'The Owl House,' a Disney Series by Rachel Vine '06, is Renewed for Another Season
BY Gina Hackett, February 13, 2020
Still from 'The Owl House', image courtesy The Hollywood Reporter
The Owl House, a Disney series edited by alumna Rachel Vine ’06, was renewed for a second season ahead of its series premiere.
The Owl House centers on Luz, a teenage girl who discovers a “portal to a magical realm where she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and a tiny warrior, King,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although she has no magical powers, Luz decides to pursue her dream of becoming a witch, finding an unlikely family in her new supernatural home.
Created and executive-produced by Dana Terrace, who’s known for writing on the beloved Disney cartoon series Ducktales, The Owl House aired on Disney Channel Friday, January 10.
The show is available on the DisneyNOW app.
Featured in the series are Wendie Malick (American Housewife) as Eda, Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) as King, and Sarah-Nicole Robles (Boss Baby) as Luz, among other high profile names that include Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet).
Along with the premiere of The Owl House, Disney is set to release a series of short films featuring Luz, Eda, and King, as well as an adventure game set in the world of The Owl House, where “players can join Luz on her mission to become a witch by completing tasks, collecting relics and playing mini-games.”
In 2018, Vine spoke with Brit + Co about her career as a story editor.
“I am such a world-building nerd,” Vine said. “I could sit and shape a place and the characters within it all day. I love exploring the psychological and getting messy with the emotional. I love identifying what makes a character tick and why. Humans are messy, and I think it’s crucial that creative work reflect that.”
Vine’s past work as a writer includes three episodes of Ducktales, as well as being staffed on other female-driven animation series such as DC Super Hero Girls, Sunny Day, and Rainbow Brite.
On getting her start in animation, Vine said, “A few days after coming home from the hospital [after giving birth], my husband and I got a call from someone we knew that Hallmark was looking to do a reboot of Rainbow Brite, which was my favorite show as a kid, and they wanted writers to pitch their takes...I pitched my take on the reboot two weeks after my C-section and got it.”
Vine works as head writer and runs the writer’s room for The Owl House.
The trailer for The Owl House can be viewed below.