Daron Nefcy is the creator, executive producer, and an animator of a new show for Disney Television Animation. “Star Vs. The Forces of Evil” started as a sketch during her third year of CalArts and now it’s an animated series premiering on DisneyXD in just a few days.
“Star vs. The Forces of Evil” follows Star Butterfly, a fiercely awesome teen princess from another dimension. After receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, Star is sent by her Royal Parents to live with the Diaz family and their responsible son, Marco, on Earth where she brings along her own unique inter-dimensional style to her new home. Together with 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.
Acclimating to life on a new planet with a new family can be challenging, but fortunately for Star, karate-loving Marco acts as her guide, helping her adapt to her new planet. In return, Star helps Marco come out of his shell, teaching him to take chances and make the most of every day, even if that means living a little too close to the edge. Although opposites in many ways, Star and Marco become fast friends and rely on each other as they experience new adventures and challenges across a variety of exciting dimensions. Along her journey, Star must learn how to use her powers responsibly and stay out of trouble, or risk being shipped off to St. Olga’s Reform School for Wayward Princesses on her home planet while she waits to inherit the throne.
Star’s biggest threat is evil villain Ludo, from her home planet Mewni, who, despite his size, ego, insecurity and inept army of monsters, tracks her down on Earth and relentlessly attempts to steal her magic wand. Ludo rules his strong, dim-witted monster minions with absolute authority, whether he’s commanding them in battle or simply ordering them to rub his tiny, weak feet, and he will stop at nothing to capture Star’s extraordinarily powerful wand so he can take over the multiverse.
The “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” voice cast includes Eden Sher (“The Middle”) as Star Butterfly, Adam McArthur (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Marco Diaz, Alan Tudyk (Broadway’s “Spamalot”) as Ludo and King Butterfly. Recurring are Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”)as Mrs. Diaz, Artt Butler (“Her”) asMr. Diaz, Nate Torrence (“Super Fun Night”) as Ferguson, Jenny Slate (“Parks and Recreation”) as Pony Head, Dee Dee Rescher (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) as Skullnick.
The series is created and executive-produced by 2009 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate Daron Nefcy. Learn more about the best and worst parts of Nefcy’s job in an interview in Business Insider.
Keep an eye open for the premier of Sta Vs. The Forces of Evil on Monday, March 30 at 8pm ET on Disney XD.