Matt Groening, the sick and beautiful mind behind The Simpsons and Futurama, has sold his latest series to Netflix. Called Disenchanted, the adult animated comedy fantasy series (phew, try saying THAT ten times fast) takes place in the crumbling medieval realm of Dreamland and will follow the misadventures of the boozy princess Bean, her elf friend Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. The oddball trio will encounter all kinds of mystical creatures, from sprites and harpies to trolls and the elusive “human fools.”
Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of the series (two seasons with 10 eps each), with the first launching sometime in 2018. Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) will serve as executive producers, and the animation will be done by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama). And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, they may have lined up one helluva good voice cast. Bean will be voiced by Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), while her companions will be voiced by Nat Faxon (currently on Netflix in Friends From College) as Elfo and Eric Andre (from, you know, The Eric Andre Show) as Luci. The rest of the voice talent is stacked too, featuring a few Futurama alums and even a couple of folks from The Mighty Boosh: John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery.
“Ultimately,” says Matt Groening, “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.” So, not quite The Lord of the Rings then?
I’m so ready for this. I needed a new cartoon to watch during the interminable wait for more Rick and Morty (yes, I know it’s back this weekend, but the new season can only last so long and then what? AND THEN WHAT, I ASK YOU?).