I keep saying over and over to anyone who’ll listen that the best queer representation happening on TV right now — and, in fact, in the past eight years or so — is in the form of queer cartoons made by queer creators. And the penultimate episode of The Owl House‘s second season just proved me right. AGAIN! Our heroine, Luz, has gone from enemies to girlfriends with mean-girl-turned-good-girl Amity Blight. They’ve danced around their feelings for each other (literally and metaphorically). They’ve hugged it out. They’ve confessed their crushes. They’ve gone on dates, kind of. Mostly they’ve just been trying to save the world together. They’ve held hands. And they’ve pecked each other on their cheeks. And now, our magical queer love birds have kissed! Right on their adorable cartoon mouths with cheeks blushing like boiling rain!
It’s a first for main characters in a Disney cartoon, and it’s perfect.
It goes like this: As Luz & Co. prepare to face down Emperor Belos at the Day of Unity celebration, Amity, finds herself locked in her bedroom by her overbearing mother like some kind of Rapunzel. Her mom knows Belos is going to destroy society, and she doesn’t care; she just wants to be part of the ruling class when the new world order drops. The rest of the family? Not so much. Amity paces around and tries to figure a way out of the situation, wondering aloud what Luz would do to escape if she was trapped like this. She needs to get out and save her girl! But the whole time she’s walking in circles and worrying, Luz is outside taking down a whole army of guards three times her size. She climbs some magical vines, bursts through Amity’s window, and — *swoooon* — Amity rushes over and kisses her.
They both seem kind of surprised, and kind of shy, and also so very in young gay love.
The Owl House has already broken down a dozen barriers, so there was no doubt in my mind that creator Dana Terrace was going to fist fight Mickey Mouse to make this happen, if she was forced to. But that didn’t make it any less rewarding. The slow build and endless surprises of Luz and Amity’s sweetest ever romance are a billion times better than all the Disney Prince + Princess stories combined. And, unlike other cartoons that have paved the way with their kissing queers (like She-Ra, Adventure Time, and Steven Universe), this one is geared toward even younger audiences. Most of the time, Disney is too afraid to even casually mention a straight character has some gay off-screen parents. Terrace has pushed them to be exactly who they need to be right now.
The season finale of The Owl House dropped today, and I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I will say that Luz and Amity’s relationship takes another huge step forward. A third season is on the way, but it won’t be a 20-episode regular season; it’ll be three 40-minute episodes. I have no idea how Terrace and her brilliant collaborators will wrap everything up in that time, but I trust them like they’re my witchy psuedo-mom with wild magic hair and a quirky haunted house.
Until then: Hoot hoot, my friends!
That scene was so gosh darn cute.
I love that they animated it on ones, the same way they do big dramatic moments like the fights between Eda and Lilith, and the fight between Amity and Hunter.
I’m sure everything will be okay in the finale and the fact that a glyph based petrification spell was introduced earlier in the season is just a coincidence.
The season finale hurt more than I expected. Like, Wynonna Earp season three finale levels of pain.
I don’t know how to tell my girlfriend what my feelings say I’m a girl.
I’m so sad that the series si ending so soon. It’s one of the first shows I’ve been super into in years, if not ever. Nonetheless, I will forever cherish these moments!
Atuly they are making a different show that is extra long episodes and a longer series.
This show has been such a wonderful thing during these trying times, even though I’m in my 20s, I’m sad we only have 120 minutes left but also glad it happened. Thank you Luz!
honestly, disney can rot in hell. Thank you Dana for risking it all and giving our kiddos the rep they deserve
I hope Disney rots! We deserve more Owl House and less Mickey Mouse.
I love so much that kids are gonna get to see this- I so would have loved something like this growing up and I’m so thankful that in this particular, narrow sense, our generation is giving children a better world than we arrived into
I skipped straight to the comments section because I’m not caught up yet, but just wanted to say I’m so excited to get to this scene and so excited to read this piece when I do!!!
Ooh I can’t wait! I also skipped right to the comments to say thanks in advance for the article, Heather!
The rest of season2b isn’t on Disney+ yet and I don’t have cable…I’m sad that it’s not releasing on streaming around the same time! Latest rumor on the internet says it should be around 6/29.
I’m sad that we won’t be getting a full season 3, just a few specials. The Owl House has been such a wonderful show, and a bunch of my friends who are into fantasy (straight & queer) love it just as much as I do! I would have been just as obsessed with this show as a teen.
Of course, I adore Luz and Amity together! But Eda is such a wonderful quirky aunt figure, King always tries so hard, I’ve come around to Lilith and Hunter, and so many other characters…and yet, Hooty is my absolute fav! So weird and so silly, he cracks me up every time. “I will be haunted by my actions forever, H00T H00T!” XD
I’ll never love a cartoon as much as Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil, but The Owl House is some fine queertoon content.
I feel like I don’t want to ship any characters anymore even I love to