The Disney Television Animation: Amphibia and The Owl House panel at SDCC was full of insight, giggles, and spoilers! If you have not caught up on either series, this is my warning to you. However, it was one of the most joyous panels I have seen yet. We got a look at an upcoming series, trade secrets on how the Owl House is animated, and so much more.
The Ghost and Molly McGee
The panel began with moderator and executive director Doug Bensimon sharing a clip of the upcoming Disney show The Ghost of Molly McGee. From what I have gleaned, the show will share the journey of Molly and her family. They moved into a fixer-upper of a home, where she meets a slightly grumpy ghost, who she dubs her new best friend. A few familiar voices can be heard, such as Eden Sher (Star vs. the Forces of Evil) and Dana Snyder (Chowder). The unnamed ghost even kind of looked like Gaspacho, which garnered a laugh from me. Plus, who could not use a little more Sher in their life? After this delightful reveal, the stage was given to creators/executive producers Matt Braly (Amphibia), Dana Terrace (The Owl House), and art director Ricky Cometa (The Owl House).
The Owl House
The Owl House portion of this discussion focused on the making of Latissa. Latissa is located outside of Bonesborough in the Boiling Isles. Terrace explained that this portion of the Titan is near the armpit. While it should look kind of gross, she still wanted it to be beautiful. Viewers were able to see the concept art come to life, highlighting the icky bones and breathtaking buildings. Terrace and Cometa were excited to share a new portion of the Boiling Isles, and the team went all out. While I knew the process of designing an animated series was no easy feat, it was fascinating to see their ideas come to life. Overall, seeing the art for The Owl House from concept to animation was an excellent sight to behold.
The Amphibia portion of the panel began with Braly answering the most critical question about the series: how time works. He mentioned time in Amphibia is linear. It is not like Narnia in the slightest and will pose some interesting issues for the characters. He also shared a clip of an upcoming episode. Then, viewers were able to see Anne return home. This emotional scene was full of love and quickly reminded me why I love this series. We also got to learn that the voice of Anne’s mom is Braly’s mom, bringing some behind-the-scenes lore! In the end, it was an excellent panel, and it was inspiring to see a bit of season three.
The Best of Both Worlds
The creators of The Owl House and Amphibia have heard their fans. They know that the people want a crossover between the series’ and at SDCC, they gave viewers a taste. Representing The Owl House were Eda (Wendie Malick), Luz (Sarah-Nicole Robles), and Amity (Mae Whitman). Team Amphibia consisted of Anne (Brenda Song), Sprig (Justin Felbinger), Polly (Amanda Leighton), and Hop Pop (Bill Farmer). Luz and Anne had a human connection. A moment where they did not feel so alone. It was beautiful to see the casts in action, even if just for a little while. The scripted banter amongst the characters felt natural, and I hope to see some creative TGON fans animate it! In the end, the Disney Television Animation: Amphibia and The Owl House panel was an excellent addition to the SDCC.