Disenchanted with Netflix’s recent purge of quality cartoons like Futurama and American Dad? Good news, everyone — Matt Groening himself is now on the Netflix payroll. Wondering what he’s thinking up? Today we found out.
In 2016 the news broke that Netflix was working with Groening to create a new animated series. Eighteen months of development time later, the streaming channel has finally revealed Disenchantment, a cartoon that promises to do for fantasy epics what Futurama did for sci-fi.
The press release describes the show taking place in “the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young Princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson, Broad City), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (Eric Andre). Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.”
“[Disenchantment is] 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.
The series will star a who’s who of voice-acting greats, many longstanding veterans of Groening cartoons: John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding and Lucy Montgomery. Animation will be handled by Rough Draft, the same studio that animated Futurama.
The first season of Disenchantment will be 20 episodes long, but it’ll be split up into two pieces Voltron-style. It’ll make its debut with ten episodes sometime in 2018.
The full press release follows:
Netflix Announces Disenchantment, a New Epic Fantasy Animated Series from Matt Groening
Hollywood, CA – July 25, 2017 — Netflix, the world’s leading internet TV network, has ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series from the mind of Matt Groening.
In Disenchantment, viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.
“Ultimately,” says Matt Groening, “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.”
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. Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama).
Disenchantment will premiere on Netflix ten episodes at a time, starting in 2018, and is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers.
“Matt Groening’s brilliant work has resonated with generations around the world and we couldn’t be happier to work with him on Disenchantment,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “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.”
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