The Owl House (TV series)

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The Owl House
The Owl House intro.png
Genre
Created byDana Terrace
StarringSarah-Nicole Robles
Wendie Malick
Alex Hirsch
Composer(s)T.J. Hill[2]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes2
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 networkDisney Channel
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2020 –
present (present)
External links
Official website

The Owl House is an American animated fantasy-comedy television series produced by Disney Television Animation. The series was created by Dana Terrace, and premiered on Disney Channel on January 10, 2020.[3][4][5] In November 2019, the show was renewed for a second season in advance of the first season's premiere.[6]

Plot[edit]

Luz is a self-assured teenage human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to another world instead of going to Reform Summer Camp. 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 an adorably tiny warrior named King. Despite not having magical abilities and having to pose as a witch due to the prejudice towards humans, 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.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sarah-Nicole Robles as Luz Noceda,[1][8] a 14-year-old Dominican-American girl who ends up on the Boiling Isles and studies to become a witch.[6]
  • Wendie Malick as Eda the Owl Lady,[1] the most powerful witch on the Boiling Isles, Luz's teacher, and a wanted criminal for selling human items.[6]
  • Alex Hirsch as King,[1] a demon warrior and Eda's roommate.
    • Hirsch also voices Hooty, the sentient owl-headed doorknocker of the titular house.[6]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air dateProd.
code [9]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"A Lying Witch and a Warden"Stephen SandovalStory by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Stephen Sandoval & Dana TerraceJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)1010.61[10]
Luz, a girl who loves fantasy, is forced by her mother Camilia (Elizabeth Grullon) to go to Reality Check Camp, following three different incidents at school that were brought to Camilia's attention. While waiting to be picked up, an owl takes her favorite book and she chases it into a house that transports her to the Boiling Isles, a magical place 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 (Roger Craig Smith) 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, 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".
22"Witches Before Wizards"Stu LivingstonStory by : Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Rachel Vine
Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster, & Cat Harman-MitchellJanuary 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)1020.43[11]
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 creature who used Luz to get to 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 beauty of the Boiling Isles.
33"I Was a Teenage Abomination"TBATBATBAJanuary 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)[12]103TBD
44"The Intruder"TBATBATBAJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)[12]104TBD
55"Covention"TBATBATBAFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)[12]TBATBD
66"Hooty's Moving Hassle"TBATBATBAFebruary 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)[12]TBATBD
77"Lost in Language"TBATBATBAFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28)[12]TBATBD
88"Once Upon a Swap"TBATBATBAMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)[12]TBATBD
99"Something Ventured, Someone Framed"TBATBATBAMarch 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)[12]TBATBD
1010"Escape of the Palisman"TBATBATBAMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)[12]TBATBD

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,[7] but it was delayed for a 2020 release.[3][13] 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.[14][15] Terrace said that the visual style was inspired by paintings by Remedios Varo, John Bauer and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as Russian architecture.[16]

On November 21, 2019, the show was renewed for a second season prior to the first season's debut.[6]

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.[4][16]

The show's main title sequence was released on July 19, 2019, during San Diego Comic-Con 2019.[17]

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.[18]

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 well written and animated, writing "(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."[19] 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."[20] 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."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Owl House: S1 Fact Sheet". Disney ABC Press. November 21, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Terrace, Dana [@DanaTerrace] (July 19, 2019). "I'm going to give a full credits list for the Main Titles soon but just wanted to give a special shout out to @tjhill for composing a ROCKIN theme song, can't wait for you guys to hear what he's doing for the show. So lucky to have him as our composer!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 22, 2019 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b "The Owl House | Disney Channel Press". DisneyABC Press. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Watch 'The Owl House' first-look trailer". Los Angeles Times. June 11, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Disney Channel (October 4, 2019). "New York Comic-Con Sneak Peek! | The Owl House | Disney Channel". YouTube.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Nordyke, Kimberly (November 21, 2019). "Disney Channel's 'The Owl House' Gets Season 2 Order Ahead of Series Premiere (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Disney Channel Launching Toon Series 'Amphibia' & 'The Owl House', Renews 'Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil' For Season 4". Deadline Hollywood. February 23, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Disney Channel (January 3, 2019). "Official Trailer 🎥 | The Owl House | Disney Channel". YouTube.
  9. ^ "WDTV Press Episode Info". Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.10.2020 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  11. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.17.2020 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h @DisneyTVA (December 6, 2019). "Get excited to meet Luz, Eda, King and the rest of the Boiling Isles! 🦉 Here is the first batch of episode titles for #TheOwlHouse, premiering Jan 10, 2020 on @DisneyChannel!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 6, 2019 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Dana Terrace on Twitter". Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Dana Terrace on Instagram". Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Dana Terrace on Twitter".
  16. ^ a b Cox, Chris (Jun 27, 2019). "Infestation: Annecy Animation Festival 2019: The Owl House". One of Us. Retrieved Aug 25, 2019.
  17. ^ @DisneyTVA (19 July 2019). "Step inside the magical portal, and enjoy the just-released Main Title for #TheOwlHouse!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 22, 2019 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ https://www.disneychannel.ca/shows/the-owl-house/
  19. ^ Ashby, Emily (January 10, 2020). "The Owl House TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  20. ^ "TV Review: "The Owl House" Brings the Demon Realm to Disney Channel". LaughingPlace.com. January 9, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  21. ^ Trumbore, Dave (January 8, 2020). "'The Owl House' Review: Magic, Mythology & the Most Intriguing Lore Since 'Gravity Falls'". Collider. Retrieved January 12, 2020.

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