Magazine article Variety

Daran Nefcy

Magazine article Variety

Daran Nefcy

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Though she's only a few years removed from film school, 29-year-old Nefcy is already knee-deep in storyboards for season two of her first animated series, Disney's "Star vs. the Forces of Evil." Based on a drawing she created during her junior year at CalArts, the hand-drawn series follows the wild travails of a 14-yearold magical princess sent to live on Earth as a sort of intergalactic exchange student.

Nefcy says she grew obsessed with Japanese animation in middle school, and wanted to make an American "magical girl story" along the lines of "Sailor Moon," albeit one with a gentle subversive streak - Jenny Slate, for instance, voices the character Pony Head, a floating, disembodied unicorn head that dispenses decidedly unwise advice to our heroine, like a crocked Jiminy Cricket.

Nefcy is only the second woman to create an original Disney Television Animation series - and the first to do so since 1997 - yet she says she's hardly had to battle with the forces of patriarchy at Disney. …

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