The Walt Disney Company is facing significant backlash from fans and being called “stupid” and homophobic” for canceling a popular show.
As Disney has been moving further into the streaming game with Disney+, the Company has been moving over many of its television franchises to its popular streaming service. While this has been happening, fans have noted a few exclusions from the transition, under what could likely be inferred to be against the “family-friendly” brand Disney wants to portray.
The example under question for this happening is the animated television series The Owl House, created by Dana Terrace. The show just got its third and final season before getting unceremoniously canned. The show just got its third and final before getting unceremoniously canned. Worse still, the last was restricted to only three episodes, something its massive fanbase was not happy with.
Disney fan and Twitter user @nunumy took to the social media platform to share their thoughts,
disney really cancelled a show that’s capable of sending half of twitter into a frenzy with a .5 second random ass clip
— ɳᴜᴍᴍʏ consume plastic (@numumy) September 25, 2022
For context about what @numumy is referencing, recently, an incredibly short clip lasting only a fraction of a second was released as part of a larger Disney Channel promo teaser, and the internet went feral (timestamp at 00:30).
@numumy added further context for their tweet, saying:
disney canceled the owl house a while ago bc it “didnt fit its brand”. its final (and shortened due to cancellation) season is airing its first episode this october, and a .5 second clip of it was released. that tiny clip was enough for TOH to trend on twitter
— ɳᴜᴍᴍʏ consume plastic (@numumy) September 26, 2022
The user continued, “my tweet was just a commentary about how stupid disney is for canceling such a popular show.” The user’s original tweet garnered over 60K likes in about a day, really driving home how massive the following for this franchise is.
This falls in with what Dana Terrace, The had to say about the show, during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. Per Terrace, Disney execs just “wanted to be done” with the show, and even getting the “consolation” episodes was a challenge.
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”. The story is serialized (BARELY compared to any average anime lmao), our audience skews older, and that just didn’t fit this one guy’s tastes. That’s it! Ain’t that wild? Really grinds my guts, boils my brain, kicks my shins, all the things. It sucks but it is what it is.
Another Twitter user, TwiggyGlitched, seconded @numumy’s thoughts:
Disney channel has lost more than 2/3 of their viewers, and they cancel everything that the remaining viewers want to watch.
The MCU is losing people fast(shows included), The Starwars stuff isn't popular and I only know 2 shows that they are currently airing with any solid fans
— TwiggyGlitched (@JasonPa92477991) September 26, 2022
It seems there’s more than one unhappy group of people in the Disney fandom, be it those who are upset at the state of the Parks, or these folks who feel the Company is not paying attention to what audiences want to watch.
More on The Owl House
The TV show follows 14-year-old Luz Noceda, a Dominican-American human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to the Demon Realm. Luz arrives at the Boiling Isles and befriends rebellious witch Eda Clawthorne—also known as “The Owl Lady”—and pursues her dream of becoming a witch. Sarah-Nicole Robles, Wendie Malick, Alex Hirsch, Tati Gabrielle, Issac Ryan Brown, Mae Whitman, Cissy Jones, Zeno Robinson, Matthew Rhys, Michaela Dietz, Elizabeth Grullon, and Fryda Wolff serve as voice actors for the show. Its final episode aired on April 8, 2023.
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