The Owl House has only aired one episode, but we have watched that single episode a few times now on The Disney Channel to be able to gather our thoughts and talk a bit about how we are feeling about the show. There may be some spoilers list below as we talk about The Owl House – “A Lying Witch and a Warden” so make sure you watch it before continuing on to some of our quick thoughts.
We want to touch base on the characters, the voice acting, the animation and the overall story, or what we know of it so far. The characters and the voice acting are a real strong point for the show and we enjoy Luz who is being voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles. The character of Luz has a strong commitment to the uniqueness of people (or witches and monsters) and it seems like that will play a central theme in the show. We love Wendie Malick and she really does just nail the character of Eda. Ah the great Alex Hirsch does the voices of King and Hooty and we have to say that having these two secondary type characters being voiced by the same actor works will. They both fill a comedy type role, in a different way and Hirsch nails it. The character of King is probably one the most interesting right now as we really do not know the background of his time as a master of all demons or if that is something that just exists in his cute little head. Dana Terrace has put together a very complimentary cast of characters so far. The Warden brought a bit of that horror they were talking about into the first episode and we are interested if the other characters introduced as enemies to the main cast will bring the same.
The animation and background work in The Owl House is at the same level as Gravity Falls and Amphibia and that brings it right to the classic level. There is so much going on in the background and the background characters that brings such life to the Boiling Isles. Even in episode one, the world building is so well done, that you feel like you know the Boiling Isles and you can really focus attention on the characters. All the little things they have going on in the background and the background characters make it feel alive.
So the story, the glue that holds all of this together, and while we do not know a lot right now there are a few things to love, and a few things that are a wait and see for me. So for the one thing we have to complain about is the cell phone situation. Luz does not show up to camp and the camp does not call her Mom? We can get past the fact that cell service goes between realms we guess if there is magic involved. The other thing that is interesting is that since Luz will be staying there, is this going to be a setup like Gravity Falls where she is only there for the summer? Will this mean the second season will be in the same summer? Will she go again to the camp next summer? Also, what is the end goal right now? Becoming a witch or is there a larger story that we just don’t know about yet? Hopeful that all these questions will be answered for us. These may seem like complaints, but let me be up front here, we have to set the stage with the first few episodes and we love this show. We felt the same about Amphibia for the first few episodes and now we see the larger story at play and LOVE it. We know Luz will be training to be a witch and that will open up the storyline for a magic school. It is just a bit too early to think that we know what the full story will be for The Owl House, but we hope that we have some sort of world saving event going on, since we know Luz can go home when she wants.