Netflix has revealed the premiere date of and the first look at their new adult animated series Disenchantment from Matt Groening. This will be his third animated series following The Simpsons and Futurama.
Having already explored the modern American family on The Simpsons and a futuristic landscape in Futurama, Groening's latest foray into animated television will transport audiences to a world of mythic fantasy. Disenchantment will follow a princess named Bean (voiced by Broad City's Abbi Jacobson), her elf companion Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon), and a demon named Luci (voiced by Eric Andre) as they traverse the fictional world of Dreamland. Now, some new details have emerged, including a release date, as well as brand new images.
Apart from announcing that the 10-episode series will premiere in full on August 17, Netflix also released several photos showcasing the animation style, characters, and world, according to Deadline. And though the vague plot details fail to specify the overarching story of the series, Groening's shows typically adhere to a "day in the life" construct. It will follow the main trio of characters on various adventures as they cross paths with various creatures synonymous with the fantasy genre, including ogres, imps, and harpies, all the while dealing with Bean's fondness of drinking and Elfo's feistiness. John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery will also lend their voices to the show.
Having found success in The Simpsons nearly 30 years ago, Groening has shown no signs of slowing down. Despite some backlash to racial controversy concerning the character Apu (voiced by Hank Azaria), the series celebrated two back-t0-back successes of becoming the longest-running animated series of all time, as well as having the most episodes produced for a prime time scripted TV series. Now, delving into Netflix territory proves that Groening is keeping up with the times and looking to the future of television.
Even though lightning rarely strikes the same place twice in the entertainment industry, Groening has managed to pull in massive audiences for both The Simpsons and Futurama (in fact, despite FOX cancelling Futurama in 2003, fan outcry prompted Comedy Central to revive the series in 2009). Now, given the streaming format of Disenchantment, the chances of success seem all the more likely. This is especially true given the success of other animated shows aimed at adult audiences on Netflix, including BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth, and F is for Family.