According to Variety, creator of The Simpsons Matt Groening has been working on a new animated comedy called Disenchantment and Netflix has just approved the show for 20 episodes. Which is approximately two seasons, so we’ll get a great idea about the story and characters, unless Netflix shuts it down after that. Hopefully two seasons only isn’t some sort of trend for Netflix, as it already done for so many favorite shows.
Disenchantment, as described by Groening, is definitely not for kids. It is placed in Dreamland, a medieval kingdom going through some rather rough times. The main character is the lovely princess Bean, who is far more keen on finding the bottom of the bottle than being a good princess. Her companions include an elf named Elfo (super creative name?) and her apparently “personal demon” Luci (a name that is likely referencing Lucifer, if previous names are anything to go by). A name that vividly reminds me of Luci from Supernatural and makes me wonder if this Luci is equally quick-witted and snarky.
Disenchantment isn’t just an alternate fairy tale, as Groening states, the show is “about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots.” A very real and heartening lesson in the face of the current social and political turmoil some countries are currently going through. All in addition to the personal struggles some go through as well, so hopefully Disenchantment is in good taste.
There’s even a short cast list, including the talented voices of Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) as Bean, Nat Faxon (The Cleveland Show) as Elfo, and Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show) as Luci. Those that will be part of the executive producing team are Groening himself and Josh Weinstein. The animation will be taken care of by Rough Draft Studios, who also working on Groening’s Futurama series.
The first 10 episodes of Disenchantment will be coming out sometime next year.