Four months after announcing both series, Disney shared the first images of its two new series, The Rocketeer and The Owl House, giving us our first taste of the aesthetic styles of both shows due out next year.
The news (via Variety) comes courtesy of Disney’s presentation at the annual Annecy International Animation Film Festival in Annency, France. At the festival, Disney spoke about its commitment to animation, and showed off the new shows, which offer two different styles for two different age groups.
The new version of The Rocketeer, based off the Dave Stevens comic that inspired the cult classic 1991 film, follows a young girl named Kit, who gets the Rocketeer’s jetpack for her birthday. Taking over the mantle, she and her best friend team up to save the world, with a little help from Kit's uncle.
Unlike the comic, this show is set in the present day. It will utilize 3D, CGI animation. And as you can see in the first image above, it leans heavily into the wonders of the sky, with Kit, wearing her new jetpack, staring out at a runway and the skies beyond it. The new cartoon is aimed at kids, airing on the Disney Junior channel, so there will likely be less two-fisted pulp action and Nazi punching in this series than in the film.
Also on display from Disney was a look at The Owl House. Unlike The Rocketeer, this series will air on the Disney Channel. Creator Dana Terrace worked on Gravity Falls in the art department, and there’s a similar style to this cartoon.
The fantasy series follows a teenage girl, Luz, "who discovers a portal to another realm where humans are not well-liked, and she must disguise herself in order to fit in at witch school." Luz teams up with "a witch named Eda" and her tiny sidekick, King, a former king seeking a return to glory.
The first image gives us a look into the titular house, a mix of Hammer horror-style Gothic manors and libraries, with a humorous twist — foam fingers and competition medals, anyone?
We’ll get a better look at each series closer to their release. The Rocketeer will premiere on Disney Junior in 2019. The Owl House is expected to come out sometime after that on the Disney Channel.
Which show are you most excited for? What do you think of the animation styles?