At the Annecy International Animation Festival I attended a panel to reveal a first look of a spooky new cartoon coming to the Disney Channel. The Owl House is cerated by Dana Terrace (Gravity Falls, Ducktales) with art direction by Ricky Cometa (Myosis). The show is about a human girl named Luz who is becomes the apprentice to Eda, a rebellious witch, and befriends an adorable demon warrior called King.
Terrace said that the inspiration for the show came from a desire to tell a story about a tough older lady, who eventually morphed into the character of Eda. Luz is loosely based on Terrance’s old roommate of the same name. King used to be a powerful demon but Terrance thought it would be funny if he was trapped in an adorable form.
Being a Gravity Falls veteran, Terrance wanted to make The Owl House slightly spooky in addition to being funny and heartfelt. The series draws inspiration from Mike Mignola, Hieronymus Bosch, Ursula Le Guin, and Terrance’s own nightmares.
The world of The Owl House contains loads of lore with the main-location taking place on the bones of a dead titian. Terrance was a bit cagey when asked if there was hard continuity between episodes but she did confirm that The Owl House is a script driven show.
It already appears that The Owl House is pushing the envelope at the Disney Channel. Tarrence expressed her love of all things creepy and a desire to make PG13 content. It’ll be interesting to see what she can get away with.
Look for The Owl House In 2020.