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The Owl House is an American animated fantasy television series produced by Disney Television Animation. The series was created by Dana Terrace, and premiered on Disney Channel on January 10, 2020.

In November 2019, the series was renewed for a second season prior to the series premiere.

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Critical reception[edit | edit source]

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."[1] LaughingPlace.comTemplate:'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."[2] ColliderTemplate:'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."[3]

LGBTQ+ representation[edit | edit source]

During its series run, The Owl House has dropped subtext and hints that several characters within the show are LGBTQ+.[4] Series creator Dana Terrace implied so on July 7, 2020, 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, the show's main protagonist, and looking into Luz's eyes.[5] Claiming "there is no heterosexual explanation" for Amity's action, Terrace responded, "there really isn't".[6] On August 8th, 2020, the episode, written by Molly Ostertag, aired, openly presenting and confirming Disney's first animated LGBT+ female non-recurring character. Amity is shown to have a crush on Luz, confirming her to be LGBTQ+. In the episode, Luz and Amity dance together, while casting spells, to defeat the "grom," a manifestation of their deepest fears. The animation supervisor for the show, Spencer Wan, hinted at this, referring to their intimate dance, which he storyboarded with Hayley Foster, as "the gay thing"[7] and the first time he got to "do anything even remotely queer."[8] The following day, he posted an animatic of Luz and Amity's dance scene.[9]

In the episode "Understanding Willow", one of the main characters (Willow) is shown to have two dads.[10] 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. I'm a horrible liar so sneaking it in would've been hard haha (sic). 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."[11] Disney later approved the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters in the show, with Terrace saying, in later tweets, that the show has a bisexual character, while calling for expanded LGBTQ representation.[11] 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.[12] Later that night, Alex Hirsch, creator of Gravity Falls, chimed in, stating that the show has "explicitly queer" animated characters and lamented his challenges of getting LGBTQ representation in his show.[13] The same day, PFLAG praised the LGBTQ visibility in the series,[14] while GLAAD was excited by the "LGBTQ-inclusive storytelling" in the series.[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ashby, Emily (January 10, 2020). The Owl House TV Review (en).
  2. TV Review: "The Owl House" Brings the Demon Realm to Disney Channel (en) (January 9, 2020).
  3. Trumbore, Dave (January 8, 2020). 'The Owl House' Review: Magic, Mythology & the Most Intriguing Lore Since 'Gravity Falls' (en).
  4. The Owl House: Disney Animated Series' LGBTQ+ Relationship is No Longer Subtext (August 9, 2020). Archived from the original on August 10, 2020. Retrieved on August 10, 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.”
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