After over a year in development, Matt Groening's animated series Disenchantment is coming to Netflix in 2018. For decades, Groening has been turning out satirical looks at modern society through his various comics and animated series. Though he has many creations to his name, his biggest claim to fame is The Simpsons, which is heading into its 29th season. And while The Simpsons was still in its prime, Groening and his partner David X. Cohen turned their lens on the future of Earth with Futurama. Though it had an unusual history, the series still garnered 7 seasons and cult status.
Following the present and future, Groening will next be spinning a tale of a magical past. Last year, word broke that Disenchantment was in the early stages of being developed as an adult-oriented fantasy-comedy that would mark Groening's next animated venture. And while it's taken some time to manifest - as most animated series do - the show is now on the verge of becoming a reality.
Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of Disenchantment, which will feature Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show), and Nate Faxon (Friends from College) as the lead voice actors. The show will be released 10 episodes at a time, beginning in 2018, and will join fellow Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman and F is for Family. Along with the announcement, a new synopsis for the series was released:
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 (Jacobson), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (Andre). Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.
Even with all the magic and fantasy that's sure to be present in the show, Disenchantment will likely ground and humanize things just as Futurama did. Speaking on the new project, Groening had this to say:
“Ultimately, 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.”
Along with Jacobson, Andre, and Faxon, the cast of Disenchantment will include John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery. Combined, they represent some of the most prolific voice actors working today, along with a number of alums from absurdist British comedies like Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and The Mighty Boosh. Mixed with Jacobson, Andre, and Groening, the comedic pedigree of Disenchantment is uncanny. Meanwhile, the animation for Disenchantment will be handled by Rough Draft Studios, which Groening previously worked with on Futurama. All told, the series sounds quite promising.
Disenchantment premieres on Netflix in 2018.