Star vs. The Forces of Evil follows fiercely awesome teen princess Star Butterfly. After receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, Star 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 home. Together with the Diaz's teenage son, Marco, they navigate high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse while keeping her wand out of the clutches of arch-nemesis Ludo and his monstrous forces of evil.
Runtime: 15 minutes
Star vs. the Forces of Evil - Star Comes to Earth - Netflix
“Star Comes to Earth” is the first episode of the animated television series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. The episode was directed and written by Mike Mullen, with story by series creator Daron Nefcy, Dave Wasson, and Jordana Arkin. The episode premiered as a preview on Disney Channel on January 18, 2015, and later premiered with the launching of the series on Disney XD on March 30, 2015. In “Star Comes to Earth” a princess from another dimension, named Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), is turning fourteen years old, which, by tradition, means her family's magic wand will be passed down to her. However, after her spectacularly failing to properly use it, her parents deem her to not be ready for the responsibility yet, and send her to Earth for training. The episode was well received by critics and fans, prompting the second season of the series to be ordered ahead of its Disney XD premiere.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil - Reception - Netflix
The episode's premiere on Disney Channel was seen by 2.33 million viewers. 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. The episode's premiere on Disney XD was seen by 1.139 million viewers. Within the first three days, it had amassed 1.2 million viewers and became Disney XD's most-watched animated series debut on Disney XD in the network's 15-year history. It was also the second most watched premiere show on that network behind the live-action Lab Rats series. Kevin Johnson of The A.V. Club gave “Star Comes to Earth” a B+ rating, praising its “snappy action and energetic performances”, its subversion of “princess tropes”, and Star's energetic and optimistic character, although criticizing how its plot is “built on relatively flimsy excuses to its set up”. He compared it to Steven Universe and Wander Over Yonder, the latter of which show creator Daron Nercy previously worked on. The show, as presented in “Star Comes to Earth”, has also been compared to Invader Zim, Ren and Stimpy, and Sailor Moon. The episode's humor has been criticized as well, being described as “trying too hard to be funny and weird”, but also praised for reaching a wide demographic.
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