Howdily doodily! 20 years since the creation of his most recent show, Futurama, Matt Groening is back with a brand new animated comedy series, Disenchantment. After Groening’s massive success with series such as, The Simpsons, and his most recent creation, Futurama, Netflix has commissioned the creation of the new animated comedy show set in a fantasy world.
With the new series set to hit Netflix’s worldwide catalogues in just a few months’ time, here’s everything we know about Disenchantment so far.
When is Disenchantment released?
Netflix have commissioned 20 episodes of the show which are expected to make up two series. They recently announced that the first 10-episode series will have a release date of 17th August, so prepare yourself for some serious binging.
Who’s going to be working on the new series?
Groening has brought with him long-time Simpsons co-worker Josh Weinstein as well as a large number of animators that he worked with on Futurama in order to bring Disenchantment’s fantasy world to fruition. Disenchantment will be Groening’s first new show since Futurama’s 1999 release.
What do we know about the plot?
On Wednesday, three teaser pictures were released on Disenchantment’s official twitter page showing the three main characters, princess Bean, Elfo and Luci.
The series will be set in a crumbling medieval world called “Dreamland” and will follow “The misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci” according to the official summary released by Netflix.
Disenchantment marks Groening’s first venture into the popular world of fantasy and the cult like following of his previous series ensures that it will be an instant hit.
When speaking at Comic-Con in July of last year, Matt Groening said that the show will be “about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.” This certainly matches Groening’s long time goal of making viewers see the humour and positives in worlds in which there are seemingly none.
Netflix’s VP of Original Content, Cindy Holland, announced in an official statement last year that “The series will bear his trademark animation style and biting wit, and we think it’s a perfect fit for our many Netflix animation fans.”. This comes after there was much anger amongst Futurama fans when Netflix removed the series from their catalogues at the beginning of last year.
Is there a trailer for Disenchantment yet?
No trailer has been released as of yet, we will definitely be keeping an eye on Disenchantment’s Twitter page as we expect the trailer to be out soon.
Who will play the characters?
The inebriated princess Bean will be voiced by two- time Primetime Emmy award nominee Abbi Jacobson, her trusty companion Elfo will be played by Academy Award winning screen- write Nat Faxon and her “personal demon” Luci by Eric André.
These three are relative newcomers to the world of animated comedy but with them Groening has brought many of the actors whom he worked with on Futurama. Namely, John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille all of whom voiced Futurama characters.
Words: Nick Elliott