of going to Reality Check Camp, a juvenile detention summer camp located in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. When on the Boiling Isles, which is made from the remains of a dead Titan, she befriends the rebellious witch Eda the Owl Lady and her adorable demon roommate named King. Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda's apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting.[8]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Luz Noceda (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles[1][9]) – A 14-year-old Dominican-American[10][11] girl who ends up on the Boiling Isles and becomes both Eda's apprentice and a new exchange student at Hexside Academy. She often feels as though she doesn’t fit in. Luz loves all things fantasy and magical, wanting to become a witch.[7] She finds out that she can use magic by drawing glyphs that she sees within her environment and spell circles witches cast to do magic. She finally became an official student of Hexside, though she was saddened at first as she was only allowed to learn one type of magic at a time, and not combine different magic types. Later however, Luz, with the help of the detention class students, saves the school from a magic eating Greater Basilisk who had disguised herself as the Emperor's Coven inspector. Principal Bump was convinced that mixing magics isn't a bad thing, and therefore let the other trouble making students take more than one class, with Luz becoming the first student who is officially allowed to learn magic from all the classes. According to Terrace, Luz is named after her Dominican-American roommate, Luz Batista, a story artist and consultant for the show.[2][12]
  • Edalyn "Eda" Clawthorne (voiced by Wendie Malick[1]) – The 40-something[13], self-proclaimed most powerful witch on the Boiling Isles, who is Luz's teacher. She is a wanted criminal for selling human items, not joining a coven, and stealing, among other things.[7] Her nickname "the Owl Lady" comes from the fact that she was cursed to become an owl-like monster when she was younger by an unknown figure (later revealed to be her older sister Lilith). The curse can only be countered by a daily elixir, which is gradually losing its effect. In mid-season finale, the elixir has lost its effect altogether. It can no longer cure her, much to her shock and fear. Unlike most witches who join covens (other than the witches in the Emperor's Coven), she can use all types of magic. Just like Luz, she wanted to learn all the types of magic possible but wasn't able to due to Hexside's rules forbidding her to do so. To subvert this, she used her magic to create a secret hideout which is equipped with magical doors which act as shortcuts to help her navigate around the school and learn all magic types from all the other classes undetected.
  • King (voiced by Alex Hirsch[1]) – A small wolf-like demon with a skull-like head and Eda's roommate who is the self-proclaimed King of Demons. He spends much of the series being a feisty troublemaker. He is well aware of his shortcomings, but that does not stop him from trying to exert dominance. Upon meeting Luz, he starts off speaking to her like a servant, but slowly begins to treat her like a close friend and even begins to take on aspects of acting like a pet around her. He later admits that he begins to miss her whenever she is gone for long periods of time. Since then, he has become openly affectionate to her while also keeping his rambunctious attitude.

Recurring[edit]

  • Hooty (voiced by Hirsch) – The witty sentient barn owl-headed doorknocker of the titular house who can stretch out his neck to long lengths.[7] Luz, Eda and King tend to ignore him, not just because he is a house, but because he tends to act surreal, awkward, or annoying around them. Lilith once called Hooty a "house demon."
  • Camilia Noceda (voiced by Elizabeth Grullon) – Luz's mother who sends her to summer camp to curb her overactive imagination. Unaware Luz is on the Boiling Isles, she continues to stay in contact with her via text messages. In "Enchanting Grom Fright," it is revealed that she is getting letters about the summer camp from someone who is pretending to be Luz. She is Dominican-American, with the voice actor for Luz, Sarah-Nicole Robles, saying that she and Luz are a "refreshing representation of a real Hispanic family."[12]
  • Willow Park (voiced by Tati Gabrielle[1]) – A student at Hexside and Luz and Gus’s friend who is skilled with plant magic. Originally, Willow was placed in the abomination class, due to her parents' wishes, until her use of plant magic caused her to be transferred to the plant class. She and Amity used to be close friends since childhood but due to Amity's parents not wanting to associate with her due to her lack of magic, Amity cut ties with her, causing great misery to both her and Amity. In "Understanding Willow", it is revealed that Willow lives with her two fathers.
  • Augustus "Gus" Porter (voiced by Issac Ryan Brown[1]) – A student at Hexside and Luz and Willow’s friend who is skilled in illusion magic and attends illusion class. He once was the president of a club called the Human Appreciation Society (H.A.S.), but he was removed from that position by Principal Bump after the detention room incident. His father Perry Porter works as a news reporter.
  • Amity Blight (voiced by Mae Whitman[1]) – A top student at Hexside who is an abomination expert. She starts as Luz's main rival making fun of Willow for her apparent lack of magical talent. She eventually befriends Luz and develops feelings for her because of her kind nature. Like Luz, she is a big fan of the novel series The Good Witch Azura. She and Willow used to be the closest of friends since childhood. However, her uptight and condescending parents told her to cut ties with Willow as she is far too weak to be a witch, and if she would not, they would, and they would ensure Willow would never attend school again. Amity was cowed to do so and extremely saddened that she had to hurt her only true friend in her life. She doesn't like Skara and Boscha as she finds them mean and cruel to people. She never considered those two her friends as she was told by her parents to befriend them, as they were very powerful witches. As of "Wing It Like Witches", she no longer considers Boscha a friend because of her treatment of Willow and others.
  • Hieronymus Bump (voiced by Bumper Robinson[1]) – The principal of Hexside School of Magic and Demonics who wears a demon-shaped hat over half his face. In the episode "Adventures in the Elements," it was revealed that he was the young student responsible in defeating the opposing school, and helped build Hexside, as shown in its information pamphlet. After the events of "The First Day", he became more accepting of the other students' desire to learn more than one magic type after Luz and her new friends, the detention class students saved the school from a deadly Greater Basilisk who tried to consume all the magic from the staff and students thanks to their mixed magic skills. Since that day, he made it official that students now have the choice to learn more than one magic type.
  • Lilith Clawthorne (voiced by Cissy Jones) – Eda's estranged older sister and leader of the Emperor's Coven. She still cares for her sister, as she told Eda that the Emperor can cure her owl monster-type curse, and she therefore wants her to join the Emperor's Coven. In "Agony of a Witch", it is revealed that she is the one who cursed Eda to turn into the owl monster when they were young, as she was envious of her magical talent and immeasurable power. This led to Lilith's deal with Emperor Belos after she felt guilty for what she did to her sister. Following Luz's duel with Emperor Belos, Lilith betrays the Emperor to help Luz and uses her magic to split the curse with Eda.
  • Emperor Belos (voiced by Matthew Rhys[7]) – A mysterious masked man who is the ruler of the Boiling Isles and the most powerful witch alive, to whom the Emperor's Coven serve personally. According to history, Emperor Belos got rid of the troublesome demons and witches that were affecting the Titan and arranged for the rest of the magic users to use their magic the right way. This led to him establishing different covens where those who don't join are sentenced to an irreversable petrification. Lilith joined the Emperor's Coven in order for Emperor Belos to honor her deal to cure Eda of her owl monster curse. When she finally caught Eda, Belos went back on his word with Lilith to cure Eda's curse. Belos plots to access the human world on the Day of Unity.
  • Boscha (voiced by Eden Riegel[1]) – A three-eyed witch and one of Amity's "friends" who is obsessed with Penstagram. She is part of the potions class. She is very condescending and bullies others based on their magical prowess. As of "Wing It Like Witches", which reveals that Boscha has a competitive nature during Grudgby season, she and Amity are no longer friends as Amity decided to stand up for her true friends.
  • Emira and Edric Blight (voiced by Erica Lindbeck and Ryan O'Flanagan) – Amity's older twin siblings and members of the illusion track. They are troublemakers who are always making fun of her.
  • Skara (voiced by Kimberly Brooks) – A witch and one of Amity's friends. She is part of the bard class.
  • Warden Wrath (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) – The monstrous and brutal prison warden running the Conformatorium where those who are different are imprisoned. He has a crush on Eda, who has always managed to evade his capture.
  • Professor Abominable (voiced by JB Blanc) – The teacher of abomination class. He is carried around Hexside by his own abomination.
  • Tiny Nose (voiced by Dana Terrace) – A small round demon with a prominent nose, and a conspiracy theorist who has a thirst for destruction. At the end of "Sense and Insensitivity", she gets a book published.
  • Bat Queen (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) – A large bat-like palisman formerly owned by a giant, who takes care of her children and other forgotten and broken palismans.
  • Tibblet-Tibblie "Tibbles" Grimmhammer III (voiced by Parvesh Cheena[1]) – A pig-like creature who is a night market stand owner and con artist.
  • The Demon Hunters – A group of humanoids who hunt wild demons. They were first seen trying to catch a transformed Hooty. In "Escape of the Palisman", the Demon Hunters are now working as animal control officers where they try to catch Eda's owl monster form.
    • Patch (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – The leader of the Demon Hunters who wears an eyepatch. His name was revealed through the closed captioning.
    • Tom (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) – Another member of the Demon Hunters.
  • Mattholomule (voiced by Jorge Diaz) – Luz and Gus's new rival and part of the Construction class. He's always in trouble at Hexside by getting detention. He became the new president of H.A.S. after Luz destroyed the detention room, which Gus took the blame for.
  • Perry Porter (voiced by Gary Anthony Williams) – A witch and the father of Gus. He is a reporter for BBN-HXN.

Episodes[edit]

The first letters of the episode titles for the first season spell out, "A WITCH LOSES A TRUE WAY", in reference to Luz losing her one "true way" home.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air date [14]Prod.
code [15]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"A Lying Witch and a Warden"Stephen SandovalStory by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Terrace & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Sandoval & TerraceJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)1010.61[16]
Luz Noceda, a girl who loves fantasy, is forced by her mother Camilia to go to Reality Check Camp, a juvenile detention summer camp located in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, following three different incidents at school that were brought to Camilia's attention. While waiting to be picked up, an owl takes her favorite witch book and she chases it into an abandoned house that transports her to the Boiling Isles, a magical realm in another dimension. She meets Eda, a fugitive witch who sells human items. Eda takes Luz to her home, the Owl House, where she introduces her to the adorably feisty King. Eda promises to take Luz back home if she helps them get King's crown back from Warden Wrath at his prison, the Conformatorium. They successfully break in where Luz discovers that the "crown" is a kid's meal crown. Wrath captures them with the intent to ask Eda out on a date, but she refuses. A fight breaks out with Luz releasing the prisoners (whose crimes were for being different) and together defeat Wrath and escape. Luz decides to stay to become a witch and Eda reluctantly accepts. As Luz settles in for the night, she texts her mother to inform her that she's gonna like it at "camp."
2"Witches Before Wizards"Stu LivingstonStory by : Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Vine
Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster & Cat Harman-MitchellJanuary 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)1020.43[17]
Luz prepares herself to be a witch's apprentice, but is disappointed when a very indifferent Eda shows up to give her a simple task of delivering her potions to various customers. King goes with her as Luz is quick to learn that Bonesborough, the city on the Boiling Isles, is full of rather nasty creatures who do not care for her human background. Luz and King come across the brightly lit castle of a kindly wizard named Adegast (Robin Atkin Downes) who believes that Luz is the "Chosen One" who must retrieve the Celestial Staff. When Luz shows the map given to her by Adegast to Eda and King, they laugh at her. She leaves on her own for the quest just as Eda becomes suspicious and discovers the whole quest to be a ruse. Luz goes on her quest making allies while Eda and King follow behind. Eventually, Adegast is revealed to be a horrible puppeteer demon who used Luz to get capture Eda. He tries to coerce Luz into having her fantasy, but she breaks free with Eda and King helping her. Adegast is defeated and Eda eats him. Afterwards, Eda tells Luz that she must make her own destiny and shows her the surprising beauty of the Boiling Isles.
3"I Was a Teenage Abomination"Stephen SandovalStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Manuel Jesse Nieto Jr., John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Owen & Terrace
Inbal Breda, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Madeleine Flores, Chris Pianka & SandovalJanuary 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)1030.45[18]
Luz is dissatisfied with how Eda handles "training" her, but perks up upon learning that there is a school that teaches magic called Hexside Academy of Magic and Demonics, something Eda is against as she dropped out. Luz meets Willow, a young witch who is picked on by top student Amity Blight for being terrible at creating abominations. Luz decides to pretend to be her abomination so that she can give Willow a passing grade and so she can see the school where she also meets Gus, a human-obsessed student. Luz is able to fool the class' teacher with her appearance. Meanwhile, Eda and King make a bet to see who makes the better teacher with King winning due to Luz having gone missing. However, King's "student", a slug named Prince Jr., attacks the pair forcing King to rely on Eda once again. Amity figures out that Luz is not an abomination and calls upon Principal Bump to examine her through dissection. Gus creates a diversion and a chase ensues ending with Willow showing her true gift in plant magic. Luz escapes to get help from Eda. Willow and Gus arrive where Luz learns that Willow's been exonerated as Bump puts her in the plant courses. However, Gus informs Luz that she's banned from the school, but he and Willow can teach her what they learned. However Luz happily accepts Eda as her teacher.
4"The Intruder"Stu LivingstonManuel Jesse Nieto Jr., Dana Terrace & Rachel VineCharlie Bryant, Cat Harman-Mitchell & LivingstonJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)1040.51[19]
King tries to teach Luz about demons. But when a boiling rainstorm rolls in, Luz takes the opportunity to get Eda to teach her some magic. Tired and wanting the light-up pen, Eda teaches Luz how to create light, which causes her to pass out. King tells Luz that Eda keeps a bottle of elixir in her room and believes it can give her magic. Before she drinks it however, a monster breaks into the house which King is convinced is the Snaggleback. He meets a real Snaggleback, which turns out to be a pathetic pink monkey wearing a shell. With Luz, King discover that the elixir was to prevent a curse from taking hold of Eda who is the real monster. With King's encouragement, Luz learns how to create light and uses it to sequester Eda and give her the elixir. Eda reveals that she was cursed when she was younger and it causes her to transform into an owl monster, hence her nickname "The Owl Lady". She tells them not to worry about it and compliments Luz's new ability. Eda later has a brief nightmare of a shadowy figure who cursed her, but wakes up before she can get answers.
5"Covention"Aminder Dhaliwal & Stu LivingstonStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Manuel Jesse Nieto Jr., John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Feldman, Terrace & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Amelia Lorenz & Kelsey NordenFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)1050.51[20]
Luz learns about the "Covention", a convention for witch hopefuls and begs a reluctant Eda to take her. While there, Luz runs into Amity who mocks King. Angered, Luz challenges her to a witch's duel. If she wins, Amity must apologize to King and say humans can become witches. If Amity wins, Luz must give up her witch training which they seal with a binding circle. Eda runs into her estranged sister Lilith, leader of the Emperor's Coven and they learn about their respective proteges' deal. Realizing that Luz does not know enough magic, Eda decides to cheat. Amity discovers this, but Eda realizes that Lilith cheated as well, humiliating Amity and resulting in the sisters fighting, though Eda escapes. After talking with Luz and reaching an understanding, Amity calls off the binding circle to let her continue training. Lilith gets a call from Emperor Belos' assistant Kikimora reminding her that she needs to capture Eda to receive her end of an unspecified deal.
6"Hooty's Moving Hassle"Stephen SandovalCharley Feldman, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace, Jeff Trammell & Rachel VineBosook "Bo" Coburn, Madeleine Flores, Naomi Hicks, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz, Chris Pianka & SandovalFebruary 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)1060.39[21]
Eda realizes that she is out of elixir and needs to restock, but her supplier Morton (Shannon McKain) is out of it. She is told that a supplier named Tibbles Grimhammer at the Night Market might carry some and makes plans to go out with King to get more. Meanwhile, Luz discovers that Willow and Gus were uninvited to a Moonlight Conjuring by Amity and her friends and she agrees to bring them to the Owl House to have their own, despite Eda telling her not to. The three of them end up having the house grow legs and they learn to control it when they hold hands. Eda and King meet Tibbles who has the elixir, but it is expensive and Eda challenges him to Hexes Hold'em for the elixir. However, Eda loses and Tibbles reveals that he plans to hand Eda to the Emperor's Coven and keep King as a servant. The kids head to Amity to show her up, but a team of demon hunters grab the house and toss the kids over a cliff. Willow apologizes to Luz by admitting that she used to be friends with Amity and wanted to prove her worth. The kids manage to escape and defeat the hunters while also rescuing Eda and King who get the elixir and destroy Tibbles' stand. Eda confronts Luz on her actions and has her and her friends clean the house while also remarking on her powers. Meanwhile, Amity and her friends, who were unable to conjure anything, check their "penstagram" and are shocked to learn of Luz's adventure.
7"Lost in Language"Aminder DhaliwalZach Marcus, Dana Terrace & Rachel VineBosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Kelsey NordenFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28)1070.46[22]
While Eda and King babysit a trio of bat children, Luz goes to the library to return Eda's overdue books. As she explores, she finds Amity reading to kids and thinks she can befriend her. Luz also meets Amity's older siblings, Emira and Edric, who take a liking to her. After messing around in the library, Amity tells on them and they get kicked out. Emira and Edric then invite Luz to break into the library with them during the Wailing Star. They break in as the star flies over the library, and it's magic brings the books contents to life. After some fun, they break into Amity's secret room to look for her diary so they can post it at school as payback. Luz doesn't want to do that, but unintentionally finds it and some of its pages fall out. Amity catches them in the act and calls Luz a bully, making Luz feel terrible. After telling Emira and Edric that she's gonna find Amity to apologize, she finds her and they have to fight an altered version of a beloved children's character. They fix it and the star's magic wares off. Luz lets Amity borrow the fifth Azura book as a way to say sorry, which Amity accepts. Luz returns to find Eda, King, and the bat kids asleep as the Bat Queen comes in to pick up her kids. She gives them a treasure chest and a skull whistle for their troubles and leaves.
8"Once Upon a Swap"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Charley Feldman, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Feldman, Terrace & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Hayley Foster, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Cat Harman-MitchellMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)1150.51[23]
Luz wishes she could be like Eda and have magic solve all her problems, King wants to be like Luz because of teenagers' domineering lifestyle and Eda thinks that King has an easy life by being adorable. They resolve to spend the day body swapped with the loser having to clean Hooty, who is notoriously filthy. Eda as King enjoys being given free things, but finds herself taken in by two elderly cat café owners, Roselle and Dottie (Grey Griffin and Cissy Jones). Eda then finds herself being held prisoner. King as Luz confronts Boscha and convinces her friends to run amok all over town. Afterwards, Boscha challenges King to a race, resulting in their hangout's destruction. They chase King into the café where he too is held prisoner. Luz as Eda begins to make a fortune selling human items, but gets arrested. At Police Precinct 128, Lilith comes and tries to convince her to join the Emperor's Coven which Eda used to want, but she escapes and runs into Eda and King. Surrounded by the all the people chasing them, Eda swaps their bodies back and then swaps all of their pursuers. They return home, having learned their lesson, but because Eda and King refuse to help out this time, Luz ends up with cleaning duty to her annoyance.
9"Something Ventured, Someone Framed"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Marcus
Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaMarch 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)1090.44[24]
When a new member of the Human Appreciation Society named Mattholomule challenges Gus' leadership, Gus decides to invite Luz to the meeting, and lies about her ban being lifted. The school is now enforced by trouble-smelling creatures working as security guards who throw troublemakers into detention following Luz' last visit. After thinking over Luz's desire to attend magic school, Eda caves in and reluctantly visits Bump about enrolling her into Hexside. He surprisingly agrees, believing the school could learn from having a human exchange student, on the condition that Eda fix every prank she pulled when she attended the school. Mattholomule's furious over Luz arriving and after feigning regrets over his actions, has Luz taken to detention. Gus then sends himself and Mattholomule to detention as well where it's revealed to be a giant pit with worm creatures that entrap and brainwash students to make them good. Luz and Gus escape with Mattholomule just in time to run into Bump and Eda. After calling off the worm creatures, Bump kicks out Luz. Gus takes the blame and he is removed from the H.A.S. as president and member altogether. Bump, impressed that he's "still alive", then makes Mattholomule the new president. Eda then tells Luz that she's allowing her into Hexside because she knows that she's smart enough to make her own decisions as well as Bump agreeing to not to tell the Emperor's Coven about their deal. Back at The Owl House, Luz and Eda pored over the many antics Eda caused when she used to be a student at Hexside.
10"Escape of the Palisman"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : John Bailey Owen, Terrace & Rachel Vine
Inbal Breda, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Ben Holm & Amelia LorenzMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)1080.52[25]
When Eda begins to feel the effects of her curse, she decides to take a rest. Luz meets up with Willow and Gus to see a grudgby match between Hexside and Glandus. They miss the bus, so Luz decides to use Eda's staff. They fly and end up crashing into a tree, resulting in Owlbert cracking his head and running from Luz. The kids run into the Bat Queen who is protecting Owlbert and gives Luz a series of trials to win Owlbert's trust back. King discovers that Eda is in her cursed owl monster form, but is more docile. He decides to use her to get revenge on the children at the park, but this alerts animal control, the former demon hunters that captured Hooty, who take Eda away. He tries to use the elixir on her, but it has no effect. Knowing it's Eda's favorite thing for him to do, he squeals and it turns Eda back to normal. After completing the tasks, the Bat Queen refuses to give up Owlbert. Luz discovers that the Bat Queen was a palisman to a giant and has been protecting other palismans. Realizing that Owlbert trusts Luz now, she lets him go. As everyone heads home, Eda realizes that the elixir is not working well enough.
11"Sense and Insensitivity"Stu LivingstonStory by : Zach Marcus, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Marcus
Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell & LivingstonJuly 11, 2020 (2020-07-11)1110.41[26]
The Book Fair has come to Bonesborough and Luz is excited. When she discovers that a book writing contest is being held, she decides to enter it with King joining. Meanwhile, Eda discovers that Lilith is searching for the Bloom of Eternal Youth for the Emperor. When she calls Eda "frail", weakened and aged due to her curse, Eda gets a map from the market owner to prove her wrong. Luz tries writing a romantic fantasy while King just wants to add violence. King takes over the book and refuses to listen to Luz's ideas. A publisher named Piniet (André Sogliuzzo) reads his manuscript and makes King famous overnight. When King has to write his second book however, Piniet tells him it is not good. He attempts to get Luz to help him, but she is instead offended at being used. Piniet kidnaps her and forces them to write the book or else they will be crushed into a cube like his previous clients. King finally learns to compromise with Luz and they manage to escape after burning his contract and when Tiny Nose arrives with her manuscript that reduces Piniet to tears. Eda and Lilith race to the Bloom only to discover that it was a trap by the market seller. They instead mock him and beat him up with Eda politely turning down Lilith's offer to join the Emperor's Coven and Lilith apologizes for her insult. Eda then leaves as Lilith zaps the bound market seller. Luz, Eda, and King return to The Owl House all exhausted from their rough and tumble days, only for Luz and King to lie about the book and head for bed.
12"Adventures in the Elements"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Owen & Terrace
Inbal Breda, Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaJuly 18, 2020 (2020-07-18)[a]1100.29[27]
Luz is excited to be joining Hexside Academy with her friends. While getting her Azura book back from Amity, she informs her that in order to share the same classes with her, she needs to know at least two spells. Otherwise, she will be put in the baby class. Luz convinces Eda to teach her a second spell and she takes her to The Knee, a snowy tundra on the Boiling Isles that's actually the dead Titan's knee to train. To Luz's shock, Amity is there as well being trained by Emira and Edric to make up for the library incident. Meanwhile, King uses a life-giving potion to create an army with his stuffed dolls. They turn on him and he ends up recruiting Hooty to destroy them after drawing a body for him on his door. Dissatisfied with Eda's teaching style and wanting to impress Amity and her siblings, Luz decides to steal Amity's training wand to teach herself fire magic. She ends up angering the Slitherbeast, a snow monster who kidnaps Eda, Emira, and Edric. Upset that Luz used up the power charge in her wand, Amity puts Luz in a cage to protect her while she tries to rescue them. Luz, being forced to wait, has an epiphany and learns ice magic, creating an ice block to escape. She catches up and uses her new powers to knock over the Slitherbeast while Eda puts the monster to sleep. In the end, Luz apologizes to Amity and she forgives her. Luz and Eda return home and Eda is furious when they find out what King and Hooty did.
13"The First Day"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Terrace & Rachel Vine
Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaJuly 25, 2020 (2020-07-25)1130.43[28]
Luz attends her first day at Hexside, much to her enjoyment. However, she has trouble deciding what track to enroll in, so an annoyed Principal Bump places her in the potions track. When she tries to perform oracle magic, she is placed in the detention track where the original detention hall is still being repaired following the incident. Meanwhile, King follows Luz to school and takes over a class; teaching kids useless facts. As Luz manages to get Willow and Gus to help her escape detention, she learns that her fellow classmates Viney (Ally Maki), Jerbo (Noah Galvin), and Barkus have a secret shortcuts room established by "Lord Calamity" that they go to so that they can listen in on other covens and learn mixed magic. Viney was placed in the detention track for mixing healing and beast-keeping, Jerbo was placed there for mixing plant magic with abomination magic, and Barkus was placed there for mixing potion and oracle magic. They become offended when they learn that Luz said that she was better than them and makes her leave. As Bump tries to impress the inspector of the Emperor's coven, the inspector turns out to be a Greater Basilisk which drains magic from everyone, weakening them like it did with the other schools. Luz rushes back to the detentioners and asks for their help. Using their mixed magic skills, they defeat the Basilisk and return all their magic. Luz talks some sense into Bump who concedes and allows the students to learn mixed magic. Luz gains a mixed track colors as she wants to learn everything. Bump reveals that the only other student who wanted to learn everything was Eda, who is revealed to be Lord Calamity, but never got the chance to do it. While planning to file a complaint to the Emperor's Coven who denied any knowledge of the Greater Basilisk posing as their inspector, Bump discovers King posing as a teacher and chases him out with a broom.
14"Really Small Problems"Stu LivingstonStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Marcus & Terrace
Inbal Breda, Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell & LivingstonAugust 1, 2020 (2020-08-01)1120.51[29]
After Hexside gets closed for a pixie infestation, Luz, Eda, and King decide to go to the Bonesborough carnival with Eda seeing it as a good time to sell her human merchandise. They run into Tibbles who claims that he no longer has a grudge against them and instead runs a miniature circus called the "Tent of Tiny Terrors", full of miniature creatures. King wants to get a friendship necklace, so he and Luz need to collect tickets. However, Willow and Gus arrive and begin hanging out with Luz, leaving King feeling left out. Eda tries selling her valuables, but gets caught by the fun police who have her work selling concessions. Tibbles, in disguise, gives King a potion to make things disappear and uses it on Willow and Gus, who are actually shrunken down. They ride a fly and just as King and Luz win the friendship necklace, they bring Luz to a Hall of Mirrors where they reveal what happened. She confronts King about it, but they end up shrinking themselves. Tibbles puts them in his circus and has a Manticore, pigeon-type griffin, and mad unicorns chase after them. Realizing that it was all his fault, King lures the creatures away and then uses the necklace to have Tibbles pat his cheeks, restoring everyone to size. The fully regrown creatures then chase after Tibbles when Eda plants food on him. King apologizes and has the now broken necklace given to Luz, Willow, Gus and himself. Eda ends up taking Tibbles' profits for herself.
15"Understanding Willow"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Owen
Inbal Breda, Emmy Cicierega, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Sabrina Cotugno, Madeleine Flores, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 1, 2020 (2020-08-01)1140.46[30]
Luz and Willow attend photo class which takes memories and places them into photos. However, tampering with the photos can affect a person's memory. While they are away, Amity spots a photo of her and Willow when they were younger and best friends. Wanting to hide it, she burns it, but accidentally burns Willow's other photos, causing Willow to lose her mind. Luz and Gus discover Amity's actions and together take Willow to Eda, who decides to send Luz and Amity into her mind to fix her memories. Meanwhile, Gus is taking a journalism class and cannot decide who to interview. Eda and King fight to be the ones to interview, but in the end Gus goes with Hooty, who just ends up annoying him. Luz and Amity venture through the memories and restore most of them. They discover that a fiery creature, revealed to be Willow's "inner self", has been damaging only the photos that have Amity in them. The inner Willow reveals the memory that scarred her; Amity telling Willow that she did not want to be her friend because she was weak. Amity then reveals that her parents (Rachael MacFarlane and Jim Pirri) forced her to give up their friendship because they considered Willow weak and threatened to bar her from Hexside. Amity apologizes for being a bad friend and the inner Willow concedes. Back in the real world, Willow states that while she and Amity are not friends right now, her actions were a positive start and thanks her for telling the truth. As Amity leaves, she lets go of Skara's invitation that was given to her earlier. Hooty continues to annoy Gus up until the point he gives up and heads for home.
16"Enchanting Grom Fright"Stu LivingstonStory by : Molly Ostertag, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Ostertag
Charlie Bryant, Emmy Cicierega, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Hayley Foster, Madeleine Flores, Chris Pianka & Spencer WanAugust 8, 2020 (2020-08-08)1160.35[31]
Luz discovers that Hexside has its own version of Prom called Grom with the Grom Queen going to Amity, who is upset at this news. Luz learns that on Grom, one student is chosen to face the fear demon Grometheus from wrecking havoc on the town. After Principal Bump rejects Amity's request to abandon the title, Luz steps up and decides to replace her, claiming that her fear is being looked down upon by Eda. Eda herself feels that Luz is too fragile to handle the situation and agrees to go to watch over her. Meanwhile, Gus invites King to be his co-emcee at Grom, but he is revealed to have stage fright. Once at Grom, Luz begins battling Grometheus. While she holds it off at first, it takes on her actual biggest fear, her mother discovering her secret of witch training. As she runs from the school, King overcomes his fear and directs the students toward the fight. Amity steps in to help Luz and her biggest fear is revealed to be rejection, from somebody she was too afraid to send a letter to, asking if they would go to Grom with her. Luz and Amity defeat the Grometheus together via dance-fight and are carried away by the school back to the party as Grom Queens alongside King, much to the delight of Eda, who congratulates Luz. Amity’s letter is shown to be addressed to Luz, reveailng she has a crush on her. Back home, Luz, who has been avoiding texting her mother, finally finds courage to text her back. When her mother tells her that she loves her "letters," Luz thinks she is talking about her texts only to be revealed that her mother is getting letters from someone claiming to be Luz.
17"Wing It Like Witches"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag & John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Ostertag & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 15, 2020 (2020-08-15)1180.37[32]
Willow suddenly has a confidence boost that earns the support of her fellow classmates. This does not sit well with Boscha, the Grudgby team captain, who still looks down on Willow and picks on her. Luz and Gus try to defend her against Boscha's hazing, but find themselves also getting attacked. Realizing she needs to literally beat her at her own game, Luz challenges Boscha to a Grudgby game on Willow's behalf. Luz extends help to Amity, but she turns her down out of embarrassment. Meanwhile, Lilith arrives at the Owl House to take Eda to the Emperor. In response, Eda says she will go if they play a Grudgby match together. Ultimately, Eda wins, but sympathetically gives her ring to Lilith telling her to tell him that she put up a fight. Lilith leaves stating that she won't visit alone next time. Luz pushes Willow and Gus in training, resulting in them getting tired. Amity reveals to Luz that she used to be team captain, but hurt her fellow players and quit. Luz decides to forfeit to Boscha. When Boscha begins to attack Luz, Amity recruits Willow back and have a proper Grudgby game. Luz and Willow perform a dangerous move and supposedly win, but Boscha's team ends up winning after catching a gold bug needed to end the game. Luz is upset at this, but Boscha's teammates congratulate Willow for the fun game, flustering Boscha. The friends then have a sports montage.
18"Agony of a Witch" (Part 1) Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Owen
Luz Batista, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 22, 2020 (2020-08-22)1190.51[33]
Lilith makes another attempt at capturing Eda, but fails due to Hooty. She then gets contacted by Kikimora stating that Emperor Belos wants to see her. Luz discovers that Eda's brooch is getting darker and that she needs more of her elixir in order to restrain her curse. She tells Luz not to worry and sends her off to school. Luz learns that they are taking a field trip to the Emperor's Castle. At first she does not want to go, but changes her mind when she learns that the castle has relics including a healing hat. Amity couldn't go due her being home with a broken leg. While on the tour, the students witness the arrival of Lilith and Luz sneaks off to see that she answers directly to Emperor Belos, who threatens expulsion if she does not capture Eda. He also notes about what he does to covenless witches. Willow and Gus learn of Luz's plan and help her break into the relics room. They are sensed by Belos and found by Lilith who destroys the healing hat and holds Luz hostage while sending Willow and Gus to retrieve Eda. Eda and Lilith have a fight with Luz trapped in a bubble, during which Lilith accidentally reveals that she was the one who cursed Eda. With Luz's life on the line, Eda uses up her magic which breaks the bond on her brooch and causes her to transform fully into her owl monster form. Lilith takes Eda away to Emperor Belos before telling Luz to return to her own world. As Luz walks back to the Owl House, dejected and defeated, King questions where Eda is, causing Luz to break down to tears.
19"Young Blood, Old Souls" (Part 2) Stephen SandovalStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Terrace & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Madeleine Flores, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz, Chris PiankaAugust 29, 2020 (2020-08-29)1200.38[34]
Luz prepares herself to rescue Eda with King joining her. King claims that magic was once wild, but that Emperor Belos arrived and claimed that he could "speak to the island" and created the covens, resulting in him becoming the most powerful magic-user. Witches who do not choose a coven are taken and petrified permanently. Belos tells Lilith that petrification will be Eda's punishment as well and he has no intention to heal her curse. Luz and King purposefully get caught so that they can get into the castle. Luz finds Eda and manages to restore her mind while in her owl monster form. Eda tells her that Belos wants the portal to the human world and that she needs to head home and destroy it. As she is taken away, Luz fights with Lilith and both end up in the human world. Lilith admits that cursing Eda was a mistake. She thought the curse would last a day because she wanted to weaken Eda during a witch's duel for joining the Emperor's Coven, although Eda was willing to give it up for her. As they head back together to save Eda, they are caught by Belos who has Lilith and King sent to Eda while Luz fights him. Meanwhile Willow and Gus lead the citizens in cheering for Eda's release. Overpowered by Belos, Luz is given the choice of giving up the portal to the human world or have Eda suffer. Luz gives up the portal, but burns it upon leaving. Luz, King, and Lilith manage to rescue Eda and escape as Belos begrudgingly informs the citizens that Eda will be spared. Lilith uses her magic to share Eda's curse, resulting in Eda returning to normal, but both her and Lilith's magic having weakened to being unusable. Afterwards, Luz makes a video message to her mother about her adventures, promising that she will find a way back home. Belos sends a spy to the Owl House and uses what was left of the portal to start building a larger one, combining with technology.

Shorts[edit]

Look Hooo's Talking[edit]

A series of shorts, modeled after the aftershow format, titled Look Hooo's Talking premiered on the official Disney Channel YouTube channel. The shorts, which are usually posted a day after an episode's airing but air right after its TV premiere, depict two live action owls named Horus Herashoo and Owlyvia Kim talking about the events of the most recent episode and pick apart some of the details that potentially will make an impact later in the show. At the end of each episode, the credits quickly scroll by, but when paused reveal the name of the "crew" which consists of names of the actual crew of the show, but with reimagined bird name puns such as the creator, Dana Terrace, being renamed Danightingale Terrace.[35]

Starting with the episode "Sense and Insensitivity", the format retired.

Owl Pellets[edit]

Disney Channel began releasing a series of comedic shorts called Owl Pellets involving Luz, Eda, and King's antics with magic and the exploration of the Boiling Isles.

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Welcome to Hexside!"April 4, 2020 (2020-04-04)[36]
King was changing channels on his crystal ball until he stops upon seeing Principal Bump in a parody of 1980s commercials. In it, he introduces the viewer to Hexside School of Magic and Demonics. He tours the viewer about his school and every time he mentions a part of the school, one of the students in the commercial gets hurt. At the end, Bump believes that every student has their ability and support to have their full potential at his school and even believes that the magic of friendship....is no longer taught there due to budget constraints.
2"Eda's Cursed Brush"April 11, 2020 (2020-04-11)[37]
Eda sees Luz make a drawing of herself, Eda and King. Eda asks what she used to draw it. Luz explains she can draw with everything with just enough practice. She demonstrates this by drawing an owl on her palm with Eda's lipstick, drawing bats on a napkin with chalk and making a Good Witch Azura pancake. Eda then clarifies that she was asking because she lost a cursed pencil and can't find it. Suddenly, the first drawing of Luz, Eda and King comes alive and starts wreaking havoc. Luz says that maybe she shouldn't draw with everything after all, to which Eda replies she'll get the paper shredder.
3"Paint Scare!"April 18, 2020 (2020-04-18)[38]
King sees Luz drawing a background picture in the woods and asks how she's good at it. She's about to explain when she sees a shadowy monster on the painting, but does not recall seeing it before. She looks away, only to see the monster coming closer. Then King sees the monster holding up a sign that says "I'm right behind you." Luz and King scream. Later, while they're hiding under Luz's blanket, Luz says it might be better to paint when you're in the safety of your own home. It's then revealed that the scene is actually being painted by the shadow monster.
4"Art Lessons with Luz"April 25, 2020 (2020-04-25)[39]
King asks Luz how good she is at drawing to which Luz explains she uses a trick by using simple shapes. For example, when she draws King, she uses triangles and circles while using a tube and a circle to draw Hooty. Suddenly, Hooty appears and attacks his sketch, believing it to be an invader of his territory. Luz and King manage to calm him down, but later catch him talking to life-sized drawings of the two of them. Hooty sees them and freaks out.
5"Coven Lovin Soap Opera"May 2, 2020 (2020-05-02)[40]
Luz watches a soap opera on the crystal ball to which King expresses his disgust and leaves. The plot of the soap opera involves a witch having an affair with two handsome monsters. Just then, the witch's near dead mother appears and is about to tell a secret when she dies. Just before the ending can explain everything, the crystal ball's signal suddenly cuts off, much to King's disappointment, who was watching the show in secret. Luz cheers him up by explaining fan fiction.

Production[edit]

The Owl House was created by Dana Terrace, previously a storyboard artist for Gravity Falls and later a director on the 2017 DuckTales reboot. The series was set originally for a 2019 release,[8] but it was delayed for a 2020 release.[4][41] Terrace is the fourth woman to create a series for Disney Television Animation, after Pepper Ann with Sue Rose, Doc McStuffins with Chris Nee, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil with Daron Nefcy.

The show is animated by Rough Draft Korea, Sunmin Image Pictures, and Sugarcube Animation.[42] Terrace said that the visual style was inspired by paintings by Remedios Varo, John Bauer and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as Russian architecture.[43] By December 2019, the show had 120 people working on the show, including those in the animation studios, and 50 staffers on the pre-production crew.[44]

Season 1 aired its 19th and final episode on August 29th 2020.[45] On November 21, 2019, the show was renewed for a second season prior to the first season's debut.[7]

Music[edit]

On July 19, 2019, Terrace announced that T. J. Hill composed the series' score.[3] In January 10, 2020, Hill said that the score features "interesting and experimental sounds that [he] had a ton of fun cooking up".[46]

Marketing[edit]

On June 10, 2019, the trailer premiered during the show's Annecy 2019 panel. It was later uploaded to Disney Channel's YouTube channel a day later.[5][43]

The show's main title sequence was released on July 19, 2019, during San Diego Comic-Con 2019.[47]

The show released a sneak peek and an official end credit sequence on October 4, 2019, during a panel at New York Comic Con 2019.

Broadcast[edit]

The Owl House had its first international debut in Canada on January 12, 2020,[48], South Korea on May 23, 2020, and on April 13, 2020 in Latin America. It premiered in Southeast Asia in March 2020,[citation needed] and will on Disney Channel UK & Ireland on August 10, 2020 and will premiere on CITV in October 2020. It will also premiere in France, Rai Gulp Italy, in Spain, and Netherlands in 2020.

The first season will be added to Disney+, October 30, 2020.[49]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Owl House has received a positive reception from critics. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media 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."[50] 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."[51] 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."[52] 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."[53] 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,[54] 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."[55] Additionally, Nick Venable wrote that fans of Gravity Falls and Steven Universe would love the series because the "otherworld-ness of the Boiling Isle[s] immediately asserts itself" while the show makes "relationships feel genuine and tactile," following in the footsteps of those shows.[56] 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 deja vu."[57]

LGBTQ+ representation[edit]

During its series run, The Owl House dropped hints and subtext that several characters within the show are LGBTQ+.[58][59]

In the episode "Understanding Willow", Willow is shown to have two dads.[60]

Series creator Dana Terrace first hinted at an upcoming reveal on July 7, 2020, when responding to a fan who posted a still from a promotion for the upcoming episode "Enchanting Grom Fright" on Twitter. The image showed one of the characters in the show, Amity, putting her hands on the shoulders of Luz, the show's main protagonist, and looking into her eyes.[61] Claiming "there is no heterosexual explanation for this", Terrace responded, "there really isn't".[62] The episode, written by Molly Ostertag,[63] aired on August 8, 2020, and revealed that Amity wanted to ask Luz to go with her to "Grom," a version of prom. In previous episodes, Luz had shown interest in male characters but had begun to grow closer to Amity. Terrace confirmed on Twitter that the episode features a bisexual character,[64] but didn't confirm whether this was Amity, Luz, or both, however as noted by Reiss Smith of PinkNews, many fans assumed this referred to Luz.[65] The two girls represent Disney's first animated LGBT+ female regular characters. At the culmination of the episode, Luz and Amity dance together while casting spells to defeat a demon. The animation supervisor for the show, Spencer Wan, referred to their intimate dance, which he storyboarded with Hayley Foster, as "the gay thing,"[66] saying it was his first opportunity to storyboard "anything even remotely queer."[67] The following day, he posted an animatic of the dance scene.[68]

In a tweet, Terrace described the challenges of putting LGBTQ+ characters in the show on Disney Channel due to restrictions, saying: "In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. [...] When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could NOT represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the Channel."[69] Disney later approved the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters in the show. Additionally, Terrace stated that creating characters for the show helped her come out as bisexual in 2017, and hoped the characters would create "positive vibes" for people in the future[70] and called the following episode "Wing It Like Witches" the "next chapter."[71] Later that night, Alex Hirsch, one of the voice actors, Terrace's partner, and the creator of another Disney Channel production, Gravity Falls, chimed in, stating that the show has "explicitly queer" animated characters and lamented the challenges of getting LGBTQ representation in his own show.[72] Afterward, Hirsch referred to a still from the episode of Luz and Amity dancing, noting that if it had been attempted in 2012 it would have received an "inappropriate for channel" censor note from Disney calling to revise it. He concluded "this time, Disney – you did good."[73]

The same day, PFLAG praised the LGBTQ visibility in the series,[74] while GLAAD was excited by the "LGBTQ-inclusive storytelling" in the series.[75] Apart from this, Eden Riegel, the voice actor for Boscha in the show, described Luz and Amity as "explicitly queer leads in glorious love doing actual magic in a demon world."[76] Also that day, Chris Nee, creator of Doc McStuffins, made some remarks about the show, loving the show's queer representation, and noting that she "had to go to the mat to get my two mom episode of Doc,"[77] referring to the 2017 episode, "The Emergency Plan," which featured a "multiracial two-mom family, voiced by lesbian actors."[78]

On August 14, Terrace responded on Twitter to a Cartoon Brew story, by the site's associate editor, which emphasised within the headline that Disney executives had been opposed to the inclusion of queer characters on the show.[79] She clarified that her push for queer characters like Luz and Amity in The Owl House had "since been extremely supported" by executives, and that she was "excited for future shows."[80] She added that while she would never be "fully aligned with Disney as a company," she would not "fully blast" the executives who had fought for her.[81] She agreed with an assessment that the article was clickbait.[82] Owen Dennis of Infinity Train weighed in, calling the Cartoon Brew story an "unnecessary hit piece"[83] which didn't recognize the progress the show had made. Alex Hirsch criticized the headline, stating it should have been titled "first animated LGBTQ+ main characters break boundary for Disney," and argued that Cartoon Brew was "skipping over the good news in the present to hunt for bad news in the past."[84] He further stated that Disney TVA "deserves props for its recent changes towards inclusion," noting that Disney previously had only a few scattered side characters who were gay.[85] Cartoon Brew ultimately responded to Terrace's tweet, defending their piece, claiming that it "clearly tells the entire story."[86]

The following day, the episode "Wing It Like Witches" aired on the Disney Channel. The following day, Deadline[87] and CNN seemed to hint toward the conclusion that Luz is bisexual, with CNN calling her the "first bisexual character to make a Disney debut on a television series."[88] ET Canada and NBC News came to similar conclusions in their articles.[89][90] Apart from these news outlets, an official Spanish-language Disney twitter account stated that Luz was bisexual.[91] On August 19 2020, star Wendie Malick revealed that she was unaware that the series would feature LGBTQ+ characters until she was sent an script for an unknown episode, and said that it is "a big move for Disney".[92]

On August 29, the season one finale, "Young Blood, Old Souls" aired on the Disney Channel. In his review of the episode, Kevin Johnson of The A.V. Club said that the Luz/Amity relationship is "deeply important and meaningful to the progress of LGTBQ+ portrayals on television," especially for those who are young, even as he stated that he found the "narrative development" of this development to be "a bit hollow."[93] Petrana Radulovic of Polygon contrasted Johnson's review with one that was more positive. She said that those who enjoy The Dragon Prince and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power would like The Owl House, saying it is a fun show that is more episodic, similar to Steven Universe and Gravity Falls.[94] She also praised the dance sequence between Luz and Amity in Enchanting Grom Fright as "ADORABLE and beautifully animated."

On September 2, during a Reddit AMA, Dana Terrace confirmed that Amity is intended to be a lesbian and that Luz is bisexual.[95] She also stated that the relationship between Amity and Luz will be explored in Season 2 and that Luz is "oblivious to some things in front of her," including Amity's crush on her.[96] In the same AMA, Terrace stated that Luz was Amity's first crush[97] and that she was thrilled to see people connect to the show's characters, like Luz and Amity.[98]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This episode made its broadcast premiere on April 17, 2020 in Turkey.[citation needed]

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