At NYCC 2019 I attended a panel about Disney Channel’s upcoming cartoon The Owl House. Panelists included creator Dana Terrace (Gravity Falls, Ducktales) art director Ricky Cometa (Myosis) and the voices of the show’s characters Sarah-Nicole Robles (Luz), Wendie Malick (Eda), Alex Hirsch (King).
The Owl House follows the adventures of Luz, an aspiring witch under the tutelage of rebel sorceress Eda, and the adorable demon King. In addition to being inspired by real people the characters reflected different aspects of Terrace’s personality. Luz is the optimistic fan-girl, Eda is the cynical seen-it-all side, and King the feral animal at 3am.
For this show Terrace wanted to communicate real life experiences through a fantastic setting. It is about a family of outsiders who but heads but deep down love each other.
The Owl House is also about how some dreams are unattainable. As a kid you grow up thinking you can be anything but as an adult you have to blend your dreams with reality. It’s a nuanced idea that hasn’t been explored in many cartoons.
Fans of Gravity Falls can rejoice because The Owl House will also contain the same sharp humor, hidden secrets, and long form storytelling built around relationships. Alex Hirsch joked that the show was basically about brainwashing kids and inducing them into the occult.
Look for the Owl House in 2020 on the Disney Channel.