The first set of Peabody Winners for this year have been named and our favorite, LGBTQ-inclusive Disney cartoon The Owl House is among them!
"A young girl crosses a mysterious threshold and finds herself in a magical, colorful land where she finds both the strength and the support group she needs to become who she’s meant to be," the Peabody website says about the series. "Alice in Wonderland. Dorothy in Oz. Coraline in Other World. To that list we should now add: Luz in Boiling Isles."
It continues: "For building a wildly inventive other world that makes room for everyone and giving queer kids a welcome template alongside which to explore their own budding creative energies, The Owl House receives a Peabody."
Other nominees for this year’s Peabody Awards, which honor the most powerful and meaningful stories in television, radio, and online media, included the documentaries Welcome to Chechnya and Disclosure, as well as the HBO show Euphoria.
The Owl House made history last year when the show’s main character Luz and her classmate Amity began flirting and hinting at a possible romance in the episode "Enchanting Grom Fright," written by Molly Ostertag, and directed by Stu Livingston. The episode saw Amity wanting to ask Luz to a school dance, and the two of them dancing together at said dance.
"When I was first developing Owl House, I always wanted to do a prom episode to make up for my own experiences," Dana Terrace, the show’s creator, wrote on Twitter following the episode. "When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could NOT represent any form or bi or gay relationship on the channel."
But she didn’t stop fighting. "I’m bi!" she continued. "I want to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily, my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership."
The Owl House is following in the footsteps of other shows like Steven Universe (which previously won a Peabody), Danger & Eggs, and She-Ra and The Princesses of Power as a show created by a queer showrunner and starring queer characters. Terrace, just like Rebecca Sugar, Shadi Petoski, and Noelle Stevenson before her, is pushing queer representation in kid’s animation forward, and we are beyond thrilled to see her earn a much deserved Peabody.
Congratulations to Dana Terrace and the entire Owl House crew!
The Owl House is currently airing its second season on Disney Channel.