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This article is about the series' storyboard pilot. For the animated test reel, see Next Time On reel.

The pilot episode is an unaired test episode, and the first produced for The Owl House.

While never officially released, the pilot was leaked online on April 25, 2024, before taken down shortly after.

Plot

Dana Terrace has stated that the pilot "was in many ways very similar to the first episode, but there were a couple of major differences".[2] Various elements of the plot have been revealed over time, however:

  • The opening of the pilot involves Luz being harassed by a group of school bullies.[3] Amity then unwittingly stands up for Luz against the bullies, leading Luz to try befriending her. After class, Luz offers Amity a drawing she made of her, commenting that she got a papercut while making the drawing, but worked the blood into the picture as blush on Amity's face.[2]
  • The first meeting between Luz and Eda in the pilot plays out similarly to how it does in the finished series, with an seeming exception that, rather than initially running off, Luz is instead held in place by Eda.[2]
  • The first meeting between Luz and King in the pilot plays out similarly to how it does in the finished series.[2]
  • Lilith is featured in the pilot as the principal of Hexside, and at some point transforms into a bat-creature.[2][3]
  • By the end of the episode, Luz becomes trapped within the Demon Realm, and must set out to find a way home.[2]

Cast

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Trivia

  • The pilot was in development for six months between April to September 2017.[4]
  • The pilot consists entirely of storyboards, rather than being fully animated. This is a result of a mandate from Disney.[3]
  • The first time that any material from the pilot became publicly available was on September 17, 2020, when Dana Terrace showcased several storyboards from the pilot during a charity livestream.[2] The pilot would not be available in its entirety until April 25, 2024, when the full pilot was leaked online alongside the pilots of several other Disney Television Animation series, and uploaded to YouTube before being taken down.[5][6][7]
  • Many of the storyboards from the pilot were directly lifted and reused for "A Lying Witch and a Warden".[2]
  • Lilith was written in the pilot to be the principal of Hexside. For the actual series, Lilith was instead changed to be the head of the Emperor's Coven. Her role as principal of Hexside would be replaced by Principal Bump.
    • The concept of Lilith being able to turn into a monstrous creature was initially removed from the finished series, due to it conflicting with the storyline of Eda's curse.[3]
  • The pilot is often mistakenly conflated with the series' "Next Time On" reel. However, the pilot and "Next Time On" are distinct from one another.[8][9]

References

  1. Dreistadt, Becky [@@beckyandfrank] (June 19, 2023). "Found something fun in my old files! This is the test I did for the prop designer job on the Owl House. Some of it ended up in episode one, which is pretty cool! I ended up not getting it, but shortly after I found out I was Lead Character Designer on the Steven Universe Movie!" (Tweet). Retrieved June 8, 2024 – via Twitter.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Drawing Cartoons to Save Democracy (September 16, 2020). Archived from the original on September 17, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Preshow PostHoot for #FortheFuture". Instagram (January 20, 2023).
  4. "Ricky Cometa". LinkedIn.
  5. Lost Media Busters [@LostMediaBuster] (April 26, 2024). "🚨BREAKING🚨: The full pilot for the Owl House has been FOUND!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. Lost Media Busters [@LostMediaBuster] (April 26, 2024). "DID YOU KNOW: In the anonymous Disney Channel 4chan leak yesterday, more pilots were posted but not properly archived in time. One of which includes a Fish Hooks pilot that we've never seen before! If you have a link to any of the missing pilots, let us know!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. Defining Disney (April 25, 2024). The Owl House - Original Pilot Episode (Storyboard) (Found Media!) (Video). Archived from the original on April 26, 2024. Retrieved on April 26, 2024 — via YouTube.
  8. "Preshow PostHoot for #FortheFuture". Instagram (January 20, 2023).
  9. Bozza, Rebecca [@HeyRebeccaRose] (February 27, 2023). "This is actually called an NTO (Next Time On)! Basically some test animation showing the vibe and look of the show. Nothing in here was in the actual pilot (which is only storyboards). The actual pilot wasn't even written to be the first ep, but to test out tone and characters." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
ve Episodes
Season 1 "A Lying Witch and a Warden" • "Witches Before Wizards" • "I Was a Teenage Abomination" • "The Intruder" • "Covention" • "Hooty's Moving Hassle" • "Lost in Language" • "Once Upon a Swap" • "Something Ventured, Someone Framed" • "Escape of the Palisman" • "Sense and Insensitivity" • "Adventures in the Elements" • "The First Day" • "Really Small Problems" • "Understanding Willow" • "Enchanting Grom Fright" • "Wing It Like Witches" • "Agony of a Witch" • "Young Blood, Old Souls"
Season 2 "Separate Tides" • "Escaping Expulsion" • "Echoes of the Past" • "Keeping up A-fear-ances" • "Through the Looking Glass Ruins" • "Hunting Palismen" • "Eda's Requiem" • "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door" • "Eclipse Lake" • "Yesterday's Lie" • "Follies at the Coven Day Parade" • "Elsewhere and Elsewhen" • "Any Sport in a Storm" • "Reaching Out" • "Them's the Breaks, Kid" • "Hollow Mind" • "Edge of the World" • "Labyrinth Runners" • "O Titan, Where Art Thou" • "Clouds on the Horizon" • "King's Tide"
Season 3 "Thanks to Them" • "For the Future" • "Watching and Dreaming"
Owl Pellets "Welcome to Hexside" • "Eda's Cursed Brush" • "Paint Scare!" • "Art Lessons with Luz" • "Coven Lovin Soap Opera" • "The Dollhouse" (unreleased)
Chibi Tiny Tales "The Bake Off!" • "Hooty the Palisman Sitter" • "Lumity Date" • "The Amphibia House" • "Back to the Swamp"
Others "Pilot" • "Next Time On reel" • "The Letter from Lulu" • "Luz's Diary Entry" • "Hunter's Palisman Observations" • List of unproduced episodes and plotlines
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