Disney Makes Great Strides With LGBTQ+ Show

Ash Klann, Staff Writer

On October 15th Disney released the third season of their show The Owl House. I personally have loved the show since its first episode released in early 2020. Its setting is fun, and the story is intriguing. Even though the show is meant to appeal to preteens, I think the story is so captivating anyone could enjoy watching it. You follow a girl named Luz as she wanders through the demon realm and explores all the challenges that come with it. Even though it’s a “kids cartoon” the worldbuilding is really cool, you get to see all the magical places and things that exist in the demon realm. The show also incorporates a Harry Potter style magical school called Hexside that is interesting.    

Beyond the setting of The Owl House, the story is beautifully written and executed throughout the three seasons. It’s a wonderful mix of Gravity Falls like mystery and a lovable cast of characters. As the series progresses the story gets more complex and layered so the show only gets better the longer you watch it. I have loved seeing the characters grow and change with the seasons, and I have to say the show surprised me with its realism in writing characters. The story has interesting themes of self-acceptance and being who you are, whether you’re pretending to be someone you’re not and realizing your true self or just accepting you are the way you are, and people will love you for that. It’s easy to do the bare minimum and pump out a basic show but The Owl House goes above and beyond in almost every way.  


The show has also had a lot of real-world impact. The Owl House has made Disney history by featuring a plethora of unapologetically LGBTQ+ characters. In the past Disney has not been open to allowing queer characters or topics into its shows, in the early 2010s Disney fought against allowing queer scenes into Gravity Falls for fear of losing dollars in Russia or China. Dana Terrace, creator of The Owl House, pushed back against Disney’s censorship and gave us a bisexual main character and plenty of other queer characters. It may seem like a small victory, but representation is endlessly important, and now a new generation of kids will grow up seeing that being queer isn’t weird. Overall, I highly recommend The Owl House if you’re looking for a fun show with good representation and a mysterious interesting plot.