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Matt Groening Is Bringing ‘Disenchantment’ To Netflix

Internet tv streamer Netflix is known for taking risks with its programming, but if it’s ever had a sure bet, it could be the company’s latest pick-up: a 20-episode order for Disenchantment, an adult comedy-fantasy series created by Matt Groening.

Groening, who created The Simpsons and Futurama, will employ his “trademark animation style” on the new series, which is set in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. The show will “follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci,” and the series promises encounters with “ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.”

Word of a Netflix/Matt Groening partnership has been floating around since the beginning of 2016, suggesting that Groening has been developing the show for some time.

Disenchantment 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,” says Groening of the new series.

The first ten episodes of Disenchantment will premiere in 2018, with a second set of ten episodes to follow at a later date. The series will be produced by The Ululu Company, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers.

Animation for the series is being done by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama). The series will feature the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (“Bean”), Nat Faxon (“Elfo”), and Eric Andre (“Luci”), along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery.

  • I’m interested to see this series, and with Matt’s experience, it should be a strong hit for Netflix in the original animation department.

    Would’ve been nice if they had revived Futurama for Netflix (if it was possible). Looking forward to see what happens with this show.

    • Who knows. This could basically be a spiritual successor to Futurama, given the voice cast lined up..

    • Georgie’s Arm

      There’s supposed to be a big Futurama announcement upcoming. They’ve said there are currently no new episodes in the pipeline, but who knows?

      • You never know – they have kept the cast close to new projects (gaming, script reads).

  • GW

    I’ll check it out when it comes out. I’ve been hoping for some good adult animated television besides Rick and Morty.

  • GOATmaybe

    This sounds like it could be incredible. We’ll have to wait and see.

  • J.S

    You had me at Matt Groening.

  • I’m thankful that Matt continues to entertain the world with his comedy, and that Rough Draft Studios was signed to a union agreement allowing the hard working animation professionals the ability to enjoy their expected and hard fought working conditions and benefits.

  • TalonsofIceandFire

    This could work. I am intrigued whenever Matt Groening puts out something original. Although I am wondering if he’ll do that Rock’n’Roll themed show like he said he’ll do in the documentary “My Wasted Life”.