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Why Was The Owl House Cancelled? The Real Reason Season 3 Was Cut Short

Why Was The Owl House Cancelled? The Real Reason Season 3 Was Cut Short

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Back in April 2023, fans of The Owl House wished a bittersweet farewell to the beloved Disney show. With a large following, positive queer representation, and positive critical response, the award-winning show’s cancellation took everyone by surprise, even its creator.

So, what happened to make Disney cancel a show that was seemingly so successful? Was it simply branding or something more controversial?

We’ve got the answer in The Owl House creator Dana Terrace’s own words, as well what the future holds for Luz and her magical friends.

Why Was The Owl House Cancelled?

The creator of The Owl House, Dana Terrace, said Disney cancelled the show because it didn’t fit the Disney brand.

The show began in 2019 and received positive reviews and a respectable viewership. In the fourth quarter of 2020, it was in the top five animated shows with kids and girls ages 6-11.

In fact, when Disney revealed the premiere for season 2, they announced a third season at the same time.

Unfortunately, soon after the announcement of season 3, Terrace confirmed that season 3 would be the last. Disney did not give an official reasoning for ending the show prematurely. However, Terrace herself eventually spoke out on Reddit and in several interviews about the matter.

Close up of Luz and Amity in The Owl House Disney show

In 2021, Terrace said that “to [her] knowledge” Disney made the decision to cancel the show even before season 1 was over. So, the idea that the cancellation was due to bad ratings “doesn’t hold water.”

She also doesn’t believe it had to do with the LGBTQ+ representation, either, despite what many fans claimed. “I’m not gonna assume bad faith against the people I work with in LA,” Terrace said.

Terrace also spoke to CT Insider in 2022 about that topic. She said that she didn’t receive that much push-back from Disney about the queer representation.

In the end, Terrace said, “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.”

Disney Shortened The Owl House Season 3

While Dana Terrace fought to have a full season to wrap things up, Disney only gave her 3 44-minute specials.

The first special, “Thanks to Them,” premiered on the Disney Channel on October 15, 2022. Three months later, on January 21, 2023, “For the Future” premiered.

The finale episode of season 3 and the entire series of The Owl House, “Watching and Dreaming,” premiered on April 8, 2023.

King, Luz, and Amity in The Owl House kids TV show

The three specials wrapped up as much of The Owl House’s story as possible. However, Dana Terrace says she hopes to expand the story even more one day.

All three specials, as well as seasons 1 and 2, are available to stream on Disney+.

Will The Owl House Ever Come Back?

Dana Terrace says there are currently no plans to continue The Owl House, but it could happen “in the distant future.”

Terrace told CT Insider in 2022 that she would like to continue The Owl House universe someday, possibly through a comic spin-off.

However, in a now-deleted post, Terrace confirmed in April 2023 that “there’s no TOH continuation atm.” Even so, she said that while she does “need a break,” she doesn’t want to close off any possibilities.

“Maybe in the distant future there can be more but right now, just personal work and new projects!”

Perhaps there could be a spin-off series or an Owl House movie in the future after all. But right now, fans will just have to be patient.

Cast And Fans React To The Owl House Cancellation

Fans shared their shock and anger at the cancellation of The Owl House on social media.

Some fans were simply sad that the creator’s vision wouldn’t be fully realized:

In an interview with thegamer.com, voice actors from the show expressed their sadness as well.

The voice actor for Lilith Clawthorne, Cissy Jones, said, “I’m really sad. I love the show, I love the characters, I love it as a fan and as someone who works on it.”

“The number of people who have poured their hearts and souls into making this show what it is, and knowing it’s coming to an end is really sad. If I had a magic wand I would obviously extend for at least two more seasons.”

Sarah-Nicole Robles, the voice actor for Luz Noceda, agreed that the show ending is heartbreaking, but is very proud of her work. “It’s like a dream job. I know this will be one of the best things I’ll ever get to be a part of and I’m so proud of it.”

“It’s doing good for the world, and that’s the dream of anyone’s job right? Not only to do something you enjoy, but to know that it’s helping people.”