OPINION: Disney cancels The Owl House

By: Audrey Cable

The Owl House, an animated show by Dana Terrace, is about witches and demons. The show follows 14 year old girl Luz who wants to become a witch. But after detention after detention, her mom sends her to a “think in the box” camp. As Luz is waiting on her bus, she sees her favorite book in the trash, and as she goes to grab it, an owl swoops out of nowhere and steals it. She chases the owl to a shack and follows it to a door where when she goes through the door, she is in a whole new world. There she meets Eda the owl lady who agrees to teach Luz how to be a witch, and Luz makes new friends along the way.

This show was amazing, rated 87% by the audience on Rotten Tomatoes which shows just how many people loved it. According to a Reddit AMA post October 2021, “At the end of the day, there are a few business people who oversee what fits into the Disney brand and one day one of those guys decided TOH didn’t fit that ‘brand,’” Dana Terrace said. Is it because of the LGBTQ+ representation in the show? Is it because Disney could not make profit off of the show in countries that outlawed LGBTQ+ recognition?

I personally think that Disney should not have canceled the show. The show itself brought so much representation that meant a lot to a lot of people. Luz is bisexual and another character is non-binary as they use they/them pronouns in their nameplate and their nails are painted in the colors of the non-binary pride flag. The show has such a unique plot compared to other animated shows. The show brought so much to Disney that other shows could never bring.


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