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Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an American animated television comedy produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel and Disney XD. The series had a sneak peak premiere on Disney Channel on January 18, 2015, and it officially started on Disney XD on March 30, 2015.[3][2]

The show was created by Daron Nefcy (former storyboard revisionist for Wander Over Yonder), the first woman to create a show for Disney XD and the second to create a series for Disney Television Animation. Dave Wasson serves as director and Jordana Arkin as story editor, while both also co-executive produce the series.

Disney XD ordered a second season for Star vs. the Forces of Evil before its official premiere on March 30, 2015.[2] On March 4, 2016, they ordered a third season.[4] On February 28, 2017, Disney XD ordered a fourth season.[1]

Plot

Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an animated comedy adventure that follows fun-loving magical teen princess, Star Butterfly, who — after a few bold skirmishes with other-worldly monsters — is sent by her Royal Parents to live with the Diaz family on Earth, bringing along her own unique inter-dimensional style to her new planet. With the Diaz's teenage son Marco by her side, this foreign exchange student from another dimension embarks on new adventures battling evil villains throughout the multiverse and in high school, all in an effort to protect her powerful magic wand which she is still figuring out how to use.

Cast

Main cast

Secondary cast

Guest stars

Additional voices

Crew

History

Daron Nefcy originally came up with the idea of Star and began pitching it to various television networks when she was a junior in college. The idea remained in her mind over the course of six years, and while the character of Star stayed the same, the show kept evolving and evolving.[5]

When she originally pitched the show to Disney, Star was a grade schooler who believed that she had magical powers, albeit it just being in her head. However, an executive suggested changing Star into a teenager with real magical powers. After feeling that she failed pitching the idea to SVP of Original Series Eric Coleman, Daron retooled her pitch, which resulted in Star becoming a foreign exchange student from another dimension with a magical wand. It took a year for Daron and her team to create a pilot, and two more years to create the first season.[6]

Several of the series' influences, according to Nefcy, include Sailor Moon, Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, and Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim's Dungeon series.[5]

Reception

The series has received largely positive reviews since its premiere. As of September 2017, it holds an 8.2 rating based on 5,500 users on IMDb.com,[7] an 8.4 rating based on 250 votes on TV.com,[8] and a 3/5 star rating by Common Sense Media.[9]

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.[10] Furthermore, the premiere of Star vs. the Forces of Evil became the most-watched animated series debut in Disney XD's history, according to Variety.[11] In 2016, Star reached over 100 million consumer views combined across Disney XD's media platforms.[1]

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. Cook praises the show's appeal, "stylised and distinctive artwork", and main character but criticizes its occasional inconsistencies in characterization and episode quality.[12] Caitlin Donovan of Epicstream listed Star 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".[13]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Nominee Result Source
2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival TV Series "Party With a Pony" Nominated [14][15]
5th Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Dee Dee Rescher (Miss Skullnick) Nominated [16]
43rd Annual Annie Awards Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children "Blood Moon Ball" Nominated [17][18]
Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Alan Tudyk (Ludo) Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Ted Supa ("Storm the Castle") Nominated
6th Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series Eden Sher (Star Butterfly) Won (People's Choice) [19]
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role Yvette Nicole Brown (Brigid) Nominated
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Jenny Slate (Pony Head) Nominated
Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series Adam McArthur (Marco Diaz) Won (People's Choice)
Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series Star vs. the Forces of Evil Won (People's Choice)

Trivia

Satfoe logo PLACEHOLDER

Early image of the previous title from the pilot.

  • The series' working title was Star and the Forces of Evil before it was changed.
  • The series was originally scheduled to air a sneak peek on November 26, 2014 before it officially premiered in January 2015. However, it was later removed from the schedule and replaced with a Star Wars Rebels rerun. Daron, when asked about it, replied that there wasn't any plans for a sneak peek that she knew of. The actual premiere date of the sneak peek episode was January 18, 2015, and the show's official premiere was not in January but March 2015.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil had the most-watched series debut for an animated series in Disney XD history, attracting 1.2 million viewers on March 30, 2015.[20][21]

Release

Country Language Channel Premiere date Title Source
Canada English Disney XD April 6, 2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil [22]
United Kingdom April 16, 2015 [23]
Ireland
South Korea Korean
English (SAP)
Disney Channel June 15, 2015 프린세스 스타의 모험일기
"Princess Star's Adventure Diary"
France French
English (SAP)
June 25, 2015 Star Butterfly [24]
Bulgaria Bulgarian
English (SAP)
July 18, 2015 Звезда срещу силите на злото
"Star against the Forces of Evil"
[25]
Romania Romanian
English (SAP)
Prinţesa Stea contra Forţelor Răului
"Princess Star vs. Evil Forces"
Germany German
English (SAP)
Disney XD July 20, 2015 Star gegen die Mächte des Bösen
"Star against the Forces of Evil"
[26]
Australia English
English (SAP)
August 3, 2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil [27]
Taiwan Mandarin Chinese
English (SAP)
Disney Channel August 8, 2015 公主闖天關
"Princess Blast"
Czech Republic Czech
English (SAP)
August 15, 2015 Star proti silám zla
"Star against the Forces of Evil"
[28]
Hungary Hungarian
English (SAP)
Csillag kontra gonosz erők
"Star vs. Evil Forces"
Latin America Latin American Spanish
English (SAP)
Disney XD August 22, 2015 Star vs las fuerzas del mal
"Star vs. the Forces of Evil"
[29]
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese
English (SAP)
Star vs as forças do mal
"Star vs. the Forces of Evil"
[30]
Israel Hebrew
English (SAP)
Disney Channel September 1, 2015 סטאר נגד כוחות הרשע
"Star against Evil Forces"
Scandinavia Danish Disney Channel October 3, 2015 Star vs. mørkets kræfte
"Star and the Forces of Darkness"
Norwegian Star vs. mørkets kraft
"Star vs. the Forces of Darkness"
Swedish Star vs. mörkrets makter
"Star vs. the Forces of Darkness"
Finnish
(subtitles)
Star vs. pahuuden voimat
"Star vs. the Forces of Evil"
English Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Russian Звёздная принцесса и силы зла
"Princess Star and the Forces of Evil"
Middle East and North Africa English Disney XD October 4, 2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Poland Polish
English (SAP)
October 19, 2015 Star Butterfly kontra siły zła
"Star vs. the Forces of Evil"
Spain Castilian Spanish
English (SAP)
October 24, 2015 Star contra las fuerzas del mal
"Star against the Forces of Evil"
[31]
Italy Italian November 2, 2015 Marco e Star contro le forze del male
"Marco and Star against the Forces of Evil"
[32]
Turkey Turkish
English (SAP)
Star kötü güçlere karşı
"Star against Evil Forces"
[31]
Greece Greek
English (SAP)
Η Σταρ και οι δυνάμεις του κακού
"The Star and the Forces of Evil"
Russia Russian
English (SAP)
Disney Channel Звёздная принцесса и силы зла
"Princess Star and the Forces of Evil"
Southeast Asia English
Indonesian (Indonesia)
Thai (Thailand)
Malay (Malaysia)
Mandarin Chinese (Singapore)
Disney Channel November 8, 2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil [33][34]
The Netherlands Dutch
English (SAP)
Disney XD November 21, 2015 Star vs. de kracht van het kwaad
"Star vs. the Force of Evil"
[35]
Japan Japanese
English (SAP)
Disney Channel December 18, 2015 (sneak peek)
January 15, 2016 (official)
悪魔バスター★スター・バタフライ
"Demon Buster: Star Butterfly"
[36][37]
Portugal Portuguese
English (SAP)
Disney Channel December 19, 2015 Star contra as forças do mal
"Star against the Forces of Evil"

Gallery

External links

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Deadline Team (2015-02-12). Disney XD Orders Season 2 Of ‘Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil’ Ahead Of Series Launch. Deadline. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
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  11. Rick Kissell (2015-04-06). Disney XD Sets Animated Ratings High with Premiere of ‘Star vs. the Forces of Evil’. Variety.com. Retrieved on 2017 August 2.
  12. Marcy Cook (2015-07-05). You Should Give Star Vs The Forces of Evil a Try. The Mary Sue. Retrieved on 2017 August 2.
  13. Caitlin Donovan (2015-12-30). Top 10 Animated Series of 2015. Epicstream. Retrieved on 2017 August 2.
  14. Ellen Wolff (2015-06-11). Women Rule at This Year’s Annecy Animation Festival. Variety. Retrieved on 2017 August 2.
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  18. 43rd Annual Annie Awards Nominees. Annie Awards. Retrieved on 2017 March 7.
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  21. TV News Desk (2015-04-06). STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL is Disney XD's Most-Watched Animated Series Debut Yet. Broadway World. Retrieved on 2017 March 19.
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