Family Groups Denounce Disney's 'Owl House' for 'Promoting Witchcraft to Children'

By Michael W. Chapman | February 21, 2020 | 11:11am EST
(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)
(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)

The Owl House, a new animated Disney show, recommended for kids age 7 and older, is a "horror comedy" that promotes witchcraft, demons, and the occult, and has been condemned by family organizations such as One Million Moms and Tradition, Family and Property (TFP).

"Tell Disney: Stop Promoting Witchcraft to Children," said TFP Vice President John Horvat in an e-mail about the program and his organization's petition that calls on Disney to cancel the series. 

(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)
(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)

One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association, issued a "warning for parents," and added that Owl House "introduces kids to a world of demons, witches, and sorcery while inundating their young minds with secular worldviews that reflect the current culture."

"The Owl House focuses on a girl who discovers a 'demon world,' where she learns demonology and witchcraft with a sorceress in order to become a witch!" said Horvat.

Disney itself explains the show, “The series follows self-assured teenage girl Luz, who discovers a portal to another realm where humans are not well-liked, and she must disguise herself in order to fit in at witch school.”  

Luz discovers the portal to demon world on "Boiling Isles" by disobeying her mother's instructions to go to Reality Check Camp. So, at the start, Luz moves into the occult realm by first breaking the fourth commandment. At the end of the first episode, Luz lies to her mother about where she is. 

(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)
(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)

Once on Boiling Isles, depicted by a skull with horns on its head, Luz falls in love with the occult world and decides to become a witch, casting spells, flying on magic sticks, and communicating with demons. 

Luz lives in the Owl House with the "king of demons," named "King." On the Boiling Isles, Luz studies to become a witch under the direction of Edeline, or "Eda," the Owl Lady, a powerful witch who was cursed and who must drink an elixir every day. 

Scene from The Owl House.  (Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)
Scene from The Owl House. (Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)

There is an occult school on the Boiling Isles called Hexside Academy. A hex, by definition, is a magic spell of curse.  Some of the characters at Hexside Academy include "Amity Blight," who is an abomination expert, and "Willow," who does plant magic. 

The first episode of The Owl House was entitled, "A Lying Witch and a Warden," which may be a take on C.S. Lewis's  pro-Christian novel, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."  The second episode was entitled, "Witches Before Wizards," apparently a sinister take on ladies before gentlemen.

The third episode is entitled, "I Was a Teenage Abomination," which may be a take on "I Was a Teenage Werewolf," a movie from 1957.  The word abomination, however, is not a word that seems common to kids' animated programming.

(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)
(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)

Abomination by definition means "something regarded with disgust or hatred." In the Bible, sins such as sodomy and gay marriage are viewed as abominations. (Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.)

Apparently, Disney wants young kids to become curious about these abominations.

The Owl House was created by Dana Terrace, who spent "eight years growing up in Catholic school," reported Newsweek

Dana Terrace, creator of The Owl House. (Screenshot, Disney)
Dana Terrace, creator of The Owl House. (Screenshot, Disney)

The visual design of the show, according to Disney, was inspired by some European painters, especially Hieronymus Bosch, "who was best known for his surrealistic depictions of Hell."

"I was exorcising some demons by working from them," Terrace told Newsweek

Owl House artist Ricky Cometa, according to Newsweek, said, "When Dana first approached me, she said that 'we're trying to make this demon realm a part of Disney,' which is something I didn't think would happen. We really wanted to make this demon realm feel like home, and just had to figure out how to do it."

"It's a demon world, so we can do whatever we want," Terrace said. She added that the "names of demons and witches [are] thrown in to add depth," to the kids' show, reported Newsweek.  "The writers room for the show is full of books on witchcraft, witches and spells to take inspiration from." (Emphasis added.)

The character Luz gets an A+ for her witch studies, perhaps also an allusion to The Scarlet Letter and Hester Prynne.
The character Luz gets an A+ for her witch studies, perhaps also an allusion to The Scarlet Letter and Hester Prynne. (Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)

Throughout the program, the scenes are filled with occult symbols and tools, including skulls, dripping candles, fangs, devil horns, pointy demonic ears, magic wands, potions, books of spells, etc., -- even Luz's hoodie has horns. 

"The rise in demonology for children is truly shocking," said John Horvat. "It is bad enough that there are children's books and school clubs that promote Satanism. Now the demonic is in one's own living room, promoting occult ideas to impressionable children and breaking down the barriers of horror for the evil and horrendous."

"The first episode is more than enough for most Christian families to realize that The Owl House, created by Dana Terrace, is not a cute, funny show – rather an extremely dangerous one," said One Million Moms. 

"The show makes light of Hell and the dangers of the demonic realm," said the organization. "Even the previews and commercials include such content that makes it difficult for families who watch Disney Channel to avoid the evil content completely."

The Owl House has been renewed for a second season.

Two obvious questions are, 1) Why is Disney promoting the occult and demonic to children? and 2) Who is in charge of Disney that would allow this evil?

(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)
(Screenshot, YouTube, Disney)

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