Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Created by Daron Nefcy
Developed by
Creative director(s) Dominic Bisignano
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Brad Breeck (opening)
  • Daron Nefcy & Ego Plum (ending)
Opening theme "I'm from Another Dimension" performed by Brad Breeck
Ending theme "Star vs. the Forces of Evil End Theme" performed by Eden Sher
Composer(s) Brian H. Kim
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Daron Nefcy
  • Dave Wasson (co-executive, season 1)
  • Jordana Arkin (co-executive, season 1)
Running time 22 minutes
(usually two 11-minute segments)
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney XD
Original release January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18) – present (present)
External links

Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation.[1] The first episode was shown on January 18, 2015, on Disney Channel as a special preview, and the series officially premiered on March 30, 2015, on Disney XD.[1] The show was created by Daron Nefcy, who had worked on storyboards for Wander Over Yonder and Robot and Monster. Nefcy became the second woman to create an animated series for Disney Television Animation (the first being Sue Rose, who created Pepper Ann), and the first woman to create a Disney XD series.[2][3] On February 12, 2015, Disney renewed the series for a second season prior to its premiere on Disney XD.[1] The second season premiered on July 11, 2016.[4] On March 4, 2016, it was renewed for a third season.[5]


Star Butterfly is a magical princess from the dimension of Mewni. On her 14th birthday, she receives the family heirloom wand. After she accidentally sets fire to her castle, her parents decide that a safer option is to send her to Earth as a foreign exchange student. She befriends Marco Diaz and lives with his family while attending Echo Creek Academy. Star and Marco must deal with everyday school life while protecting Star's wand from falling into the hands of Ludo, a villain from Mewni who commands an army of monsters. Star and the folks from Mewni are able to travel across dimensions using "dimensional scissors" that can open portals.


Main characters

Supporting characters

Background and production

Nefcy said she originally created Star as a girl who wanted to be a magical girl like Sailor Moon, and Marco as a boy who was obsessed with Dragon Ball Z and karate; they would be enemies instead of friends. In this earlier version, Star did not have any actual magical powers; she instead would approach and solve problems primarily through the force of her determination alone.[15][19] Nefcy began pitching the show when she was in her third year of college, when Cartoon Network was actively soliciting the creation of pilots for prospective new shows.[10] Nefcy originally placed Star in the fourth grade, reflecting on a time in her own childhood when she held a self-described obsession with the animated series Sailor Moon. However, Nefcy later adjusted the character's age to fourteen during the time she made her series proposition to Disney.[10][15][20] An executive at that time made the suggestion for Star to have actual magical powers. Nefcy worked this concept into the show's current iteration, along with the idea of different dimensions as show locations, the framing device of Star being a foreign exchange student, and the plot aspects relating to Star being a princess and the subsequent consequences of her royal birthright.[19] Nefcy said that the overall concept has evolved over about six years.[20]

In addition to Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, Nefcy has said that she had heavy influence in her youth from the animated Japanese shows Magic Knight Rayearth, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Unico, the last of which featured a pink unicorn. She also cited shows unrelated to Japanese animation such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer,[19] and was influenced by independent comic series such as Scott Pilgrim and The Dungeon.[20] With regards to the development of more strong female characters, Nefcy said that she "looked at TV over the years and I have had to go to Japan when I was younger to find the cartoons that had the characters that I wanted to see. It was always a question of 'Well, why isn't that on TV in the U.S.?' " [15]

One of the concepts she likes about the show is that it doesn't make high school the most important experience for teenagers. She also likes that Star does her own thing instead of being concerned about fitting in.[19] Nefcy did not want the gimmick about keeping the magic powers a secret from others as typical of magical girl shows, so she had the students already know about it and Marco's parents as well. She also portrays Star as not really a superhero as she does not specifically go after super-villains except when they attack her, and that she doesn't really save people.[10] Nefcy said that the episodes balance comedy and drama: "we really want our characters to feel like teenagers and have them going through the normal emotions that teenagers go through, but in this magical setting."[15]

Storyboarding and design are done in Los Angeles.[20] In describing the process, Nefcy said that the show is storyboard-driven, with each episode mapped out by the storyboard artists. The storyboarders also do the writing, taking a two-page outline and turning it into a full script. A storyboard for 11 minutes would require about 2000 drawings to be done in a six-week period.[21] After pre-production in the US, the first season animation was done at Mercury Filmworks in Ottawa, Canada. Mercury had also done Wander Over Yonder and the Mickey Mouse series.[20] For the rest of first season, the animation was done in the Philippines.[21] The second season was animated by Sugarcube and Rough Draft Studios, both located in South Korea.[22][23]

The theme song was done by Brad Breeck, who also did Gravity Falls' opening theme; Nefcy said: "when we were listening to it we didn't know, because we just listened blind". Brian Kim was chosen among a group of about ten people as the show's composer.[10][24] Kim describes the music for each dimension as having a different sound and relating it to indie rock in Los Angeles.[25]

The show was initially scheduled to premiere on Disney Channel after being greenlighted in March 2013, for a premiere in the Fall of 2014, before being switched over to Disney XD.[10][26]

Promotion and release

The show's title sequence was promoted at Comic-Con 2014 six months prior to its scheduled broadcast premiere. As a result, the footage was uploaded by fans to YouTube who then started generating fan art and fan fiction.[20] The first episode premiered on Disney Channel in January 2015. The positive reaction on social media has prompted Disney XD to order a second season of the series in February 2015, six weeks ahead of its launch of the series on Disney XD in March.[27] Disney sitcom actors Olivia Holt and Kelli Berglund participated in promoting the series the weeks before its Disney XD premiere, with Holt dressing up as Star.[28][29]

The second season premiered on July 11, 2016.[4]


Star vs. the Forces of Evil premiered in Canada on the DHX-owned Disney XD on April 6, 2015,[30] and was later moved to the Corus-owned Disney XD on December 1.[31] The series premiered on Disney XD channels in the United Kingdom and Ireland on April 16, 2015,[32] in Australia on August 3,[33] and in the Middle East and Africa on October 5.[34] The show premiered on November 8 on Disney Channel in Southeast Asia.[35][36] The series premiered on March 6, 2016, as Star Butterfly in French on Disney La Chaîne in Canada.[37]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18)September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)
222[38]July 11, 2016 (2016-07-11)TBA


Kevin Johnson of The A.V. Club gave the pilot episode a B+, saying that the show was something children could have a lot of fun with, noting how the show follows current trends in western animation "towards large-eyed characters and quirky visual trends". Johnson stated that Star vs. the Forces of Evil "excels on wild, silly, and clever set-pieces to bring the laughs and action", but expected that adult viewers won't get much out of it.[39] Furthermore, the premiere of Star vs. the Forces of Evil became the most-watched animated series debut in Disney XD’s history.[40]

In reviewing episodes from the first season, Marcy Cook of The Mary Sue described the show as a blend of others such as Invader Zim and a sanitized Ren & Stimpy, with great appeal to tween and teen girls as well some laugh out loud moments for adults. She said, "[I]t's really cool to see a girl who is into cuteness and rainbows also kick-ass and enjoy it". Cook was bothered by the short episodes that made the plot seem rushed or underdeveloped. Cook was bugged by Marco's retconned personality from the pilot episode where he was a safety conscious kid to the series where he was a martial arts fight seeker.[41] Caitlin Donovan of entertainment website Epicstream listed it among her top 10 animated series of 2015. She found the first few episodes to be "a little rough for me, like the show was trying too hard to be funny and weird", but that the show got better with character development and relationship building, with "a really dramatic, high-tension finale to the first season".[42]

Awards and nominations

The episode "Party with a Pony" was showcased in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2015.[43][44]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival TV Series For "Party with a Pony" Nominated [44]
2016 Annie Awards Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children's Audience For "Blood Moon Ball" Nominated [45]


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