Will Disenchantment Fix Our Disenfranchisement?

Matt Groening, the esteemed creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, has a new show in the works, or, to be exact, a show that has been in the works for a while. Disenchantment, an animated series for adults, will be streaming on Netflix, and has been given a release date of August 17th 2018.

However, Groening’s accolades may be held to less regard of late, given the widespread opinion that The Simpsons has declined in quality, despite its longevity. It is our hope, therefore, that Disenchantment benefits from its newness, free from the fatigue that a 30+ series television show is encumbered by. Hopefully, Disenchantment will remedy our disenfranchisement, and be a proverbial breath of fresh air from the sheer weight of animated sitcoms that have outstayed their welcome.

The first 10 episodes of Disenchantment will debut on the online streaming service, having been created at Rough Draft Studios, the same place that Groening used for Futurama. However, Disenchantment differs in its setting, and rather than having a science-fiction premise, is based in a medieval land of enchantment, in the ‘Kingdom of Dreamland’ specifically.

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A Groening production, Disenchantment will be laden with satire and sardonic humour, following the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess Bean, her elven companion ‘Elfo’ and her demon familiar, Luci. Furthermore, Groening has stated that ‘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.’ It is tempting to therefore assume that these topics will be met with characteristic Groening-irreverence, and a medieval setting (made all the more popular by Game of Thrones) will just provide platform for social commentary and cutting zingers. That said, it is equally likely that Disenchantment will make one or two playful jibes at Game of Thrones, its tropes, and indeed, its fandom.

Disenchantment is being voiced by a cast of animation veterans, including Abbi Jacobson (BoJack Horseman) as Bean, Nat Faxon (The Cleveland Show) as Elfo and Eric Andre (American Dad) as Luci. John Dimaggio, Billy West and even Noel Fielding also have roles in the Netflix show.

You will be able to watch the first 10 episodes of Groening’s Disenchantment exclusively on Netflix on August 17th.