Star and the Forces of Evil (partially found unaired pitch pilot of Disney Channel animated series; 2011)
A screenshot of the early title screen for the pilot, back when it used the original name for the series.
Status: Partially Found
Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an animated series on Disney Channel and Disney XD created by Daron Nefcy, former storyboard revisionist on Wander over Yonder, and the first woman to create an animated series for Disney since Sue Rose's Pepper Ann. The show follows Star Butterfly, a magical princess from the dimension of Mewni who, on her 14th birthday, receives the family heirloom magic wand. However, due to her extreme enthusiasm and extreme inexperience, she almost destroys the entire kingdom with it, and her parents decide that a safer option would be to send her to Earth to live with the Diaz family. There she befriends their son Marco (a safety-minded boy who is immediately a little freaked out at being assigned the new "foreign exchange student"), and after receiving a pair of dimension-cutting scissors (allowing them to travel through dimensions) from a free-spirited friend of her's, the two must deal with everyday school life while protecting her wand from falling into the hands of evil forces.
After Nefcy retooled her pitch for the series from having Star be a deranged but otherwise ordinary grade student who only believed she had magical powers to having her become a foreign exchange student from another dimension with a magical wand (after an executive suggested changing Star into a teenager with real magical powers), she alongside Canadian animation studio Mercury Filmworks created a test pilot in about one year (2011-2012) as a way of convincing Disney of green-lighting the show's production, with the series's first season taking about two more years to make (2012-2014). During this time, the show was originally called Star and the Forces of Evil. The pilot was then sent to Disney, but for unknown reasons, the pilot was significantly reworked, and after a preview of the show's intro was shown at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, the series's first episode premiered on Disney Channel on January 18th, 2015, with the show officially starting on Disney XD on March 30th, 2015. The series gained a large fanbase soon after a recording of the preview was uploaded to YouTube, and it quickly became one of Disney's highest rated current television series, to the point where the company renewed the show for a second season a month before it aired.
Other than the name change, not much else is known about the pilot as it never aired. However, a few shots from the pilot were captured from two Mercury Filmworks animation reel videos on Vimeo, showing scenes that were never used anytime during the first season (Star leaping off a plank of wood that soon hits Marco), and scenes that were later used during the show's second episode (Star and Marco preparing to face off against a pack of monsters, and Star hitting one monster on the head hard), showing that a significant amount of work was done to it before it was never aired.
As of late 2015, the series's first season ended, with no word as to if the unaired pilot will ever be released, or why it was never aired in the first place.
Differences[edit | edit source]
- The pilot has the in-production name that the show had until it was changed to Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
- The art style and designs, while very similar, has some differences from the final show.
- The eyes are different, being more circular and having larger pupils.
- Star's wand has a different design, like being pink and having a big heart instead of a star.
- Star wears kitty ears instead of devil horns at one point.
- Star's cheek hearts are outlined.
- When wearing his karate uniform, Marco has a black belt and wears a green belt as a headband.
- Marco wears blue jeans instead of dark-gray pants.
- Marco's hoodie is dark red instead of light red.
- Star's dress has longer sleeves and at one point is shown wearing a green dress.
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See Also[edit | edit source]
Disney Channel[edit | edit source]
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series (partially found unaired pilot episode of Disney animated TV series; 1996)
- Amazing Animals (found Disney Channel animated educational series; 1996-1999)
- Arwin! (partially found pilot of cancelled "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" spin-off TV series; 2007)
- Country Club (partially found test pilot of "Big City Greens" Disney Channel adventure-comedy animated series; 2015)
- Disney Channel Interactive (lost Dish Network game channel; late 2000s)
- Disney's Coyote Tales (found Disney Channel extended version of "The Coyote's Lament" animated short; 1991)
- Disney's Doug (found episodes of animated TV series; 1996-1999)
- Dreamfinders (unproduced Disney Channel series based on "Journey Into Imagination" Epcot ride; 1983)
- Dumbo's Circus (partially found Disney Channel live action puppet series; 1985-1986)
- Fish Hooks (partially found unreleased pilot of Disney Channel animated series; 2009)
- Going Wild with Jeff Corwin (partially found Disney documentary TV series; 1997-1999)
- Gravity Falls (found Comic Con 2012 promo of animated series; 2012)
- Gravity Falls (found pitch pilot of Disney animated TV series; 2010)
- Katbot (partially found unreleased Disney animated TV series; 2005)
- Lizzie McGuire "Season 3" (lost production material of unfinished season of Disney Channel comedy series; 2020)
- Minnie Takes Care of Pluto (found original English audio of Mickey Mouse Works animated short; 2000)
- Mousercise (partially found Disney Channel exercise series; 1983-1996)
- Mouseterpiece Theater (partially found Disney Channel cartoon compilation TV series; 1983-1990)
- Pepper Ann (partially found pilot episode of Disney animated series; 1996)
- Phineas and Ferb (lost script of cancelled theatrical film based on animated series; 2010s)
- Phineas and Ferb: Shooting Star Milkshake Bar (partially found full version of song; late 2000s)
- Phineas and Ferb: Spot the Diff (found Disney Channel animated special; 2008)
- Recess "The Break In" (partially found pilot of Disney animated TV series; 1996)
- Talespin - Phil Harris performance (lost audio recordings from Disney animated TV series; 1990)
- Teen Angel (partially found Disney Channel serial drama; 1989)
- The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (partially found Disney Channel original series; 1989-1994)
- The Jersey (partially lost Disney Channel sports themed comedy series; 1999-2004)
- The Owl House (partially found unaired pilot of Disney Channel animated series; 2017)
- The Proud Family (partially lost unaired Nickelodeon pilot of Disney Channel animated sitcom; 1999)
- Welcome to Pooh Corner (partially found Disney Channel live-action puppet series; 1983-1986)
- What's Stevie Thinking? (lost unaired pilot of cancelled "Lizzie McGuire" spin-off TV series; 2003)
Playhouse Disney[edit | edit source]
- Adventures in Nutrition with Captain Carlos (partially found Playhouse Disney animated short series; 2004-2007)
- Bear in the Big Blue House "Water, Water Everywhere" (lost unaired pilot of Disney Channel puppet series; 1997)
- Bear in the Big Blue House (partially lost original English audio of Playhouse Disney puppet series; 1997-2006)
- Breakfast with Bear (partially found episodes of Playhouse Disney spin-off series; 2005-2006)
- Handy Manny (partially found unaired pilot of Disney children's animated TV series; 2005)
- Little Einsteins (lost second pitch pilot of Playhouse Disney animated series; existence unconfirmed; 2004)
- Out of the Box (partially lost Playhouse Disney children's series; 1998-2004)
- PB&J Otter (partially found original credits sequences of Playhouse Disney animated series; 1998-2000)
- Playhouse Disney UK (partially lost interstitial material of children's TV channel; 1999-2006)
- Stanley (found unaired pilot episode of Playhouse Disney animated series; 1999)
- The Book of Pooh (found Playhouse Disney puppet series; 2001-2004)
Disney Junior[edit | edit source]
Toon Disney[edit | edit source]
- Toon News (partially found CGI Interstitial Toon Disney series; 2004/2005)
- Teamo Supremo (partially lost Toon Disney animated series; 2002-2004)
Disney XD[edit | edit source]
- Billion Dollar Freshmen (lost unaired pilot episode of "Lab Rats" Disney XD live-action comedy TV series; 2010)
- DXP (partially found Disney XD video game block; 2017)
Other[edit | edit source]
- Bonkers "Fall Apart Bomb Squad" (found episode of Disney Channel animated series; 1993)
- Disney's One Too - Recess gags (partially lost series of animated shorts; 1999-2003)
- Green Monkeys (lost Disney pilot; 1999)
- Herbie the Lovebug (lost animated pilot; late 1990s-2000s)
- La Chambre Folle (lost French Disney children's TV block; 1998)
- Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers (found English dub of anime series; 2015)
- Power Rangers Animated Series (lost Disney XD pilot; existence unconfirmed; 2007-2009)
- Robodz (lost Disney Toei animated TV series; 2008)
- The Mouse Factory (partially found Disney live-action/animated TV series; 1972-1973)
- The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (found episodes of Disney animated TV series; 1995)
- X-Heart (partially found unreleased English dub of "X-Coração" Brazilian animated TV series; 2014)