Netflix New Series ‘Disenchantment’ From Creator of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’ – 5 Things We Know So Far (Trailer Inside)

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‘Disenchantment’ is the latest animated series from the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama that premieres on  on August 17.

Here’s what Nexter.org knows about it.

Created by Matt Groening

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Disenchantment is Matt Groening’s first new series since 1999’s Futurama, and The Simpsons’ creator latest effort is stuck in the past, literally and figuratively. In case you’re one of the fans of the iconic series, you are probably interested in something like that while waiting for Rick and Morty as well.

“It’s from growing up with fairy tales and fantasy and all the rest of that,” Groening told us recently at San Diego Comic-Con (watch above). “I was particularly inspired as a kid by Rocky and Bullwinkle. And in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, there were ‘Fractured Fairy Tales.’ And I thought, ‘Oh man, this would be great to do as a grownup.’”

No Disney princess tale

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Matt Groening’s new animated series Disenchantment is about as far from Disney as princesses can go; Bean (voiced by Abi Jacobson) is hard-drinking, bar-brawling royalty who ends up being friends with her person demon Luci (Eric Andre) and an elf looking for adventure from his sheltered gum-drop life, Elfo (Nat Faxon). Hijinks thusly ensue.

Spoofing Game of Thrones?

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While Disenchantment brings Groening’s funny, skewed approach to a medieval fantasy setting, it isn’t a parody, exactly. It’s packed with jokes, but they rely more on the characters and on general zaniness, rather than references to (say) The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.

And while there’s the odd Iron Throne joke, Groening swears the show was not created to spoof HBO’s wildly popular Game of Thrones.

First reactions

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Early reviews indicate that the series has a slow start, but shows a lot of potential.

It takes the show a little while to reach that comfortable patter, after an overly-long introductory episode followed by episodes that skirt the 30 minute mark. There’s a little bit of bloat, but overall, a decent balance of story and whip-smart gags, many of which take advantage of ’s ratings-free atmosphere.

Lots of jokes and irony

There’s a lot of wordplay and absurdity that will be familiar to any fan of Bart and the Springfield gang, plus the intriguing tones of Nat Faxon and Eric Andre as Bean’s sidekicks — a not so bright elf and gifted (as in wedding present) demon, respectively.

Some of the jokes get obvious and lazy as the series goes on ( made 7 of the eventual 10 available to critics; 10 more episodes have also been ordered), especially those centered around religious life. Other careen too far into the macabre, with Bean being praised for finding the courage to murder someone (two someones, actually. “Mentally ill siblings,” to be exact).


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Netflix New Series ‘Disenchantment’ From Creator of 'The Simpsons' and 'Futurama' - 5 Things We Know So Far (Trailer Inside)
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Netflix New Series ‘Disenchantment’ From Creator of 'The Simpsons' and 'Futurama' - 5 Things We Know So Far (Trailer Inside)
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'Disenchantment' is the latest animated series from the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama that premieres on Netflix on August 17.
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