On Tuesday, Netflix announced that Matt Groening, creator of ‘The Simpsons’, is developing ‘Disenchantment’ for the streaming service. This way the giant adds a new item to its animated portfolio.
The medieval animated adult fantasy mix show is expected to begin streaming on Netflix in 2018.
‘Disenchantment’ coming on Netflix
A new series by the creator of ‘The Simpsons‘ and ‘Futurama’ will hit our screens next year and features a hard-drinking princess living in a medieval world.
Groening was commissioned by Netflix to develop 20 episodes of the adult-themed animated comedy. It’s called ‘Disenchantment,’ as announced by the streaming service on Tuesday.
Netflix’s vice-president of original content, Cindy Holland, said:
“Matt Groening’s brilliant work has resonated with generations around the world. We couldn’t be happier to work with him on Disenchantment¨.
“The series will bear his trademark animation style and biting wit. We think it’s a perfect fit for our many Netflix animation fans,” she added.
‘Disenchantment’ will take place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. The place is reigned by hard-drinking princess Bean, her elf companion Elfo and her own personal demon Luci.
Bean will be played by ‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, Elfo by Nat Faxon, and Luci by Eric Andre.
Other ‘Disenchantment’ characters will be voiced by such actors as John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry and Jeny Batten.
It’ll cover some real life topics
Groening says the show will cover topics such as “life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what elders and wizards and other jerks tell you”.
The series is being produced for Netflix by The ULULU Company and will see Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Futurama’) serving as executive producers.
The animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios, the animation production company also used by ‘Futurama.’
The shows are due to be aired in 2018. It will be in separate series of 10 episodes each.
The series will help to expand Netflix’s portfolio of animated series with a high-profile name and potentially hit.
The streaming service today has several other animated series, including ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘F is for Family,’ the forthcoming Dr. Seuss adaptation of ‘Green Eggs & Ham,’ and the recently renewed video game-inspired ‘Castlevania.’
‘The Simpsons’ going easier on Fox News, or not
Matt Groening has always been crystal clear about his feelings towards Donald Trump, so he hasn’t shied away from its political mocks of the now President.
‘The Simpson’ repeatedly made headlines over the past year for not only predicting Trump’s presidency but also for tackling his eventful time in office so far.
This season, he’s been the target of several sketches by its writers. One saw him visited by the ghost of Nixon, delighted he’s now become the “44th best president”, while another depicted a ghoulish take on the first 100 days of his presidency.
Well, at this year’s Comic-Con panel for the show, the creator shared some blending time with fans. They all united in a chant of “Lock him up! Lock him up!”
The chant came after he confessed that executives at Fox had asked the show’s writers to go easier on Fox News. All of this after an episode aired a particular joke that the cable news outlet was “not racist, but #1 with racists”.
“Then Bill O’Reilly called us pinheads and look what happened”. Groening added a reference to O’Reilly leaving Fox News in disgrace in the light of multiple sexual harassment allegations has now surfaced.
The chants were a riff, of course, on the continuing use of “Lock her up!” by Trump supporters throughout his 2016 election campaign, an attack against Hillary Clinton often heard chanted within the crowd.
News at the Comic-Con
During the Comic-Con panel, series creators revealed exciting news about the upcoming 29th season and more.
‘Simpsons’ showrunner Al Jean revealed that the long-running animated series will be doing a Bob’s Burgers couch gag this season.
“Now you have no reason to turn your TV off between them and us anymore,” Jean said.
Additionally, Groening announced that artist Bill Plympton will be doing a second couch gag for the series.
The exec producers also teased several previously announced guest stars for the upcoming season. Including Shaquille O’Neal, Martin Short, returning favorite Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob.
Also, ‘Game of Thrones’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, whose character “has a very inappropriate relationship with one of the Simpsons,” Jean noted.
And, as for upcoming storylines, ‘The Simpsons’ Movie director David Silverman reported that he’s working on an upcoming episode where the Simpson family travels to New Orleans for JazzFest.
Jean also discussed another upcoming episode set in the future that will focus on Lisa.
“You see where she might wind up, and she might end up with a woman,” he said.
The panel ended with a sneak peek of this season’s ‘Treehouse of Horror’, which elicited applause and laughter from the crowd.
Source: Los Angeles Time