The king of prime-time animation himself, Matt Groening, is moving forward with Disenchantment, his long-gestating animated comedy fantasy series with Netflix. The break from Fox could have something to do with the manner in which the studio treated his second hit animated series, Futurama, but either way, Groening, and Netflix are proceeding with a 20-episode order and we even have some casting news to announce.
Disenchantment is set in a medieval kingdom called Dreamland and follows the misadventures of Princess Bean, her elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon called Luci. Throughout their adventures, the trio will encounter the usual mix of characters found throughout fantasy: ogres, harpies, imps, trolls, and just about every other NPC from your favorite RPGs.
Providing their vocal talents will be Abbi Jacobson (Bean), Nat Faxon (Elfo), and Eric Andre (Andre) in the principal roles. Longtime collaborators along for the ride include John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jenny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery. Groening provided some insight on the project:
“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.”
Disenchantment will be produced by the ULULU Company. Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein are attached as executive producers and animation will be done for the series by Rough Draft Studios, the same company responsible for the animation on Futurama. VP of Original Content at Netflix, Cindy Holland, had this to say about the project:
“Matt Groening’s brilliant work has resonated with generations around the world and we couldn’t be happier to work with him on Disenchantment. 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.”
News of Disenchantment has been around for more than 18 months, which is a significant lead-time for the production of a show, but considering the labor-intensive requirements to animate a 30-minute series, it’s not too surprising.
Source: Deadline Hollywood