The Owl House Cancellation


Rhonda Corona

Disney’s “The Owl House” is set to air its third season in 2023.

Disney’s animated series “The Owl House,” has grown an entire fanbase within the two years that it has been airing. Fans have fallen in love with its incredible storyline and characters. While the show is currently on hiatus, “season three” is set to air in 2023. Fans were enraged when they discovered that it would not even be considered a full season. Instead, it will be made up of three, 44 minute specials due to the show being canceled. There has been a lot of speculation online regarding why the show had been canceled.

The show follows a teenage girl named Luz Noceda (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles) as she is transported through a portal door to a demonic realm called the Boiling Isles. She is taken under a witch named Eda’s (voiced by Wendie Malick), aka The Owl Lady, wings as an apprentice.

Throughout the show, Luz tries to find her way through her new surroundings, and she meets new friends and enemies. The show begins as usual one-time adventure episodes before getting into the plot development during the later episodes of season one and the entirety of season two.

The show has been growing in popularity during its running, but it was unfortunately cut short with season three being the final season of the show. Many fans have been angered by the news, believing that the show has been canceled for reasons due to budget cuts, poor ratings, or the show’s LGBTQ+ representation.

However, the show has had good ratings and enough budget to produce an entire third season. The creator of the show, Dana Terrace, spoke out about the show having trouble airing or being completely banned in different countries. She does not want people to assume anything about the people she works with in Los Angeles for not wanting to have LGBTQ+ representation.

While those reasons were up for interpretation, the real reason the show is being cut short is because the show does not fit the Disney brand.

It was to be considered to be directed to a more mature audience than other shows on Disney. Terrace talked about the show’s cancellation on a Reddit “Ask me Anything,” and explained that Disney “just wanted to be done with TOH (The Owl House) and this was the perfect chance to do that. Even getting the consolation season 3 episodes was difficult, apparently. Hard to say, I wasn’t allowed to be a part of any conversations until I was just… Told. Wasn’t even allowed to present my case.” While it is awful that she was not allowed to give her own case on why the show should continue being made, the decision was already made by the higher officials at the network.

While the creator and fans of the show hope for it to return after things change in the future, for now we have to cherish what will come in season three, and keep the show alive through fan art, comics, and animations. While this show is ending, it could mark a new era in animated shows with networks reaching out to more teenage or adult audiences or smaller networks trying to make their mark in entertainment.