Enchanting Grom Fright (The Owl House)

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Enchanting Grom Fright (The Owl House)
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Series: The Owl House
Part of Season: 1
Episode Number: 16
Air Date: August 8, 2020
Writer: Molly Ostertag
Director: Stu Livingston
Run Time 22 minutes
Previous episode: Understanding Willow
Next episode: Wing It Like Witches


"Enchanting Grom Fright" is the sixteenth episode of the first season of the American animated television series The Owl House, created by Dana Terrace and produced by Disney Television Animation. The episode was written by Molly Ostertag from a story co-written with Terrace and Rachel Vine, while Stu Livingston directed the episode.

Why It Rocks

  1. The scene where Luz and Amity had a dance-fight against Grometheus and manages to defeat it was very well-animated.
  2. No filler. Enough said.
  3. Awesome either music.
  4. This episode is a good LGBT+ representation especially considering the series.
  5. The scene where Luz finally sends a text to her mother about her experiences, Camila then responds by saying that she loves Luz's letters, which Luz believes means her texts..

Reception

The episode received universally positive reviews. Several critics highlighted the episode due to its confirmation of Amity's crush towards Luz. Several news outlets, such as Variety and NY Post said that the episode "made history" for including Disney's first main bisexual character. At the same time, Marcelo Garcia of CBR said that the episode was "a tremendous step in the right direction for Disney, a company that has struggled with LGBTQ+ representation in recent years." Other critics also reviewed the episode positively. For instance, Palmer Harsch of Insider wrote that the episode "helped Disney Channel make a major step forward in terms of LGBTQ representation", and hoped the episode could serve as "a harbinger of further LGBTQ stories to come on Disney Channel." Similarly, Kirby Beaton of Buzzfeed argued that "queer content on the Disney Channel is a huge stride in queer representation" while Matt Tracy of Gay City News stated that the series' portrayal of LGBT characters is "a refreshing development considering the lack of queer representation in animated television during recent years." Additionally, Petrana Radulovic of Polygon praised the dance sequence between Luz and Amity as "ADORABLE and beautifully animated." At the same time, some argued that the show's LGBTQ representation falls on the shoulders of the writers and creators of The Owl House instead of Disney while Michele Kirichanskaya of The Mary Sue wrote that shows like The Owl House, in tandem with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and The Prom, it breaks down "old heteronormative traditions" of prom itself.

PFLAG praised the series for its LGBTQ+ visibility, while GLAAD similarly praised it for having an "inclusive, fair, accurate, and age-appropriate world through the representation of its characters". Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee praised the series' inclusivity towards LGBTQ+ characters, while also noting how she struggled with including a multiracial lesbian couple in the Doc McStuffins episode "The Emergency Plan". Similarly, The Owl House voice actor Alex Hirsch thanked Terrace and the production team for including LGBT characters, while noting how he was forbidden to include LGBT characters in his own show, Gravity Falls. Hirsch also commented how the dancing sequence would be considered "inappropriate" by Disney in 2012, saying that Disney "did good" by allowing the scene to be featured. Also, Noelle Stevenson, creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, invited her wife and the episode's co-writer Molly Ostertag to Grom, sharing their "Grom experience" with their followers.