Minorities in cartoons: “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” a Disney XD series. The show debuted in 2015.

Background

The series centers around Star Butterfly, a princess from a fairy tale kingdom-like alternate dimension. On her 14th birthday, Star inherited a powerful magic wand. However, her irresponsibility and inexperience ended up causing chaos. As a result, Star’s parents send her to Earth. There, Star’s expected to learn to master the wand’s powers, as well as become a responsible person.

On Earth, Star poses as an “exchange student” who lives with the Diaz family. An only child, Marco’s a teen who’s noted for being cautious and safety-minded. He also possesses fairly strong martial arts skills. Star and Marco eventually become friends.

A friend of Star’s (a mischievous floating pony princess head named, well, Flying Princess Pony Head) leaves the two with a pair of magic scissors that can open dimensional portals. On top of that, various threats come to Earth, largely wanting Star’s powerful wand. Star and Marco use a mix of the scissors, wand, and martial arts skills to defeat their foes and save the day.

The series is (from what I could find) the third Disney Channel series to be created by a woman, (Daron Nefcy). The other two series are “Pepper Ann” and “Doc McStuffins.” It’s also the first Disney XD series to be created by a woman.

As of this writing, the series has aired for two seasons, with a third one ordered by Disney XD.

Voice actors

Star is voiced by Eden Sher, an actress who stars on ABC sitcom “The Middle.” Sher’s also had guest roles on “The O.C.” and “Veronica Mars.”

Marco is voiced by Adam McArthur, an actor who’s done voice and live-action acting. He’s also an actual trained martial artist.

Opening credits

Here’s the opening credits for “Star vs. the Forces of Evil.”

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